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  • Who Needs Generators? Data Center Taps Directly into Grid for Power

    Data Center Knowledge
    Karen Riccio
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Once a mere vision and gleam in the eyes of executives from Phoenix-based companies Salt River Project (SRP) and BaseLayer, a one-of-a-kind SRP DataStation that eliminates the need for a generator or other backup power source, began operations this week at an electric substation in Gilbert, Ariz., according to both parties. Instead of relying on second-party sources of power, the DataStation will provide an unprecedented source of reliable power to a nearby BaseLayer data center connected directly to the electric grid. The facility receives power directly from a “bulk transmission” line…
  • CentriLogic Opens 1.5 MW Data Center in Ontario

    Green Data Center News
    Data Center Knowledge
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:54 am
    Thanks to increased concerns over data sovereignty that began with the implementation of The Patriot Act in the US, demand for data center facilities in Canada has steadily expanded. The latest provider of outsourced IT infrastructure services to join that fray is CentriLogic, which today officially opened a 28,000 square foot 1.5 megawatt data center in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • The Innovation in the Data Center Industry comes from those who can connect the dots

    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog
    Dave Ohara
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Check out this video. David Brier who created the above video also wrote this article. “WHAT IS INNOVATION?LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF STEVE JOBS, RICHARD BRANSON, AND SETH GODIN AND YOU’LL DISCOVER WHAT SEPARATES TRUE INNOVATORS FROM EVERYONE ELSE.BY DAVID BRIERIt all comes down to dots.In his famous commencement speech, Steve Jobs said:You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has…
  • VMware and Cisco UCS Enhance the Advantages of vRealize

    Cisco Blog » Data Center
    Ken Spear
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Cisco and VMware continue to work together to deliver the benefits of automation and the software-defined data center (SDDC). The integration of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) management software with VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 is another example of the ongoing investment by both companies. It delivers significant efficiencies, improved performance, and a proactive means of managing operations. As the theme of VMworld 2015 claims, this solution can help your organization be “Ready for Any.” Keeping IT Simple VMware vRealize Operations (formerly called [...]
  • The Future of Moore’s Law

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    Kenneth Jamaca
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Moore’s Law, first formulated in 1965 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, observes that the number...
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    Data Center Knowledge

  • Who Needs Generators? Data Center Taps Directly into Grid for Power

    Karen Riccio
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Once a mere vision and gleam in the eyes of executives from Phoenix-based companies Salt River Project (SRP) and BaseLayer, a one-of-a-kind SRP DataStation that eliminates the need for a generator or other backup power source, began operations this week at an electric substation in Gilbert, Ariz., according to both parties. Instead of relying on second-party sources of power, the DataStation will provide an unprecedented source of reliable power to a nearby BaseLayer data center connected directly to the electric grid. The facility receives power directly from a “bulk transmission” line…
  • Keystone NAP Taps into Fiber Networks from Sunesys and Comcast Business

    Michael Vizard
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Putting the finishing touches on a new data center facility located in the Philadelphia area, Keystone NAP this week announced that its hosting facility is now connected to fiber optic networks from Sunesys and Comcast Business. Shawn Carey, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Keystone NAP, said the deals will give IT organizations that make use of the company’s hosting services access to a major concentration of fiber optic networks running up and down the Amtrack rail corridor that are only a few miles from the company’s data center located in Fairless Hills, Penn. Keystone…
  • CSC, AWS and Microsoft Score $108M Federal Government Cloud Contract

    Nicole Henderson
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:45 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR CSC, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure have won a major cloud computing contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a deal valued at $108,992,884 that could reach up to $1 billion over 10 years. According to an announcement by CSC on Monday, the federal cloud contract includes cloud services, data center consolidation and cloud migration services. Under the agreement, CSC will consolidate FAA’s data centers and migrate its data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment, using the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool for…
  • Cloud Cruiser Launches App for Hybrid Cloud Usage Management

    Chris Burt
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:57 am
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Cloud Cruiser launched a new application on Monday to address the need for organizations running hybrid clouds to quickly and easily track and analyze usage, the company announced this week. CloudSmart-Now is packaged offering designed to give businesses of all sizes a single pane view of their total consumption of “Big 5” cloud services. The solution provides out-of-the-box, pre-configured templates with built-in workflow to collect usage and cost data from AWS, Azure, Windows Azure Pack, VMware andOpenStack. It was designed and built from the…
  • Addressing the Top Five DCI Challenges

    Industry Perspectives
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Brian Lavallée is Director of Product and Technology Solutions at Ciena. According to recent survey data from IDC, enterprises continue to expand their use of the cloud. The study revealed that the number of enterprises that will connect their corporate networks to two or more cloud service providers will triple within the next two years from 29 to 86 percent. As these services become increasingly prevalent, the interconnection between provider data centers and customers’ data centers becomes critical, driving demand for seamless capacity, reliability, and flexibility. To achieve…
 
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    Green Data Center News

  • CentriLogic Opens 1.5 MW Data Center in Ontario

    Data Center Knowledge
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:54 am
    Thanks to increased concerns over data sovereignty that began with the implementation of The Patriot Act in the US, demand for data center facilities in Canada has steadily expanded. The latest provider of outsourced IT infrastructure services to join that fray is CentriLogic, which today officially opened a 28,000 square foot 1.5 megawatt data center in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • Market chaos shouldn't deter data center upgrades By Doug Mohney

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:39 am
    This week’s up and down stock market prices should not affect server upgrades, improvements in cooling systems, or adding solar panels to the roof. If anything, market chaos should encourage you to engage and embrace efficiencies as a long term hedge to reduce operating expenses and insulate against power price fluctuations. It may be a truism by now, but carbon sourced electricity – coal, oil, and natural gas – are more likely to go up than down over the next decade. Coal is expensive, dirty, and just plain unhealthy both to miner and local communities. Oil has a temporary…
  • Expert Interview with Jorge Balcells on Green Data

    Bigstep Blog
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Where do Cloud Computing and Green IT intersect? We recently asked Jorge L. Balcells, Director of Technical Services for Verne Global. The data center, he says. “Quite simply, the data center is at the heart of the Cloud,” Jorge told us. “Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability go hand in hand with modern data centers and the cloud computing infrastructure.”
  • Internap Scores LEED Platinum for New Jersey Data Center

    Michael Vizard
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Also gets Energy Star certification from EPA Read More
  • Three Tips on Data Center Employee Safety

    Industry Perspectives
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Data center facilities contain a company’s most sensitive and business-critical information, and as our modern world increasingly relies on mobile and internet data, the importance of these facilities intensifies. New data centers are constantly being built, and existing data centers are expanding and upgrading their equipment to meet future needs.
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    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog

  • The Innovation in the Data Center Industry comes from those who can connect the dots

    Dave Ohara
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Check out this video. David Brier who created the above video also wrote this article. “WHAT IS INNOVATION?LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF STEVE JOBS, RICHARD BRANSON, AND SETH GODIN AND YOU’LL DISCOVER WHAT SEPARATES TRUE INNOVATORS FROM EVERYONE ELSE.BY DAVID BRIERIt all comes down to dots.In his famous commencement speech, Steve Jobs said:You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has…
  • Where is the Growth Mindset in the Data Center Industry?

    Dave Ohara
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    There are a type of people in the data center industry I gravitate more than others.  One characteristic is those who have a "growth mindset" vs. "fixed mindset.  I had posted on this topic before.If you want more detail on the growth mindset here is a google talk. if you want the polished quick pitch here is a TED talk.
  • Kiva Systems -#x3E; Amazon Robotics, Amazon's Automation Research Group

    Dave Ohara
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, then went dark.  No new customers mentioned.  Sales staff was let go.  Now in August 2015 www.kivasystems.com will point to Amazon Robotics https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/A recruitment video is here.  https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/visionHere are the current open positions.  Sorry for the formatting, but too much time to clean this up.  You get the idea of the hiring amazon is doing.  https://www.amazonrobotics.com/#/careers#openGoogle, Facebook, Apple, and so many of the other high tech companies with huge data…
  • Mystery of Why 4 Technical Leaders have left Digital Realty over 5 years

    Dave Ohara
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Jim Smith and David Schirmacher have left Digital Realty Trust. “Jim Smith, who has been the data center provider’s CTO since its founding more than a decade ago, is leaving the company, a Digital spokesman said....Another major departure from Digital announced Tuesday was David Schirmacher’s. After more than 3.5 years as senior VP of operations, Schirmacher was appointed to lead design and construction in January of this year.” I would always chat with Jim and David when I saw them at data center events.  Then, I thought about Chris Crosby another person I would enjoy…
  • Story of Wood Stone Oven - why cooks love the oven

    Dave Ohara
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    I use my Wood Stone over 2-3 times a week, cooking salmon and chicken so much more than pizza.  Bacon comes out the best, but means I need to need get up early to heat up the oven before I cook.  I have cooked many meals for my friends and family.To give an idea of the oven check out this video.
 
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    Cisco Blog » Data Center

  • VMware and Cisco UCS Enhance the Advantages of vRealize

    Ken Spear
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Cisco and VMware continue to work together to deliver the benefits of automation and the software-defined data center (SDDC). The integration of Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) management software with VMware vRealize Operations 6.0 is another example of the ongoing investment by both companies. It delivers significant efficiencies, improved performance, and a proactive means of managing operations. As the theme of VMworld 2015 claims, this solution can help your organization be “Ready for Any.” Keeping IT Simple VMware vRealize Operations (formerly called [...]
  • Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution

    Jim McHugh
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Cisco, SAP and the Big-Data Revolution   SAP just announced the release of SAP HANA Vora . SAP HANA Vora is an in-memory query engine that plugs into the Apache Spark execution framework to provide enriched interactive analytics on Hadoop. Cisco, provider of UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data, is working with SAP to achieve the following: Process Big Data simply and cost-effectively for real-time business applications and analytics Provide enterprise-class drill-down insight into raw data Blend incoming data from customers, partners, and smart devices Combine [...]
  • Agile Application Delivery with UCS-Powered VDI

    Francoise Rees
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re off to another edition of VMworld with some great technology to showcase. Our theme this year is your data center is everywhere, the center of innovation. And talking about innovation we will be demoing some recent work around our desktop virtualization solution with VMware. We will have demo pods showcasing our UCS solutions for Virtual SAN and VDI as well as a demo showing graphic acceleration for VDI with Cisco UCS and NVIDIA GRID on Horizon. By the way, [...]
  • ACI and Infoblox DDI Deliver Highly Automated, Secure, Reliable Core Network Services

    Harry Petty
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Modern demands  in virtualization, cloud, and the Internet of Things are shifting the network landscape and require advanced solutions to manage critical network services across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with InfoBlox’s Chief Technology Officer, Alan Conley, about automating core network services – DNS, DHCP, and IP Address Management (DDI) – with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).  In this video interview, Alan spoke about the common challenges InfoBlox and Cisco customers face in security [...]
  • Pssst, IT Operations Analytics Is Actually Cool

    Jim McHugh
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    OK, using data to make decisions to streamline operations is not a new concept, but the resources and types of data that we have at our disposal is unprecedented. Gone are the days when we had to rely on data only available in the data center . There are new exciting ways to sift through terabytes of data to proactively predict problems before they impact service, optimize your IT and application infrastructure and gain an end-end view of operations. Today there are more [...]
 
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    Data Center

  • What is the Dark Web?

    29 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    The World Wide Web gave us an easy way of sharing information. Think how many photos of someone’s dinner have been posted on Facebook and Instagram. It gave organizations a way to share information about using their products, without having to print hundreds of instruction booklets. And it gave a way for people to talk to other people, who could be on the other side of the world, using a video phone. It gave us everything from the innocent and trivial to the more complicated and fascinating. But, like every other human endeavour, it has a dark side – the Dark Web.
  • Mainframe penguins

    22 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    The exciting news last week was the announcement from IBM of Emperor and Rockhopper – two Linux-based z Systems mainframe variants (and two species of penguin). That leaves 15 species of penguin left for IBM to choose names from (think king, Humboldt, little, or macaroni, for example). But let’s not get carried away!
  • IBM z brings home TWO 2015 Stevie Awards

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    (Posted Thursday, August 13, 2015) Congratulations are in order for IBM and IBM z Systems on being awarded TWO gold Stevie Awards in The 2015 International Business Awards competition.
  • Mindfulness and mainframes

    15 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    Working with mainframes can be stressful. Not only are we all trying to do more with fewer resources, but we also have to put up with being largely ignored by other IT people as irrelevant or anachronistic. In addition, it’s us mainframers who are keeping most of the large companies – like banks and other financial institutions – in business. And, we’re at the forefront of mobile and cloud computing. How can we stay calm and in control of our workloads? How can we ensure that we make the best decisions possible? One way, is try Mindfulness.
  • Guest blog - Connecting Big Data and Big Content

    8 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    This week, I’m publishing a blog entry from Mika Javanainen. Javanainen is Senior Director of Product Management at M-Files Corporation (http://www.m-files.com). He is in charge of managing and developing M-Files product portfolio, roadmaps, and pricing globally. Prior to his executive roles, Javanainen worked as a systems specialist, where he integrated document management systems with ERP and CRM applications. A published author, Javanainen has an executive MBA in International Business and Marketing.
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    THE CONTINUITY COUNCIL

  • The Million Dollar Question- Part 2

    Jacob Bertling
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:58 am
    So what is the difference? Are all data centers alike? You are deliberately avoiding answering the million dollar question! We saved the best for last and that is our team. You’re thinking “our people make the difference”… never heard that before, but FIBERTOWN runs a service first P.A.C.E. data center.
  • The Million Dollar Question – Part 1

    Jacob Bertling
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
      You’ve heard it before in interviews, sales meetings, political debates, and even on The Bachelorette. You’ve even asked it before when the decision was yours to make. You tee your prospect up with...
  • Being an Expert For Dummies

    Greg Sowell
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    I recently read a story that got me thinking. It goes like this: Nikola Tesla visited Henry Ford at his factory, which was having some kind of difficulty. Ford asked Tesla if he could...
  • What IT Executives Can Learn From the Gaming Industry

    James Burdine
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    A tragic trend to hit the video game industry in recent years has been the pressure to have a game on the market before the designers were ready for it to be released. Two major...
  • Is There Still Value in Face-to-Face Interaction?

    Tony Owens
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    We are currently in one of the most exciting eras for digital communication.  Between social media giants – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn – and the vast array of digital communication options like text, email...
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  • Sharpening the Edge of Organizations

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    The rapid increase of cloud-based services, and dynamic business expectations to enable customers is redefining the “edge” of organizations — branch offices, storefronts, remote locations.Both the volume of data moving between the edge and the datacenter and the types of applications being deployed at the edge are placing ever greater stress on existing networks and IT teams tasked with deploying, protecting, and managing IT assets at edge locations.Request Free!
  • Five Warning Signs It's Time to Rethink Branch IT

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    By reading this brief, you will understand the 5 warning signs it's time to rethink your branch IT, and how to embrace Zero Branch IT for greater data protection, better agility, maximum business continuity, optimal performance, and lower TCO.Request Free!
  • Why Companies Need New Approaches for Faster Time-to-Insight

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Download this Infographic for recommendations on how to deliver faster time to insight for varied user needs.Request Free!
  • Using Predictive Maintenance to Approach Zero Downtime

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communication, and connected systems, large volumes of high-velocity data streams are now available that capture the behavior of machines in real time. Companies can employ powerful new predictive analytics to perform modeling that enables predictive maintenance for these assets, with the goal of achieving zero downtime.Request Free!
  • Business-Driven Agile Enterprise Business Intelligence (BI)

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Recent Forrester Research studies and surveys uncovered a golden nugget: Companies can improve their performance, industry ranking, and competitive advantage by making their business more agile.In conducting in-depth surveys with 368 business and technology management professionals, Forrester found that those organizations that embrace this new approach generally achieve higher levels of BI maturity, success, efficiencies, and effectiveness.Download this white paper to learn the 3 key findings from this research.Request Free!
 
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  • Social media customer care – a job for marketing or the call centre?

    Admin
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    By Bruce von Maltitz, Director While most businesses today are employing some sort of social media strategy, many are still very slow to respond to customer support issues and complaints that come in through this channel. This might be due to poor monitoring of social media conversations, or it could be due to a lack of clarity around whose responsibility it is to respond to these posts and when. And of course, not everyone is equipped to answer every enquiry. A marketer, for example is unlikely to have the technical expertise to help a customer with a complex problem, and a junior employee…
  • Why e-commerce companies need to reassess the ‘traditional’ call centre

    Admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    For both new and established e-commerce merchants worldwide, customer experience and customer care have become key to survival. While online stores can beat out their brick and mortar competitors on price, gaining a competitive edge over other online merchants has become about excellence in customer experience. And nowhere is customer experience more important than in the call centre. Indeed, for online customers, the only real point of contact is the call centre. Sadly, it often represents a pain point and last resort, according to Jed Hewson, Director of 1Stream. Despite the strategic…
  • Social media capabilities and the call centre…should you integrate?

    Admin
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    By Bruce von Maltitz, Director, 1Stream Customers are increasingly taking to social media to look for support or lodge complaints. Most businesses today understand this about customer behaviour, but many take a siloed approach to managing social media enquiries, giving the job to a community or social media manager who sits in the marketing department. This makes perfect sense if you’re using social media as a marketing tool. But as more complicated enquiries come in, these marketers often find that they are not equipped to handle this level of customer service enquiry. And so the contact…
  • Don’t be blinded by the buzzwords… why choosing the right cloud provider requires a critical approach

    Admin
    20 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs released a study which projected that spending on cloud computing infrastructure and platforms will grow at a 30% compound annual growth rate from 2013 through 2018, compared with 5% growth for the overall enterprise IT market. This is a staggering number, and reflects the growing importance of cloud computing in the enterprise IT equation. Along with such growth, however, come a host of service providers with varying quality and credibility. As a result, in a landscape that is becoming increasingly crowded and competitive, choosing the right supplier is…
  • The Star newspaper: Good customer service is key to your brand

    Admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    1Stream’s MD, Bruce Von Maltitz, was featured in The Star newspaper on 8 April, 2015. Key takeaway: “The secret to successful, consistent customer service is the ability to manage, measure and maintain good standards. Gaining this level of visibility requires a robust system and well-thought-out and managed processes and reporting mechanisms.”  Link to full copy of article.    The post The Star newspaper: Good customer service is key to your brand appeared first on 1Stream.
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  • Why You Need to Choose eNlight over Standalone Box

    admin
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:19 am
    Choosing between standalone servers and a cloud computing platform such as eNlight is difficult for most people. The difficulty here in choosing  could be attributed to the fact that many businesses do not take the time to clearly define the IT infrastructure needs for their business. The best IT solution for your business ultimately depends on your needs and how you run your business. It is, however, vital to understand the inner workings and benefits of both standalone services and cloud computing platforms prior to making a decision. This way, whatever you decide will be beneficial to…
  • Women CIOs: Foresee Higher IT Budgets with Anticipated Risks

    Nilesh
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:18 am
    Summary: According to Tina Nunno, vice president of Gartner, “women CIOs expect higher IT budget with anticipation of IT risks than their male counterparts”. Gartner released data early in the year to show the results of a survey conducted among 2810 CIOs, including 382 women, managing a total IT budget $397 billion in 84 countries. The research company has compared and analyzed their responses. As per the survey, Women CIOS anticipate greater risk and expect an increase in IT budgets higher than their male counterparts. This trend is confirmed for the second consecutive year. IT budgets…
  • Cloud computing impact on growth of ecommerce applications

    Vaishnavi Kulkarni
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Ecommerce market in India is growing wider than that was predicted by Gartner last year; Gartner estimated it to be worth $6 billion in 2015 70% growth from 2014 revenue of $3.5 billion. But it is seen by latest report of IAMAI international that the Indian ecommerce industry is expected to grow at  the rate of 33% and cross INR 1 lakh crore i.e. US$16.3bn by the end of 2015. Types of ecommerce application Retail and wholesale Marketing Finance Manufacturing Auction Cloud computing is another disseminating sector that has no way back, Cloud is impacting the growth of ecommerce sector…
  • 6 Reasons that Cloud Computing is transforming Banking Sector

    Vaishnavi Kulkarni
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Indian Banking Sector “Today” – Scenario Major transformations are creeping in, when considered the Indian Banking sector. Economic growth and overall growth in banking industry is expected to be boosted by end of 2015. Innovation and implementation of technology has created awareness in this sector and many have already been moving towards upgradation of system for technological advancements. Banks like HDFC, ICICI, and AXIS and many others are soon launching contact-less credit card with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, it specifies that we could now make easy…
  • Tier standard topology, Are You Sure about the Uptime Differences?

    Vaishnavi Kulkarni
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    We are already steering towards change with digital evolution all over. With this change all over and we are cheerfully acclimating with this change, we are easy to get hoodwinked by many, under the claim of services that are actually not offered. Tier level certifications for Datacenters are one such thing, moment! Do we actually know what tier levels in Data center are? Basically Tier defines the levels of availability of data from the DC to the requested location. Availability is defined by the level of tiers, higher is better. Standards defining tiers Telecommunication Industry…
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    RISC Networks

  • Microsoft, RedHat and VMware offer attractive total cost of ownership

    Stephen Harrington
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:22 am
    The competition throughout the cloud industry has resulted in affordable suites for organizations. Certain vendors such as Microsoft, RedHat and VMware have made strides to offer adopters low total cost of ownership for their cloud solutions. 451 Research's latest Cloud Price Index: Private Edition discovered the costs of these companies' private models are $0.10 per hour, higher than the $0.08 for OpenStack counterparts. However, firms using the former can hire 3 percent more engineers because there is an apparent skills gap impacting OpenStack deployments, contributing to a higher…
  • IT service providers must embrace 3rd Platform to remain competitive

    Stephen Harrington
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:06 am
    Vendors in the IT industry must always be prepared to evolve as new technologies rise to prominence. According to the International Data Corporation, service providers should have expertise with the 3rd Platform, which consists of cloud services, social networking, big data and mobile computing, to help clients transition to the digital age.IDC Senior Research Analyst Ali Zaidi explained successful digital implementations require a combination of people and IT tools that support 3rd Platform solutions."Therefore services vendors in the space must possess solid technical expertise…
  • New Zealand firms jumping on cloud computing bandwagon

    Stephen Harrington
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Countries such as New Zealand have come around to cloud computing recently. A new International Data Corporation report suggested the latter off-premise IT market will expand annually between 7 and 9 percent through 2019, with cloud computing achieving a compound annual growth rate of 15 to 27 percent during the same time frame.The research firm noted that New Zealand businesses have increased their IT and communications budgets recently – a trend that is driving the off-premise marketplace."New Zealand organizations are committed to shifting their IT needs off premises and…
  • Cloud-based IaaS market just hitting its stride

    Stephen Harrington
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Infrastructure-as-a-Service is experiencing impressive growth throughout the global cloud sector. A new Gartner report indicated worldwide IaaS spending will total nearly $16.5 billion in 2015, up roughly 33 percent from last year. Between 2014 and 2019, the industry to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 29 percent.Cloud IaaS is achieving impressive growth due to its broad functionality. Gartner Vice President and Analyst Lydia Leong explained the service supports a majority of workloads. However, vendor selection is critical for organizations adopting IaaS. Leong noted not…
  • AppZero focused on improving Windows Server to Azure cloud migrations

    Stephen Harrington
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    Organizations that have not given much thought to life after Windows Server 2003 may find efficient migration solutions from Software-as-a-Service suites. Vendors such as AppZero are focused on providing the proper SaaS tools to help companies transition to more flexible and secure environments.AppZero recently previewed its Service Provider edition for Microsoft Azure at the Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago.Greg O'Connor, CEO of AppZero, said enterprises want efficient ways to migrate Windows applications to Azure environments. High costs have traditionally been barriers to…
 
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