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  • PagerDuty Promises Cash as Downtime Compensation

    Data Center Knowledge
    Michael Vizard
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Looking to become one of the few IT vendors that put some teeth behind their service level agreements, downtime incident management platform provider PagerDuty this week announced a downtime insurance program under which it will pay out up to $3 million to anyone that experiences outages using its IT incident management service. PagerDuty CTO Andrew Miklas said most SLAs only compensate organizations based on a small percentage of the money they invested to acquire the product. Even then, that compensation usually takes the form of credits toward continuing to use the product. Downtime…
  • Survey: Enterprises Plan to Spend More on Data Centers

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    Data Center Knowledge
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Despite the popular belief that cloud services are well on their way to replacing enterprise data centers, most mid-size and large businesses are planning to increase spending on their mission-critical facilities in the near future.
  • People who want to be the best, find the best to be friends with

    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog
    Dave Ohara
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:02 pm
    The data center industry is a relatively small community. Even though the overall data center market is growing there is a consolidation of power going on.  There are shifts to those who are the best at building out data center infrastructure.Some stick to a group of people they have worked with for years like being loyal to your alma matter or home team.  They take comfort in the familiar.  This is where the term "old boys club" can be used to describe this behavior.The Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals and Steve Kerr was the star along with MVP Stephen Curry. …
  • The Napkins Dialogues: Life of a Packet (Walk), Part 1

    Cisco Blog » Data Center
    J Metz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lately I’ve been giving a lot of presentations about storage basics. I actually really enjoy it, because it makes me rethink some of the things that I took for granted, and it helps me understand some of the gaps in my own knowledge when questions arise. When you think of how we do certain things for storage, such as choosing block-based (e.g., FC, FCoE, iSCSI), file-based (e.g., NFS, SMB), or object (e.g., Ceph, Swift, CDMI) storage platforms and protocols, it’s easy [...]
  • The Importance of Uptime: Why It Matters and How to Ensure It

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    Kenneth Jamaca
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    If a website is unavailable, does it exist? More than just a smart aleck philosophical...
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  • PagerDuty Promises Cash as Downtime Compensation

    Michael Vizard
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Looking to become one of the few IT vendors that put some teeth behind their service level agreements, downtime incident management platform provider PagerDuty this week announced a downtime insurance program under which it will pay out up to $3 million to anyone that experiences outages using its IT incident management service. PagerDuty CTO Andrew Miklas said most SLAs only compensate organizations based on a small percentage of the money they invested to acquire the product. Even then, that compensation usually takes the form of credits toward continuing to use the product. Downtime…
  • How to Enable Modern Cloud Management and Visibility

    Bill Kleyman
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Before any cloud environment is even deployed, it’s important to know what type of tools will be used to manage it. In virtualization, native hypervisor tools already come with many great features that help with cloud-based visibility. Also, using third-party tools can help align management of distributed data centers into one single pane of glass. When working with a distributed cloud environment it’s very important to proactively keep it in check. There are many components to a cloud deployment. If an organization is using a public cloud, chances are that the provider will have their…
  • Cloud Needs Drive Consolidation in Colocation Data Center Market

    Jason Verge
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The colocation market continues to undergo consolidation, its three leaders all active participants in mergers and acquisitions, according to Synergy Research. The top-twelve providers in the research firm’s Q1 data account for 40 percent of the worldwide market. There is also a long tail of smaller providers with less than 1 percent market share. The market is increasingly being driven by service-provider clients rather than enterprises, according to Synergy chief analyst and research director John Dinsdale. As a result, data center providers have to be able to provide both scale and…
  • Top 5 Data Center Stories of the Week: July 2nd

    Data Center Knowledge
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Emerson to Spin Off Data Center Infrastructure Business – Emerson Network Power is one of the biggest vendors in the data center market. Its logo has a nearly ubiquitous presence on power and cooling equipment in data centers around the world. Navajo-Owned Data Center Offers Way to Diversify Tribe’s Revenue Base Beyond Casinos – The facility is an opportunity to further differentiate the country’s largest federally recognized tribe’s source of…
  • Cloud Sizing and Deployment: a Look at Best Practices

    Bill Kleyman
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cloud environments will vary greatly based on corporate demand and existing IT resources. The goal of any organization is to use IT at its most effective level. For an IT manager, this means planning is going to be crucial. Cloud sizing doesn’t have one correct answer, since every environment is truly unique in its demands. However, there are tactics in making a cloud initiative successful, so let’s look at a few considerations and best practices. Identify the Needs This step is absolutely crucial in deciding what physical and virtual components will go into the cloud. When determining…
 
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    Green Data Center News

  • Survey: Enterprises Plan to Spend More on Data Centers

    Data Center Knowledge
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Despite the popular belief that cloud services are well on their way to replacing enterprise data centers, most mid-size and large businesses are planning to increase spending on their mission-critical facilities in the near future.
  • Cloud Needs Drive Consolidation in Colocation Data Center Market

    Jason Verge
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The colocation market continues to undergo consolidation, its three leaders all active participants in mergers and acquisitions, according to Synergy Research. The top-twelve providers in the research firm’s Q1 data account for 40 percent of the worldwide market. There is also a long tail of smaller providers with less than 1 percent market share.
  • Net Data Centers Selling New Jersey, Virginia Data Centers to Exit Bankruptcy

    Data Center Knowledge
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Data center services provider Net Data Centers is selling its New Jersey and Northern Virginia data centers as part of a global plan to exit bankruptcy.
  • How will Amazon's Indian data centers be powered? by Peter Judge

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    Amazon is moving into India - and that could increase attention on electricity. India’s data centers are limited by the availability of electric power, so businesses will be very interested to know how Amazon will be powering its new sites. India is the world’s second largest country and its fourth largest economy (by GDP), and yet is ranks 23rd in the consumption of electrcity per person. Electricity is unreliable there - with reports of rolling brownouts and occasional state-wide blackouts. Given that, Indian businesses are reluctant to host their data in their own country -…
  • Top 5 Data Center Stories of the Week: July 2nd

    Data Center Knowledge
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Emerson to Spin Off Data Center Infrastructure Business – Emerson Network Power is one of the biggest vendors in the data center market. Its logo has a nearly ubiquitous presence on power and cooling equipment in data centers around the world.
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    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog

  • People who want to be the best, find the best to be friends with

    Dave Ohara
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:02 pm
    The data center industry is a relatively small community. Even though the overall data center market is growing there is a consolidation of power going on.  There are shifts to those who are the best at building out data center infrastructure.Some stick to a group of people they have worked with for years like being loyal to your alma matter or home team.  They take comfort in the familiar.  This is where the term "old boys club" can be used to describe this behavior.The Golden State Warriors won the NBA finals and Steve Kerr was the star along with MVP Stephen Curry. …
  • Google's Alabama DC has 198 posts with one post talking to Urs Hölzle and Joe Kava

    Dave Ohara
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Google yesterday announced its new Alabama DC and coverage is significant with 198 posts. Google has been expanding capacity in LATAM, EU, and APAC for years since it has made a land purchase in the US.  When you look at the location of the Jackson County Alabama DC in the middle of the cluster of 5 existing facilities I would place bets that Google could build more at this one site than any other.  How big?  The Alabama site originally had 8 coal fired units.  The last one produced 460MW.  Times 8 that is almost 4GW of power transmission infrastructure and water to…
  • Lego makes Long Term Investment into Sustainable Legos

    Dave Ohara
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:46 am
    Most if not all of you have grown up playing with Legos.  Those pieces of plastic that you diligently followed the directions or creatively made things.  I don't know about you, but many times when looked at large sculptures it is easy to think about all that plastic.Lego has realized it needs to change the way it makes Legos to be something not built on fossil fuels.  Lego announced its new environmental effort. “The LEGO Group establishes LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre and expects to recruit more than 100 employees in a significant step up on the 2030 ambition of…
  • Summer Camp, Skiing and Cool Pics

    Dave Ohara
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    Summer is here and it is standard practice for the kids to go to summer camps.  We live on a lake so swimming, stand up paddle boarding, jet skis, tubing they can do at home.  So my kids go to camps they can't do at home.  Below is my son in Pink. And here he is in a picture with Ted Ligety
  • 3.0 Stage of Life, working on some of the Best Stuff

    Dave Ohara
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    In the book Becoming Steve Jobs is a point I remember well. “I wish I could have seen Steve Jobs 3.0. Seeing him from age fifty-five to seventy-five would have been fascinating. If you’re in good health at that age, 3.0 should be the best.” — Jim Collins. Schlender, Brent; Tetzeli, Rick (2015-03-24). Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader I quit Microsoft 9 years ago at 46.  Spending 26 years at Microsoft, Apple, and HP I was done.  Part of quitting Microsoft is I realized it was better to quit before I turned 50 to think…
 
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    Cisco Blog » Data Center

  • The Napkins Dialogues: Life of a Packet (Walk), Part 1

    J Metz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Lately I’ve been giving a lot of presentations about storage basics. I actually really enjoy it, because it makes me rethink some of the things that I took for granted, and it helps me understand some of the gaps in my own knowledge when questions arise. When you think of how we do certain things for storage, such as choosing block-based (e.g., FC, FCoE, iSCSI), file-based (e.g., NFS, SMB), or object (e.g., Ceph, Swift, CDMI) storage platforms and protocols, it’s easy [...]
  • Cisco Continues to Support Application Virtual Switch for Application Centric Infrastructure in vSphere Deployments

    Balaji Sivasubramanian
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Cisco  Application Virtual Switch  (AVS), a virtual member of the Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) family has seen increasing interest from customers who want to enforce application centric policies all the way to the virtual edge of the data center. Cisco AVS is a derivative of the Nexus 1000V virtual switch, which is the market leading 3rd party virtual switch in the industry.   Nexus 1000V has accumulated more than 10,000 customers and has been deployed in large-scale service providers to large enterprises. Recently Cisco announced Nexus 1000V support for vSphere…
  • My take on the integrated infrastructure buzz

    Adrian den Hartog
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    I recently created a playlist of my favorite 80’s, 90’s and current songs. Listening to the playlist in shuffle mode, I noticed the stark contrast and evolution of the recording quality from the old classics to the current stuff. Thank you Pink Floyd and Apple I have to admit that the quality does get progressively better overtime, but in some cases tunes just sounded over-engineered, especially on the digitally recorded tracks. As good as they may sound, they often lack [...]
  • ACI Delivered Operational Simplicity at Cisco Live San Diego

    Harry Petty
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Much of the discussion about Cisco ACI has been about accelerating the deployment of applications across infrastructure – defined by application needs and driven by policy.  There is another powerful benefit from ACI for the datacenter network administrators of today who are stretched thin trying to debug outages or respond to concerns about poor application performance. For all of them, the latest release of ACI software, Brahmaputra or APIC 1.1(1j) and NX-OS 11.1(1j), provides exciting new enhancements for managing, monitoring, [...]
  • Docker and the Rise of Microservices

    Mike Cohen
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Over the past 18 months, we’ve been witnessing a rapid transformation in the way applications are built, packaged, shipped, deployed, and instantiated.  This change has been driven by developer demands for simplicity and a shift in focus towards an application-centric view of IT.     To find evidence of this trend, look no further than the skyrocketing popularity of Docker and the movement towards microservice based architectures for running applications. You could think of microservices as a service oriented architecture built around [...]
 
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    Data Center

  • What's the best way to recruit new mainframe staff?

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:52 pm
    For some organizations, the only way to recruit is to offer the job to someone they already know. For others, they interview people and choose the person they like most. And some think the secret is to score prospective candidates against a person spec and then apply a personality test to predict how well they will get on in their new role. All seems to make sense, until you realize the test they are using is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test.
  • What's all the fuss about Bluemix?

    27 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    IBM recently announced a new container service for Bluemix that’s based on the open source Docker software container technology. It’s designed to help developers deliver applications across hybrid cloud environments. But what is Bluemix? And why is everyone getting so excited about it?
  • Just how sorry are you?

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:59 pm
    ‘Sorry’ is an incredibly useful word. It’s like verbal oil that can lubricate almost any social interaction. And the great thing about using the word ‘sorry’ is that 99 times out of 100, you’re not really apologizing for any wrongdoing on your part at all. But – and this is the part that makes using the word so powerful – the other person feels as if you’ve put yourself in the wrong and feels better about themselves and your actually in control of the conversation.
  • Unthinking thinking

    14 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    Have you ever had one of your staff in your office so they could explain to you why they did something quite silly on the mainframe? Or have you ever been that operator, or DBA, or systems guy, who has to explain to their manager why they just did something incredibly stupid to that mainframe? It both cases, someone has just done something without thinking about the consequences, and everyone else is just amazed at what they’ve done. And yet, it’s not that uncommon – and we all do it, a lot of the time. It’s just that usually it doesn’t lead to such dire consequences.
  • A bright Spark

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:19 pm
    I’m talking about big data this time, and taking an introductory look at Spark. So what is Spark, I hear you say? It’s an open source cluster distributed framework and data processing engine and it comes from Apache. It started life in 2009 at the AMPLab (Algorithms, Machines, People) at UC Berkeley. It’s basically an alternative to Hadoop’s MapReduce – in fact, for some applications, it can be 100 times faster than MapReduce.
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    THE CONTINUITY COUNCIL

  • 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...
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Data Center Cooling Systems

    Greg Sowell
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
      Data center cooling is boring and so is oatmeal.  My doctor tells me that oatmeal will lower my cholesterol and save my heart, so sometimes boring is a good thing. Cooling systems are...
  • How to Build a Highly Available Network

    Greg Sowell
    26 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    There are multiple ways to build a highly available network. Let’s assume you require a 100% concurrently maintainable network, which ensures when any one connection is lost you can maintain network connectivity. Internet Service...
  • 6 Reasons We’re Addicted to Customer Service

    Chris Golly
    18 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Customer service is the #1 priority of almost any business, short of making profit, because that’s what keeps business going. The good-ole’ saying The customer is always right reminds us to hold customer satisfaction to the...
  • The Story of a Data Center Super Hero

    Jacob Bertling
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Since the inception of the high tech career, responsible IT professionals have struggled to maintain a normal work schedule knowing they could be called into action at any moment of the day or night....
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  • Data-Driven Security: Analysis, Visualization and Dashboards ($40.99 Value) FREE for a limited time!

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Security professionals need all the tools at their disposal to increase their visibility in order to prevent security breaches and attacks. You'll soon understand how to harness and wield data, from collection and storage to management and analysis as well as visualization and presentation. Using a hands-on approach with real-world examples, this book shows you how to gather feedback, measure the effectiveness of your security methods, and make better decisions.Everything in this book will have practical application for information security professionals.Helps IT and security professionals…
  • Accelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    When moving services to the cloud, data centers are no longer local, so the end user experience can suffer. A poor or congested Internet connection between the user and the cloud service will mean sluggish application delivery that puts a damper on user productivity and ultimately threatens application usage.Request Free!
  • Edge Consolidation Delivers Peace of Mind for IT

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    To increase agility while lowering costs, IT organizations are using virtualization and cloud-based infrastructure services to consolidate and reduce the number of physical servers and data centers across the enterprise. IDC estimates that, by 2015, more than 20 percent of the information running through servers will do so on virtualized systems. This percentage increases along with the size of the company, with some larger organizations using 100 percent virtualized systems. IDC predicts that, over the next decade, the amount of information managed by enterprise data centers will grow by a…
  • Schneider Electric: Riverbed Cloud Steelhead Appliances Support IT Migration to Cloud Computing, SaaS and IaaS

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    SteelHead appliances deliver LAN-like performance for applications running in the data centers, and have reduced optimized traffic volume across the WAN by an average of 75% leading to fewer bandwidth upgrades. Interceptor appliances avoid costs related to data center disruptions and help control capital expenses. In addition, Cloud SteelHead appliances will save the company money when it moves to cloud computing, as Schneider Electric will only pay for the resources it needs.Request Free!
  • Backing Up Servers to the Microsoft Cloud

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    For cloud-based data backup, Microsoft Azure Backup is well suited for the ends of the company-size spectrum: small companies that don't have many servers, and large companies that will integrate it with System Center Data Protection Manager.Request Free!
 
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  • DCIM Implementation: 6 Challenges and Solutions.

    Vaishnavi Kulkarni
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Data center needs are increasing with every step towards digitization. This increased need brings along need for a centralized management structure that provides managing, monitoring and controlling data center operations. Data center infrastructure management suites like eMagic delivers these features effectively. DCIM implementation brings along challenges that must be reviewed and then appropriate DCIM fulfilling all required needs with proper solutions for challenges must be chosen. Validation of need When was the last time you did not thought before investing? I know investment…
  • Heterogeneous Hypervisor Management with eMagic

    Nilesh
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:26 am
    Presentation Management of various hypervisors could be a time-consuming challenge. So here, we will explore the answers to common questions of Heterogeneous hypervisor management. Today, the heterogeneous hypervisor environment has become a widely adopted practice among IT departments of large and medium sized companies. To tackle the trickiest problems of integrated multiple hypervisor management, companies must have a unique approach and appropriate tool required to run those hypervisors. But why are companies inclined towards Multi-Hypervisor? The answers are as varied as the…
  • Pros and Cons of Multicloud

    Vaishnavi Kulkarni
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:06 pm
      Combinations of the service providers for varied applications with different platforms makes a Multicloud environment, it can also be said as Heterogeneous Cloud platform. Multicloud platform comes with some benefits and some challenges. This type of platform is predicted to be widely adopted in future. Let us see some pros and cons of using Multi cloud. Pros Reduced Dependency: The facility to deploy applications with diverse cloud providers clearly reduces dependency on single provider. This facilitates the leverage of most advantageous offer available around and switching between…
  • 5 Main Questions Asked by the Market about SAP S/4 Hana

    Nilesh
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    S/4 Hana, the new SAP ERP is a major breakthrough in software packages product line! SAP always mentioned that the objective of its strategy around Hana was to rewrite its Software to take advantage of in-memory. But there is still a major disruption of equilibrium in the market for ERP. Remember that the current versions of SAP ERP – Business Suite, mostly run on the Oracle database. Between 60 to 70% of installed SAP base employs Oracle DBMS, though the main rival of German elsewhere on the package on the segment. Announcement of S/4 Hana was actually a bold move from SAP, because it…
  • How can enterprise procure benefit from Desktop in Cloud?

    Vaishnavi Kulkarni
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:41 am
    Introduction Before swimming into the Lake of Desktop in Cloud all the way, let us dip our feet first and have some warm up with its understanding. Many winged terms like Virtual Desktop Integration (VDI), DaaS, etc. must have fluttered your ear. Mobilizing DaaS in companies, as of now is still not extensively live. As the number of mobile employees increases, need of availability of resources to them increases, to maintain work endurance. Desktop in Cloud platform provides butter on the sandwich of Mobile employees and Company savings. Desktop in Cloud term is trending all over the world and…
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  • Amazon’s WorkMail goes where other cloud email solutions haven’t

    Stephen Harrington
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:34 am
    Amazon is a household name throughout the cloud computing market, especially in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service sector. As the vendor has established its brand in the cloud industry, it is also looking at becoming a player in the email and calendaring field with its WorkMail suite to battle the likes of Microsoft Office.In an interview with CRN, Aater Suleman, CEO of Flux7 Labs, said vendors have developed Software-as-a-Service email solutions before, but WorkMail is different. Amazon has focused on security features that set its offering apart from other suites on the market."AWS…
  • Complexities remain present with cloud migrations

    Stephen Harrington
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:41 am
    For all of its advantages, cloud computing remains challenging on many levels. Businesses are not doing themselves any favors by inadequately planning their migrations or choosing vendors without the most effective migration tools. A CDW survey of more than 1,200 IT decision-makers discovered 59 percent of respondents said the complexities associated with cloud solutions are keeping them from using the service on a wider scale.The more experience, the better Although organizations are clearly dealing with some challenges with their cloud suites, the effort is worth it in the long run if…
  • Small businesses investing in themselves, not pocketing earnings

    Stephen Harrington
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Small businesses, despite their stature compared to large enterprises with exhaustible resources, are often at the forefront of key technological trends. This is because what these companies lack in size they make up for in sheer numbers. Studies have shown these organizations are particularly focused on incorporating cloud computing into their operations.Brother International Corporation recently announced findings of its annual Brother Small Business study. Of the companies included in the analysis, 54 percent would rather spend their reserves on key operational needs instead of…
  • How MSPs can take the right approach with client cloud migrations

    Stephen Harrington
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Companies planning to implement cloud computing applications soon may be eager to start migrating critical resources to hosted environments to leverage the technology's operational flexibility. Decision-makers overseeing this process should not overlook the necessary planning required or be hesitant to reach out to third-party vendors to select the most efficient and secure suites for their respective organizations.ITProPortal's Adam Jarvis recently detailed some of the most important characteristics of any successful cloud migration. Adopters must realize there are an…
  • Deadline for Windows Server 2003 shutdown is imminent

    Stephen Harrington
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    Businesses that have yet to consider alternatives to using Windows Server 2003 are running out of time to plan ahead. Microsoft plans to stop supporting the system July 14, 2015. Despite various industry outlets and Microsoft themselves announcing such a deadline, some companies are still expected to be using this solution after that date, a Computerworld report suggested.The news source noted it is not uncommon for organizations to continue to use products after support ends. A similar event occurred with the Windows XP operating system.Jim Vanden Boom, senior manager for software…
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