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  • EMC Takes Full Control of VCE, Company Behind Vblock

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    Jason Verge
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    After about five years of its existence as a joint venture between EMC and Cisco, a new chapter is starting in the story of converged infrastructure vendor VCE, which will now be controlled by EMC alone. The enterprise IT hardware giant, known primarily for its storage arrays, announced this week it had bought out most of Cisco’s share in the company, whose line of solutions under the brand name Vblock combines integrated Cisco’s Unified Computing System servers and Nexus switches, EMC’s storage and VMware’s virtualization software. Cisco and VMware will remain…
  • The haunted data center: Why data center cleaning standards are crucial for efficiency by Wendy Schuchart

    Green Data Center News
    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    In honor of Halloween, here’s a true tale of a haunted data center. We used to have a data center server that would go down randomly for about fifteen minutes once every weekday and then reboot. We analyzed all the processes that were running and even graphed them all on a timeline to figure out which one was causing the reboot. The timing was random – it happened within the same window of the workday, but never at the same specific time, and it never happened on the weekends. What are you thinking? Virus, right? Or maybe a faulty process? Hardware problem? Close. A ghost? Even…
  • 10 years of Microsoft Data Center Executives

    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog
    Dave Ohara
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Microsoft’s latest VP of Data Centers (Global Foundation Services) now called the Cloud Infrastructure and Operations is Suresh Kumar.  There have been a lot of changes in the past 10 years of Microsoft’s data center group. The following is an accumulation of looking at Linkedin Profiles. Currently Suresh Kumar is VP of Cloud Infrastructure and Operations with Christian Belady General Manager of Data Centers. Dayne Sampson was VP of Global Foundation Services (GFS) from 2009 - 2014 with Christian Belady and Kevin Timmons as GMs of data centers. Debra Chrapty was VP of GFS (until 2009)…
  • My Favorite Demo at Microsoft TechEd Europe: Data Center Modernization

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    Renee Yao
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
      After the SQL Saturday event this week I will be staying in Barcelona for a few more days to [...]
  • 6 Awesome Examples of Business-Ready DaaS

    Fountainhead
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The term “DaaS” is often synonymous with a “raw desktop in the sky”. But that’s a only like getting a new laptop… just an OS and maybe some antivirus. The rest of the set-up and customization is up to you. Meh.What lines-of-business really want are “business-ready desktops“, customized, optimized and supported for a company’s industry and specific use cases. In the past I’ve personally blogged about the value providers reap when creating offers targeting specific markets....(More.... originally posted on blogs.citrix.com May, 2014)
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  • EMC Takes Full Control of VCE, Company Behind Vblock

    Jason Verge
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    After about five years of its existence as a joint venture between EMC and Cisco, a new chapter is starting in the story of converged infrastructure vendor VCE, which will now be controlled by EMC alone. The enterprise IT hardware giant, known primarily for its storage arrays, announced this week it had bought out most of Cisco’s share in the company, whose line of solutions under the brand name Vblock combines integrated Cisco’s Unified Computing System servers and Nexus switches, EMC’s storage and VMware’s virtualization software. Cisco and VMware will remain…
  • 2nd Watch, New Relic Partner for Performance Monitoring on AWS Enterprise Apps

    Nicole Henderson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Managed services provider and AWS partner 2nd Watch is now using New Relic application performance data as part of its managed services offering for workloads running on Amazon’s public cloud. 2nd Watch’s managed services for AWS users provides Service Level Agreements, high availability and billing management, and its software and services have been found to save clients up to 70 percent on their AWS deployments. Among the 60,000 AWS instances it manages, 2nd Watch oversees brands such as Adobe Business Catalyst and Red Lion Hotels. Many…
  • Canadian Web Hosting Targets Enterprise Public Cloud Market with OpenStack Offering

    Chris Burt
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Canadian Web Hosting launched its pre-production Enterprise Public Cloud service running on OpenStack Icehouse called AURO. The company said on Tuesday that it aims to pit AURO against the big public cloud providers for Canadian enterprise customers, and claims it offers better rates. To design AURO, Canadian Web Hosting worked with Cloudscaling, Juniper, Nimble Storage, and other vendors to ensure “truly enterprise” availability, infrastructure redundancy, scalability, and comprehensive compliance, according to the company. AURO is AWS and GCE…
  • Equinix Pitches Private Links to New AWS Data Center in Frankfurt

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Piggybacking on the announcement of the new Amazon Web Services data center in the Frankfurt area Thursday, Equinix announced customers can connect to the new cloud availability region privately from 10 of its data centers in Germany. Called AWS Direct Connect, the connectivity service bypasses the public Internet, which according to the companies improves performance and security in connecting a customer’s servers to Amazon’s cloud. The service is available in Equinix and other providers’ data centers around the world. Microsoft offers similar private links to its Azure cloud from…
  • RagingWire Breaks Ground on Second N. Virginia Data Center

    Jason Verge
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    NTT-backed RagingWire has commenced construction of a new Northern Virginia data center that will double its footprint in the region. The company announced the groundbreaking during a two-year anniversary bash for its Ashburn campus this week. The new two-story data center, dubbed VA2, will open with 14 megawatts and 140,000 square feet, pushing total campus footprint close to 300,000 square feet. The company expects the facility to be ready for first customer installations at the end of 2015. The construction begins shortly after the final phase of VA1 came online, one third of which was…
 
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  • The haunted data center: Why data center cleaning standards are crucial for efficiency by Wendy Schuchart

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    In honor of Halloween, here’s a true tale of a haunted data center. We used to have a data center server that would go down randomly for about fifteen minutes once every weekday and then reboot. We analyzed all the processes that were running and even graphed them all on a timeline to figure out which one was causing the reboot. The timing was random – it happened within the same window of the workday, but never at the same specific time, and it never happened on the weekends. What are you thinking? Virus, right? Or maybe a faulty process? Hardware problem? Close. A ghost? Even…
  • Intel Security Switches to All-Colo Data Center Strategy

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Each organization’s data center strategy is dictated by that organization’s unique infrastructure needs, and there isn’t a strategy that works best for everyone. The Intel Security Group (formerly McAfee) has changed its strategy from a mix of on-premise and colocation data centers to an all-colo approach.
  • IBM to Open SoftLayer Data Center in Paris

    Jason Verge
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Partners with Global Switch to add capacity for "thousands of servers" in the cloud's first French location Read More
  • Hydro66 Kicks Off Sweden Data Center Construction in Facebook's Neighborhood

    Jason Verge
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Provider pitches facility as one with plenty of free cooling and low-cost hydro-electric power Read More
  • Mitigating Risk of UPS System Failure

    Bill Kleyman
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How are you controlling your power and UPS infrastructure? Are you working to mitigate the risk of UPS failure? Find out what it takes to help prevent utility failure. Read More
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  • 10 years of Microsoft Data Center Executives

    Dave Ohara
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Microsoft’s latest VP of Data Centers (Global Foundation Services) now called the Cloud Infrastructure and Operations is Suresh Kumar.  There have been a lot of changes in the past 10 years of Microsoft’s data center group. The following is an accumulation of looking at Linkedin Profiles. Currently Suresh Kumar is VP of Cloud Infrastructure and Operations with Christian Belady General Manager of Data Centers. Dayne Sampson was VP of Global Foundation Services (GFS) from 2009 - 2014 with Christian Belady and Kevin Timmons as GMs of data centers. Debra Chrapty was VP of GFS (until 2009)…
  • Berkshire Hathaway's Green (Renewable) Energy efforts

    Dave Ohara
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    WSJ has a post on Berkshire Hathaway’s renewable energy efforts. In the neighboring Hawkeye State, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman has sunk billions into wind-farm projects, part of a big gambit on renewable energy by a utility company he acquired in 2000 and has built into one of the country’s largest power suppliers. Through a majority-owned subsidiary, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Mr. Buffett plans to double the $15 billion already committed to renewable-energy projects through early this year, and he is on the hunt for more utility acquisitions. Charles T. Munger , Mr.
  • Best Feature of Apple Pay, getting notifications within seconds of credit cards registered when swiped

    Dave Ohara
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    There is all kinds of news on Apple Pay. Apple can do a simple logo that gets your attention. Almost all the attention is using the iPhone 6 to pay.  I haven’t tried it yet, but the best feature that makes it worthwhile to register your credit cards with Apple Pay is I get a notification of credit card swipes within seconds to my iPhone 6 for my credit cards that Apple Pay works with. Update: others have not had this feature work.  I think why it works on my iPhone is I have the AMEX app. Think about how cool this is. Any time your credit card company authorizes a transaction you get a…
  • DCIM Vendor Power Assure closes shop

    Dave Ohara
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    DatacenterKnowledge post that DCIM vendor Power Assure has closed due to lack of funding. Power Assure, a Santa Clara, California-based data center infrastructure management startup, has been dissolved, Clemens Pfeiffer, the company’s now former CTO, said. The company failed to raise enough money to continue operating, he said, adding that he did not have any further details about what had led to the dissolution. Below is the funding that Power Assure had. It followed a $2.5 million Series A round in 2009 with an $11.25 million round the following year and a $14.5 million Series B in 2011.
  • Comparing Microsoft's VP of Cloud Infrastructure to Google's VP of Data Centers via LinkedIn Profiles

    Dave Ohara
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Microsoft has put a new VP in charge of its Cloud Infrastructure group retiring the role of VP of Global Foundation Services.  GFS’s logo looked like this. Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft's cloud services. Learn more. When I Google Search “Microsoft Global Foundation Services” what shows is Microsoft Cloud Platform with little trace of Global Foundation Services and the words Global Foundation Services (GFS) are gone. So the changes have started in Microsoft’s data center group.  What changes are there in the future? One way to look at what the…
 
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  • 6 Awesome Examples of Business-Ready DaaS

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The term “DaaS” is often synonymous with a “raw desktop in the sky”. But that’s a only like getting a new laptop… just an OS and maybe some antivirus. The rest of the set-up and customization is up to you. Meh.What lines-of-business really want are “business-ready desktops“, customized, optimized and supported for a company’s industry and specific use cases. In the past I’ve personally blogged about the value providers reap when creating offers targeting specific markets....(More.... originally posted on blogs.citrix.com May, 2014)
  • 6 Reasons Why DaaS and VDI Terms Undervalue The Reality

    4 Mar 2014 | 5:23 pm
    A day doesn’t pass that I find myself explaining why DaaS isn’t synonymous with VDI – and neither term does justice to the real range of value possible.Both end-users and service providers have a preconceived notion that DaaS simply means delivery of a “desktop”. But that simplistic VDI-style mindset (and desktop-only mindset) doesn’t describe the real range of services possible. Rather, the terms we really should be using are “Hosted Workspaces” or “Workspace-as-a-Service“.. (more: originally posted on blogs.citrix.com) 
  • Managed Services Providers Agree: Build a Vertical Market DaaS Focus

    6 Feb 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of speaking with a number of our Citrix Service Providers at Citrix Summit in Orlando.There is no doubt in my mind that the Managed Services industry is shifting… away from commodity services (dedicated servers, websites, Exchange mailboxes) and toward more holistic, higher-value hosting and outsourcing services.The evidence I cite is both from a Service Provider panel I facilitated, as well as from assessing the winners of the recent Citrix CSP Awards.Heard at the PanelMy first set of data points came from a panel I ran covering the importance of…
  • A Tale of Three Cloud Strategies (Upgraded from Two)

    29 Oct 2013 | 4:46 pm
    Earlier in March I penned a blog titled A Tale of Two Cloud Strategies and observed the two opposing cloud strategies of VMware vs. AWS. VMware, with its strength in the enterprise, building presence in the public cloud -- and AWS with de facto dominance in the public cloud, working inroads into the enterprise.In my closing paragraph I notedThese will be extraordinary strategies to observe over time. We all know that even the most dominating companies/technologies eventually meet their match (or their disruption).  Both VMware and AWS have appeared at times to be unstoppable.
  • Succeeding with Daas: For MSPs, Business Help Outweighs Technology Hype

    15 Oct 2013 | 3:50 pm
    By now you may have heard of a new entrant into the Desktop-as-a-Service market, with VMware buying Desktone.  While I applaud the move that will help mature the market, I have to add some sobriety to their party atmosphere. Technology alone does not sell product - especially where the Managed Service Provider (MSP) channel is involved. Putting it Bluntly - Support the Business! Soundbites would have MSPs believe that VMware’s thousands of partners will instantly be able to stand-up and sell DaaS.  Our experience shows that vendors also have to provide the MSP with business…
 
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  • Risk Mitigation and You

    Sean Penny
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In today’s world of modern infrastructure and IT management, data centers have become an integral part of day to day life, whether we know it or not. Our information and data is being stored on servers more and more each day. The Cloud, while considered a mystery, is still contained in racks in a data center somewhere. With all of that data in one location it’s easy to lose track of the little things that can cause down time.   Risk Mitigation. It’s a topic that can send chills up the spine of even the most stalwart of IT professionals. Or it might induce a near frantic retelling…
  • What is Pledge Manager?

    Sean Penny
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    What is Pledge Manager? Well I’m glad you asked! Pledge Manager is a new third party program designed with the crowdfunding creator in mind. Anyone that has run a Kickstarter can tell you that Fulfillment is important, perhaps more so than getting all of those backing funds. Fulfillment means getting your rewards to backers and communicating with them as you complete this process. Like every other part of the journey it requires planning and budgeting. The planning part is where third party vendors such as BackerKit or Pledge Manager come into play. Were you to start your own crowdfunded…
  • New Efficiency Metric Promises to Help You With Your Space Problem

    Sean Penny
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    The world of data centers and big data is filled with a number of metrics that help technicians and leads keep on top of the many aspects that make up a data center. Power metrics, cooling metrics, and connectivity metrics; there is a veritable handbook on how to check the efficiency of a data center. The Green Grid is a company that has been coming up with useful and not-so-useful metrics to measure the efficiency of airflow, energy use, carbon use, return on investment, use of liquid cooling and more. While their most popular so far is the PUE or Power Use Efficiency metric, they are poised…
  • Community Spotlight: Capes4Heroes

    Sean Penny
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
      Everyone needs a superhero. It doesn’t matter if you’re the weight lifting champion of the world or the newest soldier in an ongoing struggle between humanity and disease. Big or small; people the world over deal with incurable diseases and creeping cancers. When the person fighting is a child? Well, we don’t have to sit here and wax poetic about how devastating and emotional that can be. The internet is filled with inspirational and motivational stories of kids dealing with things way over their head with aplomb and sometimes charm. Of course not every story is as bright and…
  • The Shocking Truth About ESD

    Chris Ruiz
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Whether you’re a data center technician or a couch potato, chances are you’ve encountered electrostatic discharge or ESD before. In fact, if you’ve ever dragged your feet across a rug and poked your younger sibling to give them a nice little tormenting jolt, you’ve manipulated electricity; one of the most powerful forces of nature! If you were that younger sibling, you can find solace in the fact that your torment was in the name of science. Electricity has been around since the dawn of time and will long outlive us. If controlled, it can be used to bring our beloved…
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  • Guide Share Europe annual conference 2014

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The Guide Share Europe (GSE) UK Annual Conference is taking place on 4-5 November at its regular home in Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, Near Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8QH, UK. Sponsors this year include IBM, Computacenter, EMC2, Attachmate Suse, PKWARE, BMC Software, CA Technologies, Compuware, IntelliMagic, Oracle, Rocket Software, Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Millennia, and RSM Partners. And there will be nearly 30 vendors in the associated exhibition.
  • The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2015

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    The Arcati Mainframe Yearbook has been the de facto reference work for IT professionals working with z/OS (and its forerunner) systems since 2005. The Yearbook includes an annual user survey, an up-to-date directory of vendors and consultants, a media guide, a strategy section with papers on mainframe trends and directions, a glossary of terminology, and a technical specification section. Each year, the Yearbook is downloaded by over 20,000 mainframe professionals. The current issue is still available at www.arcati.com/newyearbook14.
  • Mainframes and dealing with limiting beliefs

    4 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    There’s an interesting idea in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) about limiting beliefs. A limiting belief is a belief about ourselves and/or our model of the world that limits the way we live. For mainframers, the most common limiting belief we come up against is the belief that mainframes are old hat and the future lies with other platforms. So how can we help non-mainframers overcome their limiting belief?
  • Making your Web site work for you

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    After all these years of mainframe experience, and following the latest corporate reorganization, they’ve let you go – and you’re not ready or just too awkward to retire. So you decide to set yourself up in business working for yourself. You’ve got that spare room, now that the children have moved out, that you can use as an office. And you just need a decent Web site so that you can get some business coming your way. And that’s where so many people go wrong – they give themselves the wrong kind of Web site. Let’s have a look at what you should be doing with your Web site.
  • All change in the mainframe world

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    It’s been an interesting week, in the mainframe world, with changes at Compuware, Attachmate has been taken over Micro Focus, and Larry Ellison stepped down.
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  • Data Center Networking

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Today's data center must meet a number of business requirements and overcome several design obstacles in order to truly achieve resiliency. This guide will provide the reader with key concepts for designing a standards-based data center fabric to meet the requirements of today and tomorrow.Request Free!
  • How to Turn Your Network into a Strategic Business Asset with Purview

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Purview eBook will help demonstrate how to provide business value through:Optimized resource utilization and capacity management for business critical applicationsTroubleshooting and managed application servicesNetwork and application response time managementProviding application usage data for compliance reportingAnalyzing customer application usage profile to better understand your customersRequest Free!
  • SevOne's Performance Management for Cisco Networks

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    SevOne and Cisco have a long standing partnership enabling SevOne to leverage the rich set of Cisco manageability interfaces to help our joint customers implement a performance visibility strategy to meet their continuously evolving business needs.SevOne provides the fastest, most scalable network monitoring platform to help you detect and avoid performance events before they impact your business. Now with the recent acquisition of RapidEngines, SevOne will enhance your ability to proactively identify and resolve performance issues by adding log data to the troubleshooting process.SevOne…
  • Enabling Cloud-Scale Data Centers

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    These include:Support for network and storage convergenceSupport for virtualization, automation, and customizationEase of network provisioning, configuration, and managementLow powerVery scalable, efficient, and high-performance fabric-based architectures can be built and deployed using open, interoperable and industry-accepted approaches. From high-density 10GbE to high-density 40GbE, to support for virtualization and convergence, as well as redundancy and multi-path capability, open industry-accepted solutions are gaining a foothold in building cloud-scale architectures.Request Free!
  • The Three Vs of Network Performance Management in the Age of 'Big Data'

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    At its most basic definition, “Big Data” is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time.1 That definition perfectly describes why so many network operations teams are reactive rather than proactive, and also explains why the duration of their user-impacting events go on for too long – there is so much data to sift through that they can’t get the right data when they need it. This lack of timely data leads to damaged reputations, frustrated users,…
 
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  • Gamification: A manager’s new best friend (Business Brief magazine)

    Ronell Swartbooi
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Opinion piece featured in Business Brief, October 2014 Games have been used to motivate and engage people since the dawn of time. They speak to one of our most basic instincts – the desire to play, compete, achieve and be part of a team. Gamification, or the use of game-like mechanics in a non-game environment, like a business, has gained popularity in recent years, particularly in the world of marketing and customer loyalty. SuperBru, Pick n Pay smart shopper points, Discovery’s Vitality programme and Codecademy are all great examples of how game-like experiences are helping South…
  • Contact Centres in the Cloud, Jed Hewson quoted

    Ronell Swartbooi
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
     Jed Hewson was quoted in the October feature on ‘Contact Centres in Cloud’ of Brainstorm magazine: Quote: For contact centres delivering outsourced services, the opex pricing model and scalability offered by a hosted solution enables them to keep overheads low. This provides a huge advantage over contact centres that have committed to a large capital investment, and now sit with high fixed costs. These contact centres are often forced to price services to finance all the seats they’ve installed, even when they’re empty. Despite the fact that the business case for hosted…
  • 1Stream featured in TechSmart Business – Sept issue

    Ronell Swartbooi
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Cloud-based solutions and hosted services are changing the way contact centres operate around the world. Whereas several years ago, setting up a contact centre involved a significant investment in premises, phones, PCs and specialised hardware and software, the cloud and hosted service providers now make it possible for new contact centres to set up with little capex, and even have agents working remotely. Hosted models are proving exceptionally beneficial in this sector, where the number of agent seats may have to be doubled during peak periods and marketing campaigns. In a traditional…
  • Fin24 features 1Stream: Are you game to improve?

    Ronell Swartbooi
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Fin24 reporter Matthew Le Cordeur interviewed 1Stream director, Bruce Von Maltitz on gamification. Article copy: Cape Town – Let’s play a game: Pretend your staff always came to work on time; pretend they were satisfied when their salaries were paid, pretend they were working to their potential. Ready? Let’s play. Gamification is a word many businesses have heard of, but changing their operations to focus on what sounds like a game probably sounds futuristic at best and perhaps too much fun for a serious platform. A local expert said gamification was basically a system to measure live…
  • Gamification in South African contact centres, 1Stream takes lead

    Ronell Swartbooi
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Gartner predicts that 40% of Global 1000 organisations will use gamification as their primary mechanism to perform business operations by 2015. It also predicts that 80% of current gamified applications will fail to meet business objectives. Hosted technology provider 1Stream has released a white paper outlining the potential for gamification technologies in South African contact centres. It serves as a guide created to provide a glimpse into how gamification is shaping business, what it can offer the contact centre in particular, and what senior management must take into account when…
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  • Data Protection in Data Centers

    Pravin Ganore
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Natural phenomena such as tsunamis, strong earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or extreme floods are rare, but large fires, damage to power lines or power outages can completely paralyze the work of the data center. To continue IT systems to function even in extreme conditions, businesses rely on the so-called metro cluster or stretched clusters, nodes are distributed between two or more sites. High availability is always achieved by redundancy - This is true in the case of training for extreme situations, when the entire data center must be protected from failures in the supply of electricity or…
  • Why Use WordPress For Your Blog?

    Pravin Ganore
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Let’s start with the numbers: according to some research, WordPress is the most commonly used content management system (almost three times compared to those who follow in ranking ( Custom, Drupal and Joomla )). Today it seems that more than 25 million sites on the internet are been made with WordPress. With WordPress you can make sites much more dynamic than with the old HTML, adding features for better positioning and optimization (thanks to the contributions of some plugins (most are free) that improves functionality). Among the main features that characterize most WordPress is…
  • Gartner: Data Stored Today, will be more Organized by 2020

    Pravin Ganore
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Gartner believes that by 2020 organizations will share the hosting data in accordance with a combination of factors. Among them is the cool factor, the political factor and the logical factor. In its disclosure to Gartner used the term date residency (residency of data), to refer to the physical location of information. For the vice president of research at Gartner, discussion of residence and sovereignty of data has grown in recent years, but this movement has stalled technological innovation in various organizations. The conflict would have emerged from the revelations of espionage made by…
  • Moving Your Database To The Cloud Environment

    Pravin Ganore
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    It seems that all organizations are analyzing what can be moved – or should be moved – to the cloud. However, the cloud is clearly not the answer for all; As with any technology, there are advantages and disadvantages. Thus, it is important that all professionals understand how and when the cloud is advantageous for their applications. In the assessment and planning of migrating applications to the cloud process, the databases are usually the most difficult element to understand. Of course the data is the heart of every application, so it is essential to know how databases can…
  • Reasons For Your Company To Invest In Disaster Recovery

    Pravin Ganore
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Interruptions happen… Either for technical failures, human, fraud or natural disasters. What will determine the severity of the problem is how much your company is prepared for this type of occurrence. It is worth mentioning that a good disaster recovery plan involves much more than off-site storage or backup processing. It is essential to put on paper in detail everything that is related to this contingency plan, considering all critical functions and business functions. This document must also include the step by step tested and approved procedures that, when followed, should ensure…
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  • What is Open IX, or OIX, and Why is It Important?

    Scott Brueggeman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    With the proliferation of the Internet, many challenges have surfaced, including inconsistencies in connectivity, availability and security.  To deal with these obstacles, major participants within the U.S. data center industry have joined forces to form Open IX, or OIX. OIX was created to develop common technical and operating standards for the Internet community.  The group’s goals are to promote uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity, improve reliability through better resiliency standards and create Internet Exchanges and data centers to meet the developed…
  • Understanding the Different Types of Data Center Facilities

    Scott Brueggeman
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    At the most basic level, a data center, including a Houston colocation facility, is a building housing server, network and storage hardware.  The data center also incorporates power, cooling, fire suppression and security systems, as well as network connectivity. However, many different types of facilities and service models exist.  The following list will help clarify the main differences: In-House Data Center – Many enterprises, especially larger organizations and those in the technology industry, design, build and operate their own facilities. The capabilities of an in-house facility…
  • Short- and Long-Term Priorities for Corporate Data Centers

    Scott Brueggeman
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    In September 2014, 451 Research conducted a study investigating company data center projects.  451 Research is an industry analyst researching topics such as cloud services, mobility and IT infrastructure.  This particular study focuses on corporate data center investment trends with the goal of identifying significant market changes. 451 Research surveyed over 6,000 IT decision-makers in North America and Western Europe.  The company targeted participants with intimate knowledge of data center spending and budgeting.  Specifically, the analyst gathered data for projects within a 90-day…
  • Common Terms and Metrics Used in Evaluating Texas Data Centers

    Scott Brueggeman
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    When researching services at Texas data centers, business professionals may encounter several terms and metrics.  To evaluate options effectively, they need to understand the special terminology used within the industry. Here are some of the more common terms: Multi-Tenant Data Center – A facility housing multiple customers. Colocation is a type of multi-tenant data center. Capex – A cash outlay made by companies to acquire or upgrade physical assets. These assets include property, buildings and equipment.  The capex investment is used to maintain or enhance operations. Critical Power…
  • Home Depot’s Credit Card Breach Can Spell Trouble for Businesses

    Scott Brueggeman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Speculation has been growing in recent weeks about a cyber-attack at Home Depot.  Just this week, the home improvement retailer confirmed the worst – hackers breached its computer systems earlier this year and may have stolen millions of customers’ credit and debit card information.  The New York Times estimates the number of hacked card numbers could exceed 60 million. Although the giant retailer is popular among homeowners, a large percentage of its sales are attributed to small business owners.  Drew Reading, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, estimates 40% of Home Depot’s…
 
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  • Cloud computing services for both disaster recovery, business continuity

    Jesse Frye
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Cloud computing offers functionality in many respects. Disaster recovery and business continuity are two uses gaining traction throughout the corporate space. Companies are not only implementing cloud environments to safeguard mission-critical data and applications from disruptions – they are also relying on the technology to quickly respond following such events. TechPageOne’s Howard Cohen recently indicated companies must understand the differences between business continuity and disaster recovery. What is similar between the two, however, is firms must make data protection…
  • Cloud, other tech stabilizing spending in 2014 and beyond

    Jesse Frye
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Cloud computing is contributing to higher IT budgets in 2014 and 2015. A Spiceworks survey of small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises discovered 61 percent have already adopted the cloud. Companies are expected to spend an average of $253,000 on IT products and services in 2014, with 42 percent anticipating even higher expenditures in 2015.Virtualization and bring-your-own-device policies are also driving forces behind improving IT spending. Spiceworks found 74 percent of respondents have adopted virtual environments, while 68 percent are supporting BYOD initiatives.Kathryn Pribish,…
  • Health care market using cloud computing for innovative research

    Jesse Frye
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
    Health care organizations are turning to cloud computing to perform all types of functions. GigaOM recently reported DNAnexus, a cloud startup, is using the technology to turn DNA sequences into valuable information. For example, Regeneron Genetics Center is leveraging the solution to for drug research.The news provider explained Regeneron uses DNAnexus' technology to analyze 1,000 exomes, which make up 1 percent of the human genome most relevant to health data, to compare these genes to potential health issues. DNAnexus streams these findings to cloud environments and translates…
  • Three Major Reasons Why Cloud Migrations Fail

    Stephen Harrington
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    RISC Networks’ Marketing Director Jesse Frye discusses the three reasons why most cloud migrations fail. Most companies overspend on cloud by as much as 94% in some cases. This is due to lack of planning. RISC Networks CloudScape is a vendor neutral SaaS platform that helps companies analyze their networks, purchase workloads based on usage instead of inventory, and properly form a migration plan.The post Three Major Reasons Why Cloud Migrations Fail appeared first on RISC Networks.
  • Cloud Computing and the Impact on IT Staffing

    Jesse Frye
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Cloud computing is on virtually every CIO’s radar. It’s not that the technology is brand new…it’s been around for decades. However, the widespread adoption of cloud related capabilities has really been pushed to the forefront of awareness with everyday consumer adoption of cloud. Today, there are few in the United States who are not users of cloud, either personally or professionally. If you use Facebook, Google Plus, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange, Google Docs, GMAIL, etc. etc. then you use cloud services. Vendor companies serving corporate America such as EMC, Microsoft, HP, IBM, Dell…
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