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  • Three Major Reasons Why Cloud Migrations Fail

    RISC Networks
    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.
  • How New Types of DDoS Affect the Cloud

    Data Center Knowledge
    Bill Kleyman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    At a recent security meeting with a large healthcare organization, I had the privilege of looking at the logs of a private cloud infrastructure which I helped design. They showed me a couple of interesting numbers and what looked like possible DDoS attacks. Except, they were different. The security admin mentioned that he, and colleagues in different organizations, have been seeing a spike in malicious DDoS attacks against their systems. Over the past few months, there have been more DDoS attacks against more IT infrastructures all over the world. These attacks have evolved from simple…
  • Wag The Dog: Aligning Business and Data Center

    Green Data Center News
    Jason Verge
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The data center has moved from the basement to the board room, but we're all still speaking different languages. Read More
  • DCIM Vendor Power Assure closes shop

    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog
    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.
  • Hard Choices !

    Cisco Blog » Data Center and Cloud
    Mahesh Natarajan
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Sorry .. I did not mean to steal the title of Hillary Clinton’s book. It so happened that we had [...]
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  • How New Types of DDoS Affect the Cloud

    Bill Kleyman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    At a recent security meeting with a large healthcare organization, I had the privilege of looking at the logs of a private cloud infrastructure which I helped design. They showed me a couple of interesting numbers and what looked like possible DDoS attacks. Except, they were different. The security admin mentioned that he, and colleagues in different organizations, have been seeing a spike in malicious DDoS attacks against their systems. Over the past few months, there have been more DDoS attacks against more IT infrastructures all over the world. These attacks have evolved from simple…
  • Telx Adds Hybrid Cloud Option to Cloud Exchange

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Telx has added a hybrid cloud option on its Cloud Xchange platform, a centralized hub for cloud services its data center customers offer. Many public and private cloud services were available on the platform before, but now there is also the option of combining the two cloud flavors into a single architecture. Colocation and interconnection providers like Telx and Equinix have been using the exchange approach to leverage the ecosystems of service providers they have nurtured within their data centers to get a piece of the action in the thriving cloud services market without having to provide…
  • SingleHop Launches VMware-based Virtual Private Cloud

    Nicole Henderson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Managed cloud hosting provider SingleHop announced on Tuesday that it has launched its new Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) infrastructure service. The offering leverages enterprise technologies from VMware, Veeam, EMC and others to provide a scalable private cloud. VPC is integrated with SingleHop’s proprietary cloud automation and orchestration platform and gives customers granular control over resource allocation. Based on VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director, SingleHop’s VPC offering has achieved VMware Hybrid Cloud Powered status. This…
  • DCIM Vendor Power Assure Dissolved

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    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. The DCIM software market is still fairly young but has already gone through a wave of consolidation. A handful of Power Assure competitors have been acquired by larger companies, which have been fleshing out their DCIM offerings to provide comprehensive infrastructure…
  • IIX Buys Allegro to Automate its Global Network Peering Cloud

    Jason Verge
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    IIX has made its first acquisition following a $10.4 million Series A this summer. The company has acquired Allegro Networks in the UK for an undisclosed amount. IIX said it was attracted to Allegro’s connectivity automation capabilities and talent. It also gains more than 30 Allegro network Points of Presence (PoPs) in the UK. IIX wants to make international network peering simple through distributed and interconnected Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and believes it has the platform to make this a reality. The company describes its PeeringCloud is a global Internet exchange platform that…
 
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    Green Data Center News

  • Wag The Dog: Aligning Business and Data Center

    Jason Verge
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The data center has moved from the basement to the board room, but we're all still speaking different languages. Read More
  • Crosby: Weak Commissioning Poses Risks to Reliability, Safety

    Rich Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Data Center World: The industry isn't serious enough about testing performance and safety of new facilities, says Compass CEO Read More
  • Boeing's Shares Drop, Despite Strong Quarterly Results

    By CHRISTOPHER DREW
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The company said that the deferred production cost for its Dreamliner jets rose, and could go higher.
  • Channeling South Park in Space Server Fluff by Doug Mohney

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Reading a summary of a start-up that packs Big Data, small satellites, symbolistic calculation and data centers on a single web page with little concrete details, I can only hear one loud voice shouting, "It. Does. Not. Make. Sense!" ConnectX (www.connectx.com), the start-up in question, says distributed cloud computing was not designed for the exponential growth in Big Data. Replacement of today's current infrastructure of cloud, storage and network infrastructure needs to be replaced with a cloud supercomputing platform (Uh, by the way, who uses supercomputing anymore in regular…
  • Clise Pitches 12-Story Seattle Data Center That Will Recycle Waste Heat

    Jason Verge
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Real estate firm files planning documents for facility close to Westin building and Amazon campus Read More
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  • 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…
  • Microsoft puts ex-Amazon VP in charge of Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, including data centers

    Dave Ohara
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Last week Microsoft put an ex-Amazon.com VP in charge of Cloud Infrastructure and Operations.  I’ve had e-mail conversations on the changes with lots of people asking questions, but I couldn’t write anything.  Well, now I can blog something because of public disclosure.  Suresh Kumar, VP of Cloud Infrastructure and Operations updated his LinkedIn profile. Last week Suresh’s linkedin profile only showed Suresh’s Amazon experience even though he had been at Microsoft for months and his job change to Microsoft was not added yet. VP, Worldwide Retail Systems and Retail Services Amazon…
  • Been slow blogging as lots of device repairs

    Dave Ohara
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    This past few days have been slow blogging as I have had a few device problems - smartphones and laptop.  Luckily everything is fixed and no data is lost.  I’ll write a few posts on the device problems. 
  • Oops, Microsoft buys 2 more homes to support its Iowa Data Center expansion

    Dave Ohara
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Des Moines Register reports on Microsoft buying 2 home to support its data center expansion. Microsoft has closed in on some of the last pieces of land for its $1.1 billion data center in West Des Moines. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has purchased another two homes that sit on the future site of the "Project Alluvion" data center. Microsoft purchased one home for $405,000 and another for $275,000, according to documents recently filed with the Polk County recorder's office. If you go to the above link you can see where the data center site is located.
 
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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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  • 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…
  • Switch’s SUPERNAP 8 Earns Tier IV Gold

    Sean Penny
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    In the world of high density data centers several factors are constantly on the minds of the owners and their customers. Efficiency, PUE, we’ve talked about many of them before but Uptime might well be the chief concern especially for content providers that require that their services be up and running all the time. High end data users like Apple and Facebook have moved into their own personal data centers, but what about the rest of them? Well colocation is the answer and there are plenty of brands to choose from; Verizon has Terremark, there’s Digital Realty, Equinix and plenty of…
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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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  • Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cost-effective. Simple. Secure. Apptix is the first hoster to leverage Simpana 10, the powerful backup software solution with an industry-leading Cloud infrastructure. Back up your company data the right way with advanced functionality, off-site storage, and customized retention periods. All users are empowered to protect, manage, and access their stored data in the event of infrastructure loss, network outages, compliance concerns, or eDiscovery.Enterprise backup and recovery – Store data from any kind of serverEncryption and security – Backed-up data is protected during transfer and at…
  • Customer Analytics: Making Big Data Work for the Marketer

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Marketers that successfully bring together customer data captured through offline (in-store) and digital (e.g. web and social media) channels excel in optimizing marketing campaign results. This report introduces insights-driven marketers and illustrates the activities and technology enablers that they use to establish and nurture a data-driven marketing infrastructure.Report Highlights:70% of marketers are using seven channels to target customers in cross-channel campaigns.Successful cross-channel marketers integrate digital and offline data across multiple systems.Marketers that segment the…
  • The Benefits of Effective Process Distribution

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The white paper addresses a clear and consistent approach to design and implementation of a distributed computing system. It highlights the challenges and benefits of distributed computing, analyzes the attributes of an effective distributed system, and covers basic distributed architecture types.«The Benefits of Effective Process Distribution» is a practical guide on what should be taken into consideration to get the most out of distributed computing. It will be helpful for businesses that give a serious consideration to system maintenance and security and look for an efficient…
  • Insider Threat: Three Activities to Worry About, Five Ways They're Allowed to Happen and What to Do

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Business leaders these days can hear quite a lot about insider threat, but what does this term really mean? Is it really worthy of executive-level attention? Why do some trusted insiders do bad things, and how do many organizations allow those bad things to happen? Most importantly, how can organizations leverage visibility into end-user behavior with Big Data, business intelligence and advanced analytics, to detect and prevent insider misuse?Report Highlights:Motivation and opportunity: why some insiders do bad things, and five ways many organizations allow those bad things to happen.From…
  • Hadoop-Enabled Analytics: The Elephant Enlightens the Blind Men

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    For any organization operating in a complex data environment, the challenges associated with managing Big Data are substantial, but the opportunities for game-changing insight are lying just under the surface. This report explores how companies are combining analytical tools and activities with the distributed files system for Big Data known as Hadoop, in order to extract more business value from their disparate data environments.Report Highlights:71% of Hadoop users are combining visualization capabilities with Hadoop.42% of Hadoop users cite the need to use unstructured data as their top…
 
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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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  • 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…
  • How Data Center Certifications Help Healthcare Companies with Compliance

    Scott Brueggeman
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    With healthcare organizations transitioning from paper-based to digital records, the resulting explosion of data is causing the industry to face many issues.  IT professionals within these organizations must focus on implementing meaningful technology to improve patient care, data management and cost containment.  At the same time, healthcare companies must keep patient data secure and adhere to strict governmental regulations. How do healthcare companies meet all of these challenges?  The first place to start is with an evaluation of a provider’s data center certifications and data…
 
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  • 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…
  • 2014 global cloud market worth $75 billion

    Jesse Frye
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    The worldwide cloud computing market is on the rise and expected to total $75 billion in 2014 alone, according to a GMR Data Ltd. report. The study asserted the industry has grown markedly during the past five years. However, can the technology sustain this level of success in future years? This may depend largely on how vendors price cloud services and how customers achieve cost-savings.The various uses of cloud computing are far more clear. GMR Data indicated organizations are implementing cloud environments to improve backup and recovery strategies, as well as to store data. Other…
  • Navigate the cloud migration process with precision

    Jesse Frye
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Cloud computing is often cited for its simplicity and agility, promoting the perception that migration is a hands-off process for the enterprise in question. While transitions to off-premise environments are indeed streamlined by the centralized nature of cloud architecture, the most effective projects are marked by involvement from several sources of input and guidance. A successful cloud migration needs to be carefully coordinated between executive teams, IT leadership, third-party solutions providers and end-users across the organization. Treading lightly While many companies have…
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