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  • Mainframes, mobile, and money

    Data Center
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of the things that came up time-and-time again at the technical sessions I sat through at the recent Guide Share Europe Conference was the staggering increase in mainframe CPU usage because of the mobile apps that organizations have made available. In a way, that’s a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great that users are making use of the easy-to-use apps that are now available to utilize CICS or IMS transactions. But the bad news is that CPU usage is chargeable – so IT bills are going up.
  • Cloud services market could exceed $200 billion by 2018

    RISC Networks
    Jesse Frye
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    Another day, another report detailing the ever-expanding cloud computing industry. Infonetics Research recently announced the global cloud services market may surpass $200 billion by 2018, with vendors such as Amazon, Google and IBM leading the charge. The research firm noted Google is the No. 1 cloud vendor in the Cloud-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service sectors. IBM is tops in the Software-as-a-Service field, while Amazon is the leader in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service segment. Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center, cloud and SDN at Infonetics Research, said new data center…
  • Innovation: A Recipe that’s Hard to Digest? Why Complicate!

    Official Blog - ESDS Software Solution
    Pravin Ganore
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:27 am
    The word innovation is trendy, heard in different places and with quite varied concept and application. Most associates only with technology innovation, a misconception. For an idea to be successful it need not necessarily be tied to large investments and latest technology, quite the contrary. Note that simple ideas are generally well accepted by the market, customers increasingly value products and unique processes. See that among several possibilities to innovate can relate aspects that make all the difference, for example, adaptation to new markets, new business models, new processes and…
  • Amazon quietly commits to 100% clean energy for AWS, but gives no details

    Green Data Center News
    Katie Fehrenbacher
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    While some of the biggest internet companies in the world — like Google, Apple and Facebook — have been investing in clean energy to run their data centers, Amazon has mostly shied away from publicly committing to using energy like solar and wind for Amazon Web Services. But perhaps that is starting to change.
  • Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of November 21st

    Data Center Knowledge
    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Microsoft Intros Docker Command Line Interface for Windows – Until now, users could only manage Docker containers using a Linux machine or a virtualized Docker environment on a Windows machine. AWS Docker Support is Major Leap Forward for Containers – Docker depends on standardization across the industry, and AWS support is a big step forward in the standardization process. French Web Host Builds Bare Metal ARM Server Cloud – Online.net has designed…
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  • Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of November 21st

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week. Microsoft Intros Docker Command Line Interface for Windows – Until now, users could only manage Docker containers using a Linux machine or a virtualized Docker environment on a Windows machine. AWS Docker Support is Major Leap Forward for Containers – Docker depends on standardization across the industry, and AWS support is a big step forward in the standardization process. French Web Host Builds Bare Metal ARM Server Cloud – Online.net has designed…
  • DDoS Attacks of More than 10 Gbps Rise Significantly in Q3

    Cheryl Kemp
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Large-scale DDoS attacks (defined as 10 Gbps and up) grew significantly in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report released Thursday by Verisign. Attacks of this nature represent more than 20 percent of all attacks from July to September 2014. Removing a couple of isolated attacks in the second quarter that were in the 200-300 Gbps range, the third quarter of 2014 had attacks that were 40 percent greater than the second. Although no specific industry was safe from DDoS attacks, media and entertainment continued to experience the largest…
  • Calligo Partners with Manx Telecom for Offshore Cloud Services

    Nicole Henderson
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Offshore cloud service provider Calligo announced on Thursday that it has partnered with Manx Telecom, a telecommunications company based in the Isle of Man, to provide pan-jurisdictional cloud services. Calligo was founded in 2012 to bring virtualization and cloud services to offshore jurisdictions. Its CalligoCloud Network includes data centers in Jersey and Guernsey, two islands off the coast of Normandy, France. According to a statement, Calligo said the partnership will support the growing demand from developing markets for services such as…
  • Telefónica Tapping Equinix Cloud Connectivity

    Jason Verge
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Telefónica is leveraging Equinix’s diverse cloud connectivity and offering it to customers. The big Spanish telecommunications company will provide enterprises with dedicated connectivity to multiple cloud service providers through the Equinix Cloud Exchange. The Cloud Exchange offers direct access to cloud providers and networks inside Equinix data centers. Enterprises are moving to colocation and a big reason is connectivity. Hooking up directly to cloud from a data center helps address proliferation of data growth and reduce costs. Telefónica instantly adds diverse cloud connectivity…
  • Teradata Hadoop Integration Advances With MapR Deal

    Jason Verge
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Teradata is primarily known as a data warehouse company, but it is looking to change that through its Unified Data Architecture and high-profile partnerships. One of those partnerships is with MapR, an Apache Hadoop distribution provider. The two companies are working closely on Teradata Hadoop integration by bridging MapR’s distribution and UDA. Road maps are being aligned, and the two are working on a unified go-to-market offering. For Teradata, the partnership is about offering customers choice and simplicity when it comes to Hadoop. To tighten Teradata Hadoop integration, the…
 
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  • Telx to Add Capacity in Key New York Carrier Hotels

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    There may be a glut of data center space in New Jersey, but the market across the Hudson is a different animal. As customary, available quality data center space in Manhattan is hard to come by and costs a lot of money.
  • Microsoft Says Config. Change Caused Azure Outage

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Microsoft Azure team has published a post-mortem on the widespread outage the cloud went through Wednesday that affected about 20 services in most availability zones around the world.
  • Amazon quietly commits to 100% clean energy for AWS, but gives no details

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:58 am
    While some of the biggest internet companies in the world — like Google, Apple and Facebook — have been investing in clean energy to run their data centers, Amazon has mostly shied away from publicly committing to using energy like solar and wind for Amazon Web Services. But perhaps that is starting to change.
  • Photo Tour: New Facebook Data Center in Iowa

    Bri Pennington
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Earlier this month, Facebook announced the launch of its newest massive data center in Altoona, Iowa, adding a third U.S. site to the list of company-owned data centers and fourth globally. Companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo design and build what are known as “web-scale” data centers.
  • Data center power density hits the x-factor By Wendy Schuchart

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Data center professionals are talking out of school in the latest survey, revealing the dirty truth about power density, data center capacity and just how green their data centers really are. According to the survey, the average data center can expect to have sufficient capacity for an average of 3.6 years, but 36% of data centers will see their capacity reached in less than 24 months. Over a quarter of the survey respondents (26.2%) reported that available power prevented them from accommodating additional compute capacity. Another 16.9% indicated that data center cooling was holding them…
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  • Remembering a Great Thought Leader in DC Industry, Olivier Sanche - a water well was built

    Dave Ohara
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    4 years ago at this time of year we lost one of great thought leaders way before his time was to depart us.  Olivier Sanche was a dear friend and passionate about data centers and the environment.  One of things Olivier's family did in memory of Olivier is sponsor a water well in Mali.It is in this desert area that the well bearing Oliviers name has been built because ” Water is the Source of Life”. Here is some background on the well that Karine Sanche, Olivier's wife shared.-  The well was Bernard Sanches idea ( Oliviers dad) because he wanted to honor Olivier with…
  • Amazon cranks the numbers and... Yes, they decide 100% renewable for AWS

    Dave Ohara
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Amazon is a company that always runs the numbers on whether something makes sense. For years, Amazon didn't think it was worthwhile to have renewable energy as part of its data center portfolio.  In 2011, though AWS had its first renewable energy site in Oregon, and they have added two more.Options for Customers Seeking Carbon-Neutral Cloud InfrastructureAWS introduced its first carbon-neutral region – US West (Oregon) – in 2011. Today, AWS offers customers three AWS Regions that are 100% carbon-neutral – US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US).And now Amazon has…
  • Mar 9-11, 2015 Open Compute Summit, San Jose Convention Center, Registration opens Jan 2015

    Dave Ohara
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    I've gone to every USA based Open Compute Summit and the 2015 event has been announced.Upcoming OCP SummitDon't forget to save the date!We are pleased to announce the Open Compute US Summit will take place on Monday, March 9th, Tuesday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.Call for Particpation and Sponsorship opportunities to open soon.Registration opens in January. 
  • Building Great Products, explained by Apple's Tim Cook

    Dave Ohara
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Building great products is hard.  And it can be hard to explain in a few minutes.  Tim Cook in January 2009 as interim CEO said the following in an earnings call.We believe that we’re on the face of the Earth to make great products, and that’s not changing.We’re constantly focusing on innovating.We believe in the simple, not the complex.We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution.We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can really…
  • Resiliency Approach to Data Center Availability

    Dave Ohara
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Everyone wants a highly available data center specifying 9s of availability or Tier levels, but what is harder to find is advice on approaching the availability problem.  Part of the problem is there aren't that many good writers who focus on data centers. So, let's switch over to the Harvard Business Review's senior editor, Diane Coutu and her article on "How Resilience Works."  Please read the full article on HBR to get the full set of ideas I am about to share below when applied to the data center availability problem.The article starts describing a great newsman who had…
 
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  • Microsoft’s Biogas-Powered Data Plant Opens in Wyoming

    Microsoft Datacenters
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    Cross posted from the Microsoft Green blog Josh Henretig, Senior Director Energy, Environment & Cities Two years ago, we announced a partnership with a number of private and public sector partners to build the first zero-carbon...(read more)
  • Microsoft Contributes Next Generation Server Design to Open Compute Project

    Microsoft Datacenters
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Kushagra VaidGeneral ManagerServer Engineering Yesterday I gave a keynote address at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, where I announced the contribution of the 2nd-generation Open CloudServer (OCS v2) specification.  In January, Microsoft joined OCP and submitted the first OCS specification, born from our experience in our own cloud-scale datacenters.  OCS v2 incorporates a number of improvements, delivering greater performance and more flexibility.  In addition, Microsoft Open Tech announced today the release of an open source reference implementation…
  • Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

    Microsoft Datacenters
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Rob BernardChief Environmental StrategistWorld Wide Environmental Sustainability Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft's carbon fee. This is our second PPA, following the purchase…
  • Microsoft, Others Partner on Fuel Cell Research with $5 Million Awarded by ARPA-E

    Microsoft Datacenters
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Cross-posted from the Microsoft Green Blog Josh Henretig, Director, World Wide Environmental Sustainability Microsoft is once again partnering with others to further fuel cell innovations, with the goal of developing a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft, Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. were recently awarded $5 million by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop transformational fuel cells. This research is being funded through the Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) program,…
  • IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon

    Microsoft Datacenters
    1 May 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Brad Booth, Principal Engineer Global Networking Services Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week...(read more)
 
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  • Infographic: The Evolution of Data Center Power

    Ken Jamaca
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The Evolution of Data Center Power Data Center Power can be confusing, let’s see what we can do to clear a few things up!
  • A Look At Awesome Data Centers

    Sean Penny
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    A Look At Awesome Data Centers “What do you do?” We get asked this question often and it’s not always easy to answer. We move data centers. “Well what’s a data center?” This time, we are prepared! The simple answer is ‘computer stuff’, but we’re not here for the simple answer. The technical answer is that a data center is a large group of networked computer servers typically used by organizations for the remote storage, processing and distribution of large amounts of data. Branching out a little farther a colocation is a data center in which businesses or persons can rent…
  • Data Centers Are Hollywood’s Unspoken Star

    Sean Penny
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Data Centers Hollywood’s Unspoken Star     Hollywood: infamous for exaggeration and embellishing the truth for the purposes of entertainment. We are wowed and awed by the special effects, the plot twists and the fantastic journeys we can be brought on. Through it all heroes and heroines interact with worlds we recognize and worlds we don’t. Sometimes the co-star is an inanimate object, like a data center; and yes, even those get a little Hollywood magic. Most times they’re not even recognizable, or the characters interact with them in completely made-up ways. Moving a…
  • The Mysteries of Dark Fiber Revealed

    Sean Penny
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The Mysteries of Dark Fiber Revealed Dark Fiber. It calls to mind images of ZeroCool or Crash Override and a 90’s neon CG interpretation of the internet – that, or a Tom Clancy novel. In reality, Dark Fiber is both much simpler and altogether more amazing. The term was originally used when referring to the potential network capacity of telecommunication infrastructure. These days it is also used to refer to the now rather common practice of leasing fiber optic cables from a service provider or to the installations not owned or controlled by traditional carriers. What does that all really…
  • 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…
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  • Mainframes, mobile, and money

    15 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of the things that came up time-and-time again at the technical sessions I sat through at the recent Guide Share Europe Conference was the staggering increase in mainframe CPU usage because of the mobile apps that organizations have made available. In a way, that’s a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s great that users are making use of the easy-to-use apps that are now available to utilize CICS or IMS transactions. But the bad news is that CPU usage is chargeable – so IT bills are going up.
  • Guide Share Europe 2014 - my impressions

    8 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    As a regular attendee, I always enjoy the Guide Share Europe UK Conference. It’s brilliant to meet up with old friends and see how they are getting on. It’s nice to bump into people who used to subscribe to Xephon’s Update journals that I used to edit. And it’s great meeting new people, whether they read my blog or not! And this year, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of younger people there – and by younger, I guess I mean people under 30. The atmosphere is always very friendly, and people just stop and chat – a fantastic day.
  • Application-centric infrastructure

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:56 pm
    I wrote a little while ago about Software Defined just-about-anything (SDx), and Software Defined Networking (SDN) seems to be the route that most vendors are taking. But one vendor has a different approach. I thought it might be worth a look at Cisco’s hardware-based alternative, which they call Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
  • Getting the most out of e-mail

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Surely there’s nothing more boring than e-mail? We delete half of it without reading it, and put half of what’s left into folders for later – a later which rarely ever comes. But e-mail is also addictive. You see people checking their e-mail at all sorts of times and at all sorts of occasions, not just during the working day in the office. Is there something you could do to make your e-mails more interesting and more likely to be read than other people’s?
  • 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.
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  • Making the Case for Practical PLM

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this eight-page paper produced by Desktop Engineering and sponsored by Synergis Software, you'll discover: How to get big product data management gains without the big investment in traditional PLM. How to break the collaboration bottleneck and streamline the design cycle. How to solve the top PDM challenges quickly and easily. How three companies with different business challenges using a practical approach to PLM that scales to meet their needs. Best practices for implementing a practical PLM solution.Request Free!
  • 9 (+1) Ways IT Automation Will Make Your Organization More Successful

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Sysadmins can leverage automation to deliver:Higher availability and reliability of IT services for greater utilization & efficiencyFewer outages, and faster recovery from them, for better service to both internal and external customersQuick remediation in response to security alerts such as Heartbleed or ShellshockAutomated enforcement of company policies, industry best practices & regulatory complianceRich reporting for company management, internal and external auditorsResponsive, efficient scalingFull utilization and benefits of IT technologies such as virtualization and cloudMore frequent…
  • Don't Let Your Business Get Buried Under Digital Debris

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It's simply digital detritus, retained because 1) we think we might need it sometime, 2) we forget about it, or 3) we don't have policies and software in place to get rid of it. Ultimately, though, this unnecessary accumulation of content can create real problems in terms of e-discovery, regulation, management and cost.Watch this video white paper to learn more about:How to get started on an information management strategyThe right combination of software and policy for successful information governanceThe business case for proactive management of an organization's digital footprintRequest…
  • Accelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 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!
  • 6 Questions For a Prospective Cloud Service Provider

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In order to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, organizations must constantly improve customer service, reduce IT overhead, and increase efficiency—frequently with fewer resources than ever before. This may seem like an impossible feat, but the advent of UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) has enabled many IT departments to be viewed as business drivers rather than cost centers.Companies looking to take advantage of a cloud UC strategy need to consider the move from a myriad…
 
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  • MANAGEMENT: Gamification in the workplace – Finweek

    Ronell Swartbooi
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    The recent opinion piece by Bruce Von Maltitz, ‘Gamification: A Manager’s new best friend?’ was featured in Finweek online. Click here to read full story. Opinion piece by Bruce Von Maltitz, MD of 1Stream
  • 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…
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  • Disaster Recovery as a Service – The Smart Choice for Small Business

    Admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Cloud Computing has fundamentally changed the way small businesses approach their IT needs. The advent of the cloud has given the smaller enterprise, often working on a limited budget, access to the kind of computing power formerly reserved for larger companies with deeper pockets. As more and more small business owners look to the cloud for IT solutions, it becomes necessary to look at new models for disaster recovery. Even in a cloud based environment, disasters can happen, and it is vital that you have a recovery plan in place that will minimize downtime, protect your important data, and…
  • Planning to Move to VDI? How to Get Your Staff Excited About the Change

    Admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Copyright: ferli / 123RF Stock Photo VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, is quickly gaining traction among many small to medium sized businesses. Indeed, the virtual desktop is helping to streamline office IT in a big way, and is helping many businesses to become more productive and more competitive. Running a business’ entire desktop environment on a virtual machine offers many advantages to the savvy entrepreneur, not the least of which is saving money and increasing data security. However, the move to VDI can be challenging, and one of the primary obstacles to a smooth transition…
  • How Can SIP Trunking Benefit Your Business?

    Admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    Copyright: gewoldi / 123RF Stock Photo Businesses of all sizes rely heavily on their communications networks to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Your business telephone system not only provides a direct line to your customers and clients, it also provides the networking capabilities that help to make your office and workforce more productive and efficient. However, not all telephony systems are created equal. For many small businesses, the traditional communications network no longer offers the functionality and flexibility they need, at a cost that suits their…
  • What to Look For in a Cloud Service Provider – A Check List

    Admin
    7 May 2014 | 2:49 pm
    No doubt you have been reading a lot about the Cloud Computing revolution. The advance of the Cloud is certainly changing the way that businesses, both large and small, are approaching their data storage and IT needs. The Cloud offers many advantages for the small, and not so small, business owner. Not only is it cost efficient, but it delivers the flexibility and scalability that businesses need to compete in an ever changing marketplace. So, assuming you’ve been following the trends in cloud computing, and have come to the decision that it is the right move for your company, what…
  • The Benefits of MPLS – Your New Network Solution

    Admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    For every business, the speed and efficiency of their computer network is a constant concern. Today, networking services must go far beyond the standards of the past, to encompass a full range of data traffic that supports every aspect of the modern office workplace. That means not only delivering data packets, but delivering them quickly and securely, often to outlying locations that may be connected to the company’s network. Make no mistake, speed and reliability are not just luxuries, they are essential if a business is to succeed and flourish in an ever more competitive marketplace.
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  • BYOD For Businesses: Risks and Advantages

    Pravin Ganore
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    A trend that has came into play in relation to work is called BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). These are the devices (Mobiles / Laptops and etc.) which employees use for daily work using terminals and, therefore, are used and thereby receiving greater productivity. No doubt that the use of BYOD is growing tremendously, however, do you know that there are some risks associated with BYOD. Well, let’s see the risks and advantages of BYOD. Today, together several technologies that are growing tremendously are bringing behavioral change in users. Cloud computing enables access to information and…
  • Desktop Virtualization For Flexibility In Businesses

    Pravin Ganore
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    Virtualized desktops are still not used on large scale in businesses, however, it has been gaining popularity in some areas where mobility and flexibility are most important. The adoption of cloud technologies can be a booster. The Maturity Acquired Organizations are now making a move towards the desktops virtualization solutions experiencing the advantages in terms of reduced costs, improved flexibility in equipment management. Reduced TCO is one of the major factors of positive decisions, however the investment costs required in the transformation should not be overlooked. The benefits of…
  • A Detailed Analysis Of Gas Extinguishing Systems

    Pravin Ganore
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    Every five minutes at one of the ignition occurs. Common Causes – wiring. One tiny blown wiring inside the computer or a server in data center or IT infrastructure is sometimes enough to start a smoldering fire. If the fire is not recognized and effectively suppressed even at the stage of its origin, in addition to fire, heat and smoke can highly destroy existing equipment. Since nowadays almost all the activities of enterprises and institutions dependent on IT processes, hosted server failure can paralyze their work for a long time. As a result, it is possible that even the most…
  • Innovation: A Recipe that’s Hard to Digest? Why Complicate!

    Pravin Ganore
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:27 am
    The word innovation is trendy, heard in different places and with quite varied concept and application. Most associates only with technology innovation, a misconception. For an idea to be successful it need not necessarily be tied to large investments and latest technology, quite the contrary. Note that simple ideas are generally well accepted by the market, customers increasingly value products and unique processes. See that among several possibilities to innovate can relate aspects that make all the difference, for example, adaptation to new markets, new business models, new processes and…
  • Modern Tools For Cost Optimization Of Datacenter

    Pravin Ganore
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    Before the dizzying increases in operating expenses of the companies registered in recent times, executives began to consider the data center as a viable source of savings in capital and operating costs. What is the key? The software for data center infrastructure management (DCIM). Advanced DCIM tools help reduce costs, prolonging the life of the physical infrastructure of the existing data center, simplifying the planning and operational, reducing the energy consumption both in infrastructure as IT systems and allowing conduct proactive monitoring to protect valuable productive time for…
 
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  • Data Center and Efficient Energy Usage

    Scott Brueggeman
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The rising costs of energy have caused data center providers and business leaders to analyze power usage very closely. Even though equipment manufacturers remain focused on improving the energy efficiency of their products, certain industry dynamics are putting pressure on power consumption.  For example, the increase in big data initiatives will require additional data center traffic and compute capacity. One study estimates data traffic will soar by approximately 30% each year.  The persistent need for additional hardware to support the ongoing surge in data traffic, along with rising…
  • Key Factors to Analyze When Outsourcing Data Center Services

    Scott Brueggeman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    By securing the right data center services, business leaders have the potential to increase their return on investment, improve infrastructure utilization, and lower operating costs.   To realize these benefits, leaders need to pay particular attention to some key areas: The data center’s geographic location – Evaluate the risks associated with the location. One of the most significant threats involve natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and wildfires.  Other location factors to consider are power costs, accessibility to company facilities, availability of…
  • Why IT Talent and Businesses Flock to Austin Data Centers

    Scott Brueggeman
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Texas has seen a technology boom for several years now, especially in Austin data centers.  The state’s capital has long been a preferred location for both enterprises and colocation providers.  Big names, such as Citigroup, Hewlett-Packard and Lowe’s have built stand-alone data centers costing hundreds of millions of dollars.  Colocation providers, including CyrusOne, have made major investments in large-scale Austin facilities as well. Why Texas?  For one, the state has its own power grid and can provide cheaper electricity than many other major technology markets.  It also offers…
  • CyrusOne Honors America’s Veterans

    Scott Brueggeman
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    Observed every year on November 11, the Veterans Day national holiday pays tribute to all American veterans.  On this day, our country gives thanks to the living veterans, and those no longer with us, who have served their country honorably. Veterans Day originated on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary after the end of World War I.  It was initially proclaimed “Armistice Day” by President Woodrow Wilson.  However in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day.  Like the United States, Britain, France Australia and Canada also commemorate the…
  • See CyrusOne on Thursday Night Football

    Scott Brueggeman
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Tonight when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Cleveland Browns, look to the skyline for a glimpse of CyrusOne’s Cincinnati data center. Aerial coverage will show the CyrusOne sign in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Thursday Night Football coverage airs on NFL Network at 8:30pm EST.
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  • Cloud services market could exceed $200 billion by 2018

    Jesse Frye
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    Another day, another report detailing the ever-expanding cloud computing industry. Infonetics Research recently announced the global cloud services market may surpass $200 billion by 2018, with vendors such as Amazon, Google and IBM leading the charge. The research firm noted Google is the No. 1 cloud vendor in the Cloud-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service sectors. IBM is tops in the Software-as-a-Service field, while Amazon is the leader in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service segment. Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center, cloud and SDN at Infonetics Research, said new data center…
  • Majority of organizations say competitive advantage possible with cloud computing

    Jesse Frye
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Cloud computing has evolved over the years from a technology that promised cost flexibility to a service essential for fostering a competitive advantage. A new Frost & Sullivan survey conducted on behalf of NetSuite discovered 81 percent of U.S. organizations believe cloud environments can position them ahead of their rivals. Cloud computing will likely become even more important to the competitive landscape in coming years. Respondents cited disruptive competitors as a trend influencing their brands. Another 37 percent said digitization was causing a similar effect, while the same…
  • Amazon: The Poster Child Behind Cloud’s Commonality

    Stephen Harrington
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Amazon Web Services are among the leading solutions in the cloud computing market. Fortune recently reported the vendor has done such a great job at bringing the service to the masses that the technology is now considered the “new normal.” Andy Jassy, cloud strategy chief at Amazon, spoke at the re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and asserted more businesses are migrating computing workloads to Amazon environments. He indicated more than 1 million active customers rely on the vendor’s services on a monthly basis. Amazon does not appear to be resting on its laurels, either.
  • Global Health Care Field Will Depend Heavily on Cloud Through 2020

    Stephen Harrington
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    The worldwide health care market is expected to use cloud computing to address several needs through 2020. A Persistence Market Research report explained the technology fosters faster medical records accessibility, storage and collaboration between pharmacists and health organizations. Providers will also turn to the service to reduce capital investments. On the patient side, cloud computing is also a valuable service. The report noted cloud-based patient billing is more efficient than standard practices. Medical imaging, telemedicine and electronic medical records processes will receive…
  • VIDEO: Not All Cloud Migrations Are Smooth Sailing

    Stephen Harrington
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    The post VIDEO: Not All Cloud Migrations Are Smooth Sailing appeared first on RISC Networks.
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  • Introducing the Elastic Computing Alliance™

    rocky.bullock@nimboxx.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The move to software-defined data centers is under way, but will complexity be the one thing to derail it? The fact is, customers expect and deserve integrated technologies, and at NIMBOXX, we believe the onus is on vendors to deliver them. That’s why we’re introducing the Elastic Computing Alliance (ECA), an ecosystem of organizations forging the transformation of data centers throughout the world. Built around the NIMBOXX software-defined data center (SDDC) in a box, the Elastic Computing Alliance will allow NIMBOXX and its partners to deliver greater value to customers,…
  • Replay: Virtualize Your Infrastructure without Breaking the Bank

    rocky.bullock@nimboxx.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Did you miss our webinar "Virtualize Your Infrastructure without Breaking the Bank" with Mark Bowker, ESG? No problem. The replay is now available. In less than an hour you’ll learn how to deploy a virtual environment in a matter of minutes without having to spend big bucks on hypervisor licenses plus: How virtualization can save your company money Hyper-convergence basics: what it is, why it’s cool and what options are out there The state of virtualization market trends and adoption How to make informed virtualization budget and purchase decisions What’s next in the…
  • Free Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) Cheat Sheet

    rocky.bullock@nimboxx.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    You’ve heard all the buzz about being “software-defined” but do you really know what it means? Are you prepared to answer all the questions you boss has and make the move to a software-defined data center (SDDC) world? Let’s face it, there’s quite a bit of confusion around what constitutes an SDDC, not to mention how you go about building one. That’s why we’re here. We’ve created an awesome all-in-one SDDC Cheat Sheet to help you navigate this fast growing infrastructure. Whether you’re looking to boost your own knowledge or be the office…
  • Join NIMBOXX at Cloud Expo

    rocky.bullock@nimboxx.com
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Are you headed to Cloud Expo this week? NIMBOXX CTO and founder, David Cauthron will be on stage delivering a case study presentation titled, "How Software-Defined Data Center Technology is Changing Cloud Computing.” Learn how a mid-sized manufacturer of global industrial equipment bridged the gap from virtualization to software-defined services, streamlining operations and costs while connecting the infrastructure between its corporate data center and remote partner sites. The session is Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 from 5:30-6:05 p.m. PDT at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara,…
  • Honored to Chair the Cloud and Autonomic Computing Industry Advisory Board

    rocky.bullock@nimboxx.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have had the pleasure of sitting on the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC) this year and was recently appointed chairman. I am honored to be selected by my peers and believe the work being done by this organization and across research universities in conjunction with private and public industry is critical to the future of cloud computing. The CAC is taking an important leadership role in research and defining the standards and benchmarks that will guide the next generation of cloud adoption and growth.
 
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