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  • Don’t Make More Space, Make Storage Smarter

    Data Center Knowledge
    Bill Kleyman
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Just like any other sprawling technology, it was just a matter of time before it all caught up to the storage platform. Slowly but surely cloud and data center administrators started asking: “Just how many more disks can I shove into a shelf?” We were adding more arrays and a lot more physical hardware to address a variety of infrastructure growth challenges. And so, much like it happened with server sprawl, there needed to be a way to better manage and control the storage platform. Modern data center shops still needed performance for data management, cloud agility, and of course, the…
  • Japan's NTT Com Buys Majority Stake In German Data Centre Provider

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    Ben Sullivan
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    Competition in the European data centre market is heating up, with Japanese firm NTT Com agreeing to purchase a majority stake in German data centre provier E-shelter for €742m (£539m). NTT will acquire 86.7 percent of the German provider’s shares. The acquisition will place the NTT Com group into the number three three position for data centre space in Europe, the firm said.
  • Google's Joe Kava presenting at 7x24 Exchange chapter event, Mar 6, 2015, Hillsboro, OR

    Green (Low Carbon) Data Center Blog
    Dave Ohara
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Google's Joe Kava, VP of data centers is presenting at 7x24 Exchange's Chapter Meeting in Oregon at Intel's Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro on Friday,  Mar 6th 2015 at 10a.  The link to the event is here.  If you are interested in attending contact Keith Knight.  keith.knight@oregon-electric.comGoogle's first owned data center is in Oregon. “Google is proud to call Oregon home to Google’s first owned and operated data center.We opened our…
  • Three Big Data Integration Plays to Drive More Value from Big Data

    Cisco Blog » Data Center and Cloud
    Bob Eve
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Big data and analytics are changing the competitive playing field. Winners will find ways to turn unprecedented growth and complexity of big data, cloud, IoT devices and more into competitive advantage. The Value of Big Data Integration Big data itself can provide significant insight, impact and advantage. These outcomes can be multiplied when big data is combined with existing enterprise data or even other big data. These insights can lead to enriched customer engagement, faster new product innovation, higher returns [...]
  • The Business Benefits of Colocation

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    Kenneth Jamaca
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    A tale as old as time….host technology internally, or put it off-site in a colocation...
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  • Don’t Make More Space, Make Storage Smarter

    Bill Kleyman
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Just like any other sprawling technology, it was just a matter of time before it all caught up to the storage platform. Slowly but surely cloud and data center administrators started asking: “Just how many more disks can I shove into a shelf?” We were adding more arrays and a lot more physical hardware to address a variety of infrastructure growth challenges. And so, much like it happened with server sprawl, there needed to be a way to better manage and control the storage platform. Modern data center shops still needed performance for data management, cloud agility, and of course, the…
  • Cisco’s Tail-f Tech Automates Equinix’s Cloud Network

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Among the many announcements Cisco made at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was an announcement that Equinix, the world’s largest data center service provider, has deployed technology by Tail-f, a Swedish software defined network company Cisco acquired last year, to automate cloud network provisioning for the Equinix Cloud Exchange platform. The platform is a way Equinix customers can connect to a multitude of cloud and network service providers out of the company’s data centers. It is fully automated, designed to reduce the amount of manual provisioning customers have to…
  • Ericsson Cloud System to Integrate ABB Data Center Management

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Ericsson, a Swedish tech vendor that serves the telco industry, has teamed up with the Swiss power and automation giant ABB to integrate ABB’s data center management software Decathlon with the Ericsson Cloud System. The Cloud System is Ericsson’s full-package cloud infrastructure solution, but customers can buy it in bits and pieces as well. Decathlon is data center infrastructure management solution users will now be able to get as part of the package. As a major equipment vendor in the telco space, the company is in a strong position to capture the demand for cloud infrastructure…
  • ENISA Says Government Cloud Essential to the Economic Success of the EU

    Cheryl Kemp
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR Although the idea of government cloud has been supported by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) since 2010-2011, agencies have been slow to adopt cloud services. Despite the benefits to government cloud such as savings of up to 30 percent and increased productivity, “not many public administrations are actively procuring Cloud services nor are they launching any test bed projects on Cloud computing (e.g. the European project “Cloud for Europe”),” according to report released by the ENISA last week. The…
  • HP to Acquire Aruba Networks for $2.7B in Wireless Play

    John Rath
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    HP announced on Monday that it has agreed to acquire top wireless networking company Aruba Networks in a deal valued at $2.7 billion. As the largest HP acquisition since the company’s current CEO Meg Whitman took the helm in 2011, the deal fits nicely into HP’s enterprise portfolio prior to splitting off the PC and printer business. The move puts HP into the number two spot in wireless networking market share, after rival Cisco, according to IDC figures. HP kick started its networking business in 2009 by paying $2.7 billion for network equipment maker 3COM. In order to fill out…
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  • Google's Joe Kava presenting at 7x24 Exchange chapter event, Mar 6, 2015, Hillsboro, OR

    Dave Ohara
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Google's Joe Kava, VP of data centers is presenting at 7x24 Exchange's Chapter Meeting in Oregon at Intel's Jones Farm Campus in Hillsboro on Friday,  Mar 6th 2015 at 10a.  The link to the event is here.  If you are interested in attending contact Keith Knight.  keith.knight@oregon-electric.comGoogle's first owned data center is in Oregon. “Google is proud to call Oregon home to Google’s first owned and operated data center.We opened our…
  • Apple, Google, Facebook lead the Green Data Center Efforts

    Dave Ohara
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    Gigaom's Katie Fehrenbacher has written a nice piece on the green data center efforts, highlighting the leaders - Apple, Google, and Facebook. “The world’s largest internet companies are turning to clean power to run their data centers like never before. This month we saw huge clean power deals from Apple, including big solar projects planned in California and Arizona, and a big wind buy from Google to provide local power for its headquarters in Silicon Valley.But it wasn’t always this way. It’s only been in the last several years that Apple, Google, Facebook and others have been…
  • UPS executives and software developers learn usability and execution lessons

    Dave Ohara
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:08 am
    Long, long time ago I thought of working for UPS.  Why?  Because my degree choice of Industrial Engineering made me think of where I would work.  Luckily I realized that going to work for high technology companies and applying industrial engineering was a more interesting path which led me to HP, Apple, and Microsoft.  One of my first passions was logistics and I worked on logistics systems and software from 1983 to 1987 at HP and Apple.  I still like reading about FedEx, UPS and other logistics challenges.The WSJ has a post on UPS's Orion software a 10 year effort to…
  • Saving fuel and time being smarter about spacing planes

    Dave Ohara
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Most of us are flying often, and thanks to software we're going to get there a bit faster, using less fuel as well.
  • Reflection on 2013 and 2014 Cloud Market from Charles Fitzgerald

    Dave Ohara
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Gigaom's Barb Darrow writes on Platformonomics posts on the cloud market “If you want a cogent — and hilarious — assessment of the state of cloud, take a look at Charles Fitzgerald’s latest blog post “A dispatch from cloud city — 2014 retrospective.”Fitzgerald, managing director of Platformonomics, a strategy consulting firm, has an incisive take on how legacy IT powers — Cisco, HP (HP Enterprise?), IBM, Microsoft and others are performing in what HP CEO Meg Whitman would probably call a “multi-year transformation.” Fitzgerald, formerly an exec at Microsoft and VMware,…
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  • Three Big Data Integration Plays to Drive More Value from Big Data

    Bob Eve
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    Big data and analytics are changing the competitive playing field. Winners will find ways to turn unprecedented growth and complexity of big data, cloud, IoT devices and more into competitive advantage. The Value of Big Data Integration Big data itself can provide significant insight, impact and advantage. These outcomes can be multiplied when big data is combined with existing enterprise data or even other big data. These insights can lead to enriched customer engagement, faster new product innovation, higher returns [...]
  • No Latency Load Balancer in Data Centers

    Avni Baveja
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Cisco Intelligent Traffic Director (ITD) is a zero latency multi-terabit layer 4 load-balancer available on 5k/6k/7k/9k. It has support for traffic steering and clustering solution on the Nexus  series of switches. ITD allows customers to deploy servers and appliances from any vendor with no network or topology changes. With a few simple configuration steps on a Cisco Nexus  switches, customers can create an appliance or server cluster and deploy multiple devices to scale service capacity with ease. The servers or appliances do not have to [...]
  • Seven Software Business Models – Part 2

    Timothy Chou
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Many years ago I found myself talking to venture capitalists about the differences between SaaS, outsourcing, ASPs, MSPs, online applications; etc. Also I noticed that my Stanford students had little understanding of the economics of software, so I developed the idea of seven business models to cover everything in the software business, and remove the buzzwords and replace them with economic models. In my previous blog post we discussed the first four models, this post will cover Models Five through Seven. We ended [...]
  • Oh, The Things You Learn After Hours!

    Jim McHugh
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s been a busy couple of weeks for us in big data land. One thing that struck me is how much we learned about the big data and analytics space after hours at Strata Hadoop, and sometimes that can be just as exciting as what we learn during the sessions. I have a couple of videos I like to share with you to prove my point. In this video, I learned some things from Jim Scott, MapR . First, MapR is providing –and [...]
  • Our Ecosystem Begins Here @Ciscocloud

    Kenneth Owens
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:45 pm
    As Cisco prepares for Cisco Live Melbourne #clmel, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight our @Ciscocloud Intercloud partnership with Telstra The following Q&A session between executives of our partnered companies identifies the unique challenges of our current business environment and the rapidly changing needs of our customers. Interviewed by Stuart Robbins, the participants in our inaugural blog are Ken Owens, Cloud Services CTO from Cisco, and Tim Otten, GM Cloud Strategy and Platforms from Telstra. Q: Cisco’s strategy [...]
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  • Personal resilience for mainframers

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Working in an organization can come with all sorts of stresses and pressures. Working on a mainframe in a modern IT team has even more pressure. Not only are most of the other staff working on distributed systems, but the majority of the business transactions are running through the mainframe – and no mainframe means no more business. That means keeping the mainframe working is commercially important – and so is keeping yourself available for work too, not matter what stress you’re experiencing.
  • Goodbye WDS, hello Syncsort

    21 Feb 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Wednesday (18 February 2015) saw the acquisition of one middle-sized company by a much larger one. William Data Systems, probably best known for their ZEN networking products, was acquired by Syncsort, probably still best known for its eponymous data sorting product – although these days specializing in Big Data, high speed sorting products, and data integration software and services.
  • Managing people - the SCARF model

    14 Feb 2015 | 7:39 pm
    In any organization, there are people that we manage, and people who manage us. Getting the most out of the people we manage – in a nice way – is the secret of good management. And sometimes, we need a way of managing our managers. And other times, we just need to be able to manage the people on, for example, a committee outside work. One way of thinking about social interactions is to use the SCARF model, which can help to make those interactions more successful.
  • Shake, Rattle, and Roll... and designing it all

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    ( Posted Thursday, February 12, 2015 ) Nope, this is not a tribute post to Bill Haley & His Comets.  It’s actually about (and here’s the big surprise) our new z13. IBM has put a couple more of what I think a pretty interesting videos about z13 out on YouTube.  ...
  • Why I'm not 'passionate'!

    7 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I was listening to the radio this morning and the first interviewee said he was passionate about housing, the next one declared herself to be passionate about health care, and the third was passionate about providing quality food to consumers. Can all these people be quite so passionate, or is it the word itself that has become devalued and overly used?
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  • A Slave to the Grind

    Greg Sowell
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    I honestly believe that most of you will agree that you’re chained to a list of endless tasks. It’s no secret that I am. As I write this, I’m looking down at my list of...
  • How to Determine Data Center Power Requirements

    Greg Sowell
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:18 am
    Power delivery is the most critical part of any data center upgrade. Top tier data centers provide multiple power feeds into their facilities, which most likely isn’t a financially viable option for a data center located...
  • 9 Critical Questions That Could Save Your Bottom Line

    Jonathan Lyssy
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    We all know the dangers of downtime. But have you actually considered what it would cost in lost time, lost revenue and overall business impact if you lost mission critical infrastructure? Ask yourself these 9 questions.
  • 6 Soft Factors to Buying Colocation

    Chris Golly
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    It’s well known that location is a key factor of a redundant data center. Let’s consider other elements that will make or break the success of your data center experience. While power, cooling and connectivity are...
  • Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Data Security

    Greg Sowell
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    The information technology industry goes to great lengths to protect its data.  We often employ multiple layers of security through IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems), IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems), firewalls and anti-virus. What happens if...
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  • Securing DNS to Thwart Advanced Targeted Attacks and Reduce Data Breaches

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Internet traffic is severely affected when critical DNS services are not reliable or are compromised by cyber attacks, just as highway traffic is disrupted or stopped when bridges are damaged. Even worse than disruption, insecure DNS services can be used by attackers to impersonate a business and route customer traffic to malicious sites that steal usernames, passwords, account information or valuable intellectual property.DNS services can be secured with the right configuration and deployment of appropriate solutions, but in many IT organizations the responsibility is spread across multiple…
  • SAP Simplify to Innovate Virtual Forum

    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    This virtual forum will feature: Main keynote speaker Randi Zuckerberg, former director of marketing at Facebook and author of the New York Times best seller Dot Complicated.She'll speak to the complexity of social media and technology today, as well as top trends in 2015. SAP keynote speaker Steve Lucas, president of SAP Platform Solutions, who will provide insight on shifting from complex practices of the past to simple practices in a real-time enterprise. The latest on SAP S/4HANA, our next generation of business applications, built to combine in-memory capabilities, user experience, and…
  • How Practices Save an Average $7.5M Per Year with Medical Management Software

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Key benefits of medical management software you can expect:Simple and Effective Data ManagementEfficient Billing and Claims ProceduresGreater Scheduling EfficiencyBetter Quality Patient CareRequest Free!
  • How Big Data Can Solve Marketers' Social Engagement Challenges

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    In the world of consumer marketing, social media rules. Many B-to-C companies are trying to take advantage of this phenomenon by setting up dedicated teams to monitor individuals’ comments and provide timely responses.But without tying the "unstructured" data obtained through social media channels to other sources of information about the customer, are these companies really leveraging their data effectively?Read this industry article, "How Big Data Can Solve Marketers’ Social Engagement Challenges," to learn about:Why Big Data is an asset, but packs even more…
  • Customers for Life: Technology Strategies for Attracting and Keeping Customers

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fostering close relationships and experience that lead to customer loyalty isn’t just good for a brand’s reputation; it’s good for its bottom line. However, organizations are slow to wake up to the bottom-line benefits of attracting customers for life.To shed light on this issue, Forbes Insights, in association with Sitecore, conducted a survey.Key findings include:Customer Lifetime Value metrics are recognized for their value in strategic planning for acquisition, retention, and revenue  -  but slow on the uptakeOrganizations may recognize the importance of a…
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  • SA contact centres are catching up, but must educate themselves before moving to the cloud

    Ronell Swartbooi
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Nebula whitepaper outlines cloud solutions and considerations for SA contact centres “South African contact centres are finally starting to understand the benefits of cloud technology. Now they need to educate themselves so that they are able to understand the functionality available, negotiate pricing and become aware of important considerations,” says Bruce von Maltitz, Director at 1Stream, a specialist contact centre cloud provider. South Africa’s leading independent telecoms professional services firm, Nebula recently released a whitepaper, sponsored by 1Stream and Collab, titled…
  • Are machines the contact centre agents of the future?

    Ronell Swartbooi
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    By Jed Hewson, Director Artificial Intelligence is not yet a reality. But very smart computers are. They’re poised to take over all sorts of routine, repetitive tasks. After all, a robot doesn’t make mistakes, it can’t get tired and slack off, it won’t lack motivation, and it doesn’t hurt that it can’t lie or steal or cheat either. Look at the call centre for example. Very smart ‘robots’ are automating more and more processes, and the business case is growing strong. Many already use interactive voice response (IVR), where callers type or speak to a machine before being routed…
  • Why small contact centres need cloud

    Ronell Swartbooi
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Cloud technology holds just as much, if not more, power for small businesses and their call centres as it does for large ones, says Jed Hewson, Director at cloud contact centre technology provider, 1Stream. “A lot of people think that cloud technology is best suited to large contact centre operations but it’s just as powerful for smaller operations. The fact that it requires very little upfront investment, and that you are only billed for what you use are the most obvious benefits. Then there’s the fact that, as a managed service, cloud technology comes with round-the-clock support from…
  • Local cloud tech providers give global businesses best chance of outsourcing success

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:04 am
    Partnering with local cloud technology providers makes sense The call centre has evolved from a ‘transactional’ department into a multi-faceted, social hub of customer service excellence and become a true differentiator for the wise business. As customer service requirements have shifted and evolved over the years, so has the technology behind the call centre. “But,” says Jed Hewson, Director at cloud contact centre provider, 1Stream “in some cases, it’s the evolution of technology that has driven the evolution of customer service. “Take cloud technology for example, it has made…
  • MANAGEMENT: Gamification in the workplace – Finweek

    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 The post MANAGEMENT: Gamification in the workplace – Finweek appeared first on 1Stream.
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  • How Small Businesses Can Benefit from Desktop Virtualization

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Cloud computing is slowly changing the face of the modern office space. Not only in the way that businesses address their data center and storage needs, but also in the day to day front line operation of the office itself. For many small business owners, the cost of keeping up with rapidly changing technology can be problematical, and they can soon find themselves with an office full of outdated desktop computers running four year old operating systems. Upgrades are expensive, and typically difficult to implement. But virtualization, made possible by the latest in cloud computing technology,…
  • Disaster Recovery as a Service – The Smart Choice for Small Business

    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

    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?

    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

    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…
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  • Mobile devices corresponds to 50.3% of all traffic in Online Store

    Pravin Ganore
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    According to research based on an analysis of more than 100,000 e-commerce stores, 50.3% of the traffic in virtual shops are from mobile devices (being 40.3% from mobile phones and 10% from tablets) and only 49.7% from computers. It may sound crazy, but the fact is that mobile commerce is already a reality. Also according to research, the Google search traffic comprised 18% of traffic from computers and only 12% for mobile phones. These data seem to show that computers are being used for research products, while mobile devices for spontaneous purchases, which are instigated from Social Media,…
  • Big Data and The Big Problems That They Bring

    Pravin Ganore
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    Big Data As you know, first of all – the facts. And then they can already turn as you like. Famous saying about “There are Lies, damned lies, and statistics.” is no longer a joke, but it is the daily norm. The thing is that, in itself it is an array of data, no matter how long it was not – it’s just an array of data. In order to extract information from it, it is necessary to perform operations on it. And then the most important step – the analysis of the data obtained. Something that only people can do. And their judgment is subject to inaccuracies and…
  • How To Break The Fear To Invest And Move The Data Center

    Pravin Ganore
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    It has always been common sense in the IT market that managers of large companies have conservative characteristics, and no wonder, after all for a good part of companies to the area of technology impacts directly on your bill. Despite not knowing how to quantify, I have observed in recent years that one of the greatest fears of CIOs today is to be the head of managing a data center. I believe that many sleep praying for that day shall not come. And they’re right. Is there anything more risky for the IT manager than having to put in place a project of this responsibility? The core…
  • The Excess of the “Admins” and the Data Center Automation

    Pravin Ganore
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    The same process that leads to business scanning depth also helps to speed up the automation of IT management processes. Thus, in the digital environment, employees, customers and suppliers interact in increasingly standardized way through developed business applications exactly to ensure this uniformity of processes which is the basis and the springboard for automation. But if on the one hand, scan means “automate something”, on the other, mass computerization promotes the multiplication of users and applications in information networks, which leads to a large decentralization of…
  • Five Predictions: Big Data in 2015

    Pravin Ganore
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    According to experts, in just a few years, Big Data technologies have gone from loud promises to one of the main driving forces behind the new digital era. In 2014, we increasingly saw how companies implemented projects more in big data from the test phase and moved their manufacturing operation. This year, the organization will move from batch processing of big data to use them in real time. The current industry leaders and people who claim to be leaders in the near future, have made significant progress in the integration of new big data platforms in analytical systems that can process the…
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  • Requirements of a Federal Data Center

    Scott Brueggeman
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Federal agencies are under enormous pressure to reduce operating costs and energy consumption. In fact, the “Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative” requires them to do so. This initiative calls for 1,253 government-owned data centers to close by the end of 2015. To comply with the consolidation mandate, many government agencies are turning to a colocation model for their data center operations. According to a DataCenter Dynamics report, cutting costs and improving IT efficiencies will require using outsourced data center services in many cases. How Colocation Helps Meet Federal…
  • Top Issues Facing the Financial Services Industry

    Scott Brueggeman
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    The recent “Great Recession” has caused turmoil across the country for consumers and businesses alike. The financial services industry has been especially hard-hit. Although financial institutions deal with recurring industry issues every year, they now operate in a new economic context after the financial crisis. Some of the issues financial institutions face today include: Promoting growth and sustaining profitability in an environment with low interest rates Rebuilding asset quality and strengthening capital positions Developing new and reliable sources of revenue Increasing the…
  • With Millions at Stake, Downtime Is Not an Option

    Scott Brueggeman
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    To compete successfully in an increasingly complex industry, financial enterprise IT environments must remain agile while adhering to strict process discipline. Managing sophisticated applications and IT infrastructure requires scalable, innovative, and reliable data center solutions. By providing top-tier data centers with low-cost and robust interconnection between facilities, CyrusOne can help you effectively manage the unprecedented explosion in data with: High density deployments – resolved with HPC Regulatory requirements – met with ISO 27001, HITECH, and other certifications…
  • How Successful Financial Services Firms Leverage Data Centers to Solve Key Challenges

    Scott Brueggeman
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Several types of businesses operate within the financial services industry, including banks, credit unions, insurance companies, investment houses and securities firms. Although these businesses may market different products and services, they have a major goal in common: provide the highest level of protection for every financial transaction. To provide this protection, financial services businesses rely heavily on data centers for uptime, security, connectivity and data integrity. To leverage a data center in today’s environment, financial services firms must consider the following:…
  • 6 Ways Successful Healthcare Organizations Leverage Colocation 

    Scott Brueggeman
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Although a healthcare organization’s primary directive is delivering quality patient care, it must also assume additional responsibilities. Providers need to comply with government mandates, manage a growing amount of data, maintain robust data security, provide uninterrupted access to IT resources, and connect networks of providers in real-time — all while keeping costs down. Meeting these data center requirements take the focus away from a healthcare provider’s core activities. However, colocation services can help improve performance in a number of ways, such as: Complying with…
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  • Australian IaaS market came into its own during 2014

    Jesse Frye
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    The global Infrastructure-as-a-Service market is in such a strong position thanks to growth in emerging markets such as Australia. A new Frost & Sullivan report found the Australian IaaS industry improved 42 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. By 2018, the sector will be worth $439 million.The research firm suggested that small and medium-sized businesses as well as large enterprises will be responsible for the growth during the forecast period. Organizations are expected to implement full cloud services, not hybrid suites that include on-premise tools and systems hosted in the…
  • Unified communications will evolve in 2015 thanks to key IT trends

    Jesse Frye
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    The unified communications market will experience significant changes in 2015 at the hands of some of the IT industry's most powerful trends. A new Frost & Sullivan report suggested cloud computing, big data analytics, social media and the Internet of Things will all play a role in the evolving UC landscape.The research firm indicated that despite the inherent value offered by unified communications, businesses avoided making large investments in these suites. Cloud computing may change this fact. UC-as-a-Service suites make up a large segment of the total Software-as-a-Service…
  • Managed services provider market will ‘grow significantly’ through 2019

    Jesse Frye
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Not every company is a tech-savvy commodity that understands the ins and outs of its IT departments. As a result, businesses look to managed services providers to maintain critical assets, including networks, data centers, communications, security, information and mobile computing. MarketsandMarkets expects the global MSP industry to "grow significantly" through 2019, due in large part to enterprises looking for cost-effective solutions to control their infrastructures.Large enterprises are not the only ones expected to partner with MSPs moving forward. The research firm indicated…
  • Grandma’s Dependency Mapping for Cloud Projects, Not the Best Option

    Jesse Frye
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    When helping clients plan for cloud and data center moves, application dependencies are an important piece of the cloud puzzle. As a systems integrator or cloud provider, helping your clients understand how different components speak to each other and knowing what processes within and between applications rely on one another is critical to planning and maintaining an integrated, high-performance system. Historically, dependency mapping has been beneficial for IT teams to map and track their infrastructure, the ability to discover critical resources within their environment, and get a clear…
  • RISC Networks honored with prestigious Canadian Reseller Choice Award

    Jesse Frye
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    RISC Networks has been honored with the prestigious Canadian Reseller Choice Award for the best IT assessment tool by the Canadian community of IT resellers. With over 14,000 votes casted and over 500 vendors nominated, the Canadian Reseller Awards are the largest such channel survey in Canada. RISC Networks took the top prize ahead of RapidFire Tools and FuseExpertise. This award is a significant honor for RISC Networks as the company continues to deliver world class analytics and assessment tools for systems integrators and resellers in a variety of disciplines, such as cloud IaaS, data…
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  • NIMBOXX has acquired Virtual Bridges VERDE VDI business
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today we announced our acquisition of the Virtual Bridges VERDE virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) business. To quote an excerpt from their existing literature, VERDE is an award-winning VDI solution that provides secure anytime, anywhere access to end-user devices, featuring fast provisioning and deployment, broad support for Windows and Linux, optimized storage with CacheIO technology, and stateless clustering for high availability and fast and flexible scaling. To NIMBOXX, VERDE is several things. First, it’s a technology that is beautifully aligned with our own in…
  • Introducing Elastic Computing Alliance Partner: NovaStor
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:32 am
    This post is a Q&A with Mike Andrews, Managing Director of NovaStor, an Elastic Computing Alliance inaugural member.  What is NovaStor and what do you do? NovaStor® is an international provider of powerful, affordable, all-inclusive data-protection solutions for physical and virtual environments. We provide backup & restore solutions to small and medium business as well as enterprise environments to protect data on both sides of the cloud. Why did you join the Elastic Computing Alliance? We’re committed to working with like-minded innovators to create and grow data…
  • Wikibon: The Next Phase of Converged Infrastructure
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
    Curious what all the hype is around Hyperconverged Infrastructure? Stu Miniman of Wikibon just put out a great piece, The Next Phase of Converged Infrastructure, with just about everything you need to know.  This deep dive discusses everything from market size, to the defenses between stack-owners (like NIMBOXX) vs stack dependent offerings to the advantages of software-based solutions. Give it a read and let us know what you think.  
  • ‘Tis the Season: 2015 Predictions
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    2014 has been an amazing year for NIMBOXX, thanks to the incredible support of our customers, partners, families, friends and co-workers. And as the final hours wind down and the egg nog bowl runs out, I thought I'd join all my other peers across the IT industry, by making a few New Year's predictions. From hyper-convergence to software-defined, 2014 was a year in which we saw a renewed interest in transforming the data center. If the past 12 months were any indication, we’ll see a bigger and stronger push towards simplicity, lower costs, and ease of use in 2015. But…
  • Webinar: Securing Data Centers and Cloud Ecosystems
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Join NIMBOXX and SparkCognition for a highly informative webinar that explores best practices to proactively mitigate cyber security threats and risks with advanced cognitive computing and artificial intelligence. Learn first-hand from NIMBOXX how to protect your software-defined data centers from advanced persistent threats. You’ll walk away with a great understanding of: How NIMBOXX's advanced IT security best practices mitigate APT How advanced cognitive security combats cyber threats What are the top advanced cyber security in-context remediation techniques How can you…
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  • Analytics books-Outliers

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Outliers: Fall in love with analytics by reading this great book by Malcolm Gladwell. He applies statistics on almost everything on earth and tries to see hidden patterns. Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question,...Read moreThe post Analytics books-Outliers appeared first on GrowthFish Academy.
  • How to decide the right modeling technique?

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
      Ever wondered what type of model to build for your current project? Below is a list of 20 marketing analytics projects along with best suited statistical/mathematical techniques to help you chose the right modeling technique. Look Alike Analysis of...Read moreThe post How to decide the right modeling technique? appeared first on GrowthFish Academy.
  • A comparison of different statistical techniques

    12 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Here is a comparison of different statistical techniques used in market research projects. Please leave your comment, if you have any questions. Conjoint Analysis/ Choice Modeling What it does: Allows consumers’ preferences for a product or service to be broken...Read moreThe post A comparison of different statistical techniques appeared first on GrowthFish Academy.
  • Analytics books- Freakonomics

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Books that will make you fall in love with Analytics | Analytics books | Freakonomics Rogue Economist Steven Levitt, along with NY time’s journalist Stephen J. Dubner, explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Which is more dangerous, a gun or a...Read moreThe post Analytics books- Freakonomics appeared first on GrowthFish Academy.
  • How to plan income tax

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    It’s that time of the year when all of us are thinking how to plan our taxes.So we thought of writing an article on how to plan income tax. For those of you who don’t know, Financial/Tax cycle is from...Read moreThe post How to plan income tax appeared first on GrowthFish Academy.
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