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Virtualization and cloud computing can be boons to IT, but there are some instances in which the best solution really does lay with the data center. The fact of the matter is that today’s business units have more options than ever before. It’s tempting for many of them to go out and get the solutions they want via commercial mobile applications, outsourcing, or cloud solutions. This puts IT in a tough spot, as ultimately they are still going to wind up with some degree or another of responsibility or oversight. That’s why the data center needs to be competitive inside an organization, and be able to offer robust solutions. Here are five ways to make your data center attractive to other business units inside your company: Offer a catalog of services. Determine what kinds of standardized services you can offer the company, especially in the area of app... (more)

Three Ways Virtualization Benefits Infrastructure

Virtualization offers obvious benefits from the beginning. Certainly, the prospect of reduced capital costs is enticing. The security and redundancies offered by the right virtualization setup are compelling, as well. One of the areas that virtualization can help that many people don’t realize, however, is in the area of IT infrastructure. Here are three ways in which virtualization helps to boost IT infrastructure: 1. Flexibility Virtualization products are designed to work with multiple hardware and software platforms. This includes things like storage technology, network equip... (more)

Five Key Criteria for Choosing a Cloud Solution

Cloud computing solutions present businesses of all sizes with tremendous opportunities for efficiency and cost savings. It’s no wonder that we seem to have hit a tipping point, where more cloud solutions than ever before are being implemented. Cisco estimates that cloud computing traffic will increase by a factor of 12 between now and 2015. Still, it’s important to carefully consider your cloud solutions. Not all solutions are created equal. Here are five criteria you need to be considering: Cost of ownership. If a cloud solution doesn’t lower your TCO, you need to think twice... (more)

The Public Cloud: Three Challenges

There has been a significant move among data centers and IT departments in the past few years. There was a time when public cloud computing solutions were considered an experiment, at best. Few organizations were using public cloud solutions, even as the experts and pundits praised the new way of providing solutions. Fast forward a couple of years, and senior IT personnel and data center managers are realizing that public cloud solutions really are a viable option. Perhaps more than that, they’re realizing that internal solutions are increasingly unsustainable. There are situati... (more)

Red Hat OpenShift, OpenStack and the Enterprise

Red Hat continues to press into the cloud computing marketplace with each new service offering. OpenShift Online, for example, is Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution. For more than a year and a half, OpenShift has served literally thousands of applications running on a variety of frameworks and languages, and reaches across through private, public as well as hybrid cloud environments. Yet, as is the case with any other PaaS solution, the effectiveness of OpenShift depends greatly on your organizations capabilities with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The ability ... (more)