While many businesses have been embracing (either willingly or by force) the
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, fewer have addressed the growing trend
of Bring Your Own Application (BYOA). Not only are employees working more and
more from their smartphones, personal laptop computers and their tablets, but
they are even choosing the applications they want to use in order to meet
their business needs, often without any consultation with the IT function of
the business at all. The “app” culture of today has users picking and
choosing without the normal gateway function of IT.
Are BYOA and BYOD solutions viable?
While the viability of BYOD has been demonstrated over the past couple of
years, BYOA is much less proven. There are a number of reasons, however, why
BYOA may be financially viable for organizations, such as:
Applications can be consumed on a usage basis. A ... (more)
Cisco has been ridding itself of consumer products for some time, which is
why it was surprising to see Cisco at the International Consumer Electronics
Show this year. According to CEO John Chambers, however, the new IoE
(Internet of Everything) plan at Cisco is set to change the trajectory of
everyone on Earth, in both the consumer and the professional arenas.
Here are some ways IoE is going to impact the world:
Bigger than anything that’s come before. Now, don’t get the wrong idea:
Cisco isn’t going to sell IoE to consumers directly. But Internet of
Everything will impact our d... (more)
HP is a major player in the cloud by any definition of the word. Convergence
and virtualization offerings from HP have changed the computing landscape,
allowing IT departments and data centers to keep increasing capacity while
maintaining or, in some cases, even lowering costs. CloudSystem 8, released
for general availability in April of this year, is HP’s converged system
that includes hardware and storage, both virtualized and ready to be
implemented as either private cloud or general virtualized environments.
Let’s answer some of your HP CloudSystem 8-related questions:
What i... (more)
Network address management ought to be, according to the conventional wisdom,
a problem that’s been solved long ago. Yet, when you add in complexities
like a private cloud infrastructure, everything isn’t always as easy as it
seems at first blush. DDI (the management of DNS, DHCP and IP addresses) can
be problematic at times, and even the larger providers of cloud solutions,
such as OpenStack, don’t always have the answers that you need.
The Infoblox DDI
Infoblox is doing what they can to make the process smoother and more
manageable. The Infoblox DDI series of appliances will co... (more)
How you build your new data center will determine its functionality and
efficiency for quite some time. Accordingly, you need to build a facility
that meets not only the needs of today, but can anticipate some of the
changes that will be happening to your data center needs in the future.
Here are 10 tips to consider when developing the plan for your new data
Converge. Convergence has been the name of the game in data center design for
some time now, and for good reason. Converged infrastructure utilizes a
smaller amount of dedicated resources, increasing efficiency and ec... (more)