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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)

@ThingsExpo: Five Ways Cisco’s Internet of Everything Will Change the Earth’s Trajectory

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)

6 Questions and Answers about HP CloudSystem 8

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)

Infoblox Moves to Make Private Cloud Management Easier

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)

10 Tips for Building a New Data Center

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 center: 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)