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The Three Most Important Benefits of Infrastructure as a Service Cloud computing offerings are almost overwhelming at this point. There are so many different services and service providers competing for your business that it can be hard to know what's really best for you. Understanding what kinds of solutions work for your business means getting a handle on exactly what solutions are out there and what benefits they can bring an organization. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), for example, is a solution that can offer significant benefits to an organization. What Is IaaS? In the most basic sense, IaaS means provisioning basic computing resources such as storage, hardware, networks and servers over the Internet. The actual physical infrastructure of your Information Technology systems moves outside of your organization and into a service provider's environment. IaaS... (more)

Service Desk Benefits

With a growing number of software developers and computer applications, computers systems are revised and renewed every day. Computer systems can become so large that they will need the expertise of a computerized Service Desk, which will help integrate a growing organization to get maximum benefits, which might otherwise get lost in the day-to-day workings. A help desk or a service desk is designed to give “a single point of contact” where you can find answers to all technical questions about computers and other IT related issues. The help desk pulls in all the data and makes a... (more)

Three Ways to Decrease IT Energy Spending

Green Technology Journal on Ulitzer Companies aren’t just going green for the sake of the planet, the fact of the matter is that many green initiatives actually save companies money. Conserving energy in a data center or IT server room, for example, will not only help the environment, it will also help with operating costs. Still, many IT directors, managers and CIOs are at a loss of how exactly they can go about decreasing IT energy spending. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to get started cutting the energy costs of your IT department. #1: Consolidation Data... (more)

Pillar Data Systems Blog: Pass the Morton's Salt

This post is taken from Mike Workman's recent blog post, Pass the Morton's Salt. When I was quite a bit younger some really great folks at IBM gave me the opportunity to help start a Hard Disk Drive OEM business.  I was part of the Storage division in San Jose California. At the time we built proprietary, non-standard products with all custom mechanical and electrical parts. The writing was on the wall, the future lay in using high volume, and hence lower cost parts. Not only did this amortize engineering costs (NRE), but tooling and test process costs could be amortized over a mu... (more)

Five Characteristics of IBM iSeries

If you’ve been running in solely Windows and/or Linux environments, you may be ready to move up to a more robust solution. For more than 20 years, IBM i series has provided solutions not only to larger and medium sized businesses, but to small businesses as well. Here are some things you should know about IBM i series if you’re thinking about making a move: 1.    IBM i Series Uses an Object-Based Kernel IBM i series has always been created using an object-based kernel. This means that you will find some features in the IBM i series that you won’t find in other operating systems,... (more)