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Cloud computing has historically had two foci: SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service. To date, the vast majority of cloud computing solutions have focused solely on the former. SaaS offerings in areas like CRM, ERP, collaboration, and communications have re...
In an ideal world, you’d be able to put all of your company’s data on the fastest, most reliable storage media out there. Today, that would mean solid state drives (SSDs). The problem, of course, is that SSDs are vastly more expensive than other storage management solutions...
The storage needs of most organizations have exploded in the past several years. While hardware advances have kept pace with demand for the most part, budgets haven’t always done so. For most organizations, it’s necessary to squeeze every last bit of capacity out of your ex...
HP has long been at the cutting edge when it comes to storage. In November 2011, HP announced an enterprise-class appliance designed specifically for data deduplication. The solution is expected to have a storage capacity of as much as 768 TB – all on a single chassis. Along with...
FEBRUARY 2012   Maximize Your VMs! Virtualizing? Start Seeing Red! Keep Your “Get Thin” Resolution! Unitiv’s new partnership with VMTurbo delivers an Intelligent Workload Management solution for cloud ...
One of the most common mistakes that organizations make when it comes to cloud data storage solutions is to think of the cloud as limitless in capacity. While it’s true that cloud storage providers offer scalable storage that should be able to expand as you need it, the fact is t...
IT departments and data centers are used to seeing demand for resources surge. In recent years, this has been especially evident in the area of data storage. No matter what you want to call it – “data explosion,” or something else – you can’t deny the fact...
There was a time in the data center when we dedicated specific infrastructure and specific administrators to specific projects. This was a period of tremendous inefficiency and underutilization. This approach created a huge overhead in terms of administration, and project cycles that s...
In IT there is a critical relationship between size and simplicity.  That is, the larger or more important a service, the simpler it must to be to meet the reliability and availability needs of the business.   Too much complexity and the application runs the risk of failure &...
More and more, IT professionals are recognizing that tech projects really aren’t that different from other projects. They all involve managing people and processes, identifying and completing tasks, meeting measurable objectives, and doing so in specific timelines and with limite...
Consumer technology solutions have, for the most part, maintained a healthy distance from enterprise IT operations. Sure, executives in the mid-2000s all needed help getting their Blackberry synced with your Outlook server, and company laptops have been a relatively standard thing for ...
HP has long been a proponent of virtualization solutions, and one recent move by the company bears out that commitment. HPs new VirtualSystem for Microsoft ships with HP servers using Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization software already preconfigured. This release promises to help compani...
Discarded electronic equipment is becoming a major concern for our age. Electronic waste creates a new factor in the environmental problem. When electronics are discarded, there are at least two major concerns: the missed opportunity to reuse or recycle, and the release of various toxi...
By now, many companies have embraced virtualization as a way to control IT capital costs, increase efficiency, and make better use of IT resources. Still, some haven’t made that leap, and others have only dabbled. If you find yourself feeling behind the times when it comes to vir...
Virtualization has made significant inroads in certain markets. For example, you’d be hard-pressed to find an enterprise or data center that, today, is not using virtualized server technologies. Indeed, virtualization has become less of an option and more of a necessity for compa...
Everyone pretty much agrees that the new data center will be more streamlined, more uniform, more efficient, and less costly to build and maintain than today’s data center. In some ways, of course, this is wishful thinking; that ideal data center with limitless capacity that requ...
Not only has IBM been a leader when it comes to powering large businesses with their private and public cloud endeavors, IBM has now turned their efforts toward small and midsized businesses. IBM has recently moved to encourage its partners to market their PaaS (Platform as a Service) ...
It was announced recently that Oracle is purchasing RightNow Technologies. This move is widely seen as a boon to Oracle’s Public Cloud offering, adding a customer-service software element to the mix. The deal should close before the end of the year, or at the latest in the early ...
As we get closer and closer to the new year, it’s time to start thinking about IT priorities for the coming months. While most businesses don’t necessarily keep a strategic or fiscal calendar that coincides with the standard calendar, it’s still a good time to look ah...
Cloud computing has created a situation in which companies are scrambling to take advantage of the new technology, save money, and improve performance and efficiency. Unfortunately, like most developing technologies, there are not yet a set of standards from which providers can operate...
You can’t ignore cloud computing today, but it can be a challenge to sift through the sheer amount of information out there. Choosing the right cloud technologies for your organization can be a bit of a struggle. While utilizing public cloud technologies can be appealing, there a...
Cloud computing saves organizations money. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. Experts and vendors alike tout the massive savings that cloud solutions offer to organizations. However, as with most things in IT, the picture becomes less clear the closer you get to it. In ...
Server virtualization came about as a natural progression in the development of data center technology. Once we had the ability to start combining servers, it made immediate sense to do so. Client virtualization and desktop virtualization, however, weren’t as obvious in their pot...