Steve Francis

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Laying Foundations For Our Future Cities - Featured Image

Laying Foundations For Our Future Cities

If smart cities are going to become a reality, the data infrastructure to support them must first be created. Software defined data centers (SDDC) may be precisely the foundational technology that can make this possible. Technology leader Rashik Parmar of IBM walks through the connections between in the continuous growth of computing power, how that in turn demands the Cloud, which in turn allow many organizations within the city the flexibility to develop many solutions. Rather than laying out predictions, Parmar discusses directions the technology is advancing and relays gaps that still must be bridged.
MIT Research Shows The Future Of Datacenter Networking - Featured Image

MIT Research Shows The Future Of Datacenter Networking

MIT researchers implemented a new network managing system called 'no-wait datacenters'.
SQL Is Causing Problems In The Data Center - Featured Image

SQL Is Causing Problems In The Data Center

SQL data centers are running into trouble.
Cloud Migration Services Demand New Talents - Featured Image

Cloud Migration Services Demand New Talents

When an organization decides to move part of it's information technology operations to the cloud, they may find they don't have adequate in-house resources to accomplish the move. Channel partners can be used to help a company move to the cloud, and, importantly, maintain data and software once it resides on the cloud.
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Cloud Migration Continues Despite Unexpected Challenges

Competitive business requirements creates demand for cloud computing that challenge traditional IT capabilities. Migrating data to the cloud requires new thinking around storage, access and security. Pressures to stay abreast of evolving cloud technology spawns sometimes difficult partnerships with cloud-specialized vendors. Developing the new cloud computing skill sets in-house will better serve the enterprise by providing a closer relationship with users and faster response to address issues that are likely to arise.
Switching to Hybrid IT? Prepare for Grassroots Change - Featured Image

Switching to Hybrid IT? Prepare for Grassroots Change

This year marks a tipping point in Cloud history: for the first time, more than half of all businesses will be using hybrid IT models. As organizations make the switch in services from in-house builds to outsourced services, IT departments and business units must understand and adapt to the necessary changes. 
Consumption Model Makes Or Breaks Cloud Migration - Featured Image

Consumption Model Makes Or Breaks Cloud Migration

Many firms are migrating their information technology resources to the cloud.
Cloud Computing: Two Wins, One Incomplete - Featured Image

Cloud Computing: Two Wins, One Incomplete

Cloud computing is often thought of as encompassing three main areas.
When Big Companies Don't Trust Cloud Computing - Featured Image

When Big Companies Don't Trust Cloud Computing

Most companies believe in using private clouds but have issues with control, security, and compliance. Small and medium sized businesses will want to use their own data centers and will start to run on SaaS services with laaS or PaaS. Larger companies will be slower about replacing their traditional data centers with cloud technology.
Maintenance Management and Your Data Center - Featured Image

Maintenance Management and Your Data Center

Running a data center means that you will need to maintain equipment.
Data Management Costs Getting Too Much For SMBs - Featured Image

Data Management Costs Getting Too Much For SMBs

Small and Medium sized businesses (SMBs) have many of the same infrastructure needs as their larger counterparts, including secure cloud based data storage and management. IDC has performed a study examining the impact of cloud storage and found it to be a serious burden to such enterprises. The study looks at small and medium sized businesses of less than 1,000 employees across all sectors and throughout the developed world.
SMBs Discover Speed & Compliance in DRaaS - Featured Image

SMBs Discover Speed & Compliance in DRaaS

Every company faces the risk of downtime and data disaster on a daily basis.