It seems like a crazy decision by UK voters, but they did it.
Growth companies will inevitably reach a point where they look to expand their customer base outside of the United States. This global expansion is accompanied by the need for infrastructure services to enable the success of these growing technical, sales and administrative teams. Whether it’s a global WAN/MPLS network, data center colocation, managed hosting,cloud or security services, there are many factors to take into consideration when sourcing IT infrastructure internationally. Weigh your options carefully before opening an office, securing data center space, or deciding to outsource managed services in a foreign country. This recorded panel discussion will bring clarity to the global infrastructure market and assist with making the best decision for delivering your company’s technology services overseas. Watch the video now. During this panel, industry experts discussed: What you need to know about US-EU Safe Harbor Advantages/disadvantages of sourcing in specific countries – i.e. Luxembourg, Ireland, China, Russia, India, Australia, and LATAM Contracting concerns Minimizing risk – political and economic Real-world use cases
We saw a record number of mergers and acquisitions in 2105, many technology-based companies were looking to either grow specific verticals and service segments or just consolidate resources in order to gain efficiencies. The level of competition in this industry is high and there is a lot of pressure to innovate in order for companies to survive in the marketplace.
Many international telecom companies were on a mission similar to their US counterparts last year - build scale and cut costs. Much of the consolidation activity centered on whittling down the number of telecom companies per country. In many European markets there are often four or more competitors. Some international executives were also looking abroad at US-based telecom companies that might be acquisition targets. In the US there are fewer competitors and a larger share of profits to be had.
Telecommunications is one of the most profitable and rapidly developing industries in the world and it’s regarded as an indispensable component of the utility and services sector. Why all the M&A action within this industry? This type of activity can be helpful to Telecom companies that are interested achieving greater market share and maximizing economies of scale. The majority of Telecom Service Providers understand that M&A is a quick way to grow their footprint.
It doesn't look like network engineers are going to get much rest in the coming year.
Software Defined Networking (SDN) has attracted a great deal of attention from service providers, enterprises, and industry associations.
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In an effort to sync up with the gradual slowing of the earth’s rotation we experienced what is being referred to as a “leap second” yesterday at midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Apparently this leap second could’ve been bad news for computer systems around the globe. The last leap second, which took place in 2012, brought down Gizmodo, Reddit, Yelp, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Gawker, and StumbleUpon, among other sites and apps. Although Amazon did experience an outage yesterday, it appears that it was unrelated, and most US companies were more prepared for the extra second this time around.
For many companies, the number of bandwidth-heavy applications is growing, while the budget to support these workloads is shrinking. Traditionally, an MPLS solution was used to minimize latency and ensure reliability between remote locations. While easy to use, this type of solution can be prohibitively expensive for some budgets and time consuming to implement. Companies are frequently switching to an Internet connection in place of a traditional WAN link for at least one, if not many locations. Utilizing a standard Internet connection and site-to-site VPN instead of MPLS for certain locations can save money and accelerate provisioning timelines. One downside of using an Internet connection for this type of service is the possibility of poor performance. By definition it is a best-effort type of service. WAN optimization can help solve this problem.
The rapid pace of IT innovation makes it hard to keep up with all of the latest and greatest technologies. When it comes to networks, much of 2014 was spent discussing Software Defined Networking (SDN), and more recently Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Now it seems the hot topic in network conversation is Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO).
Here are a few interesting articles from last week - including Gartner 2015 tech trends,cloud security, DCIM tools, and the APAC network roundup. Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015 The Internet of things, and everything that's part of its universe, including smart machines, pervasive analytics, and 3D printing, are on Gartner's annual list of strategic technologies for the year ahead. The list, presented today by Garner analyst David Cearley at the firm's annual Symposium/ITxpo, is focused on merging the real world with the virtual one, what that means for analytics and the type of IT that has to emerge to deal with it.