1. Articles in category: IT Infrastructure

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    1. Microsoft rolls out SQL Server 2016 with a special deal to woo Oracle customers

      The next version of Microsoft's SQL Server relational database management system is now available, and along with it comes a special offer designed specifically to woo Oracle customers. Until the end of this month, Oracle users can migrate their databases to SQL Server 2016 and receive the necessary licenses for free with a subscription to Microsoft's Software Assurance maintenance program.

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    2. Server virtualisation is top datacentre infrastructure investment area for CIOs

      The 2016 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities poll suggests server virtualisation remains the key datacentre investment area for CIOs. More than 1,000 IT European decision-makers took part in the survey, and 34.7% of those quizzed named server virtualisation as their number one investment priority in 2016. Datacentre consolidation emerged as the leading “broad IT initiative” on which enterprises intend to embark in 2016, with 34.8% of respondents voting for it.

       

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    3. Understanding how new solid state drive technologies can benefit the data center

      Solid state drives (SSDs) can help IT managers maximize storage efficiency in a rapidly evolving data center environment. New technologies such as Vertical NAND (V-NAND), Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), and PCI Express (PCIe) help SSDs deliver high bandwidth and low latency, while hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer efficient storage of large quantities of data with lower performance demands. The key to maximizing efficiency and savings is aligning performance and capacity to dollars spent. By combining SSDs and HDDs in the right mix, performance gains are possible while keeping costs under control.

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    4. Encryption is the foundation of the new data center

      A software-based encryption solution will be the foundation of the new data center architecture. The role and importance of such an encryption layer is only just beginning to be realized. As workloads in the corporate data center begin to migrate to the public cloud, the need to encrypt data in motion and at rest becomes foundational. As we move to a world where encryption in the data center works seamlessly and at scale, it will impact some fundamental assumptions about how a data center operates.

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    5. Cloudwashing: What it is and How to avoid it

      Cloudwashing is a term that defines the practice of taking legacy software and running it on a cloud instance, while calling it 'true cloud.' However, true cloud is multitenant software developed exclusively for and in the cloud, which provides version-less software and is a pure SaaS offering. There is no on-premise equivalent, and all customers are always current. True cloud-based applications do not require specific hardware; they scale to the needs of the business, not the other way around.

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    6. How history will retell the flash storage story

      In five to ten years, we will look back with awe on the storage-media transition from spinning, rust-coated platters and electro-mechanical recording arms to solid-state, silicon-based media. We will look back upon the magnetic hard disk era of data storage with glee and relief. Archeologists will unearth these things and ponder how they ever worked in the first place. The magnetic hard disk is being replaced by solid-state storage, or flash. It is really just a matter of time until the last hard disk is given a ceremonial “so long and thanks for all the IO’s.”

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    7. Why software requirements development matters

      In the cloud or in the data center, few organizations realize just how critical the step of developing requirements is to the ultimate success of a major software purchase. At the start of a software selection process, most people have only a very high-level idea of their needs. It is the act of looking at potential products and seeing what they do that helps them flesh out those needs in greater detail. Developing a comprehensive requirements profile allows you to select the best fit software for the organization’s particular needs. 

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    8. Software-managed infrastructure poses challenges to companies with legacy systems

      The Wall Street Journal reported that this architecture, which replaces hardware with software, blurs the lines between compute, storage and network components. In the past, each of those areas has required purpose-built hardware that runs proprietary software. In the future, many companies hope to have commoditized hardware that is easily replaceable between vendors. A customized approach can present a challenge when moving to a new network architecture

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    9. Public cloud uptake rises, but Europe still lags behind the US

      Okta research finds the most popular cloud applications in all regions are mail, sales and marketing, social media and document storage. It revealed that the number of cloud applications being used within enterprises of all sizes is growing. Driven by IT consumerisation and shadow IT, businesses are now making greater use of public cloud services. European businesses are becoming more amenable to cloud computing, but they still lag behind US firms in terms of public cloud acceptance, according to research.

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    10. 4 Steps to Consider in a Cloud Integration Framework

      The transition from only a handful of monolithic systems to a more disparate ecosystem of applications has made cloud integrations more challenging. Now is the time to develop a comprehensive and forward-thinking integration strategy. Doing so will allow you to take full advantage of the agility of cloud-based solutions while continuing to use existing on premise infrastructure investments. These four steps will provide a framework to help you develop an integration strategy that’s appropriate for the cloud era.

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    11. Why banks are finally cashing in on the public cloud

      The financial services industry has avoided entrusting its data to public cloud vendors, even as Amazon Web Services quietly acquired thousands of business users. Banks and insurance firms feared rigorous regulatory scrutiny should their data become compromised in a breach at one of their cloud vendors. Not anymore. More banks are coming around to the public cloud. The Cloud Security Alliance noted that although only 32 percent of banks surveyed have a cloud services strategy in place, 61 percent are developing one.

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    12. Business Is Calling: How Will You Answer?

      Your communications system is the backbone of business success: an always on, robust communications infrastructure is a must-have. For many, however, that means an upgrade or overhaul to take advantage of today’s cloud-based technologies, from VoIP, videoconferencing, and collaboration to software-defined networking, file sharing, and telepresence. Features, total cost of ownership, and ROI are all critical factors when determining your next communication platform, but they are secondary to what should be your first consideration: what business outcomes do you need to ensure success now and in the future. 

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    13. All-flash, hybrid, or converged: What’s the right storage solution for your business?

      A massive change in enterprise data storage is underway as more companies switch to flash-based storage arrays. A recent Gartner report projects that by 2019, 20% of traditional high-end storage arrays will be replaced by dedicated solid-state arrays. So where is the best place to start bringing flash into your environment? This document states three ways to deploy flash storage.

       

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    14. How to overcome the infamous forklift upgrade challenge

      Thinking about modernizing your IT infrastructure? If so, it’s likely you face two major pain points: moving to a new modern storage infrastructure and keeping that new infrastructure current. Some vendors categorize these pain points as the “forklift upgrade challenge.” Unfortunately, most vendors focus only on simplifying the storage life-cycle after dismissing the legacy storage solution. They have little to say or offer about how they can help you migrate from your old storage infrastructure.

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    15. Making the case for in-house data centers

      Outsourcing, cloud services and financial pressure are constant realities for IT leaders. Shared data centers and cloud service providers are often a good choice. If the organization’s IT demands are difficult to predict or highly variable, building additional data centers make little sense. Despite the cloud trend, managing internal data centers effectively remains an important IT responsibility. Cost optimization, vendor management and creative ways to add value are all in play for data center managers in 2016.

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    16. Does Your Data Center Measure Up?

      Megatrends like the Internet of Things (IoT) and businesses’ heightened reliance on data, applications, and timely analytics are not fading away any time soon. Longstanding data center challenges around resiliency, security, and uptime are magnified in the digital age as companies—regardless of size—can’t afford costly downtime or the risk of misfiring on new revenue opportunities. With so much at stake, IT should be asking some key questions as it re-evaluates data center strategies and sets the stage for modern digital operations:

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    17. The Economics of IT Investment and Big Data: Dynamic Matchmakers for CIO-CFO Relationship

      With more than three-quarters of companies investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two years, according to Gartner Research, it’s clear that Big Data is no longer just big news — it is positively commonplace. And investments in data and analytics technologies have become mission-critical as enterprises struggle to make digital transformation a reality: For example, The State of the CIO 2016 found that Big Data and analytics is now the top priority for LOB.

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    18. Five Benefits Of SaaS Migration To Consider In 2016

      Delivering IT services is more economical, secure and manageable than ever before via cloud Software as a Service (SaaS). Looking at how it helps an organization rather than what it provides gives companies a narrative to not only see the benefits, but also get the conversation going on using SaaS. In no particular order, here are five reasons to consider SaaS in 2016. 

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    19. Is the hybrid cloud's biggest challenge a lack of expertise?

      The cloud is the new IT economy these days, and for all intents and purposes, the public cloud marketplace has become a vendor landscape essentially monopolized by the big four providers: Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and the IBM Cloud. If you throw in hybrid and private clouds, then VMware’s vSphere is also making a major impact in the space. Making the business case for embracing cloud services isn’t the challenge it once was. What is proving to be more of a hurdle to wider-scale cloud adoption is the lack of expertise, experience and resources to take advantage ...

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    20. The pros and cons of hyper-converged solutions

      Hyper-converged solutions is a software-defined system with tightly integrated storage, networking and compute resources. Though hyper-converged solutions are currently very popular, this article states that despite how flexible and powerful they can be, there are issues. This article not only states the pros and cons of hyper-converged solutions but also provides case scenarios where this solution will be effective.

       

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    21. Made-in-China servers attracting more buyers

      Servers are facing the same fate as PCs and mobile devices, with a growing number of them made in Asian countries like China and Taiwan, a Gartner analyst says. Much like PCs and mobile devices, it's cheaper for companies to buy servers made in Asia than in the U.S., and buyers can get servers customized to meet their specific requirements, said Jeffrey Hewitt, an analyst at Gartner.

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