1. Articles in category: IT Infrastructure

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    1. Why Microsoft will beat Google in the enterprise cloud war

      As Google and Microsoft battle for enterprise cloud customers, each company's natural strengths (and weaknesses) become more apparent. Microsoft, for example, is winning over large enterprises that already have massive workforces on Office 365. Google for Work, meanwhile, continues to be popular among small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs), particularly organizations that don't have dedicated IT staffs and aren't burdened by legacy technologies that require ongoing support.

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    2. How Goldman Sachs and Bank of America use the cloud and containers

      Goldman Sachs – considered by many to be the gold standard in the financial services world – has been on a six-year journey to embrace cloud computing, which has culminated in about 85% of the company’s workloads now operating in a cloud framework, says J Ram, managing director at the bank who heads up its cloud platform business unit. As companies like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America become more comfortable operating in the cloud, there are even more changes on the horizon. Officials from these financial giants say they’re now focused on exploring what benefits application containers can bring ...

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    3. Microsoft to change Windows Server 2016 licensing rules, will use per-core metric

      Microsoft last week announced it will switch the licensing for next year's Windows Server 2016 to a per-processor-core basis, a move analysts said is at least partly a grab for more revenue. "Ultimately, the move to cores is a revenue issue, because it certainly does nothing for customers," said Paul DeGroot, the principal of Pica Communications, a consulting firm that specializes in deciphering Microsoft's licensing practices.

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    4. Goodwill Embraces the Benefits of Virtualization

      One of the biggest challenges for charitable organizations is putting dollars to work in the most effective way possible. At Goodwill Industries New York and New Jersey, which provides essential services and aid for 95,000 individuals, including the disabled and veterans, the task is enormous. "Information technology is at the center of almost everything we do," said CIO Andre Bromes. "It allows us to serve people and provide services in a way that otherwise wouldn't be possible." 

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    5. Goodbye, rack-and-stack administrators; hello cloud architects

      At a recent summit, CIOs described their organizations' cloud journeys. Three or four years ago IT departments and leaders were "not in the conversation" when it came to cloud service implementations. Now, organizations are looking to their IT people for leadership in what is turning out to be a new direction for their businesses. IT is taking on the role of catalyst, proponent, and sherpa for the advance into digital enterprises, Burns continued. "We pretty much all understand that the IT infrastructure has the ability to either be the enabler or the restraint on moving to digital business." There is ...

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    6. AirWatch makes it easy to manage all your organization’s devices

      Whatever your organization’s mission, synchronizing all your employees’ mobile devices can power up your operations. However, wrangling together an array of phones, tablets and laptops is very tough. AirWatch by VMware is a complete solution for any organization looking to make the move to mobile or improve management of its employees’ devices, without the need to hire an entire IT department. It’s an enterprise mobility management (EMM) platform that seamlessly integrates a turnkey suite of productivity and collaboration apps on any device running iOS or OS X, including Apple TV.

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    7. Unwilling to fix what's not broken, Asia firms hold back on open source

      Years after Linux and open source first emerged in the market, organisations in Asia remain unsure about the platform's ability to support enterprise applications and are cautious about moving out of their proprietary software environment. Harboring such mindset puts these companies at risk of falling behind, though fortunately awareness about the benefits of deploying open source was increasing. The fact that large tech giants such as Google and Facebook were large open source users, hiring significant number of engineers with such skill sets and contributing to the open source community, had helped improve enterprise perception.

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    8. To go green, Facebook puts petabytes of cat pics on ice and “likes” windfarming

      When someone says the word "sustainability," the first thing that leaps into your mind is not a data center. These giant buildings full of computer, network, and storage gear are typically power-hungry behemoths with giant cooling systems that keep servers happy and chilled. Their power distribution systems lose kilowatts just shifting electricity from one form to another.  A number of Internet giants have gone to great lengths to change that—building their own data centers and even building their own hardware in an effort to make their ever-ballooning fleet of data centers more environmentally friendly.

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    9. Dropbox woos large businesses with new Enterprise offering

      Large enterprises have a new Dropbox product tailored for them that the company unveiled at its user conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. Dropbox Enterprise is built on the foundation of Dropbox Business, the company’s product aimed at organizations. Companies that buy it will get access to all of the features in Dropbox’s business-facing offering, plus special capabilities like the ability to prevent people with certain email address domains from using them with a Dropbox personal account.

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    10. You moved to the cloud ... the Internet's down. Now what?

      You’d think the whole world had come to a standstill. A few weeks ago, when both Google Drive and Google Docs suddenly went AWOL for an afternoon, knowledge workers had no idea what to do. Since all of their data was stored online and the app they use for normal word processing was not available, they had little recourse but to switch to WordPad and, in some cases, try to remember where they left off in a business document.

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    11. What big industry will do to the Internet of Things

      The Internet of Things stands as one of the largest economic opportunities in the world. But it’s not just about consumer devices. Some of the biggest breakthroughs are taking place behind the scenes in factories, farms, and industrial sites to optimize production or increase energy efficiency. The opportunity for IoT in industry, however, is also incredibly challenging. The good news is that industrial IoT isn’t about producing simple gadgets. These will be sophisticated, elegant systems. The bad news is that meeting the performance specifications will be a mammoth task.

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    12. Is Dell-EMC The Canary In The Coal Mine For More Enterprise M&A?

      When Dell announced it was buying EMC earlier this month for $67 billion, it would have been easy to see the deal in isolation, but what if it were the first of many such deals? Could Oracle, for example, make a play for HP’s Enterprise business? One well-connected source tells us that even this may be possible. Consider that HP sold TippingPoint to Trend Micro for $300 million and separately announced it was getting out of the public cloud market last week — perhaps shedding unprofitable pieces ahead of the split or making it more attractive to a potential buyer.

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    13. HP just dropped out of the public cloud – now what?

      While HP’s announcement that it will shutter its Helion Public Cloud early next year didn’t surprise those who watch the market closely, the move does raise questions about what’s next for HP and other cloud vendors. Analysts say HP is the latest example of a legacy IT vendor that has had to adjust its cloud ambitions in light of how dominant Infrastructure-as-a-Service players Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have become. The consolation prize is that there’s still plenty of opportunity left in the private, managed and hybrid cloud markets.

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    14. China’s Public Cloud Market Will More Than Double To $3.8B By 2020, Says Forrester

      The size of China’s public cloud market grow rapidly in the next five years, more than doubling to $3.8 billion in 2020 from $1.8 billion this year, says a new report from Forrester. According to the research firm’s criteria, which evaluated each service’s technology, business strategy, and market size by customer base and revenue, the leading three providers in the country are currently Alibaba (which recently made a $1 billion investment in Aliyun, its cloud unit), Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft.

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    15. BYOD is as entrenched (and complicated) as ever

      In hard numbers, the prevalence of BYOD in the workplace is difficult to measure. Research firm Strategy Analytics, said three-quarters of business smartphones and tablets shipped in the second quarter in North America were slated to wind up in the workplace - either bought by businesses outright for their workers or by people who planned to use them in the office. However, another research firm found in its latest annual survey of large businesses that just 15% of those businesses had a majority of their employees use their own devices for work purposes.

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    16. What's next in aaS? Workspace-as-a-Service

      According to a recent report by Transparency Market Research*, the Global WaaS market is valued at US$ 7.47 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1 percent from 2015 to 2022. If numbers don't lie, then WaaS is something to talk about. Workspace-as-a-Service (WaaS) is really an amalgam of desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and desktop applications as a service, where DaaS is the public or private cloud delivery of virtual desktops to users and where desktop applications as a service is the cloud delivery of applications to end user devices.

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    17. Three ways CFOs are thinking differently in a 'software as a service' world

      How CFOs measure success is changing rapidly, forcing them to come up with a new set of metrics. At a broader level, Tyler Sloat (CFO at Zuora) focuses on five performance metrics: pipeline, acquire, deploy, run, and expand. His team sends information on these factors to employees every week. "It's a great communications mechanism for the rest of the business," he says.

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    18. AWS launches Amazon IoT, a cloud service for Internet of Things data

      Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced Amazon IoT, a new service companies can use to hook up with Internet-connected devices and build applications based on them. Until this point, working with devices, networks, security, data collection to build Internet of Things (IoT) applications has been difficult, Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels said at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today.

       

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    19. Demand for datacentre co-location services rises, as enterprise outsources more IT

      Demand for co-location services is rising, with enterprises preparing to pay more to outsource their IT, 451 Research reveals. The amount of data center space occupied by co-location providers is up by 11% on 2014, and is forecast to maintain that level of growth through to 2018 as enterprises look to outsource more of their IT. Nearly half (42%) of organisations also said they expect to spend on average 15% more on co-location in 2016 compared with 2015, with 14% preparing to jump ship to a new provider or enlist an additional one for capacity planning purposes

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    20. Drew Houston’s Mission: Get The World Working Together On Dropbox

      He seemed surprisingly calm, in a casual Silicon Valley attire (black shirt, jeans and sneakers), for the CEO of a company many critics say will not live up to its $10 billion valuation. He continued playing as I sat down. “We have a pretty good setup here,” he said as he set his guitar to lean up against the couch. “This is the jam room. It’s a Dropbox tradition.”

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    21. Salesforce.com’s ascent to $10B signals major economic shift ahead

      Salesforce.com is going to become the first pure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company to achieve a recurring revenue run rate of $10 billion dollars. And when that happens, it won’t just be a success for the SaaS model but for the entire economy. Subscriptions are the future. The global economy is making a vast, systemic shift from transactional products to subscription-based services. As Tilt cofounder James Beshara notes above, today’s consumers are interested in outcomes, not assets.

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    22. Intel's latest IoT move heats up the race for low-power networks

      While mobile operators often claim bragging rights to the fastest smartphone connections, another rivalry is heating up around networks that aren't fast at all: Their claim to fame is that they don't suck up power.On Friday, Intel said it would work with cellular heavyweights Ericsson and Nokia to commercialize NB-LTE (Narrow-Band LTE), a variant of the latest cellular technology that uses a small amount of radio spectrum to efficiently carry small amounts of data.

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    23. UK CIOs lament lack of IT support for cloud services

      Research from ElasticHosts suggests most cloud users are unhappy with the level of tech support they receive from their providers. Moving to the cloud has left three out of four users feeling dissatisfied with the level of service and support they receive, research claims. According to a poll of 200 UK CIOs, commissioned by cloud hosting provider ElasticHosts, 93% are now using off-premise technologies, but 75% feel making the move has forced them to make sacrifices in service and support.

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