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IDS placed to Inc 5000 for fifth time

IDS Celebrates Fifth Year on Inc. 5000 List

By | Cloud Computing, Data Center, IDS | No Comments

We are excited to announce our inclusion in the 34th annual Inc. 5000 list, honoring the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This year IDS ranked No. 167 in the Chicago market and No. 3912 overall, and marks the fifth time we have been recognized.

We credit this recognition and impressive growth to our strategic initiatives and a passion for putting customers first. Matt Massick, IDS CEO, explains that this year has been about tightening processes, expanding solutions and revolutionizing the customer experience. He said, “Our Inc. 5000 placement can be attributed to a significantly expanded solutions portfolio which includes a distinguished IT consulting practice, IDS Cloud offerings, and most recently, the IDS Asset Management Portal and the IDS Integration Center.” He added, “Each addition and development for our business is carefully calculated with our customers in mind. The positive response to our improvements has already caused a highly accelerated growth rate in 2015, and we can’t wait to see where the next few years take us.” Read More

Converged Infrastructure & Why or Why Not VCE?

Converged Infrastructure & Why or Why Not VCE?

By | Design & Architecture, Infrastructure | No Comments

Searching for the term converged infrastructure online yields thousands of results. Thousands of different opinions and approaches, with each vendor telling you why their solution is superior. As a CxO, VP of IT, or Director of Infrastructure, how do you decipher all of this data and pinpoint the best decision for your business? Should you hire a consultant to show you the right path? Should you have the top vendors parade in one by one and provide a proof of concept on their solution? I have my own opinion on the different solutions out there, but what kind of a critical thinker would I be if I limited myself to my own opinion? Read More

Changing landscape for IT consultants

IT Consultants: Navigating a Changing Technology Landscape

By | Data Center, Strategy | No Comments

The role of the consultant in the data center infrastructure space is seeing some considerable shifts lately. Five years ago, consultants were still fairly specialized in certain disciplines like server, storage and network. Now, as technology has continued to converge across the compute, storage, network and virtualization platforms, the roles of consultants have become increasingly complex. Read More

Data classification

Data Classification: Creating Business Value

By | Data Center, Storage | No Comments

As we discussed in my previous article, “Data Retention: In IT We Trust,” data retention is a necessary component of a comprehensive information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. In this article we will turn our attention to data classification.

Data classification is the essential step towards ILM. Data classification helps organizations know what data they have, where the data is located and how they can access it (if at all). This becomes increasingly important with the uncontrollable growth in unstructured data that appears to push the infrastructure limits to new heights with every technological advance. Read More

All-Flash Storage Analysis

Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 2: Taking a closer look

By | Data Center, Storage, Uncategorized | No Comments

A few weeks ago I wrote “Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 1: Mapping out the process,” discussing the excitement around getting to test a new product, specifically an All-Flash Array.

Getting to open boxes, break out new equipment, install it, and put it through its paces is fun. Unfortunately, the business side of things rears its ugly and less entertaining head, and the temporarily excited IT staff has to put their noses back to the grindstone. Testing is being requested for a reason, and the results of the tests will play an important role in determining not only the product that will be purchased, but quite possibly in future directions for the company and the testers involved. Read More

Data retention

Data Retention: In IT We Trust

By | Archiving, Backup | No Comments

While discussing backups and recovery validation in my first blog of this series, “The Case for Disaster Recovery Validation“, I cited “…The secondary purpose of backups is to recover data from an earlier time, according to a user-defined data retention policy…” [Wikipedia]. In this blog, I will review data loss/retention in regard to backups and archives, and the difficulties inherent in specifying retention times.

The burgeoning cost of storing increased amounts of data may have put an unfair burden on most IT organizations because the business and application “users” are failing to specify the retention needs of the data created. Now, more than ever before, IT has to balance budgets with regulatory compliance, industry standards and company constraints. This may vary from five days to fifty years, depending on the purpose of data retention strategy, the type of data and the functional use of the data: financial, health, education, research, government, etc. Further, retention policies apply to one or both systems of data retention: backup and archiving. Read More

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