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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

IDS announces three new hires to expand engineering team

New IDS Hires Announcement: Welcome to the team!

By | IDS, Networking, Security | No Comments

We’re incredibly excited to announce the addition of three new hires at IDS who will be instrumental in growing our business around transformational technologies. The strategic expansion will further fuel the growth of the IDS consulting practice by increasing focus surrounding big data, analytics, security and software-defined networking. We have experienced incredible success over the last few years, and this latest addition is one of many that will continue to contribute to the ongoing IDS transformation. Read More

Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop

Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 2: HDX Insight Monitor and Policy Tuning

By | Analytics, Virtualization | No Comments

For more information on this topic, please see part one of this series, Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 1: Citrix CloudBridge.” We will be doing a follow-up series for VMware Performance Tuning and WAM Optimization options with VMWare Horizon View 6 in the future as well.

About the HDX Insight Monitor Tool

Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Director integrates the HDX Insight Monitor Tool, which gives you the ability to monitor and tune the following: Read More

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