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Breaking the Curse with Data Analytics

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Growing up a diehard Red Sox fan through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s was tough. The Yankees always had our number, handing the Red Sox some spectacular playoff losses, including the Bucky Dent homer in 1978 and the Aaron Boone homerun off of Tim Wakefield in 2003. The old adage in New England was that “the Red Sox and lawn furniture would fold up and end up in the cellar after Labor Day.” Read More

Welcome Aboard

Meet Randy Pyle, Director of Sales at IDS

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Empowering IDS customers by transforming the way IT is delivered

As IDS’ new Director of Sales, Randy Pyle is drawing on a vast career in technology—from both the OEM/vendor side and the reseller side—to help drive aggressive growth plans. He’s focused on moving IT forward through solutions that provide improved efficiency, flexibility, performance and a competitive advantage. Read More

Flash Data Center

Flash + Cloud = Savings: Let’s Do the Math

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The hardware and software to make an all-flash data center a reality are on the market and ready to go. IT leaders and data center managers know that flash makes a world of difference in application performance, but the one thing stopping enterprises from adopting this approach is a business case, which would demonstrate overall price and total cost of ownership of all all-flash environment. What they don’t know is whether or not their enterprises need to and should make capital expenditures so that every single application (big or small, mission critical or not) achieves superior levels of performance. Read More

Cloud-native applications

Cloud Native or Bust

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Application Must-haves for Hitting the Cloud Services Mother Load

There is a veritable cloud gold rush occurring today. CIOs are declaring “cloud-first strategies” while companies are pasting “cloud” onto any and every product they have. Their hope is to hit pay dirt amid uncharted and widespread IT transformation. As with most euphoric and rapid endeavors, reality is setting in for those who have made the journey to the cloud. Big payouts require work. For the cloud, a lot of that work happens at the application level. Read More

The Power of Now & the Cloud

The Power of Now & the Cloud

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An Enlightened Path to Delivering IT Services in the Cloud

Can the delivery of IT services be equated to a tranquil Zen master focused on “the power of now?” It might seem ridiculous to compare technology provisioning to spiritual enlightenment, but hear me out. In order to work and succeed “in the now,” businesses need seamless, rapid technology support. They need IT services that can act as fast as the mind can think. By leveraging the Cloud to maximum advantage, which starts with the IDS Cloud Hub, businesses can better operate and compete “in the now” with technology services that are easier and faster than ever to provision and consume. Read More

Data Password and Phishing Hook

Gone Phishing

By | Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Data Center, Data Loss Prevention, Phishing, Security, SPAM Filters, User Behavior Analytics | No Comments

One of the Many Ways Cyber Criminals are After Your Data

Phishing sounds innocent enough, right? Echoing a relaxed pastime, phishing even has a name designed to put your guard down. Ironically, that is exactly how cyber phishing works—it’s a ploy that tricks users into relaxing their guard so criminals can access to valuable personal and business data. So how serious is the risk? It’s serious and very costly. Read More

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Don’t Skip the Hyperscale Party

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1 Path & 7 Benefits to Getting Hyper Cloud Connected

Ever feel like today’s migration to cloud services is an exclusive party? Does it seem as though big enterprises and global powerhouses with vast resources are the only ones invited? Well get off the proverbial couch and get ready to party like it’s 2016 because when it comes to the cloud (and all the efficiency and opportunities it offers businesses) everyone is invited. Unless you’ve decided you’d rather be disrupted than be a disruptor, staying home is not an option. Read More

Smart Monitoring & Desktop Virtualization Visibility

From Smart Monitoring to Happy End-users

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Desktop Virtualization Visibility & Peace of Mind

To monitor or not to monitor? That has become the question for many businesses today as they design their virtual desktop environments. How are they answering? In my recent experience, I have noticed many businesses choosing either to implement a badly put together monitoring solution or forego virtual desktop monitoring altogether. Those are two risky options in a virtual environment where end-user experience (EUX) is of utmost importance and monitoring can be essential to its success. Read More

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Dude, Where’s My Server!?!

By | Azure, Backup, Cloud Computing, Design & Architecture, Infrastructure, Storage, Virtualization, VMware | No Comments

Hello Cloud, Goodbye Constant Configuration

I have to admit that when I log into a Linux box and realize that I have some technical chops left, I get a deep feeling of satisfaction. I am also in the habit of spinning up a Windows Server in order to test network routes/ACLs in the cloud since I like using the Windows version of tools like Wireshark.  Despite my love for being logged into a server, I do see the writing on the wall. Logging into a server to do installs or make configuration changes is fast becoming a thing of the past. Given the number of mistakes we humans make, it’s probably about time. Read More

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The Best Next Thing in BYOD: VMI

By | Data Loss Prevention, How To, Personal Data Management, Security, Virtualization | No Comments

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is a buzzword we have heard in IT and security circles for years. It speaks to questions that every business leader and IT executive must ask and answer: how do we secure and protect the growing number of mobile technologies (personal or company issued) employees want to use at work? How do we give a mobile, tech-centric workforce what it needs to succeed without putting our data and company at risk? Read More