Last week, IDS hosted a dinner featuring a presentation about current cloud trends and how IDS is helping our customers create their cloud strategy. The topic generated a lot of very interesting conversation and one of the biggest discussions was about cloud contracts. If you’re going to trust a partner to host your data, it is critical to have a contract in-place that protects the interests of both parties. Many large cloud providers have a “take it or leave it” approach to contracts and others will work to customize to your needs. Regardless of the flexibility, it is imperative that you understand all aspects of your cloud contract and what it means to your business. Since this was a highly discussed item at our dinner, I decided to create a list of the top 5 contract considerations when evaluating Cloud Providers. Read More
Many storage architects start off their workday sipping coffee, reading emails, checking on the status of various things in the environment. Mostly just killing time on the often repetitive and boring tasks of provisioning, monitoring, and maintaining the arrays, switches, servers, and other pieces that make up the infrastructure, and fighting any fires that may have flared up recently. Work seems to alternate between incredibly boring and repetitive and incredibly stressful at a moment’s notice.
On rare occasions an email or phone call from management will contain the words that are dear to the heart of technologists everywhere: We need some new stuff, figure out what we need and let’s bring it in and test it out! Getting to test drive the shiny new, ultra-fast, mega-big, leading edge tech is often the reason IT folks got into their jobs in the first place. Read More
Like most organizations, you probably are hosting your unstructured data on traditional NAS platforms. The days of storing this data on these legacy systems are coming to an end. Let’s look at some of the setbacks that plague traditional NAS:
- Expensive to scale
- Proprietary data protection – third-party backup software is needed to catalog and index
- Inability to federate your data between disparate storage platforms onsite or in the cloud
- High file counts, which can cripple performance, increase back-up windows, and require additional flash technology for metadata management
- File count limitations
- High “per-TB” cost
- Some platforms are complex to administer
- High maintenance costs after Year 3
As many companies are making the investment in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop they want a fast, reliable and secure solution. In this article, we will focus on WAN optimization and performance using the Citrix CloudBridge technologies.
Citrix CloudBridge is a unified platform used to accelerate applications across public and private networks, increasing performance and user experience. CloudBridge offers ICA protocol acceleration, QoS, optimization and security for XenApp and XenDesktop. This is an optimal solution for remote or branch offices that have WAN performance issues. CloudBridge offers extensive monitoring and reporting features, which help IT staff to performance tune any Citrix environment.
We are excited to officially introduce you to our refreshed brand, new website and IDS Cloud services branding!
IDS has grown exponentially over the past few years. As we took a step back and evaluated our company, we realized our branding and web presence had fallen behind the level of excellence achieved by the services we deliver to our customers. We also realized that because IDS has naturally expanded to include cloud services and IT consulting in addition to our data center integration solutions, we needed branding that would encompass our entire company as we continue to evolve. Because of this, we’ve been working around the clock to update our branding and web presence. Read More
Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) has gotten much attention in the wake of natural and man-made disasters in the recent years. But Executives continue to doubt the ability of IT to restore business IT infrastructure after a serious disaster. And this does not even include the increasing number of security breaches worldwide. By many reports, the confidence level in IT recovery processes is less than 30%, bringing to question the vast amounts of investment poured into recovery practices and recovery products. Clearly, backup vendors are busy – see compiled list of backup products and services at the end of this article (errors and omissions regretted). Read More
No one will argue that IT organizations today are tasked to do more with less in terms of resources – whether it’s hardware/software or people to support the infrastructure. Private cloud has been a focal point of conversations that we are frequently having with our customers. Some are highly virtualized and others are trying to get their arms around how to manage the sprawling cloud technologies that are knocking at their door. Read More
When considering a transition from current 7-Mode systems to Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT), it’s important to understand the limitations, timing and complexity. At IDS, we help our customers navigate and understand how this process impacts their production environment. We understand every customer’s architecture is different, but we have compiled some questions that continue to trend in our conversations. Read More
Many companies are making the investment in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and are various reasons to consider a VDI solution these days. Two of the biggest trends driving this technology are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Mobility. Many companies are moving away from assigning company assets for personal computers, laptops, tablets and phones. Instead they are giving employees a stipend as part of their salary and letting them choose their devices. This lowers the cost of hardware and software to the company, ensures employees take care of equipment, reduces administration costs for user devices and extends the hardware lifecycle. Most employees embrace this option because they do not have to carry multiple devices and can choose the devices that they want to use. Read More
At IDS, we are constantly speaking with IT organizations about our IDS Cloud offering and the marketplace in general. For those of you who don’t know, three years ago we built our own IDS Cloud offering based on the latest FlexPod and Vblock technology. Our Cloud is available with roughly 4PB of storage across geographically-dispersed Data Centers. This was a massive investment for IDS that resulted in a valuable ongoing opportunity for our team. I think everyone at IDS has learned many lessons over the past year surrounding the value of our offering versus the Hyperscale Cloud providers like Amazon and Azure. These lessons have shaped our ability to offer a truly valuable cloud offering to our customers. Read More