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Infrastructure

DevOps (Development Operations)

DevOps Today: Automation First, Collaboration Second

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Tips to Ensure DevOps Success

In looking at definitions of DevOps, I found a general consensus that DevOps is primarily about enabling “cultural shifts” and increasing “collaboration” among technology development and operations/infrastructure teams. A much smaller emphasis is placed on the automation processes around delivering software and infrastructure changes. While I know I’m going to ruffle some feathers with this view, I am going to say it: we need to stop confusing the process efficiencies needed to reach DevOps excellence with the need for broader (and important!) organizational change. Read More

Daas (Desktop as a Service)

The DaaS Revolution: It’s Time

By | Cloud Computing, Daas, Desktop Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure, Networking, Security, Uncategorized, Virtualization | No Comments

When terminal services was first released, it revolutionized the way users accessed their applications and data. Employees could tap into their digital resources from essentially anywhere while businesses could be certain that all data was located in the data center and not on end user devices. But no revolution is perfect and the challenge with terminal services (renamed to RDSH in recent years) was that it did not give users the customization and experience of their local devices.  Read More

8 Key Takeaways from IDS Fast Forward

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Just one word is needed to sum up the theme of the inaugural IDS Fast Forward event: DISRUPTION!
On July 13, IT leaders gathered in Chicago to hear from a dynamic and diverse lineup of presenters, to learn about cutting-edge technologies from top solution providers, and to network with their peers. During the event, it became clear: in order to deliver the outcomes demanded by businesses, today’s technologists need to both think and act differently.  Not only do they need to embrace disruption, they need to cause it. Read More

Flash Data Center

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

By | Backup, Cloud Computing, Data Center, Design & Architecture, Infrastructure, Storage | No Comments

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

By | Applications, Cloud Computing, Cloud-Native, Cybersecurity, Design & Architecture, Infrastructure | No Comments

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

Party On sign with clouds and sky background

Don’t Skip the Hyperscale Party

By | Cloud Computing, Data Center, Infrastructure, Storage | No Comments

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

Internet Cloud Server Cabinet

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

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