Archive for: July 2014

The Virtualized Reality of Unified Communications

A growing number of businesses are considering a virtualized unified communications environment.

By virtualizing UC applications, businesses can increase server utilization while reducing hardware, operating and administration costs. However, while many UC vendors support virtualization, few of these vendors offer a solution that maximizes the benefits of a virtualized environment.

Read the source article at blog.shoretel.com

Unified Communications in Healthcare – the future for digital access

Polycom has a long history of providing cutting-edge solutions to the healthcare industry. For over 20 years everything from audio through to telepresence solutions, has been helping to improve patient care. Now, every single clinic or hospital in the UK has some form of Polycom tool within it, whether in a clinical, surgical or administrative setting. The solutions available today have evolved considerably and are continuing to develop across a range of medical disciplines.

Read the source article at Polycom Community

Operating an EMC Hybrid Cloud

I was reading David Goulden’s interview with CIO Magazine  and he said something that struck me as exceptionally pertinent to my customers.  David said, “You can’t draw a clean boundary around enterprise computing anymore. Businesses need the platform to encompass all those external resources, and they often need the old world of enterprise applications and databases to work together with the new world of mobile, social media and big data. Hybrid cloud makes that happen seamlessly and securely.”

Read the source article at InFocus

Enterprise System Monitoring – Value versus Cost

For the last 8 months I’ve focused most of my customer facing efforts on Foglight accounts that use Foglight for Enterprise System Monitoring. I engaged these accounts in the acting role of Customer Success Manager and have been active on a weekly basis in that role for many of these accounts. The Enterprise classification simply means that a firm monitors one or more technologies, on more than 100 and up to tens-of-thousands of servers.

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Data Center Battery Monitoring Firm Canara Raises $4.25M

Canara, a provider of monitoring and predictive  analytics for data center backup power systems, has raised $4.25 million in equity. The round was provided by Columbia Capital and will be used to implement a strategic growth plan CEO Tom Mertz and chief business officer Steve Manos (both appointed recently) have put in place.

Read the source article at Data Center Knowledge

Rackspace and the Cool Kids on the Web-Scale Data Center Scene

In keeping with its image of a forward-looking technologically sophisticated hosting company, Rackspace held its first Solve event in San Francisco on Monday, speaker presentations sandwiched by Docker CEO Ben Golub as the opening keynote and by CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi as the day’s final keynote.

Read the source article at Data Center Knowledge

Making Clusters Easy to Use and Easy to Own

Companies have more choices than ever to save money and improve efficiency in their IT environment such as public and private cloud, virtual server environments, and high performance SSD storage. They can even combine a traditional physical server environment with cloud in hybrid configurations for better disaster recovery protection.

However, protecting business critical applications such as SQL, Oracle, SAP, file and print from downtime and disasters in these environments poses a variety of challenges to traditional SAN-based cluster environments.

 

Read the source article at Data Center Knowledge

Chinese Search Giant Baidu Buys Pre-fab Modular Data Center from Schneider

Baidu, the largest Chinese search engine and Web services company (China’s equivalent of Google, essentially) has bought two pre-fabricated data center modules from the French energy management, infrastructure and automation multinational Schneider Electric.

Read the source article at Data Center Knowledge

Data Lake, Data Reservoir, Data Dump…Blah, Blah, Blah…

As is typical from many (but not all) technology vendors, analysts and analyst firms, there is a rush to come up with the “right” name to which the technology vendors, analysts and analyst firms can claim origination honors.  It seems that this slide is trying to coin the term “Data Reservoir” – instead of “Data Lake” – to describe this new, big data architectural approach.  My response: who cares?

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Life’s A Breach: SMBs Finally Turn To MSPs For A Security Boost

Small- and midsize-business owners are increasingly turning to resellers and MSPs to contain security incidents and are entering into long-term IT management discussions to bolster their security posture in the wake of several high-profile threats, according to panelists participating in a formal discussion on the future of cybersecurity

Read the source article at crn.com