What to consider if you’re looking to adopt flash storage

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Until recently, flash-based data storage has been significantly more expensive than spinning disk drives. This has typically made it only feasible for organizations with deep pockets or niche applications that required high performance. But the price of flash has definitely dropped, and many traditional vendors and upstart vendors have matured their technologies through new configurations and software. more
BY STEVE SPENCE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
MANAGED SERVICES

The Productization of Managed Services

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A new model of IT managed services is rising out of the ashes of yesteryear’s outsourcing model. But unlike the legendary ostrich-like phoenix, this new Managed Service is not being reborn as a lumbering prehistoric phoenix but more like a flock of nimble starlings. more

Inspiration from a 20th century warrior

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When I was thirteen years old my father took me to see George C. Scott’s cinematic portrayal of General George S Patton. I was forever to become a student and fan of one of the most controversial generals of the Second World War. more

Accelerating Microsoft SQL with Flash Technology

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With the ever increasing demand for speed and throughput, SQL databases can present performance challenges to enterprise businesses that rely on them. Many organizations have resolved this in part by adopting flash technology. Microsoft’s recently announced licensing changes provide further incentive to integrate flash technology. Databases were some of the first applications to leverage flash arrays. They are the preferred choice to accelerate high-performance OLTP – Online Transaction Processing applications on Microsoft SQL server databases  …>> more

Why It Might Be Time to Let Go of Your Wireless Network

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BYOD means mobile devices are flourishing and adding to headache of keeping networks secure and optimized. Cloud-managed wireless ultimately benefits both IT departments and business operations. Outsourcing IT functions and adopting managed services are standard operating procedure for many enterprises to streamline costs and increase business agility. Now the impetus and technology is available to farm out your wireless networking infrastructure. The Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon is reason enough to offload elements of your wireless network.  …>> more

Leading edge network virtualization options are worth watching

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Quickly scaling enterprises are already benefiting from virtualizing applications and storage resources, but with software-defined datacentres now a reality, so is virtualizing network elements to support a growing business. Virtualizing applications and data storage in the enterprises has become a common practice as it allows organizations to quickly scale up as business demands require. But with the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) and networks function virtualization (NFV), it’s now possible to virtualize elements of the  …>> more