IT Disaster Recovery Checklist

Having a disaster recovery plan is crucial to restoring data and keeping systems up when an event occurs. Gil Levonai of Virtual-Strategy Magazine writes “traditional replication and disaster recovery solutions were not developed to work within virtualized data centers” which can cause inefficiencies and higher costs. Mr. Levonai provides an IT disaster recovery checklist to … Continue reading “IT Disaster Recovery Checklist”

Cloud Computing Growth

CIO reports “IT commits to cloud computing.” According to the 2013 Cloud Computing Survey by IDG budgets are rising.  Based on surveying 1,358 technology buyers they expect an average investment of $1.5 million in cloud computing services during the next 12 months. The survey clearly showed differences in investment with large companies spending $2.8 million … Continue reading “Cloud Computing Growth”

What Is Your Big Data Strategy?

McKinsey & Company writes, “in our experience, the missing step for most companies is spending the time required to create a simple plan for how data, analytics, front-line tools, and people come together to create business value. A well-thought out big data strategy can “provide a common language allowing senior executives, technology professionals, data scientists, and … Continue reading “What Is Your Big Data Strategy?”

The Future of Cloud Computing

“The cloud continues to disrupt IT in new ways so predicting tomorrow is a perpetual moving target”, writes John Considine for NetworkWorld. The future of cloud computing is perhaps better predicted according to Mr. Considine “by looking at the current offerings and identifying how they should change to accelerate the cloud market.” Here is what … Continue reading “The Future of Cloud Computing”

Opportunities in Big Data

Gaining a competitive edge in the market, improved customer relationship management and even improvements to internal processes are all opportunities that big data can bring. McKinsey & Company describe the opportunity big data provides as “a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation.” McKinsey further states, “the increasing volume and detail … Continue reading “Opportunities in Big Data”

How Can Data Center Management Lead to Lowered Energy Use and Cost Efficiency?

As a society, we’re constantly looking to reduce our carbon footprint. We purchase LED light bulbs because they require less electricity and last longer. We recycle our plastics, paper and e-waste and throw any trash we can into our compost piles. Some of us even are locavores, so we reduce the environmental costs of where … Continue reading “How Can Data Center Management Lead to Lowered Energy Use and Cost Efficiency?”

Outsourcing Your Data Center

Many businesses outsource at some point. They may choose to outsource to reduce cost or to free up resources to allocate to core business functions, and sometimes both. The decision to outsource your data center is no different. Bill Gerneglia of CIO Zone points out the potential operating expense reductions gained from outsourcing your data … Continue reading “Outsourcing Your Data Center”