Evolving Solutions Installs IBM Power8 Server

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Evolving Solutions is excited to announce that we are the first IBM Business Partner to install the newest IBM Power8 server designed with big data analysis in mind. IBM Power8 Processor technology is up to 50 times faster at analyzing data than the closest competitor.

“The processing capacity for the new IBM Power8 servers is amazing!” says Tim Klubertanz, Sr. IBM Power Systems Architect at Evolving Solutions. “Whether you have a transaction oriented database workload or an initiative to run analytics on Linux, the Power8 servers will be able to process more data and perform more activities at a time than other comparable solutions.”

“This puts us in a position to offer our customers a state-of-the-art technology solution and the option of industry-leading AIX or Linux operating systems,” adds President, Jamie Gmach.

Recently, Data Center Knowledge interviewed Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group about the new Power8 Processor. He describes the technology as “the first truly disruptive advancement in high-end server technology in decades, with radical technology changes and the full support of an open server ecosystem that will seamlessly lead our clients into this world of massive data volumes and complexity.”

Interested in learning more? Contact us today to discuss your needs and  learn more about the new processing capabilities of Power8.

Spring Cleaning for IT

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CIO collected IT “spring cleaning” tips and opportunities from CIOs and CTOs. Here is what is on their “to do” list:

  • Prioritize power management. Make sure you have the tools in place to monitor energy use and review what you are spending and where.
  • Rationalize applications. You may or may not be surprised that in many cases a lot of money is spent maintaining outdated, under-utilized apps. Not only does maintenance of these apps add to the complexity of the environment but they also add costs. Use “spring cleaning” to inventory and review all supported apps.
  • Optimize BYOD policy. Don’t have one? Start creating one.
  • Identify new areas to automate. Catalog and review all manual processes and determine which ones could be automated. Manual interventions can be slow and create bottlenecks. They can also prevent us from taking advantage of cloud computing, virtualization and big data.
  • Review security practices to ensure they are best in class for working with SaaS.
  • Embrace self-service IT and empower end users. What functions does your IT team currently perform – could any be made into self-serve options? Not only does self-service help end users but it can also free up valuable time for your own team.
  • Review off-boarding procedures. Ensure policies are updated  with the cloud and personal devices in mind to protect company assets.
  • Clean up  mail servers. Not necessarily deleting but a mix of review, prioritization and archiving or moving to an alternate storage site.
  • Review governance for cloud-based storage. Be sure your data stored in the cloud is being treated as originally outlined with the service provider or how you govern when on-premise.
  • Create data policies and an audit schedule.

Share what’s on your spring cleaning list this year.

Advantages of Virtualization

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As cloud use grows and with the rise in workforce mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD), the need for data center and server virtualization is in-demand to maintain high levels of performance, availability and security.

Laura Stotler of InfoTech Spotlight writes, “virtualization software separates physical infrastructure, enabling multiple applications and systems to be run simultaneously on the same hardware. Organizations can immediately reap the benefits of cost savings on hardware and operating expenses since fewer servers are essentially needed to run a variety of systems and software. Virtualization is the powerhouse behind cloud computing and offers massive potential when it comes to how data centers operate.”

Ms. Stotler calls out cost and environmental savings as advantages of virtualization. In her article she cites an IDC survey that found “in the U.S. virtualization has the potential to save companies $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel costs through 2020, as well as 9.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions.” Virtualization can also increase time to market for services – impacting ROI.

Jack Wallen of Tech Republic outlines additional advantages of virtualization:

  • Reduced hardware costs.
  • Less heat. Servers generate heat, but with virtualization you can use less servers therefore produce less heat.
  • Virtualization allows for full backups as well as snapshots of your virtual machines
  • Faster redeploy. Virtual machine snapshots can be enabled quickly sometimes with just a few clicks.
  • Testing environments can be isolated from end users so they can continue to work and you can continue to test
  • Better disaster recovery
  • Virtualization brings you one step closer to taking advantage of the cloud

Share with us your experience so far with virtualization. Haven’t virtualized yet? Let’s talk about what advantages virtualization can bring your company.