Deploying Hybrid Cloud with Software-Defined Storage

Published On: Jun 19, 2017 8:01:00 AM

As today’s business and IT leaders navigate the turbulent waters of digital transformation, the focus for many is on enabling hybrid cloud capabilities while managing exponential data growth.

The promises of full hybrid cloud functionality beckons — seamlessly move enterprise workloads on- or off-premises as needs dictate, providing cost savings and flexibility.

Enjoy the economics, scalability and innovation of cloud services without sacrificing the security and customization of private resources.

We're all grappling with hybrid cloud deployment 

Recent industry surveys show that 80-percent of enterprise IT organizations have committed to hybrid cloud infrastructures, making this one of the top IT trends of the year.

But the reality is that enabling hybrid functionality within today’s enterprise IT environments has its challenges, with data storage issues at the top of the list.

As enterprises work to create and support modern next-generation digital applications that can transform customer experiences and conquer new markets, they are finding that the data storage systems of their hybrid cloud environments — often legacy SAN systems — create a stumbling block.

Traditional data storage simply cannot overcome today’s hybrid cloud challenges of scale, integration and flexibility to deliver true data mobility.

Developing Your Cloud Strategy: Best Practices for Building Your Roadmap

Published On: Jun 8, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Ready to utilize cloud services but not quite sure where to begin?

6 Summer Must-Read Books for IT Directors and CIOs

Published On: May 15, 2017 8:01:00 AM

IT-Related Books to Read in the Summer of 2017

Here are 6 books to stimulate your mind and recharge you for the rest of the year, covering topics as varied as big data, the importance of design, global market forces, and saving your sanity from technology overload.

The following links are provided for the purpose of education, not vendor advertisement.

These 6 books are our honest-to-goodness, no-fingers-crossed-behind-our-backs picks for our favorite IT Strategy-related books to read this summer.

Jump ahead:

1. Make it New: A History of Silicon Valley Design
2. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World
3. No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends
4. Winning with Data: Transform Your Culture, Empower Your People, and Shape the Future
5. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future
6. Irrestible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
7. The Art of Persuading a CFO


Unraveling the Fears of Artificial Intelligence

Published On: Mar 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Fear of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

When Stephen Hawking says that AI could be the end of humanity, people tend to take notice.

Throw in Elon Musk and Bill Gates adding their two cents, and a full-blown fear or AI can take hold. 

Yet, even in voicing their AI concerns, all three are actively involved in the AI community. They all see the huge upside of this technology.

The quote from Hawking that drew so much notice implicitly states this, as he said AI will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.” 

So, why all the concern? 

How to Secure the Internet of Things [IT Strategy]

Published On: Feb 15, 2017 7:30:00 AM

The Internet of Things is everywhere, whether the general public realizes it or not.

It’s embedded in home appliances, in the packaging of shipments that arrive at their door, and throughout their entire workplace.

It is omnipresent. Yet, it is entirely behind the scenes to most consumers. 

For businesses and enterprise companies, this is not the case. IoT is a valuable tool that allows them to keep up or take the lead over their competitors.

The gold rush is on, but this time, the commodity is big data. 

With any draw of big fortune, out will come the thieves. For big data, unfortunately, the thieves and saboteurs are coming on with the ferocity of the Huns.

So how are you supposed to secure all your IoT data

How to Retain Your Valuable IT Employees

Published On: Feb 1, 2017 8:10:00 AM

The IT Talent Gap

IT staff are the ultimate fire-squelchers. Whether it’s IoT security, server support, or everyone’s favorite, user error, they are the people who are always on-call for large and small emergencies.

They’re important people to keep around your organization. Yet, that is becoming increasingly more and more difficult to do. 

There are two forces that hamper efforts to keep valuable IT personnel. For starters, employee loyalty has been on the decline for decades.

The average tenure is 4.6 years, and for workers between the ages of 25 to 34, it is just 3.2 years.

For many, job bouncing is the way to move up in their career: Get experience at one place and then jump ship to another company. 

The second factor is the gig economy.

These are the workers who have left the office space for freelance assignments, work-from-home arrangements, and contract opportunities.

Within the gig economy, workers with specialized skills and technical expertise are the most in-demand. 

Your IT personnel have a lot of options. 

So how do you retain your valuable employees in this new job landscape? Here are 6 ways to help hang on to those you value the most. 

5 Ways POWER9 and the OpenPOWER Foundation Are Transforming the Industry

Published On: Jan 16, 2017 7:27:00 AM

Founded in 2013, the OpenPOWER Foundation is a global, open development membership organization dedicated to inspiring collaborative innovation between the world’s top technology companies. 

IBM is at the center of the OpenPOWER foundation, being one of its original creators.

OpenPOWER connects everyoneThe entire foundation is dedicated to using IBM Power Systems open architecture to foster the sharing and development of revolutionary ideas. 

With the upcoming release of POWER9 microprocessors in 2017, the OpenPOWER Foundation has been in the news quite frequently.

What does this mean for your company? Here are 5 ways POWER9 and the OpenPOWER Foundation are transforming your future. 

6 More Reasons to Get Giddy about POWER9

Published On: Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

An Intro to IBM POWER9

With the release of POWER8 microprocessors, IBM fired a shot across the bow.

Intel’s x86 chips held a dominant position in data centers, but IBM was ready and willing to charge. 

In the years that followed POWER8’s release, IBM’s stock began to rise not only in microprocessors, but also with their Power Systems.

Processing power is immensely important

With a commitment to Linux and open environments – in addition to enabling third parties to license their Power architecture to create their own Power-based systems – IBM began to gain ground.  

Perhaps the biggest achievement of POWER8 microprocessors was that they finally gave enterprise and service providers an alternative to Intel x86 chips, opening up the market to new innovations.

POWER9 is set to walk through this open door, and early news of the benefits of these microprocessors has the industry talking. 

The CIO Budget Checklist for 2017: Priorities, Concerns, and Challenges

Published On: Dec 30, 2016 4:21:00 PM

IT Priorities for 2017

CIO-Budget-2017.gifWhile 2016 feels like it's just underway, IT leaders are prioritzing their IT projects for 2017.

This is typically the time of the year when budget requests are submitted by various departments.

For the IT department’s budget, the pitch for funding is normally led by the CIO. With the way IT is turning into such an essential arm of any business, the monetary requests can match or exceed the largest of any department.

Take for instance the Department of Defense (DoD). Last week, their CIO, Terry Halverson, requested a budget of $38.2 billion, with $6.8 billion in DoD cyber operations.

Halverson expressed concerns that there wasn’t enough money for the DoD to fulfill this request. That’s why he’s prioritized cyber security and cyber operations as one of the sub-segments of the budget that needs to be honored.

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