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Data centers are perched upon technology’s advanced battlements. They must be highly scalable and able to support ever-increasing bandwidth each year. Newer data centers look far differently than they did just a decade ago, and strategies for design and style continue to shift under the weight of big data, cloud computing, mobility and other technology trends. IT professionals must be cross specialty virtuosos in environments of ever-increasing complexity. Service costs have a continuous downward pressure, as economizing infrastructure is a goal for enterprises of all kinds. Examining emerging IT technologies can be a crystal ball for peering into the role of IT and data centers of the future. Cloud storage supports flexibility in computing Many enterprises now require mobile computing to communicate with workers, clients and customers on the go. Cloud computing, fla... (more)

Embracing the New Enterprise IT: Flash Storage

Computing is a rapidly changing industry. Gordon E. Moore was one of the first to recognize and discuss this in 1965, when he described what's now known as Moore's law: The number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The effects of this progress are evident in the continuous increases in processing speeds, data storage capacity and the sensitivity of digital camera sensors. For decades, computing has continued to advance, sometimes incrementally and sometimes almost exponentially. Now we're in the middle of another major shift in computing... (more)

Embracing the New Enterprise IT: Cloud Databases

As infrastructure has grown and mainstream database vendors have tweaked the cloud service model to apply to their own niche, cloud database technology has become an increasingly possible alternative to on-premises databases. Cloud database services offer many of the same benefits of other cloud services: Reduced in-house maintenance and patching, increased free time for IT staff and database administrators, and outsourced 24/7 data management and recovery. Background of Cloud Database Technology Cloud databases operate similarly to other cloud offerings. The host owns the serve... (more)

Myth Busting: Top Five Hosted Exchange Myths Busted

Maintaining email servers is a full-time job including server maintenance, filtering spam, blocking viruses, and creating backups. A hosted Exchange service frees up IT time by putting all of these tasks in the hands of the email host. Even still, the myths surrounding hosted Exchange persist. Let's knock them out one at a time to see why Exchange might make sense for you. Myth #1: Hosted Exchange Is Only for Large Businesses Because of the time it takes to manage an Exchange server, small businesses can take the most advantage of a third-party email system. While large businesse... (more)

Embracing the New Enterprise IT: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

During the recent bout of intense winter weather throughout the Midwest, many folks were able to receive the news on office closings by receiving work email messages through their personal laptops and smartphones. Access available anywhere is becoming a given for many people who can receive updates on their personal devices no matter where they are. For the typical enterprise IT department, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy has become a standard, and it’s not uncommon to see different brands and models of laptops throughout the office. This is all the latest evidence of th... (more)