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Poised to bring billions of dollars in value to industries such as health care, big data is a trend that's here to stay. Big data straddles the IT and marketing sectors: Not only is it a technological problem — where to put all of this data? — it is poised to deliver real, actionable boardroom insights. While the big data trend has skyrocketed, many do not fully comprehend how to manage data. Despite this uncertainty, there is a growing consensus that big data is value. Organizations are beginning the infrastructure investment in systems that enable the large-scale storage and analysis of data. The Proliferation of Big Data Through the Enterprise Data sets too large to be effectively and fully captured, managed, stored and analyzed using traditional infrastructures are referred to as big data. Existing data storage systems are not equipped to analyze big data and ar... (more)

Can a Dedicated Server Equate to an Immediate Performance Boost?

Performance is your website’s first impression to visitors. Almost 50% of users expect a web page to load within two seconds. The move from a shared server to a dedicated server can alleviate many of a website’s performance issues and improve overall revenue and user experience. Shared hosting, by contrast, has hundreds of other websites on the same server. All bandwidth, server memory, hard drive space and CPU cycles are shared with other website owners. Database servers are also shared with these hundreds of other site owners. The result can be a bottleneck at the server-level... (more)

Understanding Data Centers of the Future

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. Exa... (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)

When Should We Switch to VPS

A middle-of-the-road solution between dedicated servers and shared hosting is a balance that makes a lot of sense for many businesses. Such a service exists and is called a virtual private server (or VPS). VPS offers webmasters a way to host their own server, but without the higher costs and complexities of dedicated servers. Here's more about whether VPS strikes the right balance for you. What Is a VPS? When a website uses shared hosting, it shares memory, hard drive space and CPU cycles with other sites on the same server. If one site gets hacked, there is a chance that other ... (more)