How future ready is your organization? Are your IT resources over extended?” Does your IT department spend all of its time putting out fires? Perhaps your enterprise is somewhere between the two. The IDC Future Ready Index examined just how great an impact future readiness has on an enterprise’s ability to compete. The disparity between the most future-ready companies, called Future Creators, and others surveyed was significant.
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The two executives in charge of integrating Dell and EMC say the integration of the two tech giants will be completed within nine months of the deal closing. Here are seven things they shared with EMC employees about their efforts.
When Zerto introduced Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) in 2011, it was a completely unique product that quickly captured the More-Than-DR1attention of the IT world. It won Best of Show at VMworld that year and it continues to win multiple awards every year since.
In a matter of months, ZVR went from an unknown technology to the standard that other disaster recovery (DR) products were measured against. It is amazing how quickly customers, partners and cloud service providers embraced Zerto Virtual Replication.
Today, enterprise video is more powerful than ever, offering a direct route to greater engagement with customers, partners or employees. Producing broadcast quality video in-house is also easier – and more cost-effective – than non-video professionals may realize, says Chris Waddington, NewTek. With rapid changes in technology and regular updates to the product line, companies are looking for better ways to share important information with their staff and customers around the world.
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is transforming the relationship between software providers and their customers. Vendors and customers are increasingly designing and building software products and services more collaboratively—even mission-critical business applications like ERP. That would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Of course, a software company’s biggest customers have always had some say in requesting new features and changes.
Micro data centers differentiate themselves from other prefabricated designs with their ability to pack a lot into a very small environment. For example, one of these data centers can include 20 servers that harness virtualization technology, switches that take up only one or two rack units, cooling and a UPS system. Need more than that? Just add another box. This method is quick to deploy, highly scalable and creates a uniform design so technology support knows exactly what’s going on.
Growing complexity in the today’s data centers has increased the risk of combining power, cooling, racks, cabling and management components to run an efficient facility due to the shortage of essential skills needed to design and integrate them.
Smart organizations therefore have turned to tightly integrated, aisle-based physical infrastructure modules, or PODs, along with non-containerized integrated infrastructure solutions to optimize the use of power, space and cooling capacity while simplifying specification, design, validation, procurement and installation.
In the past, we were concerned with recovering application and data within the confines of the physical data center. Disaster recovery focused on how to rebuild the existing infrastructure of the hardware, software, and applications at a location apart from a compromised operations site. In other words, we needed to have a box to replicate the box.
Modern enterprise data centers are some of the most technically sophisticated business activities on earth. Ironically enough, they are also often bastions of inefficiency, with equipment utilization much below ten percent and 30 percent of the servers in those facilities being comatose (using electricity but performing no useful information services). The operators of these facilities also struggle to keep pace with rapid changes in deployments of computing equipment.
In today’s world of virtualization and public and private clouds, there are more options than ever for infrastructure and operations teams. On the one hand, this degree of flexibility and choice gives IT professionals many more tools with which to build networks and address challenges. On the other hand, it can also lead to confusion with respect to when and where to use these options to best effect.