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"Peak 10 is a hybrid infrastructure provider across the nation. We are in the thick of things when it comes to hybrid IT," explained Michael Fuhrman, Chief Technology Officer at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo, October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation. Track 1. Enterprise Cloud | Cloud-Native Track 2. Big Data | Analytics Track 3. Internet of Things | IIoT | Smart Cities Track 4. DevOps | Digital Transformation (DX) T... (more)

Paddling Through Murky APM Waters

It should come as no surprise that more and more organizations are focused on meeting customer service expectations, guaranteeing end-to-end business process delivery and modernizing their IT infrastructures.  But what does this mean for IT operations teams? If we approach this question using an iceburg analogy, the tip would probably be an easy observation, such as “IT operations needs to adopt a business-centric way of thinking.” But dealing with all the change that needs to occur beneath the surface of this statement is what can sink or float an organization. IT operations teams need to start breaking down the internal silos, and learn to paddle their canoe in the same direction.  They need to figure out a whole new approach to IT management with challenges that range from how best to work with emerging IT teams responsible for virtual or Cloud-based environment... (more)

Cloud Computing and Big Data in 2013: What's Coming Next?

What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be expecting in 2013? In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they were asked by Cloud Expo / BigDataExpo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to preview the fast-approaching year ahead. 2013 Will Be The Year of Big Data  | The Internet of Things | Cloud To The Rescue (DR) | SSD John Engates | @jengates CTO of Rackspace Hosting Now its CTO, John joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the company was founded, as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add new services for larger enterprise customers, he created and helped develop the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, he has played an active role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud computing strategy an... (more)

Cloud Computing: The Risks, Benefits, and Success Factors

The market for cloud technology and integrated services is currently transforming from the hype cycle to testing, piloting, and implementation by larger enterprises. Given the potential for significant cost savings, smaller and medium sized organizations are also becoming early adopters of this technology. The emerging market for cloud services is being driven by the economic downturn in North America, continuing globalization, government edicts, consumer acceptance of technology, and the growth of the extended enterprise. Cloud technology enables organizations to limit the large capital expenditures previously associated with costly data centers and applications and transform these costs into operating expenses paying for technology resources only as needed. In addition, using the cloud enables end users to accelerate time to market since it uses pre-existing virtu... (more)

dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3.6 Now Supports Firefox 11

The new release of dynaTrace AJAX Edition provides Beta support for the Firefox 11 browser enabling you to test the performance of your websites with the latest available Browsers from Mozilla and Microsoft. AJAX Edition 3.6 supports Firefox 10, 11 and Internet Explorer 8, 9. To help you prepare for the future, we added Internet Explorer 10 (developer preview). If you also manage the performance of legacy browsers and automated browser testing, you should take a look at the dynaTrace AJAX Edition Premium which helps you to guarantee good performance for legacy, current and future browsers. You can also check out the Release Notes for a more detailed description of the enhancements. 3 Steps to get started with dynaTrace AJAX Edition Step 1: Download dynaTrace AJAX Edition 3.6 Step 2: Take a look at the Online Video Tutorials Step 3: Analyze your website If you have any... (more)

Server Sales Up

Worldwide server sales were up 14.2% in Q3 and vendor revenue spiked 15.3% to $10.66 billion, according to Gartner, which credited data center and cloud buildouts. HP retained pride of place with 32.1% of the revenues, up 1.9%. All of the top five global vendors except Oracle had year-on-year revenue increases. IBM was number two (30.2%, off 1.5%), Dell third (14.6%, up 1.2%), and Fujitsu fourth (4.7%, down a half a point). Oracle lost 1.2% of revenue share, a lot when you're only left with 6.2%. Gartner said Dell grew its shipments 22.6% and was the only top five vendor to grow above the average. It benefited in part from a weak compare and an increased focus on its enterprise business, which the researcher says "is starting to pay dividends." x86 servers were the market's main growth engine, up 14.9% in units and 29.5% in revenues. Gartner attributed the tickled... (more)

Modernized IT Infrastructure Spawns Cloud and Mobile Computing Benefits

Rapid adoption of server virtualization that enabled desktop virtualization at a large Israeli insurance and financial services group then lead to rapidly modernized IT infrastructure that has in turn spawned cloud and mobile computing benefits. Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings, based in Tel Aviv, both satisfied current requirements and built a better long-term enterprise architecture from this path, clearly illustrating the multiplier effect of value and capabilities from such IT transformation efforts. In the latest BriefingsDirect podcast discussion, learn how Clal’s internal IT organization, Clalbit Systems, translated that IT innovation and productivity into significant and measurable business benefits for its thousands of users and customers. Haim Inger, the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Infrastructure Operations and Technologies at Clalbit Systems, di... (more)

IBM Study Explains Companies Increasing Cloud IT Budget

"Inside the Midmarket: A 2011 Perspective," commissioned by IBM and conducted independently by KS&R, Inc., found 70% of midsize companies are actively pursuing analytics technology to better understand their customers, make better decisions and become more efficient. The study also shows growing adoption of cloud computing among midsize firms, with two-thirds either planning or currently deploying cloud-based technologies to improve IT systems management while lowering costs. More than half of midsize companies are planning to increase their information technology (IT) budgets over the next 12 to 18 months, according to an IBM global study of more than 2,000 midsize companies representing more than 20 countries. As a result, these companies are investing in a wide range of priorities including analytics, cloud computing, collaboration, mobility and customer relatio... (more)

EC Wants to Legislate Interoperability

Having forced a dominant player like Microsoft to open up some of its interfaces in the name of interoperability, the European Commission is now proposing to force any "significant" player like, oh, say, Apple and Adobe or RIM and Nokia to open up their proprietary interfaces so it can create a brave new kumbayah level playing field. It forced Microsoft to do it by dint of antitrust prosecution and heavy fines but now it's proposing to legislate the licensing of interfaces and data formats outside of antitrust considerations by 2012. According to EC's new digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes, who's proving to be a very dangerous woman, "Any kind of IT product should be able to communicate with any type of service in the future." The legislative notion is part of her Digital Agenda for Europe, published in May, which reads: "Since not all pervasive technologies ar... (more)

Benefits of an Enterprise-Class Server and Data Consolidation Solution

CIOs cited reducing enterprise costs; improving IT applications and infrastructure; improving efficiency; and improving business processes among the top 10 business priorities, according to a Gartner Executive Program Survey conducted last year. To address these business priorities, many CIOs are rethinking how they architect their IT infrastructure to better deliver applications and services to end users. A study conducted by IDG Research Services[1] in 2013 surveyed 333 IT directors or higher titles at enterprise companies with more than 500 employees and reported that 77% of IT leaders globally believe data center transformation will play a highly important role in delivering business goals to their organizations. Instead of allowing remote and branch offices to maintain the hardware and data, many enterprise CIOs today are centralizing storage and backups to ... (more)

Intel Turns Contractor

Intel made the hairs on the back of the necks of the world's great contract manufacturers stand up Monday when it said it would make somebody else's chips for them. It's never done that before and who knows where the experiment will take it. It's going to make Achronix Semiconductor's Speedster22i FPGAs on its drop-dead state-of-the-art 22nm process, which will only come on line next year. The widgets are used as accelerators in all sorts of applications. The fab-less Silicon Valley outfit said it wanted an end-to-end supply chain in the United States for security. Its bigger competitors Xilinx and Altera contract their parts out to offshore fabs. The experiment is also expected to produce faster, cheaper parts and give little Achronix more cachet. The contract work will reportedly consume less than 1% of Intel's capacity. Intel doesn't make FPGAs. ... (more)