Office 365: To Cloud or Not to Cloud—That IS the Question!

Office 365: To Cloud or Not to Cloud—That IS the Question!

It’s time to take a serious look at Office 365. The cloud edition of Microsoft’s broadly adopted business productivity suite – which bundles such popular packages as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook – has been both heavily praised and heavily criticized since its introduction in 2011. While the adoption rate of the traditional software edition of Microsoft Office is currently in no danger of being overtaken by its cloud-hosted cousin, recent adoption rates for Office 365 have substantially accelerated. Businesses, in particular, have shown increased interest in the cloud-based platform, and many are carefully considering whether ...

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Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever

Cisco’s Big Data Analytics Vision: Some Data Will Be Distributed Forever

Champions of big data analytics extoll the virtues of massive data stores. Enterprises have so much unstructured data that could help them improve operations and generate new revenue, they say. The more bytes, the better. Some might assume that enterprises will simply push every byte they can find into a Hadoop cluster or data warehouse. [...]

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Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 10?

Is Your Organization Ready for Windows 10?

Here we go again. New releases of Microsoft’s flagship operating system are typically greeted with a combination of angst, curiosity, confusion, and dread in equal measure. It seems just as folks have gotten used to a particular Microsoft version, a new one is released with a completely different interface and requiring a whole new set of operational practices. Even worse, upgrading large numbers of desktops to the new edition in a large enterprise environment is a daunting task often avoided by IT operations teams until and unless it is absolutely necessary to perform a mass migration. More often, new OS ...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

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I was on a call listening to a Riverbed customer explain the dilemma they were facing and how Riverbed helped them solve a difficult performance issue. What was really interesting was how the problem came about. The company decided to go to a cloud-based SaaS service for a major application. The good news is that...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

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As every year, IBM invited the analyst community to Stamford, CT, for a deep dialogue on today’s most important topics in enterprise IT. Here is a short overview for everyone interested in IBM’s current world view. 1. It’s all about the service. This is the core lesson to take away from the event. IBM has...

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posted by Evan Quinn   | November 22, 2013 | one Comments
IBM boasts an extensive portfolio of products and services to help organizations develop analytics solutions to gain business advantage and to improve the human condition. At IBM Information on Demand (“IOD”) in Las Vegas the first week of November, IBM SVP and Group Executive Steve Mills, and other IBM executives, unveiled 30 announcements that identified...

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Discovering, capturing and making sense of complex interdependencies is central to running IT organizations more effectively, and it is also a critical part of running the businesses IT serves. Whether it’s optimizing a network, or an application infrastructure, managing change, or providing more effective security-related access—more often than not these problems involve a complex set...

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posted by Jim Frey   | November 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

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No question about it – I’ve been in denial.  I have not been willing to admit that Big Data is a relevant concept when it comes to network management.  But the tide is overwhelming, and usage and definition of “Big Data” is metasticizing too fast.  Resistance is futile.  I’ve been assimilated into the Big Data...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Cisco spin-in (now fully spun in) Insieme and I have to say it was not what I expected. It looks like Insieme is not an SDN controller, but rather an application controller or more aptly an application policy engine that will sit inside Cisco’s Nexus 9000 switches. The solution will be part of a larger...

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posted by Julie Craig   | October 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a political statement. Applications don’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat. They don’t care if they were created in Canada or India, or if they are written in Ruby, Java, or .NET. And the bottom line is that I don’t care either– because the real problem...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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The Havana release of OpenStack was launched on October 17, about three weeks prior to the OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong.  As always, there are many new features -high availability, load balancing, easier upgrades, plugins for development tools, improved SDN support, fiber channel SAN support, improved bare metal capabilities- and even two new core components,...

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When it comes to cloud technologies, discussions often get passionate or even heated. It’s all about the “war of the stacks”, where much Cool Aid is dispensed to get customers to buy into the respective cult. This discussion reminds me of the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology instead of business...

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posted by Jim Frey   | October 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

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On October 8th, 2013, CA Technologies announced the availability of CA Nimsoft Monitor Snap—a free version of its full-featured performance monitoring solution, CA Nimsoft Monitor. The offering was created for the mid-market, typically made up of smaller enterprises whose IT infrastructures are growing in complexity, and thus need fully featured infrastructure monitoring solutions, but lack...

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