Oracle’s 80/20 rule for the data center

By | September 21st, 2016|Blog|

At this week's Oracle OpenWorld conference, CEO Mark Hurd said that the move out of the corporate data center and full-on into the cloud will provide the innovation dollars CIOs are desperately looking for. Hurd said IT groups are forced to spend about 80% of their budgets on old, inefficient IT infrastructure and applications, including [...]

Mean Time to Innocence gains trust

By | November 12th, 2015|Blog|

The earliest reference to the term "Mean Time to Innocence" in a Google search was in 2007 on the Professor Messer training site. By 2012, there were about 50 search results. While definitely not  a scientific study, over the last two years, over 100 new online mentions of this term appear as it gains popularity with [...]

MSPs add cloud to the menu

By | February 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Many managed service providers (MSPs) are looking to expand their network services into managed cloud services and some are finding that it's not always an easy transition. In addition the traditional management of on-premises equipment and onsite applications, cloud adds new requirements to monitor cloud service availability, quality of service and security. It's a different [...]

Despite security fears, IT execs forecast more cloud

By | October 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Despite more than three-quarters of businesses in the US adopting cloud storage and web applications, and 70 percent globally, confidence around cloud security is at an all-time low according to a recent survey by BT. The survey revealed that security is the main concern about using cloud-based services. About half of respondents stated that they [...]

How BYOD Can Benefit IT Departments

By | November 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Bringing your own device to work is increasingly becoming not just an option, but a requirement. Gartner predicts by 2016, 38 percent of companies will no longer supply devices to workers, and by 2017, half of employers will expect employees to bring their own equipment. IT departments, however, have been slower to adopt BYOD due [...]

Federal shutdown highlights need for network automation amid the trend toward doing more with less in IT

By | October 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Uplogix CTO offers an editorial on the overlooked importance of network automation in federal initiatives for data center consolidation and the cloud. With the current federal shutdown, many federal employees are on furlough, yet essential operations continue. For IT groups, this is an expansion of the current trend of being asked to do more [...]

Experts predict federal IT staff reductions next year

By | September 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Belts are going to tighten in Federal IT, making Cloud,data center consolidation and network automationeven more important. A recent article in the Federal Times says that federal IT staff sizes will likely go down next year due to continued pressure from sequestration cuts, ongoing migration of federal IT infrastructure to the cloud, and program consolidation [...]

Perfect storms of impossible events

By | August 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|

When planning for a perfect storm, automation is a critical component of engineering for resiliency. The recent failure of two network switches in a data center in Utah rippled across the network bringing down four major US web hosting firms and impacting millions of their customers. The breadth of the impact demonstrates some of the [...]

Ethernet hits 40

By | May 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the memo that solidified months of theorizing by Bob Metcalfe outlining the invention of Ethernet. Working at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Metcalfe was inspired by a network that connected a central time-sharing computer in Oahu to other Hawaiian Islands using low-cost commercial radio equipment. Metcalfe's goal [...]

The end or the beginning? IT predictions for 2013

By | December 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Assuming the world doesn't end with the ancient Mayan calendar on Friday, December 21, 2012, this is the time of year when many people start looking toward the next year and making predictions for the future. Here are a few forward-thinking topics combed from various sources relating to IT issues in some of the key [...]