The Trends

Solid State Drive Shortage and the Technology Behind It

Since SSDs (Solid State Drives) had seemed to show an ever escalating price/performance advantage over the last couple of years, they are quickly replacing magnetic spinning media as the storage medium of choice.  After all, there is a plethora of advantages, now that the duty cycles and lifetimes of these marvels have been extended with newer technologies. However, in the last six months, the decreasing price spiral has slowed, and actually reversed.  And, the availability of SSDs has plummeted.  Are the reasons behind this trend real; or is the problem... Read More

Data Capacity Optimization: Considering the Business Value

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Lately, there has been a great deal of emphasis in the industry press describing data capacity optimization, also known as data efficiency. While many simply discuss the data capacity technology, as an IT solutions provider, we look at the offering from a business perspective. Doing so will help determine that you are getting what you need from the technology or if you are better off focusing on another area of your architecture. Data Capacity Optimization: Questions to Consider When asked what you gain from data efficiency technology, the easy response... Read More

ArubaOS 8 and Atmosphere Recap

Edge Solutions had the opportunity to attend the Aruba Atmosphere conference this year in Nashville. There’s a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon with Aruba! Of particular note was the new version of their controller-based wireless system, ArubaOS. ArubaOS 8 is a major shift in design and it introduces a lot of new features as a result—from sheer improvements in scalability and virtualization capabilities to new seamless failover and in-service upgrades. ArubaOS 8 moves from custom-built hardware to a more conventional x86 platform, which opens up a lot of... Read More

Wrestling with IT Complexity? Three Ways to Fight Back with Hyperconvergence

Infrastructure complexity is a business killer. It destroys productivity and puts the brakes on innovation by creating bottlenecks to mission-critical resources. Adding to the mix, companies attempting to modernize have shifted into a bimodal IT architecture, which in some cases adds to the problem instead of fixing it. Pre-integrated hyper-converged appliances provide a welcome solution to the complexity challenge. This infrastructure-in-a-box integrates compute, software-defined storage and virtualization into a single device purpose-built to accelerate workloads. But perhaps the biggest bonus is that it can be deployed in legacy systems to... Read More

The #1 Reason to Consolidate IT: Efficiency

Data center sprawl can cost your business in more ways than you think. Not only does it drain your budget with high operating expenses, it also takes up valuable floor space that could be used for revenue-generating initiatives. Hyper converged solutions can help you save money. If you don’t think your business is falling prey to the ravages of data center sprawl, consider this: Gartner estimated that 2016 would be the year that hyper converged integrated systems increase 79% and reach $2 billion in IT spend. Final results for 2016 are... Read More

Data Security Trends for 2017

Digital transformation was the running theme in 2016 as companies focused on innovation. The trade-off for this attention to innovation was a lack of attention on security, and we saw continued breaches to large entities. As a result of this non-stop assault on companies’ evolving security postures, we see the following as big trends in 2017 for security: A focused, proactive approach Software-defined everything Increased cloud acceptance Proactive Approach to Security Security professionals are adjusting their security posture to adopt the general premise of a safeguard adopted by pro cycling.... Read More

IT slow to transform? Three ways to accelerate IT modernization.

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Simply acknowledging that you need to modernize your data center isn’t enough; you need an actionable plan to make it happen. Far too often, IT modernization stalls before it can get rolling. So, what are the challenges preventing many companies from moving their transformation from neutral into high gear? Problem #1: Getting stakeholder buy-in Internal stakeholders can be barriers to moving forward with your modernization goals. Key decision-makers, influencers, and line of business leaders who invested in existing solutions can be resistant to change. Key among their concerns: how a... Read More

Data Center Modernization: Business Value Revealed

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Today’s IT departments are constantly tasked with doing more with less resources—like being under increasing pressure to stay ahead of the trends, keep data secure, update core applications, overcome big data challenges, transform towards a truly hybrid infrastructure vision, and migrate to the cloud. Regarding cloud migration, Gartner predicts that by 2020, a quarter of organizations will run their core CRM systems in the cloud—up from roughly 10 percent in 2012. All of this points to the need to improve data center operations by modernizing your aging data center. Whether... Read More

Guide to Wireless Encryption

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Data security solutions must take into account the security vulnerabilities of wireless. Wireless is great because it gives you mobility—you can get your work done just about anywhere these days (which is both a good and a bad thing)! But there is an inherent drawback to mobility as wireless traffic is unbounded. It flows in all directions and eavesdropping on private conversations is both easy and undetectable. If you don’t have encryption in place on your wireless network and you have expectations of privacy, well…that’s about the equivalent of shouting intimately... Read More

Fast-track Your Next IT Project by Speaking the Language of a CFO

Do you have an IT project that needs to be on the fast track? The first step in developing your plan for internal approval is to consider your audience. Whether it’s your CFO or CTO who needs to approve your IT project, we recommend formatting your pitch so you are speaking their language. Not only are these decision makers concerned about the company’s financial outlook, they also want to know how your project will support your company’s overall vision and strategic goals. Gather the Information They Want to Hear While... Read More