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CohesiveFT, a provider of enterprise cloud control, was awarded a Framework Agreement to supply Specialist Cloud Services to the UK Government via its G-Cloud programme. The G-Cloud initiative intends to drive down IT costs, engage more with the SME tech suppliers, and increase the fle...
There was a time in the data center when we dedicated specific infrastructure and specific administrators to specific projects. This was a period of tremendous inefficiency and underutilization. This approach created a huge overhead in terms of administration, and project cycles that s...
Joyent’s SmartDataCenter IaaS platform is going to be sold to Italian VARs and service providers by ICOS, an Italian value-added distributor, for private cloud infrastructure or value-added private cloud services. SmartDataCenter’s local storage is supposed to reduce the TCO of cloud...
Amazon’s cloud, which, let’s face it, is still pretty much developer turf, broadened its push into the enterprise Wednesday with the introduction of AWS Storage Gateway, a beta virtual appliance nominally meant to automate enterprise data backup to S3 while creating a comfort level wit...
VIENNA, Va., Jan. 23, 2012 —NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and Virtual Global, a premier provider of software and cloud computing platform solutions for a variety of industry and federal customers, an...
According to Wikipedia, a disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. The term i...
While the benefits derived from greater business agility are significant, costs are also an important factor to consider. This is especially true in today’s extremely competitive business environment and difficult economic times. This article, the last in a series of three articles...
HP recently cited Australia's National Broadband Network, or NBN, as a reason to site a new cloud-computing datacenter in the greater Sydney area. Datacenters require significant Internet bandwdith, and HP has been no doubt reassured that Australia will be able to deliver what's needed...
Building Clouds offers open hardware solutions compatible with their Opendiem Software Energy Management Suite. Customers can choose LonWorks controllers with pre-programmed applications for HVAC, industrial processes, energy management, lighting systems, and more designed to work with...
As dynamic as Shanghai appears to the first-time visitor, Beijing is still the place to be in China. This is as true with Cloud Computing as anything. Outstripped in overall GDP by the financial centers of Hong Kong and Shanghai, the austere capital city remains the center of cultur...
Pfizer Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets medicines for both humans and animals. As the world’s largest drug manufacturer, Pfizer operates globally with 111,500 employees and a presence in over 100 countries. Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences ...
Before selecting cloud-based Veeva CRM for 500+ users worldwide, Actelion Ltd. had been operating 10 different client/server salesforce automation (SFA) systems - all from various vendors - throughout its operations around the world. This technology labyrinth was increasingly expensive...
General Electric must have gotten the memo from McKinsey’s research arm calling Big Data the “next frontier” and promising untold riches to those who unlock its secrets. The company is going to pour a reported billion dollars over the next three years into a new global software headq...
Executing change management and version control for applications like Oracle E-Business Suite can be a daunting challenge, especially when you’re talking about upgrading Oracle E-Business 11i to version 12, commonly called “R12.” Your choices to achieve this change include a traditiona...
Cloud Expo sponsor, Racemi, announces that DynaCenter can now migrate server images to public cloud provider GoGrid and CA’s AppLogic cloud computing platform. The latest release, DynaCenter 4.1, is image-based provisioning software that automates the movement of entire server images...
As cloud computing and virtualization rapidly evolve, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) is working in a preferred three-way strategic collaboration with partners EMC (NYSE: EMC) and VMware to develop tools and services that make it easier for customers to adopt cloud and run SAP systems in next-gener...
Racemi will be showcasing its new online migration service at the upcoming Cloud Expo. The company will demonstrate how to quickly onboard existing applications to cloud computing providers, like Amazon EC2, Rackspace, Terremark, and GoGrid without costly professional services or rebu...
In a recent blog post, Gary Sevounts, VP of marketing at Zetta, looks at the most popular offsite backup solutions for organizations with smaller budgets that can't afford a data center, but need their mission-critical data to be protected. Sevounts lists four options: tape, USB, mirro...
Facebook is going to build its first data center outside the United States on the edge of the Arctic Circle in the Swedish town of Lulea, a thousand miles north of Stockholm. The site, where the temperatures are among the coldest in Europe, will let Facebook harness the elements to a...
Migrating existing servers to the cloud is now point-and-click easy - and free for the next 30 days for the first 100 customers -- with a new online beta migration service from Racemi. Racemi Cloud Path is a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering that requires no infrastructure at the ...
Data Virtualization: Going Beyond Traditional Data Integration to Achieve Business Agility explores today's data virtualization solutions and presents ten Composite Software-enabled case studies describing how enterprises across a wide range of industries and domains have successfully ...
Data virtualization enables IT to deliver this information to business with greater agility and lower costs than traditional data integration approaches and technologies. But how does data virtualization apply to my situation? What Is Your Strategy for Data Virtualization? described d...
As with any new technology, you know you need to begin your data virtualization adoption journey with a business justification and a technical evaluation, before you can commence a phased implementation. The business value of data virtualization comes from its ability to help organiza...
Data virtualization is a versatile data integration solution that can be deployed to solve a wide range of data integration challenges. Based on nearly ten years of successful implementations, several common usage patterns have emerged to help guide your enterprise’s data virtualizati...
China’s Lenovo and Taiwan ODM Compal Electronics are going to form a joint venture that Lenovo, which hopes to dislodge Dell as the world’s second-largest PC vendor this year, expects will expand its PC production capacity. They’re going to open a new manufacturing center in Hefei, a...
SoftLayer Technologies on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of the company’s new data center in Singapore and network Points of Presence (PoPs) in Singapore, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Beginning Sept. 23, customers can pre-order services in the new data center, to be deployed when the ...
If Amazon, Bank of America and Microsoft can’t contain service outages before they become colossal PR problems, the rest of us mere mortals have much to fear. It's a safe bet that some time in the next 60 days, another major consumer Internet service will make the headlines for melting...
As IT infrastructure is moving toward cloud frameworks, many organizations are investing in the consolidation of their data centers and working toward moving their existing heterogeneous Datacenters (Virtual Servers, Physical Servers) to complete virtualized environment. Reducing power...
Incorrect, inconsistent, fraudulent and redundant data cost the U.S. economy over $3 Trillion a year - an astounding figure that is over twice the amount of the 2011 Federal Deficit. In survey after survey, about half of IT executives consistently agree that data quality and data cons...
To respond to this dynamic business and technology challenge, communications and media companies have made significant IT investments. These and multiple mergers have resulted in numerous data silos and incredible IT complexity. As a result, communications and media companies are see...
S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV content delivery platforms, today announced that Mediaset, the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy, has chosen StormTest Development Center as their multi-platform test automation solution. This decision was made after a ...
Is MapReduce the Holy Grail answer to the pressing problem of processing, analyzing and making sense of large and growing data volumes? Certainly it has potential in this arena, but there is a distressing gap between the amount of hype this technology – and its spinoffs – has received ...
With data volumes and complexity expanding rapidily, new technologies such as data virtualization are critical. Here are twelve good reasons to use it. An IDC research study found that, in 2010, the universe of information exceeded one zettabyte, or one trillion gigabytes, for the f...
Racemi, a provider of server imaging technology to automate data center operations and facilitate migrations to cloud computing, has announced that it has hired a new vice president of engineering. Scott Mewett brings nearly 20 years of experience in software development, which incl...
Robert Bogucki, IT manager at Skender Construction, researched multiple solutions when he started the disaster recovery project at Skender. Then he found Zetta. Zetta has a much more reasonable cost model with no charge for the ZettaMirror agent software, no matter how many copies are ...
Enterprises are turning to enabling technologies such as data virtualization support the accessibility, security, consistency, quality and auditability capabilities required for effective data governance. As with motherhood and apple pie, who can argue with data governance? Business...
In late 2008, I wrote the cover article for the November edition of Virtualization Journal. Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Virtualizing Data described the ten most common mistakes made by data virtualization’s early adopters. Are these the same mistakes data virtualization adopters are ma...
The business case for unified, 360° views of key enterprise data is compelling. But enterprises are complex. And enterprise IT is even more so. Data is siloed everywhere. Getting a single view of anything can be a significant challenge.
BlueBridge Networks, the Cleveland provider of data center services such as work group recovery, virtualization, cloud computing and managed services, has announced on Monday a multimillion-dollar joint investment with Columbus based Bluemile, Inc. to offer the most robust, scalable an...
Proving compelling return is critical for any investment today. This is especially important for IT investments which are often an enterprise or government agency’s largest capital expense. There are many ways that data virtualization can deliver value to your business functions and I...