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  1. Six (or more) Degrees of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    There seems to be a lot of arguments around what is and isn’t hyperconverged, with vendor after vendor saying things like, “Oh, vendor X isn’t really hyperconverged because they don’t do X, Y, and Z, but, of course, we are... Read More

  2. Make IT Relevant By Managing Technical Debt

    IT departments are wallowing in debt… technical debt. Just like those that have racked up massive credit card bills, technical debt can be debilitating and results in an IT function that struggles to maintain its relevance in the organization. Read More

  3. CIOs Need to Prepare Staff for Cloud Services

    If your organization is just dipping its toes into the cloud paradigm, the impact on your staff will be relatively minimal, but they will still be affected. Your staff will need to learn the ins and outs of managing the transferred services and will need to gain an understanding for how the selected cloud provider manages security and availability to ensure that the service availability meets orga… Read More

  4. How the Cloud is Changing IT

    Virtualization is just one major trend impacting IT. It’s tough to deny that the cloud has also affected IT. Consider this: Business units and IT departments can acquire services simply by using a credit card. Read More

  5. The Cloud, Hosted, or On-premises: The Many Options for the SMB CIO

    Over the past decade, the issue of whether to run on-premises workloads on physical hardware vs. virtual infrastructure has become pretty easy for organizations to assess, with the majority of new workloads being run inside virtual machines. That said, there are still a good number of applications deployed on physical hardware. Read More

  6. The CIO and the Cloud: Embrace, Extend, Innovate

    The word “cloud” became a hot addition to the popular lexicon a few years ago and quickly took on eye-rolling status as vendors tripped over themselves to include the new term in all of their marketing collateral. Read More

  7. The 80/20 Rule Is Dead; Long Live the 80/20 Rule

    If you’ve worked in IT for any length of time at all, you’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule. Also known as the Pareto Principle, this rule states that 80% of the IT budget an IT’s efforts go to simply keeping the lights on while only 20% is dedicated to innovation and propelling the business forward. Read More

  8. Four Activities Every CIO Should Embrace

    Good CIOs are far more than just good technical people or good business people. Good CIOs also need to be good leaders. In this article, I describe four activities that CIOs should embrace. Read More

  9. A Flash Storage Technical and Economic Primer

    Flash memory is a type of non-volatile memory storage, which can be electrically erased and programmed. What was the event that precipitated the introduction of this new storage medium? Read More

  10. An Introduction to Hybrid Storage Arrays

    Hybrid storage arrays leverage a combination of spinning disk and flash disks to create systems that feature many of the performance benefits of flash coupled with the capacity benefits inherent in disk-based systems. Read More

  11. Isn’t Linear Scaling Wasteful?

    In conversations with my customers surrounding hyperconvergence, some of the sharper folks will ask an important question about the hyperconvergence model. Read More

  12. How Complexity is Killing Efficiency In Your Data Center

    When it comes to operating a data center - be it a private cloud infrastructure for a global enterprise or a small server closet in an SMB - there are a few things that are always true. One of these constant truths is that the leaner the operation can be without compromising SLAs, the better. Read More