A new report from The Bunker about hybrid cloud adoption finds that nine in 10 organizations are using a hybrid cloud infrastructure, and 96 percent plan to move applications or data to the hybrid cloud within the next five years. The main driver behind hybrid cloud adoption is cost. 60 percent of respondents are looking to improve cost efficiency, flexibility and scalability. 40 percent want to reduce total cost of ownership, and 38 percent want to shift more IT costs from capital to operational expenses.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is one of the hottest trends in the IT industry, promising to redefine the way that organizations configure and manage their networks. SDN eliminates the need for device-level management, creating a more agile and efficient infrastructure that is centrally controlled through software.
Organizations aren’t just under pressure to do more with less. They’re under pressure to do everything more quickly. Business units can’t wait weeks for IT to roll out new applications and services — market conditions change too rapidly. Organizations that fail to respond just as fast will miss opportunities and lose competitive advantages.
The technology industry is still buzzing with the news of Dell’s acquisition of EMC. It is the largest tech acquisition in history, and everyone is still trying to digest the information and understand what it might mean to them. While it’s impossible to know with any certainty what will transpire, I wanted to offer Sigma’s perspective on the deal.
In part 1 of this post, I discussed how data reduction technologies enable organizations to better manage high data volume and reduce storage costs. Once reserved for backup and archival, data reduction is now primarily performed when data is read or written in order to optimize storage environments. De-duplication eliminates redundant data and compression reduces the size of data blocks, while thin provisioning allows for dynamic, on-demand storage allocation.
Thanks in large part to virtualization and big data, the amount of data being created, transmitted, stored and backed up is growing exponentially. At the same time, backup windows are shrinking, data recovery timeframes are accelerating, and stiffer legal and regulatory requirements mandate that data be retained for longer periods of time. However, IT departments and budgets aren’t growing at the same pace, so adding storage and personnel to manage the environment isn’t a viable or economically feasible solution.
On November 1, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Meg Whitman will ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Publicly, this will signal the official split of HP into two Fortune 50 companies – HP Enterprise and HP Inc. Internally, the two companies began operating independently on August 1. The split, first announced in April, follows increasing pressure on HP from industry and financial analysts to focus more on the enterprise side of its business. The goal is to improve agility, accelerate decision-making and simplify the organizational structure of both companies.
For several years, industry analysts have been heralding the arrival of the post-PC era. Sales of desktop and laptop computers have been in the doldrums for years as more users rely primarily upon smaller, more mobile devices. And now the launch of Intel’s new 6th Generation Intel Core processor family is expected to further diversify end-users’ tech choices.
Organizations that use Oracle software are often asked to show compliance with Oracle license requirements. This process, known as an Oracle license review, is designed to confirm how many and what type of Oracle products are licensed and reconcile the organization’s Oracle software usage with the license entitlements. Organizations may be selected for license review by Oracle’s License Management Services (LMS) at three- or four-year intervals, or if they suspect noncompliance.