More organizations are using the cloud, but only a handful are maximizing its value, according to a recent survey from Cisco and IDC. Although 68 percent of organizations are using the cloud, only 31 percent of these organizations have mature cloud strategies, and just 3 percent have fully optimized their cloud strategies to deliver superior business outcomes.
Veritas Technologies recently held its first conference since its split from Symantec, with an agenda that underscored the company’s evolving technology strategy. Veritas Vision 2016 featured a number of product announcements, including new data management solutions that address the need for data protection, data availability and data insight across public, private and hybrid cloud environments.
The rise of mobility has forever changed the concept of work. The traditional workday and workplace no longer have boundaries. Data, applications, business contacts and multiple modes of communication are never more than an arm’s length away. Collaboration with someone across the hall or across the country is equally simple. Work tasks can be accomplished anywhere – at home, in a coffee shop, at an airport or in a waiting room.
As organizations look for a more effective, efficient model for managing, processing and analyzing large volumes of data, software-defined storage (SDS) adoption has gradually increased. According to research from DataCore, 81 percent of surveyed IT professionals are making investments in SDS technologies that will be integrated with existing storage solutions.
According to GSMA Intelligence, the number of mobile devices in the world – 7.22 billion – surpassed the number of people in the world nearly two years ago. Mobile devices are also multiplying five times faster than humans.
Computer technology was once exclusive to glass-walled environments where experts in lab coats tended mysterious machines. Although computers have since lost much of their mystique, there is still something of a barrier between technology infrastructure and the people who depend on it to do their jobs.
Topics: IT Operations
Perceptions and expectations surrounding enterprise mobility are shifting. When employees first began using their smartphones and tablets for work — the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon — there were widespread concerns about security, regulatory compliance and data protection. Those concerns still exist, but they are balanced by a desire to optimize the productivity of mobile users and seamlessly integrate their devices into business processes and workflows.
The software-defined data center (SDDC) is the Holy Grail of the software-defined concept. In it, control of the environment is fully separated from hardware, enabling centralized management and high levels of automation through software. IT resources are automatically provisioned, configured and allocated based upon predefined policies. Performance and capacity can be scaled on demand to meet the requirements of specific applications and workloads.
As organizations seek to tap the benefits of big data analytics, they are running up against the limitations of traditional file-based storage architectures. Files are stored in complex hierarchies with location-based addressing schemes and only basic metadata. As a result, you must have an idea of where a file is stored in order to retrieve it. In addition, file sizes are constrained by the file system and storage media. Even with today’s large-capacity drives, file sizes are generally limited due to issues with management and data protection.
Citrix recently announced the latest version of its virtualization platform, XenServer 7, during its annual Citrix Synergy event. The new release promises major enhancements in the areas of graphics virtualization, security, integration with Microsoft Windows environments, and other areas. Citrix has also provided important end-of-life (EOL) information for organizations using older releases.