Jun 17, 2014
Data is the new currency. In order to leverage it however, it has to be liquid. If your organization has data trapped in siloed departmental databases, or if you are performing nightly content transfers using antiquated manual processes, you're wasting time, money, and risking your competitive edge. To put a fine point on it, administrators can’t generate accurate business analytics, managers aren't seeing true business intelligence, and executives are making decisions based on outdated or incorrect data. We have been in this business for over two decades, so we know firsthand that keeping critical databases synced is an enormous challenge for database administrators, but we also know that the ability to do it can make or break a business.
Jun 10, 2014
You’d be hard pressed to find an organization without a multi-database environment today. Recently we conducted a survey in which 87% of the businesses we talked to said they regularly need to share data between multiple databases in their organization. What's really interesting is, 62% are constantly concerned that their databases are out of sync. Out-of-sync databases are nightmare. Among other problems, administrators waste time running reports on different systems and manually aggregating data, managers can’t get the information they need in order to do their jobs, and executives risk making decisions based on incorrect or outdated data. The problem is glaring enough that it can't be tolerated or just ignored. However, traditional, manual ETL efforts that involve nightly data extraction, transformation and loading are costly, labor-expensive and error-prone. So what's the answer?
Jun 03, 2014
In the new economy, who isn't looking for ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs? Everybody is being asked to do more with less, and it's not just a temporary cost reduction measure; it's the new status quo. Managers in every department are looking for ways technology can help them improve and streamline operations, reduce costs and burden on already strained resources. IT managers know that virtual and cloud servers can be used as affordable, reliable HA/DR targets, and can alleviate strain on resources and provide significant cost savings.
May 30, 2014
In 2013, 64% of the companies we surveyed for the State of Resilience Report said they had adopted Cloud services. This is a 41% jump in Cloud adoption in just two years. Clearly Cloud services are working out for businesses of all sizes, and analysts predict radical growth in the virtual server and cloud services market this year and in years to come. There is an ugly reality in this scenario however: If you don’t protect virtual workloads running in the cloud you are risking the many costs and consequences of data loss and downtime and all the ROI you planned for by adopting new technologies. One of the benefits of virtual and Cloud servers is the ability to circumvent the downtime risks inherent in physical servers.
May 20, 2014
If your strategic plans include virtualizing servers and moving to the Cloud in order to streamline operations and improve performance, you are probably already aware of the conversion risks and complexities that can quickly drain ROI. Last year, we discovered in our annual State of Resilience research that almost two thirds of companies surveyed had delayed a migration due to downtime concerns and lack of resources. As an IT manager, it can be frustrating to have a clear vision for how to improve the business and reduce costs (and even improve life for IT staff), and yet have no easy or affordable way to get from here to there.
May 14, 2014
We conducted a survey last year and found that 64% of IT professionals said that their organizations currently use Cloud services. Interestingly, only 23% of those companies were using Cloud in 2011. It appears that in the last two years many skeptics have jumped on board as the value of Cloud services has become apparent. There's no doubt that migrating to virtual servers and Cloud infrastructure can decrease costs while increasing scalability and flexibility. However, taking the wrong approach to the process can put you at risk for vendor lock, data loss and downtime.
May 13, 2014
Recently, IBM revealed the future with the announcement of their POWER8 processor. That announcement, on April 23, 2014, sparked a lot of interest and enthusiasm in the Power Systems community.
May 08, 2014
A few of our experts have just returned from COMMON's 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. The conference, hosted this year by the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, is the annual meeting of the COMMON membership and the largest gathering of the Power Systems user community. The Annual Meeting is COMMON’s largest educational event of the year, with four full days of in-depth IBM i, AIX, and Linux-related education that includes all-day pre-conference workshops, open labs and a wide variety of regular-length sessions.
May 06, 2014
It’s an interesting time to be in IT. The Big Data phenomenon is converging with the end-of-life cycle of many legacy systems. For one reason or another, most organizations need to increase their storage or IT capacity to some degree this year. One approach is to incur a capital expense for new hardware and infrastructure and hope that investment produces ROI and is scalable enough to stand up to whatever the next several years brings.
May 01, 2014
Recovery Point Objective or “RPO” is a business continuity term that represents how much data you could afford to lose in case of a server outage or disaster. Deciding how much data you can “afford” to lose is subjective and depends a great deal on your business. There may be some businesses that can technically afford to lose a day of data or more, but in reality there are very few that can afford to deal with the consequences of losing critical information. After all, information is the very heart and soul of most modern organizations.