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Converged Infrastructure vs. Hyperconvergence By Andrea Knoblauch While the idea of converged infrastructure isn’t that new, and we’ve seen some strong efforts from vendors over the last few years to drive more adoption, the uptake from enterprises has been met with some challenges.  In 2014, and now in 2015, organizations are not just looking to gain bigger returns on their cloud investments, but also looking to how new methodologies, such as converged cloud infrastructure and hyperconverged infrastructure that can help deliver new competitive advantages through services, applications and most importantly, faster time to market. Can converged infrastructure meet all these cloud dreams? Let’s find out. Converged clouds in particular have been popular since they offer not just software defined networking capabilities, but also because they help customers including a ... (more)

How UCaaS Can Drive Enterprise Transformation Maturity | @CloudExpo #Cloud

How UCaaS Can Drive Enterprise Transformation Maturity By Neil McEvoy One of my work projects was for BT, to launch and drive demand for one of the first UCaaS offerings, based on the Microsoft Lync technology. Unified Communications and Collaboration A key resource developed by the team was a UC maturity model, quite an under-rated document I always thought. What the document highlights is that Unified Communications can also be expanded in scope to encompass collaboration, as well as the communications part that includes VoIP, presence status et al. Collaboration methods could in... (more)

The Case for Disaster Recovery Services Beyond Business Continuity By @Stratustician | @CloudExpo #Cloud

The Case for Disaster Recovery Services Beyond Business Continuity By Andrea Knoblauch Disaster Recovery isn’t a new concept for IT folks. We’ve been backing up data for years to offsite locations, and used in-house data duplication in order to prevent the risks of losing data stores. But now that cloud adoption has increased, there have been some shifts in how traditional Disaster Recovery is being handled. First, we’re seeing increased adoption of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Gartner stated that between 2012 and 2016, one third of organizations are going to be look... (more)

Containerization, the Next Wave of Virtualization | @DevOpsSummit #Containers

Containerization, the Next Wave of Virtualization by Andrea Knoblauch When I started exploring virtualization, like many folks, I was in awe of how much efficiency came with moving physical servers into VMs. To this day, the number of success stories about improved usage, reduced overhead costs and increased functionality makes virtualization a solid business model for IT folks. Then I learned about Containerization and well, it takes efficiency to another level. The idea of virtualization isn’t new. You take a physical server, virtualize it, and run it alongside other virtualiz... (more)

Internet of Things Smart Products | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Michael Porter, author of the most highly regarded of all business strategy theories, Competitive Advantage, describes how there are now three distinct eras of how technology can be defined to impact upon the ability to achieve this advantage. Michael makes two very important points. The first point is that there has previously been two eras and now there is a third – the first being when corporations started to use IT for automation purposes, described in this 1985 article, followed then by when all of this IT became interconnected via the Internet, described in this 2001 artic... (more)