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    Aligning Architecture and Priorities

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']P[/dropcaps]erhaps one of the most enduring meta-conversations about IT in past decades has been around how well IT serves the needs of the business. Often referred to as “IT/business alignment” this conversation generally used to indicate when IT failed to meet the needs of the business… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Test and Development Environments

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t’s pretty clear that production environments enjoy premier status in most data centers. Production gets the fastest storage, the biggest servers, and all of the supporting services which make the application magic happen… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Data Center Consolidation

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']M[/dropcaps]ergers and acquisitions. Cost cutting. New business initiatives. There are all kinds of reasons why companies make the decision to consolidate data centers. Maybe your company undergoes explosive, barely controlled growth or they may decide to stop, take a pause, and reconsider how IT does business in their organization… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Tier 1/Dedicated Application Support

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']N[/dropcaps]ot every company needs to tear down their entire data center and replace everything with shiny new hyperconverged infrastructure appliances. The chances are pretty good that you can’t really do that even if you wanted to. However, you may have a single application that’s challenging you and needs to be tamed… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Remote Office/Branch Office

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']R[/dropcaps]emote Office and Branch Office (ROBO) IT can create some pretty tough situations for IT pros to conquer. Perhaps the most significant problem is one of scale. Many ROBO environments have the need to grow very large, but need to do so by remaining very small… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']F[/dropcaps]or years, IT pros have been trying their best to improve what has become a chaotic desktop management environment and to reduce costs for providing desktop computers. One of the original use cases around hyperconverged infrastructure was virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Hyperconvergence and the Public Cloud

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t’s important to understand the ways by which you can leverage cloud services as a part of your hyperconverged infrastructure solutions. It’s also important to understand the concept of “private cloud” and how that fits with hyperconvergence. Can a hyperconverged solution deliver some of the things that cloud can give you?… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Ensuring Availability, Data Protection and Disaster Recovery

    Even the smallest of small businesses today depend on their IT resources being available on a 24/7 basis. Even short periods of downtime can wreak havoc, impact the bottom line, and mean having to cancel going out to lunch. Maintaining an agreed-upon level of infrastructure availability is critically important… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Addressing Data Center Metrics Pain Points

    [dropcaps type='square' color='#ffffff' background_color='#e04646' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]s much as IT pros hate to be told, “We have to do more with less,” it’s doubtful that this directive will die in the near future. The unfortunate truth is that IT has to continue to do more with either no increase or with decreases in overall resources. This comes at the same time that increasing attention must be paid to various traditional data center pain points.… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe