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IT Shared Services: Elusive But Not Impossible

Implementations of IT shared services often reveal a tale of two conflicting camps. On one hand, an IT leadership team mainly interested in realizing the financial benefits of shared services irrespective of end-user concerns, and on the other hand a business user community deeply attached to its autonomy and diligently resistant to change regardless of the financial upshot.  That is the dilemma that IT...

Is Flash Storage Misunderstood?

A recent Wikibon article caught my attention called “Flash and Hyperscale – Changing Database and System Design Forever”  because it echoes what I’ve been hearing lately about Flash Storage. (For those of you not familiar with Wikibon, it is an online, professional community that features some insightful, moderated sessions and short research notes on challenging business technology problems.) In exploring...

Big Data Storage: Closing the Performance Gap

More and more, IT organizations are enjoying the benefits of superfast processors and massive bandwidths to process the volume, variety, and velocity of big data.  But wait times still choke the flow of all that big data – hampering the promise of rapid data-driven decision making for the lines of business who are crying for it.  The big (data) question is… where’s the bottleneck? The answer is in the...

Clouds Ahead: Picking the Right Model

We talk about “the cloud”, but in actuality, there’s more than one. For starters, there are many different clouds out there, but they usually can be grouped into three different categories: private, public and hybrid. And when you’re thinking of deploying a cloud computing solution for your organization, you first need to determine which type of cloud you want to use. Private clouds are just that—they’re...

Cloud Computing

In the mid 1970’s, online or interactive computing consisted of non-programmable desktop devices that connected to large (and expensive) “mainframe” computers. The big boxes handled the of running software and storing data. Later, computing power shifted to the desktop in the personal computer “revolution”. This provided flexibility in terms of access to more varied software programs...
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