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Public cloud storage can be efficient, but the potential is still limited

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Public cloud storage can be efficient, but the potential is still limited
Public cloud storage can be a cost efficient alternative to rolling your own, but observers warn that it isn't a cure all. Price is the lure. Even if you have room in your data center for expansion, in-house storage infrastructure won't ever be as cost-scalable as a public cloud option, says Forrester analyst Henry Baltazar. And cloud storage will always give you more agility, he says: Once you add storage capacity in your data center, it is likely yours for the life cycle of the equipment.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Disaster Recovery Interactive eGuide
In this eGuide, Computerworld along with sister publications InfoWorld and CIO look at recent disaster recovery trends and offer expert opinions and advice. Read on to learn how the right disaster recovery efforts can protect your organization's data. Learn More

Guide to Managing and Lowering Mainframe Software Charges
Monthly license charges (MLC) are rising by 7% or more each year, and account for 30% of total mainframe costs. Yet managing MLC costs is an inexact science. This best practice guide provides a step-by-step process to reduce mainframe MLC costs up to 20% without compromising business critical services. Learn More

How to get the most out of your IT talent
As the spotlight on cost reduction has dimmed, IT has picked up plenty of new directives: to deliver business agility, drive innovation, and increase its value to the business, to name a few. Yet at the same time, IT remains responsible for all the tactical and operational activities it has always performed, such as keeping systems running, delivering new capabilities, and securing intellectual property and corporate data.For CIOs and IT leaders, the management challenge is how to help IT employees break the tactical habit and use their strategic skills more effectively. We asked for advice from three tech professionals with different perspectives on IT talent. Their expertise can help IT leaders who want their teams to work smarter and be more engaged. Some of the tactics can be adopted without a lot of investment, while others require outside help or more significant cultural overhauls.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

An Insightful Approach to Optimize Mainframe MLC Spend
This paper, "An Insightful Approach to Optimizing Mainframe MLC Costs," discusses how you can penetrate the complexity of IBM mainframe MLC products and the MLC price model to gain insight into the MLC cost drivers and leverage that insight to optimize MLC spend. Learn More

How to get more out of your virtualized and cloud environments
After Dammions Darden arrived as the new senior systems administrator for the city of Garland, Texas, he knew that the 50 to 60 physical hosts for this 234,000-person city outside of Dallas were not running nearly as efficiently as they could be. Some had excess capacity, others were running way too hot. Traditionally if apps are slow and virtual machines need more memory the easy answer is an unfortunate one: Throw more hardware at the problem. But Darden wasn't satisfied with that. While roaming the expo floor at VMworld two years ago he stumbled across VMTurbo, a company that specializes in analyzing virtual environments.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Five Levers to Lower Mainframe MLC Costs
This paper discusses five levers you can use to lower your mainframe MLC costs by up to 20 percent or more. Explore best practices and real-world examples of dramatic savings through a mainframe MLC optimization strategy based on higher visibility, predictability, and automation. Learn More

How UPS uses analytics to drive down costs (and no, it doesn't call it big data)
When you have an organization the size of UPS – with 99,000 vehicles and 424,000 employees – every single little bit of efficiency that can be squeezed out of daily operations translates into a big deal. UPS has been using analytics to do just that for a long time now, and keeps getting better and better at it. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix caught up with UPS Senior Director of Process Management Jack Levis for an update on their latest achievements. How does UPS use analytics to optimize its operations? Let me take you back 15 years ago and then work our way back to today, and then I'll give you a glimpse into the future. Also, to frame the discussion, let's think of analytics in three forms: descriptive analytics says, "Where am I today?"; predictive analytics says, "With my current trajectory, where will I be headed tomorrow?"; and then at the highest level you have prescriptive analytics, and that's where you say, "Where should I be?"To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

SDN tools increase WAN efficiency
Configuring, maintaining and changing WAN infrastructure can be a nightmare given the distributed nature of the beast and all the remote touch points, but emerging Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools promise to make these operations more efficient. Usually touted as a data center tool, SDN can be used to automate and manage WAN operations, says Zeus Kerravala, principal of ZK Research. WAN issues are hard to address because of the dispersed nature of the resources, he says. "There's no perfect way of making changes to the WAN," but "SDN brings automation and orchestration from a centralized location and allows you to react faster."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Top 10 Tech Industry Megatrends of 2015
"Futurology has always bounced around between common sense, nonsense and a healthy dose of wishful thinking." That's how a 2012 Scientific American article summed up the history of prediction. Our compelling annual urge to predict the future traces back to the ancient Greeks and their Delphic Oracle--so who am I to argue with such venerable tradition? Here's my top 10 countdown for the shape of our industry in 2015:10. Tech companies will continue splitting apart as Symantec, HP and eBay have already done. EMC, CA, BMC and Xerox seem to be next in line.9. Boards will get (even more) paranoid about security. The aftershocks of the Target data breach are still shaking up boards of directors. I see more CEOs getting fired alongside their CIOs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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