Making the Business Case for IT

One of the biggest challenges IT organizations face is building executive mindshare, but in today’s world, it’s critical. IT organizations have been trained to think of their value in terms of CAPEX and return on investment. While these are undoubtedly important to the bottom-line, they are not game-changers.

Guy Churchward May 27th, 2014

Data Protection – From Good to Great

One of the questions that I often ask when meeting with IT directors considering deploying a cloud backup solution for their business is “What does great data protection look like?” And the answers I get back are always different.

Gytis Barzdukas April 18th, 2014

Does Big Data Have to Be Big?

One of my hot button issues these days is Big Data. By many media and vendor accounts, Big Data is simply that: big data. Large volumes of structured or unstructured data the likes of which are generally associated with companies in data-crunching industries like oil and gas, seismology, genomics and … READ MORE

Heidi Biggar April 14th, 2014

The Social Network of Machines, Software-Defined Storage, & the Data Protection Continuum

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The Second Machine Age is redefining our relationship with technology. From healthcare to transportation, our lives will be nearly unrecognizable to our children. Underlying this change is the next generation of the social network: a Social Network of Machines. This Social Network of Machines will be a vast infrastructure built on the Third Platform (i.e. mobile, big data, social, cloud) and fueled by near-ubiquitous metadata about machines and humans.
In this two part series, we’ll first examine what technology drives the Second Machine Age. Then we will explore how we can avoid an “Accidental Architecture” on a global scale.

Stephen Manley March 25th, 2014

Is Life in the Fast Lane All That It’s Cracked Up to Be?

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Even in the world of IT, the race to do things faster and easier seems to restart daily, and this applies to those of us on the IT side buying and implementing technology, those on the vendor side developing the technology, as well as those of us straddling both worlds. But as we all know, faster doesn’t necessarily mean easier—nor does it necessarily mean better or safer… or that you will even win in the end.

Heidi Biggar February 27th, 2014
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