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Whether you are an electrical supplies wholesaler or a manufacturer of oilfield equipment, the challenge is the same: Are you maximizing your margins by keeping your administrative processes as streamlined as possible? Or, are you wasting time and money by supporting paper-intensive processes to handle quotes, orders, ship notices, receipt documents and invoices? Unfortunately, many companies face this challenge and feel as if they are pushing too much paper dealing with their suppliers, customers, and transportation providers, but they do not know how to break the cycle. Where is it coming from? Recently a trade association representing a group of independent distributors conducted a survey among their 146 member companies. These distributors and wholesalers ranged from $16 to $142 million in annual sales. When asked about the supply side of their businesses, over 70%... (more)

Environmental Pressures Driving an Evolution in File Storage

Stagnant budgets, overwhelming data growth, and new user and application demands, are just a few of the many challenges that are putting IT organizations under more pressure today than ever before. As a result, a new approach is required. The session being given by Hitachi Data Systems' Jeff Lundberg at next month's 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York [June 10-13, 2013] will discuss why object storage based private cloud is necessary for evolving into a next-generation of IT that supports a new world of applications and storage service delivery models. Attendees will learn to: Embrace cloud while retaining proper stewardship and governance of data Deliver better, more cost effective protection of your data Bring structure to unstructured data so it can be better understood Enjoy more efficient storage and network utilization Speaker Bio: Jeff Lundberg is senior pr... (more)

Doing Business in the Cloud

"Social and word of mouth are important to the solar industry," noted Candice Adams, Marketing Manager for Trinity Solar, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, "many of us do the majority of our social networking on our mobile devices and the cloud is the backbone of our favorite smartphones and tablets." Cloud Computing Journal: The move to cloud isn't about saving money, it is about saving time - agree or disagree? Candice Adams: Absolutely agree! While the financial savings are a tremendous benefit, it is the time savings where we see the largest cloud benefits. We have a very large sales team spread from MA to MD, and the cloud allows us to pass information in real-time, no matter where we happen to be working that day. Cloud Computing Journal: What about the role of social: aside from the acronym itself SMAC (for Social, Mobile... (more)

[session] Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT By @GreenHouseData | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Crafting a Roadmap for Hybrid IT With 15% of enterprises adopting a hybrid IT strategy, you need to set a plan to integrate hybrid cloud throughout your infrastructure. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Steven Dreher, Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data, will discuss how to plan for shifting resource requirements, overcome challenges, and implement hybrid IT alongside your existing data center assets. Highlights include anticipating workload, cost and resource calculations, integrating services on both sides of the firewall, self-service, monitoring, and workload prioritization. Speaker Bio Steven Dreher is the Director of Solutions Architecture at Green House Data, with over 15 years of IT experience. He previously served as the CTO of the Wyoming Supreme Court. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, June 7-9 2016 at New... (more)

How Do You Get the Benefits of Shared Resources in a Private Cloud?

I was recording a podcast last week on the subject of cloud with an emphasis on security and of course we talked in general about cloud and definitions. During the discussion the subject of “private cloud” computing was raised and one of the participants asked a very good question: Some of the core benefits of cloud computing come from shared resources. In a private cloud, where does the sharing of resources come from? I had to stop and think about that one for a second, because it’s not something I’ve really thought about before. But it was a valid point; without sharing of resources the reduction in operating costs is not as easily realized. But even in an enterprise data center there is a lot more sharing that could be going on than perhaps people realize. SHARING in the ENTERPRISE There are plethora of ways in which sharing of resources can be accomplished in th... (more)

How Green is Your Data Center?

Data Center “X” just announced a 2 MegaWatt expansion to their facility in Northern California. A major increase in data center capacity, and a source of great joy for the company. And the source of potentially 714 additional tons of carbon introduced each month into the environment. Many groups and organizations are gathering to address the need to bring our data centers under control. Some are focused on providing marketing value for their members, most others appear genuinely concerned with the amount of power being consumed within data centers, the amount of carbon being produced by data centers, and the potential for using alternative or clean energy initiatives within data centers. There are stories around which claim the data center industry is actually using up to 5% of power consumed within the United States, which if true, makes this a really important disc... (more)

Selecting Your Data Center Part 2 – Geography and Location

Data Center Automation on Ulitzer Data center selection is an exercise in compromise. Everybody would like to have the best of all worlds, with a highly connected facility offering 24x7 smart hands support, impenetrable security, protection from all natural and man-made disasters, in addition to service level agreements offering 5-Nines power availability at $.03/kW. Not likely we will be able to hit all those desired features in any single facility. Data center operators price their facilities and colocation based on several factors: Cost of real estate in their market Cost of power and utilities in their market Competition in their market Level of service offered (including power, interconnections, etc) Quality of facility (security, power density, infrastructure, etc) Networks, Content Providers, Enterprises, and Eyeballs The basic idea of an Internet-enabled wor... (more)

Indian Social Security System to Use NComputing Virtual Desktop

Healthcare Innovation Journal NComputing Inc. announced that it has won a massive computerization contract from Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) alongside Wipro for deploying 31,000 NComputing virtual desktops in ESIC offices and clinics across the country. ESIC will use 31,000 NComputing thin-client workstations and vSpace Virtualization Software to outfit all ESIC offices and clinics with state-of-the-art green IT systems. ESIC is the Indian Government Chartered insurance and healthcare organization delivering Social Security benefits to employed individuals and their families. It provides health insurance and delivers medical care through over 2,200 facilities across India. ESIC and Wipro selected NComputing's proven virtual desktops for 'Project Panchdeep', the largest e-governance project in India, to streamline insurance and healthcare services th... (more)

GroundWork Open Source Announces New $59 Linux Virtual Appliance

Open source network management software, GroundWork Open Source, Inc. launched the latest version of its Enterprise Quickstart as a SUSE-powered virtual appliance. Targeted at small environments, with a price of $59, the new appliance combines GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Quickstart with a fully supported version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 from Novell. Enterprise Quickstart is built as part of the SUSE Appliance Program and offers: • A fully-supported and licensed version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 • The benefits and assurances of enterprise class Linux in a convenient virtual appliance • A full-featured copy of GroundWork Monitor Enterprise 6.0 • License to use the software for one year to monitor up to 100 devices • One seat in "Getting Started with GroundWork Monitor" training • Unlimited email support incidents for a single contact within the first 60 days of regi... (more)

Energy Management in Data Centers

Green Technology Journal on Ulitzer According to the Environmental Protection Agency, data centers across the United States accounted for 1.5 percent of total US electricity demand in 2006 — equivalent to the annual electric consumption of the state of Florida — and have become one of the fastest growing users of energy. While the power consumed at these individual data centers may be small, the consumption in totality at EPA and other large organizations is significantly enormous. Even as much is written about greening data centers and as non-profit organizations like the Green Grid are striving to bring about a new improved way of approaching this data center energy crisis, there is not much initiative on the part of the data centers themselves. They are often found to be slack on basic essentials in measurement and tracking equipment. A recent study by Gartner rel... (more)

Silicon Valley’s in Trouble

IT Strategy on Ulitzer The recession may have driven Silicon Valley's innovation engine straight off the cliff, according to an annual study by two local non-profits, Silicon Valley Network and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Based on their just-released 76-page 2010 Silicon Valley Index they say the Valley is stalled and that it's "hard to say is whether we're stuck in neutral, which has happened before, or whether it's time now for a complete overhaul." They complain that "rapid economic growth in other countries, coupled with California's legislative gridlock, is draining the lifeblood of funding and foreign talent from Silicon Valley, leaving recovery in a new phase of uncertainty." In fact Silicon Valley may cease to be a tech capital, replaced by, say, Austin, Texas or Huntsville, Alabama or Washington, DC. China and India aren't exporting their talent t... (more)