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)
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
Jeff Lundberg is senior pr... (more)
"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
Cloud Computing Journal: What about the role of social: aside from the
acronym itself SMAC (for Social, Mobile... (more)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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
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,
Networks, Content Providers, Enterprises, and Eyeballs
The basic idea of an Internet-enabled wor... (more)
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
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)
Open source network management software, GroundWork Open Source, Inc.
launched the latest version of its Enterprise Quickstart as a SUSE-powered
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
• A fully-supported and licensed version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11
• The benefits and assurances of enterprise class Linux in a convenient
• 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)
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)
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
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
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)