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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)

An Inconvenient Truth: Free Up Market Forces to Tackle Climate Change

It was former Presidential Candidate and founder of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) Ross Perot who famously said “The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” A quote which may strike resonance with the world’s politicians as they continue to wrestle with the major challenge of setting a global green agenda whilst battling tough economic conditions. President Obama’s second term inaugural speech certainly won plaudits for his determination to tackle climate change, his powerful statements deliberately pitched to be emotive on a global stage, whilst reassuring an American nation still reeling from the effects of hurricane Sandy. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” And “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgm... (more)

Technology Heroes Also Serve in Government

Great American technologists from academia and industry have always ensured our national security has the edge it needs, in peace, crisis and war. Academic Fredrick Terman (pictured) brought us radar and Silicon Valley. Edwin Land brought us overhead ISR. Gordon Moore ensured integrated circuits were accelerated into our community first. Scott McNealy drove security into Operating Systems. Bill Gates and Larry Ellison and a long list of other great IT leaders have also dedicated significant effort to the national security community in ways many will never know. Great technology heroes also serve in government.  Thanks to them government has been pioneering advances in secure cloud computing, biometrics, IT security, collaboration, geospatial, visualization, remote sensing and collaboration. Government IT leaders routinely contribute to our nation’s understanding of... (more)

Commentary on Clouds, Storage, Networking, Green IT and Other Topics

Rather than doing a bunch of separate posts, here is a collection of different perspectives and commentary on various IT and data storage industry activity. In this link are comments and perspectives regarding thin provisioning including how it works as well as when to use it for optimizing storage space capacity. Speaking of server and storage capacity, here in this link are comments on what server and storage would be needed to support an SMB office of 50 people (or more, or less) along with how to back it up. For those interested or in need of managing data and other records in this link are comments on preparing yourself for regulatory scrutiny. Storage networking interface or protocol debates (battles) can be interesting, in this link, see the role of iSCSI SANs for data storage environments. Lets not forget about Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) which is d... (more)

How to Save Money While Doing Green IT

There have been a flurry of "green cloud" announcements recently, and that got us thinking about the relationship between green IT and saving money. Green is also the color of money, after all, and companies are discovering that reducing data center costs leads to substantial green benefits. The cloud takes cost reduction and green even further. In the first announcement, IBM continues to innovate in cloud and in green, and it has patented technology for distributing compute workloads for cloud computing in a way that reduces power consumption. I'd liken it to a load balancer, but instead of trying to reduce response times, they're trying to reduce power utilization overall. Now, it's really interesting because this is not just a green initiative but it is also a cost-savings opportunity for cloud service providers. Power consumption is a major cost driver for cloud... (more)

IoT: Next Generation of Communities | @ThingsExpo #IoT #InternetOfThings

IoT: Creating the Next Generation of Communities In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that - with the help of Siemens - will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run efficiently and sustainably. Speaker Bio Chris Klein is the CEO of Rachio, the smart sprinkler controller that uses cloud-based software to reduce water consumption and create a more sophisticated landscape. He has experience leading a number of product development initiatives. Products include commercial construction buildings, ... (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)

Cloud Friendly Versions of SUSE Linux

Wyse Technology announced updates to two operating systems used in the company's thin clients -- Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 for Virtual client and Cloud environments. "Our updated Linux and Windows Embedded CE versions take the performance of our virtual client devices to new levels, and demonstrate our commitment to the enterprise market," said Jeff McNaught , Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Wyse. "We have taken the key benefits of our existing devices, and added new performance features and a seamless transition path to quickly meet market demand in cloud and virtualized environments." Developed in partnership with Novell, this new version of Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise improves the virtual desktop experience for the corporate workforce by offering enhanced support for users across the enterprise. Mobile worker... (more)

Green IT and Virtual Data Centers

Green IT and virtual data centers are no fad nor are they limited to large scale environments. Paying attention to how resources are used to deliver information services in a flexible, adaptable, energy efficient, environmentally, and economically friendly manner to boost efficiency and productivity are here to stay. Read more here in the article I did for the folks over at Enterprise Systems Journal. Cheers gs To say that “green” is a popular trend is an understatement. Green messaging in general and in the information technology (IT) industry in particular tends to center around carbon footprint and emissions reduction or cost savings. The industry is seeing a shift from the initial green hype cycle of a few years ago to the more recent trough of disillusionment typically found with a post-technology or trend-hype hangover, to the current re-emergence and growin... (more)

Green Storage: MAID to Do More Than Just Spin Down

Green Storage Journal on Ulitzer The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely ‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most companies claiming they are successfully moving towards being ‘Green'. Hence bring forth the proposition of MAID storage and many users would not see the need for it. Further reluctance towards the technology would also come from the fact that MAID has now somewhat tragically become synonymous with being merely a disk spin d... (more)

Australia’s Smart Grid Opportunity

Australia is now considered to be one of the world leaders in a technology, comparable only to the United States in terms of smart grid innovation. Last year received the Federal Government for a National Energy Efficiency Initiative granted AU$100 million to develop a smart-grid energy network. A recent study, conducted by IDC  polled utility leaders from Australia, about their major initiatives, objectives, expected payback, readiness and challenges. The study noted that smart utility technologies are generating vast amounts of data and analytics, although less than half of the top 20 utilities are applying analytics to energy consumption. Even so, utilities executives worldwide believe that with the proper organization, companies can reach profitability goals in a relatively short amount of time and with the coming together of some of the top names in the utili... (more)