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Decoding the Tensions Between Azure and AWS

The cloud is a hot space right now. How hot? Forrester predicts a global public cloud market of $178 billion by year’s end. That’s up from $146 billion last year. After 2018, Forrester pegs the compound annual growth rate at a whopping 22 percent. The Undisputed...

Hybrid Cloud Implementation Pitfalls Your Small Business Needs to Avoid

If you’re like many SMBs, IT infrastructure is not your favorite topic. You think about it when you have to, which means that it often becomes neglected, lagging behind other capital investments. What’s more, there’s a good chance your current IT  solutions are...
How Engineering Pros Can Work From Home For the Holidays

How Engineering Pros Can Work From Home For the Holidays

Because the benefits are endless, I couldn't even hope to list them all, but here are a few great reasons for engineering pros (or anyone else) to work from home during the holidays: 1. It's the universal excuse to escape from household chores and awkwardly boring...

Top Data Center Power Planning Considerations

Top Data Center Power Planning Considerations

Our Infrastructure Management Services include data center migration planning and deployment. Recently, I moved two different companies to new facilities. Both had drastically different IT needs. One was heavier on infrastructure and server room. The other was not...

Top 5 Reasons to Conduct an IT Outsourcing Re-Evaluation

Top 5 Reasons to Conduct an IT Outsourcing Re-Evaluation

IT outsourcing contracts, as noted in a recent blog post, should be treated as living documents -- continuously evaluated, refined, and optimized over time. Not only do business conditions continually change, but it’s also important for outsourcing customers to...

How to Monitor Your APC UPS Units – Part 2

How to Monitor Your APC UPS Units – Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I introduced the APCUPSD software package which allows you to monitor APC UPS units. As we head into the winter months, having a functioning UPS is critical for your infrastructure. Just as critical as the UPS itself is the ability to monitor...

In the Trenches: How IT Outsourcing Makes Life Easier on IT Managers

In the Trenches: How IT Outsourcing Makes Life Easier on IT Managers

In September we introduced a blog post series on how IT outsourcing can deliver multiple benefits to organizations. These gains can range from lower costs to support for an activity or function to process improvements delivered by an organization that has extensive...

Top 5 Hottest IT Outsourcing Trends

Top 5 Hottest IT Outsourcing Trends

As the global economy remains turbulent, corporate decisions-makers continue to remain laser-focused on cost containment and finding new ways of generating additional productivity and value to their organizations. As a result, these macro factors are shaping many of...

From Out-of-Office to VPN in 15 Minutes

From Out-of-Office to VPN in 15 Minutes

Traditionally, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to connect to a remote site has been a technical – and oftentimes troublesome – requirement. With the growing popularity of using “remote programmers”, I see requests for purchasing Cisco routers and Windows...

Taking IT Out of Corporate IT … A Response

Taking IT Out of Corporate IT … A Response

There were quite a lot of comments on this site and other sites on the original post -- all by IT professionals, and almost all negative. The comments were interesting, but quite one-sided. Many people thought the article was suggesting dropping a figurative bomb on...

The Five Most Challenging Things About Infrastructure Management

The Five Most Challenging Things About Infrastructure Management

Infrastructure management comes with its own unique challenges whether you are managing a lab network, computer farm, load-balancing application, or a build-and-release system .  As much as people lump things into the term "information technology," every piece of "IT"...