The Hybrid Cloud Computing Puzzle: 4 Ways to Optimize Private and Public Cloud Management

Did you know that by 2020 almost a quarter (24 percent) of the “total addressable IT market will be cloud”? That’s Gartner, Inc.’s prediction in the 2017 Planning Guide for Cloud Computing.

With the continued maturity of the public cloud, and the aggressive adoption of cloud services across all industry verticals, companies are feeling the pressure “to build and invest in cloud-first strategies and architectures.” But the hybrid cloud computing puzzle can turn into a nightmare without key management strategies. Here are four that will help ensure success.

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The Hidden ROI of Server Consolidations

A recent IDC white paper survey of medium to large enterprises and their data center servers found that 55 percent of capacity is unused, resulting in Capex waste because of inefficient utilization. Equally important is the Opex waste from the time and personnel resources needed to provision workloads in a scenario in which increased server consolidation process time results in higher costs.

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Container Technology vs. Virtual Machines: Choosing the Right Option

While 451 Research predicts that application containers will grow faster than any other solution type (40 percent annually in 2017 and 2018, many organizations are still determining how and if containers or virtual machines (VMs) are the best fit for their infrastructure plans. The ongoing debate as to the use of VMs or container technology is happening regardless of the growing adoption of containerization, primarily because every business’s needs are different. When it comes to choosing the right option for your business, it’s important to understand the benefits of each by viewing them through the lens of business priorities.

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Operating Systems: Out with the old, in with the new

It has often been said that "all good things must come to an end," and this certainly rings true with operating systems in the regards to Technology Solutions. Some systems simply grow too old to be of use, and become obsolete.

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Tips for the Windows Operating System

The windows operating system can be extremely helpful when operating correctly. Like any system however, if not properly managed, it can bring its fair share of difficulties.

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Mainframe vs. the Engineer

Mainframe vs. the Engineer

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I Want To Retire Too

Retirement, this word can invoke many different feelings when spoken.  For those that are up in years, they can look at retirement as one big, long vacation! Woohoo! Can’t wait, right?  But for those that are ‘retiring’ from playing their favorite sport at a ripe age of 30, they may not be so enthusiastic about the concept.  And so there are different reactions to this word ‘retirement’.  For me, I would like to retire sooner than later so that I have some good years left….but I digress.

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#1 Vendor Selection Criteria

Vendor Selection Criteria

Just like our customers, we, too, evaluate and select our partners very carefully.

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IT Dinosaurs – is the Mainframe Extinct?

I was playing with my grandson and he loves dinosaurs. As we were playing my mind wondered to the mainframe being called a dinosaur over 25 years ago and how it was soon going to be extinct. When I first heard this, I assumed that it would happen in 5 to 10 years. As I know today the mainframe is still running many critical applications and transactions every day. So the mainframe is not extinct…yet the people that administrate them are retiring at a very fast pace, so it makes it hard to find someone to take care of the mainframe on a daily basis.

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Hyper-Converged Systems – Ready for Prime Time?

There has been a lot of a press surrounding the hyper-converged movement. New companies have been formed and existing companies are coming out with new hyper-converged products.

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Network Virtualization

After many attempts throughout the last 3 decades or so, it finally appears that Client / Server Virtualization is here to stay. Most people in the IT industry have heard of VDI, Virtual Machines, or Cloud Servers. One area of Virtualization Services that does not have quite as wide of an audience is the area of Network Virtualization.

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2013 Looking Back and 2014 Looking Forward

In 2013, our company made major strides in a number of areas. Some of those accomplishments were internal and some, external. FNTS has become the fastest growing company within the First National family.  We are now viewed internally as a strategic component of the financial success of the overall company over the next 5 years. We did this well, growing our reputation as a leading provider in the Managed Services – Cloud Space, often times referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS). Our market share has grown considerably during the past year and we do this by continuing to invest in our most critical assets; people and technology.

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Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Working with a myriad of companies from different industries, it is fascinating to discover why they adopted cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service. Commonly, companies want to focus on its capital and technical resources, business initiatives and growth projects. They do not want to put time and energy into computer hardware and day-to-day support needs

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Mainframe Demise?

My introduction to IT was via the Air Force in 1989.  Graduating from high School in 1985, well before personal computers became common place and before teaching programming was the norm, I enlisted in in the Air Force.

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What’s in a Name?

Have you ever played the game in which you stare at clouds, determining what animal they best resemble? Gorilla? Dog? Horse?

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