Recent Posts by Larry Long

 
Larry Long is the Director of Engineering for First National Technology Solutions where he oversees the Engineering Team, a passionate, consultative group focused on developing and maintaining long-term relationships. With more than 20 years of industry experience, he brings reliable automation and technology expertise to a role where he is responsible for the development of each engineer and assists in implementing best practices. Larry also serves as the primary liaison for engineering across all customer organizations at FNTS. Throughout his career, Larry has track record of developing other tech professionals, increasing collaboration cross-functionally and implementing organization. He has led training classes on Linux and general internet-based topics, has a strong background in technical leadership and possesses a wealth of knowledge in infrastructure management, specifically in Linux and Unix environments. Larry will draw from his strong technical experience in his mentorship of engineers on day-to-day operations, communications and in providing technical solutions. Additionally, his expertise in trouble-shooting, developing automation and improving efficiencies for enterprise IT management will be an asset to the FNTS Engineering Team. Larry’s past experience includes operating in a large-scale environment of more than 8,000 Linux systems and 5,000-plus Windows systems in 24/7/365 settings. Before joining FNTS in October 2017, he served in technology operations and systems engineering leadership roles with 3CInteractive and Motorola.

Modernizing Legacy Technology Using Mainframe as a Service

Although mainframes are capable of processing over millions of transactions per second (much more, in fact, than the typical volume of searches on Google), they are largely viewed as unfashionable hardware.

Yet, despite generally being considered legacy technologies, you can plan on them being around for a while. This is because many companies are still using these behemoths, and in certain cases, actively purchasing new machines. Why?

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Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends to Watch For in 2019

Whether business leaders embrace digital transformation or not, it’s here to stay. Its  impact on enterprise has already proven to be quite profound, and adoption will be necessary to remain competitive and grow with each passing year.

Digital transformation is not just about the digitization of organizational processes needed to run day-to-day business operations. It’s largely a customer- and culture-driven transformation dictated by how consumers choose to do everything from initiate financial transactions to consume entertainment and the preference to use digital devices to communicate and express ideas.

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6 Hybrid Cloud Benefits That Maximize Business Efficiency

U.S. business productivity has been trending up lately, according to recent government figures. Some of that has to do with the labor force working longer hours and upticks in requests. However, another factor that directly contributes to business productivity is efficiency, brought about by leaner organizational processes and better management.

One way enterprise is achieving efficiency is by leveraging the benefits of hybrid cloud solutions and migrating certain key elements of their IT infrastructure off-premises.

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Debunking 5 Myths About Multi-Cloud Management

Merriam-Webster has several definitions for the word myth. One of them is “a person or thing having only imaginary or unverifiable existence.”

Not surprisingly, there are many misconceptions and outright myths circulating about the cloud and cloud management that are just that—myths. In order to debunk these myths, one must come prepared with cold, hard facts that speak truth to fable.

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What is a Cloud Service Broker and Why Do You Need One?

Most dictionaries define a broker as an agent who acts as an intermediary in the purchase or sale of a commodity, or a person or entity distributing something tangible.

Cloud service brokers (CSBs) work much the same way in that they work as an intermediary between a customer and a cloud service provider. There are many reasons why a company would choose to work with a CSB, but the main benefit is the management of provider services for customers who lack the time or resources to utilize cloud services to best meet the organization’s business needs.

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6 Questions to Ask When Selecting Multi-Cloud Management Technology

Whether it is to meet shifting business objectives, pursue revenue growth, or achieve greater operational efficiency, there is a clarion call to enterprises prompting the move of many of their workloads over to multi-cloud providers.

A recent Forrester Consulting report indicated that 86 percent of survey respondents are planning to move or have already moved many of their mission-critical workloads over to multiple cloud providers. Much of the demand is being driven by our reliance on IoT devices and the need for big data analytics, in addition to enterprise revenue goals and demands.

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Zero Downtime Solutions for iSeries Backup

As IBM iSeries celebrates its 30th anniversary, it continues to be a system of record for critical applications and data in sectors such as healthcare and manufacturing. The forward momentum of the digital business often means the server lags behind in the business backup strategy. This poses a myriad of challenges for users when it comes to avoiding downtime with iSeries backup strategies.

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5 Reasons to Work With a Cloud Service Broker

In the digital age, a comprehensive multi-cloud strategy is necessary in order to remain agile and innovative as you scale. In fact, IDC research indicates that over 90 percent of enterprise-scale organizations will be using multiple clouds over the next several years.

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How to Overcome the Top 5 Digital Adoption Challenges

As the scope and pace of digital adoption continues to evolve and expand, business stakeholders now see it as imperative to survival and growth. Although total cost of ownership (TCO), operating expenditure (OPEX), and capital expenditure (CAPEX) are clear issues influencing digital adoption, it is the people sitting at the center of processes and technology that are the nexus of change.

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Why Support for Legacy Technology Is More Than Just Strategic IT Staffing

For every business today, digital transformation is imperative for surviving and thriving in the digital age. However, support for legacy technology will continue to be a factor because transformations are gradual, and become a mix of the old and the new. We see this specifically around the management of multi-cloud strategies. In a recent VMware and MIT Technology Review report that surveyed 1,300 IT leaders, 62 percent of respondents cited the integration of legacy systems as their biggest challenge in multi-cloud.

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5 Top Mainframe Management Questions Answered

For the foreseeable future, the mainframe will continue to be a critical part of the business and operational growth of thousands of organizations that rely on mainframes with increasing workloads. That fact is borne out in the BMC Mainframe Research Report, showing that 91 percent of survey respondents predict that their mainframe workloads will continue to grow.

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Why More Businesses Have Started Outsourcing iSeries Operations

The central role of the iSeries for businesses, as well as the need to optimize its management, is constantly shown by numerous sources. According to the most recent IBM i Strategy and Roadmap, there are more than 150,000 companies worldwide utilizing the iSeries platform.

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Where to Turn When You Need AS400 Services and Support

The IBM AS400 through the current IBM iSeries has been prized for performance, stability, and dependability for more than three decades and continues to serve countless businesses today. According to the market intelligence company iDatalabs, 28,148 companies are using the IBM AS400, but other sources peg the number as well over triple that figure.

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Addressing the Challenges of Big Data in Healthcare

As big data in healthcare continues its exponential growth, it represents new challenges of storage, access accuracy, and actionable use. Despite (or because of) the advance of HIT systems, the prevalence of data silos continue. Consequently, addressing these big data challenges requires careful planning for collection and processing while ensuring data integrity, so that it can be accessed and analyzed to reveal actionable outcomes.

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5 Public Cloud Maintenance Requirements You Haven't Considered

All business today use the public cloud in one form or another. As that usage grows and evolves, cloud maintenance becomes a more complex challenge. While the need for many aspects of that maintenance are visible, there are many that can grow and evolve out of sight of the business. To that end, here are five public cloud maintenance requirements you may not have considered.

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