Mobile Applications on the Rise

Mobile applications have experienced a surge in popularity with global users climbing into the millions.  Companies are investing thousands into planning, developing, launching and managing mobile applications for their customers.  
Here are a few tips for developing a mobile application:

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What is Elastic Cloud Storage?

Tim Stephenson is working on big things at First National Technology Solutions. For one, he’s trying to incorporate elastic cloud storage into the FNTS data center. 

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3 Benefits of Cloud You May Not Know About

When cloud first hit the market, some buzz words surrounding it were security, on-demand, lower costs, scalable and bursting. As technology evolved, and more companies implemented cloud solutions, some additional benefits started surfacing as well:

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Beyond the hype:  Getting real with XtremIO

Since very early in the XtremIO lifecycle for EMC; FNTS has designed an offering for customers to enjoy the benefits in the cloud. The ability to see performance in sub millisecond response times, to being able to take advantage of a shared pricing structure with a right sized approach to storage usage; First National Technology Solutions (FNTS) customers have been able to take advantage of an all flash array to host their business applications. 

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Evolution of ASP to SaaS and Beyond

I have worked in the Software business for a lot of years; and it used to be simple in the past. You would find a hardware vendor, buy a server, put your software on it and ship out to a new customer. The customer would put it into a closet, which always got too hot, along with some tape cartridges. The customer had a maintenance contract with a hardware vendor to fix the hardware when it broke. Then there was the lucky sole who would get to wait after the business closed to run the backups of the data to tapes, so they could be taken off-site. This usually meant they took the tapes home with them for “secure” storage.

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2015 - The Year of Flash?

The Year of Flash

One of the advantages of working for, and being a customer of, an “Enterprise” Cloud Service Provider is the ability to test and use the latest, best-of-breed, technologies available in the marketplace. 

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War and Technology

I recently finished reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Hillenbrand, 2010) about the life of an American POW during World War II, Louis Zamperini. It is an amazing read and I recommend all to pick it up. It is a beautiful story of life, determination and forgiveness. If you don’t read, please go see the movie.

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Christmas Magic!

Ever heard of a 3-D printer? It is a lot like Christmas Magic. I purchased an entry level model about 6 months ago and have been learning how to use it to its full potential ever since.

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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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The 3rd Platform

One of the many perks of working for a company such as FNTS is the ability to evaluate, test and prototype new and emerging technologies.

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Blast from the Past: A Timeline of Historic Hard Drive Facts

1956 – IBM announced the IBM 350 Drive (5MB) on 50 x 24” disc platters  1,200 RPMs with an average seek time of 600ms (milliseconds), weighed over a ton and cost $3,200 per month (lease)

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Are you going to the Extreme? You should be…

As a follow-on to a previous post “The EXTREME IO Test”, we have since deployed EMC’s purpose-built, all-flash array, into production with phenomenal success.

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B2B B2C H2H

I recently saw a post on LinkedIn that stated “There is no more B2B or B2C.  It’s H2: Human to Human”. Quick translation: B2B is business to business, B2C business to consumer.  The sarcastic side of me said “duh – when did that ever change?”  But the inquisitive marketing side of me said, is it really human to human?  Ultimately if you are selling socks to a consumer or socks to a reseller, humans are making the decision to purchase.  The sales pitch and the motive to purchase will have different but ultimately it is a human to human transaction. So why is this statement so perplexing?

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Looking for the Right Answers

Deemed as the first major algorithmic change in 12 years the implementation of hummingbird by Google might have changed search engine optimization (SEO), or at least the way we get our results.  Catering to the popular voice commands of “ask and answer” this new implementation will bring you the answers you are looking for….or will it?

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Defining the Midwest Tech Industry Part 1

Enjoy this two part series written by our guest blogger from KCNext, Kaitlin Motley.

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