The 6 key points of IBM Edge 2016, according to 3 Present experts

Posted by present on Oct 21, 2016 1:15:00 PM

This year, IBM Edge, which originally specialized in storage, has now included all IBM systems, a move both unique and significant. This collaboration of IBM infrastructure categories was a unique opportunity to understand the trends not only from a technological viewpoint, but also from a business viewpoint.

Louis de Grandpré, General Manager, Nicolas Brodeur, System Architect, and Michel Gaillardetz, Solutions Architect at Present, all agree on the following key points of this edition of IBM Edge.


Increase in the adoption of new IT models

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Events, ibm

Wi-Fi in high-traffic public areas: a revolution is underway

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Oct 4, 2016 1:15:00 PM

As mobile traffic surpassed wire traffic in the fall of 2014, the infrastructure behind public Wi-Fi is becoming less efficient and more costly to deploy. With an increasing number of mobile devices using Wi-Fi as their main Internet connection and with users choosing Wi-Fi as soon as it is available, the traditional Wi-Fi limits are soon reached. 

The installation and use of a traditional Wi-Fi infrastructure in high mobile traffic areas are hindered by the following limitations:

•  The difficulty of creating an efficient plan to install access points;

•  Overrun channels due to too many users connected to the same access point;

•  An ever-changing mobile access point;

•  The complexity of access point management by the WLAN controller.

For these reasons, the quality of the signal, uncertain to begin with, is greatly affected by interferences.

However, things are changing thanks to new technologies like Smart Wi-Fi.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, BYOD, IT infrastructure

What do you really buy with an IT Managed Services contract?

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Outsourced management of your IT environment is not just at a monthly cost to receive reports.  Instead, these services offer a hidden value, optimizing your systems, maintenance and security of your computer data.

While several myths about outsourcing IT are widely circulated, we must develop a global vision and how this type of service can affect your business operations.

Listed below you will find an IT Managed Services contract, and how your business can benefit.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services

How to Adopt a 3-Phase IBM i Systems Modernization Strategy Now

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Sep 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Modernization of IT assets is now determined by the rapid changes in today’s business requirements. Unfortunately, obsolescence eventually materializes on the IBM i systems (AS / 400), despite the efforts that have been made by IBM to ensure compatibility of applications on different generations of systems.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, ibm

Top 4 obstacles that keep you away from turning to IT managed services

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Sep 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We all know that outsourcing certain tasks - even if nobody likes to do them - can make people uncomfortable. This is the case in IT and management of IT infrastructure.

Many questions and fears come into play and make the decision difficult.

Here are the 4 most common obstacles to move towards the use of IT managed services.

You can refer to the article What do you really buy with an IT managed services contract to understand what is included.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

Breqwatr: OpenStack solution to standardize cloud environments

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Aug 30, 2016 10:00:00 AM

For almost two years, the Canadian start-up company Breqwatr has brought to market a revolutionary solution for business.

Toronto-based Breqwatr delivers a hyper-converged, all-flash OpenStack appliance for private cloud storage especially preconfigured, resulting in a turnkey solution.


Programmable OpenStack: Innovative, but laborious

OpenStack platform is a set of open source software that allows anyone to set up private cloud services from standard equipment. This technology is seen as the way forward for companies that want to remain competitive, it includes deduplication, compression and thin-provisioning storage services.

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Converged infrastructure, Cloud

3 pillars of your IT infrastructure that help create value-added data

Posted by Nadine Stojanoff_ on Aug 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Technology in general and mobile technologies in particular are changing the way we view the world and act.

Just think of the drastic transformation within the movie rental industry to see how the change has been radical in the last 15 years. The time when the neighborhood store shopkeeper advised you of movies according to your tastes and desires is over. Today, staying in your living room, it's Netflix that makes a selection on the screen for you based on your research and what you have previously watched.

New tools in the media world where technologies are essential have helped change what is shown to us, as can be seen in the following video.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Big Data

6 of the best TED Talks to innovate with technology

Posted by present on Aug 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

How to relax and contribute to innovation at the same time? Watch the 6 Ted Talks that we have selected for their relevance to the challenges that CIOs and other leading companies are facing so they can continue to innovate in a world increasingly focused on technology.

Some videos are less than 6 minutes, while others are 10 to 15 minutes. Watch them at your own leisure and according to your interests. Add this item to your favorites to be able to come back later when you want to be inspired, all are extremely interesting and motivating.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Big Data

High availability, more than just a disaster recovery solution

Posted by Francois Desjardins_ on Aug 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A key component of high-availability infrastructure is the data replication which consists of replicating a production server to a replication server. Yet about 30% of companies that have such infrastructure have never conducted a switchover, because the operation is too complex with several software.

By becoming aware of this aberration, Traders developed the QuickEDD-HA solution for i systems. Moreover, the software has truly been designed with the logic that the usefulness of high availability is not limited to replication. As IBM i servers are known for their reliability, it is difficult to financially justify the investment in a second server that is dedicated solely to replication. With the overall approach that high availability extends the production level, it is then easier to make this investment.

Here are 4 features of Traders QuickEDD-HA that allow you to make the most of your infrastructure and obtain the best performance.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, High availability, ibm

iOS 10 coming this fall: 3 changes companies must consider

Posted by Nicolas Huet_ on Aug 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

In June, I had the chance to participate in the most recent World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) with Apple. In addition to its highly noticed ads for its MacOS operating systems, and tvOS, watchOS, the tenth version of iOS, operating system for iPhones and iPads was announced and presented. Naturally, it will bring a multitude of improvements for users, and enhancements to most functions that are used daily.

It would be impossible to do justice to all of these improvements by attempting to name them. However, some improvements are likely to have an impact for business users. I would like to present a few that I think may be influential.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, Future of retail

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