5 key announcements made ​​at EMC World 2016 on the future of IT

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jun 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Each year, the EMC World conference is positioned as a major IT event. It brings together professionals in our industry to discuss new developments and challenges in the digital age.

This popular event again surprised the attendees gathered with numerous important announcements.

Five major announcements particularly caught our attention when editing EMC World 2016, with a major theme of modernization of data centers.

1. The Dell family grows by acquiring EMC

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Topics: IT Innovation, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Events, Digital transformation

Choosing the cloud to eliminate IT management: beware of these potential pitfalls

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Jan 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Virtualising your IT infrastructure and migrating to the cloud will most likely bring significant gains. However, eliminating the management of your IT is not one of them!

Many business leaders turning to the cloud think that they will now avoid tasks related to the monitoring and management of their infrastructure as well as the backup of their data. But the vast majority of these tasks remains virtually the same, whether one is in a physical or cloud environment.

For example, the use of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will provide the infrastructure necessary for the deployment and operation of your systems. However, you will still need to manage the virtual machines (VMs) and ensure the proper functioning of applications.

Here are 3 types of tasks you must assume, whether your systems are physical, virtual or in a cloud environment.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud, Managed services

Tape storage is not dead! Here's why.

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Jan 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Dr. Mark Lantz, Manager, Exploratory Tape, IBM Research with his world record breaking tape demo. (Credit: IBM)

 

With the development of new storage technologies, often more efficient and practical, many companies believe that tape is dead!

The basic thinking is usually that disk storage is much faster, that in the case of cloud it enables greater reliability, and therefore, tape should be shelved because other technologies have more advantages.

Think again! Tape technology is still valid and undergoing significant advancements. For example, the industry has just launched the 7th generation technology Linear Tape-Open (LTO-7), still as reliable with its security features, but more importantly, its storage and processing capacity.

Although it should not be considered as a lone backup storage solution to meet the 3-2-1 rule (in fact, no technology should!), tape storage has benefits that shouldn’t be forgotten.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud, Storage

vCloud Air, a natural cloud extension of vSphere

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Nov 3, 2015 12:00:00 PM

vCloud Air is a cloud service launched by VMware in 2014. Highly secure, vCloud Air effectively combines the flexibility and scalability of a public cloud with the benefits associated to your existing infrastructure.

In this sense, it is a cloud that can be truly hybrid and is a very interesting option to meet the ever growing IT needs of businesses and thereby ensure their productivity.

With extreme flexibility, which is one of the benefits sought by companies when they use cloud services, vCloud Air offers all the elements of IaaS (Infrastructrure-as-a-Service) and also of Raas (Recovery-as-a-service), also known as DRaaS (Disaster-Recovery-as-as-service).
 
If you already use VMware and its hypervisor, the use of the services offered by vCloud Air is a logical and efficient next step, both from an operational and financial point of view.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

4 situations where cloud services provide business benefits

Posted by Nicolas Brodeur_ on Oct 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Recently I had the chance to attend the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco, organised by the leaders in virtualization and x86 infrastructure software, VMware. I discovered, among other things, that the cloud services trends is continuing to grow in popularity.

Moreover, VMware is pushing its cloud services offering even further, especially with object storage systems and disaster recovery data protection, which allows companies to better manage their IT infrastructure.

Here are four situations in which companies may want to consider cloud in their IT strategy.

 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

New Study Finds Massive Cloud Shift Underway

Posted by Jennifer Bridgeman_ on Jul 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

This is an article written by Matt Hamilton, Digital Marketing Manager at IBM.

The cloud has quickly evolved beyond the curiosity stage to become a mainstay of IT infrastructure. A new IBM report produced in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit and based on a survey of 784 IT executives finds that these leaders expect, on average, to deliver 60% or more of their technology services via the cloud within three years.

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Topics: Cloud

Overcoming barriers to the adoption of Cloud Computing

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Apr 20, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Whether it's IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service - Application Development) or SaaS (Software as a Service - application), public cloud, and to a lesser degree, hybrid cloud, enables executives to focus on the growth of the company rather than on managing their data center.

Incidentally, research shows organizations plan to invest 33% of their IT budget in Cloud Computing, even though they may have some reservations. 

IT leaders therefore find themselves faced with an indecision between the universally recognized benefits of cloud computing and the associated risks that slow down adoption.

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Topics: Cloud

5 Mistakes to Avoid for a successful Office 365 migration

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Mar 19, 2015 11:00:00 AM

The mass adoption of Microsoft Office 365 hasn’t been in doubt since the end of 2013 and the number of seats doubled between 2013 and 2014.

Office 365 is today a comprehensive platform for messaging and collaboration (productivity, unified communications, social networks, etc.) in the cloud. By 2018, the share of professional messaging in the cloud will reach 43% according to the Radicati Group. So the migration to Office 365 is a very present reality for a large portion of Canadian companies in 2015.

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Topics: Collaboration, IT infrastructure, Cloud

Email in the cloud makes sense! Office 365 summarized in 92 seconds

Posted by Claude Gagne_ on Mar 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Cloud technology is changing the way that businesses function. It is untethering workers from the office and enabling access to a diverse array of powerful tools and applications. With the advent of cloud technology many businesses are considering moving their email servers to the cloud.

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Topics: Collaboration, Cloud

4 reasons to migrate your mail servers to the cloud

Posted by Christian Breton_ on Feb 10, 2015 8:00:00 AM

A growing number of companies are choosing to migrate their mail servers to the cloud. This is a global trend widely reported by various experts in IT trends and during major events such as the Microsoft Partner Summit.

 

If more companies are choosing to outsource their IT infrastructure, it is because hosting in the cloud presents considerable advantages, compared to physical servers. Aside from having access to all the emails and associated files on any device (computer, tablet, smartphone) with a simple Internet connection, migrating mail servers to the cloud offers other key benefits. Here are 4 main reasons to migrate to the cloud in 2015.

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

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