3 things revealed by the top 2016 SMB IT priorities and challenges

Posted by Louis de Grandpré_ on Nov 22, 2016 12:45:00 PM

SMBs must identify their IT challenges and priorities in order to achieve their goals and limit their risks. With an often limited flexibility, SMBs can’t afford to follow a trial and error approach, in IT or other departments.

Techaisle identified the top challenges and priorities for SMBs in 2016, and at the very least, it can be said how surprising many aspects are. Do you see the reality of your business reflected in these IT priorities and challenges or do you see things differently?

I invite you to share your views on this subject at the“Stratégie PME 2016” conference at kiosk 116.

Below is my analysis of the challenges and priorities in the IT field for SMBs in Quebec.

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Topics: IT Innovation, Mobility, IT infrastructure, Trends, Cloud, Managed services, CIO/IT leaders

IT infrastructure: the differences between IaaS and traditional infrastructure

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 9, 2016 1:15:00 PM

For some time now, cloud computing has become increasingly important within the IT domain. New infrastructures called IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) now exist, and, as opposed to traditional infrastructures, they don’t require any physical equipment, given the use of VM’s (Virtual Machines).

 

These two types of IT infrastructure share several characteristics, but some fundamental differences set them apart. In order to help you choose which will work best for your organization, we have compared their main differences. 

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Topics: IT infrastructure, Cloud

Computer security in SMBs: an often neglected daily challenge

Posted by Benoit Mercier_ on Nov 3, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We often associate a computer security breach with the theft or loss of information resulting from the intrusion of computer hackers. Indeed, these much talked about hackers are often the companies’ main worry. Is this fear justified? How do we prevent data theft or leakage? 

 

Some famous cases

One need only think of the hacking that took place at Ashley Madison last year. Information on members was collected, then disseminated. We learned this year that some 500 million Yahoo! members had the same thing happen to them, not to mention the massive hacking at Sony in 2014. The American company had been threatened at the time by a hacker group that if it did not answer their demands, a lot of secret information and movies would be made public before their release date.

Even more recently, a couple of weeks ago, there was a major DDoS attack which prevented access to important websites such as Paypal, Twitter, Spotify, and even CBC.  

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Topics: BYOD, IT infrastructure, Cloud, Events

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

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.

 

Surveillance
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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

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