Getting Ahead of the SDN Wave – Now


The IT space has changed dramatically in the past 10 years with the evolution of cloud computing and other IT offerings allowing businesses to add and modify services ‘on-demand’ as needed. And just as cloud and virtualization radically changed how we consume IT services in the past decade, software defined networking (SDN) is poised to do the same by offering new models and efficiencies for IT infrastructures across the globe.   

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Sapphire Sneak Peek: Get Data in Line with SAP HANA


The universe of business-critical information is massive…and it’s only getting bigger. In fact, data today is growing faster than ever before. Some estimate we’re quickly approaching a time when two megabytes of new information will be created every second – for every person on the planet. It’s not surprising that so much attention is being given to effectively analyzing these massive data sets.

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Sapphire Sneak Peek: Simplifying Management, Ensuring Resiliency, Driving Innovation


At the foundation of business success is data. Some reports indicate as much as 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced each and every day. It’s how companies leverage this information that determines success.

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Data Lakes and Master Data Management


Master Data Management (MDM) is the dental floss of the IT world. It’s the responsible, grown up thing that you know is good for you even if it hurts sometimes.  MDM refers to a combination of processes and technologies that work to ensure that your data is accurate and authoritative.  Though it’s a big, complicated subject, MDM can be summed up in a simple example: If your customer database has an entry for John Smith and John Smyth, each of which has the email jsmith21@gmail – an MDM solution will spot the duplication and enable the database to create a single, authoritative record (or “entity”) for Mr. Smith.

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A Closer Look: CenturyLink Acquires netAura


With research firm Ponemon Institute pegging the average cost of a single data breach at $3.79 million, we fully understand the value of a proactive IT security strategy. Our recent acquisition of IT Security firm netAura fully illustrates this point.

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Ready or Not: Here Comes SDN


Once considered as a long-term goal, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is now an essential component of modern-day IT infrastructures – dramatically accelerating organizational agility, flexibility, and innovation. While initially successful in the telecom and service provider industries, the approach is ready to break out across global infrastructures everywhere. SDN is coming to the enterprise – whether companies are ready or not.

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Making the Financial Case for Hosted VoIP


Sometimes, a good joke can reveal more about changes in the world of IT and telephony than basic facts. I could tell you that seven in ten organizations are planning to implement or upgrade their unified communications solutions within the next three years.[1] That data point, while useful, just doesn’t get at how different today is from yesterday.  Instead, take a look at The Onion’s alleged discovery of Jules Verne’s “Camera Phone” shown in the figure. This hilarious mockup of an ancient bellows camera and a wooden “Ma Bell” phone should encourage us to grapple just how the very identity of the phone has changed radically and permanently in recent years.

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DevOps: The Journey to Agility and Where to Get Started


Hidden in the transformative shift to Cloud computing is DevOps, arguably an even more high-impact trend. While the cloud revolutionizes infrastructure, DevOps brings profound changes to the way that the actual cloud-based code is developed and deployed. DevOps (a contraction of “development” and “operations”) refers to the increasingly popular method of merging what used to be the separate processes of software development and IT operations. Today, rather than developers writing code and “throwing it over the wall” to IT ops for deployment, the two activities occur in parallel within a single team.

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