When it comes to IT infrastructure, there are some big differences in the
needs of the SMB vs the enterprise. What might be minor hiccups in the
enterprise can be major challenges in the SMB. What are these differences and
how should they affect the way solutions are provided?
This is my third and final article in this series. I've covered SAN and
server virtualization and now I'd like to share my thoughts on the challenges
of SMB IT shops vs enterprise IT.
To start, I should probably give some context on the size of an SMB IT shop.
Since we are talking about infrastructure, I am really referring to IT
departments that have less than a handful of administrators assigned to
infrastructure, with the most common IT shop allocating only one or two
resources to infrastructure. Since the makeup of businesses varies so much in
terms of numbers of IT users vs. external serv... (more)
Internap Corporation has expanded its OpenStack-based bare-metal
Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, AgileSERVER 2.0, to its data centers in
Amsterdam, Dallas and Santa Clara, Calif. Launched in 2015 out of Internap's
New York Metro data center in Secaucus, N.J., AgileSERVER 2.0 is now
available in four locations globally, enabling enterprises and devops teams
running mission-critical applications and big data workloads to build
scale-out infrastructure environments that are higher performing and more
cost-effective than commodity public cloud platforms.
"OpenStack has become ... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that Men & Mice, the leading global provider
of DNS, DHCP and IP address management overlay solutions, will exhibit at
SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9,
2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The Men & Mice Suite overlay solution is already known for its powerful
application in heterogeneous operating environments, enabling enterprises to
scale without fuss. Building on a solid range of diverse platform support,
the Men & Mice Suite is taking overlay dexterity one step further into the
cloud thro... (more)
Early Bird Registration Cloud Expo
This time of year is a great time to reflect upon the last 12 months and see
what has occurred as well as discuss the impact of the events on this year
The Big News
The big news in IT this year has to be Cloud Computing.
Like the result of a Gremlin fed after midnight, Cloud Computing turned into
the Stripe of the IT world.
As pundits and vendors raced to gain mindshare as a means of priming the
economy-dulled sales pipeline, IT buyers were caught trying to figure out,
"is this the next great frontier, or am I going to look like an ass... (more)
Migrating Your Database to the Cloud? Look Beyond MySQL
Companies are migrating infrastructure to the cloud in order to achieve
advantages and agility that they need to remain competitive. However, they
may have difficulty achieving one extremely important benefit of cloud
computing as they attempt to run their MySQL databases in the cloud -
scalability in true utility fashion. Similar to the power utilities we are
all familiar with, this entails the ability to get what you need, when you
need it and pay for only what you use, even during peak demand.
Why switch to the cloud if d... (more)
Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the
availability benefits. AWS (and other public clouds) offers users tremendous
advantages in terms of elasticity - need another 100 servers? We can spin
those up instantly. Unexpected CDN demand? No problem. Want to test
something out? We'll get the resources right away. In short, the public cloud
offers users nearly unlimited capacity in a comparatively (to the old "order
the servers from IT") instantaneous manner.
However, along with the fantastic increase in availability, we have found
that using a ... (more)