Isn’t It Time You Hopped on the Virtualization Bandwagon? – UPDATED

Isn’t It Time You Hopped on the Virtualization Bandwagon?

Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below.

You’ve probably researched how virtualization will simplify your IT infrastructure and allow you to do more with less. The benefits of virtualization seem almost too good to pass up: lower costs, less complexity and faster maintenance. Yet, we were surprised to learn that 61% of organizations still virtualize less than half of their IT environments and 46% of organizations still have no hybrid cloud capabilities. So, why hasn’t everyone hopped on the virtualization bandwagon?

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RECO Gains Peace of Mind with Cloud-Ready Storage

RECO Gains Peace of Mind with Cloud Ready Storage

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for administering the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 as well as associated regulations, on behalf of the Ontario provincial government. RECO was established in 1997 as a delegated administrative authority under the Safety and Consumer Statutes Administration Act, to enhance professionalism, increase consumer protection and provide an effective, efficient and responsive regulatory framework.

Increasing Storage Needs Drive Change

Mike Prime, Manager of Information Systems, having recently joined RECO, discovered that the organization was rapidly running out of storage space and that its existing storage technology was aging and approaching end of life.

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Why Storage Tiering is Relevant to You

Why Storage Tiering is Relevant to You

There are a lot of differing opinions floating around these days about “Storage Tiering” and the different methods of achieving it. Before we get into some of the popular approaches you’ll read about, let’s talk about why tiering is important.

The “need” for storage tiering stems from the fact that different types of drives have different performance metrics associated with them. When we talk about random IOPS, the following table indicates some rough sizing guidelines that architects can use to ballpark a solution.

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Automated Storage Tiering: 5 Reasons You Should Consider It

Organizations of all sizes implement virtualization to gain efficiencies for both IT and the company. Typically, the server admin group leads this charge by running other virtualized servers on “virtual hosts,” or existing physical servers. In other words, it is possible to implement server virtualization without ever changing the server, storage, or networking hardware. From a cost perspective, this is a huge benefit!  However, before you get started you must analyze your server and storage hardware to find out:

  • Are your server and storage hardware compatible?
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Services Spotlight: Professional Services Industry Podcast

Over the years, we’ve worked very closely with a variety of market segments, to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on how technology change is affecting different industries.

Professional Services Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Jane Bioletti

Jane Bioletti is Manager of Professional Services at Softchoice and has extensive experience working with a wide variety of consulting, legal and accounting firms. In this podcast, she shares her assessment  of how technology trends are impacting the consulting sector.

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Here’s a summary of Jane’s discussion:

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Services Spotlight: Healthcare Industry Podcast

This is an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies.

At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from the Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on what technology trends are most likely to deliver competitive advantage, improved customer service and operational efficiencies now and in the future.

Healthcare Services Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Robert High

Robert High, Director, Professional Services has recently completed several healthcare projects helping hospitals solve their technology challenges. In this podcast, he describes how rapid changes in technology are affecting healthcare organizations today.

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