In an x86 virtualization world, IBM Power is a cost-effective choice. [IBM]

Linux adoption continues at a rapid pace, and more and more companies are turning to Linux applications to run their businesses—in large part because the operating system has earned a reputation for flexibility and cost effectiveness and provides the reliability, scalability and security needed to run infrastructure to mission-critical workloads.

And whether these organizations are running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, many are gaining competitive advantage and optimizing their IT investment by turning to Linux applications on IBM Power Systems™ instead of x86-based virtualization solutions like VMWare.

Why IBM Power servers?

In large part because Power provides significant cost savings, reduces availability risks, and improves service through its advanced virtualization capabilities and offers cost-effective alternative. With IBM POWER7 servers and advanced and proven PowerVM virtualization technology, organizations are able to:

  • Actualize cost savings through reduced power consumption, shared resources, and increased utilization [Read more…]

Top 3 ways Cognos 10 will change how you see your business [IBM]

Whether you’re new to business analytics or a stead-fast Cognos 7 or 8 user, there are plenty of features in Cognos 10 that could change the way you understand your business.

Lucky for you, Softchoice’s enterprise architect Jody Girard, the practice leader for Data and Information Management, has boiled all the best features down to three. Check out his favourite aspects of Cognos 10 and how they might add value to your business here:


Tip: if you want to hear more about Softchoice’s Free POC offering and see what your data looks like in Cognos 10, skip to the end of the video or send Jody an email.

Read more on the top features after the break.

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Why you should automate Active Directory [ NetApp ]

More than ever, organizations rely on Active Directory to facilitate the flow and control of information. But keeping Active Directory secure is another question all together and has become a constant – if not essential – challenge businesses must face.

Automating Active Directory administration can help address the challenges and exposures associated with native management, security, and administration of Active Directory, such as:

  • Lack of proper change controls – including the lack of separate development, test, and production environments, as well as an inability to easily rollback changes made in production
  • Weak default security settings – over Active Directory and its infrastructure
  • Difficulty in granting granular permissions – to users based on specific business needs
  • Insufficient reporting on Active Directory – to manage security and demonstrate compliance
  • Poor auditing capabilities – including an inability to detect and alert on unauthorized or sensitive changes in real time

Today’s organizations are looking for a solution that provides automation of time-consuming Active Directory administration tasks and user self-service, while still enforcing policy compliance and security controls.

Solving the Problem: [Read more…]