Cloud Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know About Sizing Your Cloud Environment

So you’re tasked with planning your organization’s cloud environment. How do you identify how much cloud infrastructure is required to meet the needs of your end users, but also deliver overall cost savings for your boss?

I’ve assembled 10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud in the following cheat sheet. It will answer many of your questions and determine your needs for today as well as planning for growth in the future.

10 Tips for Sizing the Cloud Cheat Sheet:

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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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Legacy vs. Self-Sufficient Servers

In the past, server admins looked at servers as a “box” that contained CPU, memory, storage, and network connectivity. Troubleshooting was tough and startup times were slow. These aging servers weren’t necessarily part of a cohesive data center system, nor were their electricity numbers consumption efficient. New self-sufficient servers are so much more than these older servers. There are tremendous benefits of new server technologies over traditional server design.

Problems With Legacy Servers

Unfortunately, most data centers today are a patchwork of components that you have to manually configure. Your SAN, network, and servers may come from different vendors and each have their own management software. You and your admins struggle to maintain a multitude of complex pieces. Among them: [Read more…]

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: Manufacturing Industry Podcast

Over the years, we’ve worked 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 experts directly, so they could share their insights and perspectives on how technology can help  deliver competitive advantage, improved customer service and operational efficiencies.

Manufacturing Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin, Manager, Professional Services has worked with many major manufacturers over several years. In this podcast, he discusses how Softchoice solutions helped manufacturers manage technology change and improve productivity and processes within their organization.

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New Report: Six Essentials for the Optimized Data Center

Because it’s hard to keep up with the latest best practices, we asked Infotech Indaba to create a report that provides practical advice, broad and balanced insight and an unbiased point of view.To read the full whitepaper, go to Softchoice’s Optimized Datacenter

We wanted to share some of the key trends identified in the report, as we believe that a thorough grasp of these can help organizations  manage and grow amid the many challenges they face today.

Trend #1: Virtualization

Research shows a decrease of as much as 70% in capital expenditures for virtualized environments compared to a non-virtual infrastructure, which likely explains why so many IT decision-makers have already gone down that path. However, many organizations are realizing all of the efficiencies virtualization has promised. Management and an optimized infrastructure are needed.

Your virtualization transformation must be a thoughtful, cost-benefit based, phased process from initial server consolidation to easier server maintenance and workload consolidation to the creation of more flexible, utility-like internal clouds. [Read more…]