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Don't Double-Down on Infrastructure - Scale Out as Needed There has long been a philosophy in IT infrastructure that whenever you add capacity, you add plenty of room to grow into. This idea is based on traditional architecture that was complex, consisting of many disparate systems held together by the rigorous management of the administrators. The process of scaling out capacity has been a treacherous one that takes weeks or months of stress-filled nights and weekends.  These projects are so undesirable that administrators and anyone else involved would rather spend more than they like to buy more capacity than they need to avoid scaling out again as long as possible. There are a number of reasons why IT departments may need to scale out.  Hopefully it is because of growth of the business which usually coincides with increased budgets.  It could be that business ne... (more)

Four Hidden Infrastructure Costs for the SMB | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Virtualization

Infrastructure complexity is not unique to enterprise datacenters. Just because a business or organization is small does not mean it is exempt from the feature needs of big enterprise datacenters. Small and mid-size organizations require fault tolerance, high availability, mobility, and flexibility as much as anyone. Unfortunately, the complexity of traditional datacenter and virtualization architecture hit the SMB the hardest. Here are four of the hidden costs that can cripple the SMB IT budget. 1. Training and Expertise Setting up a standard virtualization infrastructure can be ... (more)

Infrastructure 101 - Part 3 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

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... (more)

Hyperconverged Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #ML #Virtualization

You've probably heard a multitude of things around hyperconvergence or hyperconverged infrastructure as these are becoming hot new industry buzzwords, but what do these terms really mean? Are vendors that say they have hyperconverged infrastructure really living up to the promises of true hyperconvergence or is it just marketing hype? The terms "hyperconvergence" and "hyperconverged infrastructure" originated in a meeting between Jeff Ready and Jason Collier of Scale Computing and Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group. According to these three, the term was coined to mean the inclusio... (more)

IT Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #SDS #DataCenter #IoT #SDN #BigData

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Sometimes doing the same thing over and over while expecting the same results can be insane too. Find out how to change your expectations of IT infrastructure. Have you ever wondered if you are stuck in an IT infrastructure loop, continuously deploying the same types of components and integrating them into an overall infrastructure architecture? Servers for CPU and RAM, storage appliances, hypervisor software, and disaster recovery software/appliances are just some of the different componen... (more)