Changing your Business Culture to a Big Data Culture

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Big Data:  The term is enough to strike fear into the hearts of CIOs.  And while industry pundits are quick to stress the importance of Big Data, far too few can show you how.

Most IT managers understand the value of Big Data, but many have little insight on how to use it effectively.  Rapidly becoming the best source for discovery and analysis of data collected from every traditional and digital source, IDC believes the Big Data market will reach $125 billion this year.

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Four Ways Compliance Can Cost Your Business

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You’ve got gaps? You’ve got issues.

small_shutterstock_206712406It’s a hypothesis rife with irony: In our digital age we demand ubiquitous access to information. However, even access has its limits, which is why the government stepped in with regulations it developed to ensure most, if not all consumer sensitive information remained private. Most companies subject to these regulations know it — but what they often don’t realize is that their current compliance plan might not cut it.

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This is Your Infrastructure on Sports

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What powers your sports - data center, colo, hybrid it, cloud

The metaphors we use to describe the Internet and the infrastructure that supports it use real-life terms to reflect our underlying worries about technologies. We talk about viruses, as if the Web were a living thing. We describe “traffic,” as if the Internet were a road or a city. One of the most curious terms to emerge recently is the notion of “breaking the Internet,” a symbolic state of affairs that appears to occur when celebrities post suggestive photos of themselves online.
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Six Ways Security Can Cost Your Business: How to Overcome a Weak Link in your Security Policy

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SecurityCostData breaches are growing in number and their financial cost is growing too. In fact, the average cost of a data breach has nearly doubled in the past five years, from $6.46 million in 2010 to $12.9 million today. However, the costs of data breaches aren’t just monetary. There are also concerns around reputation and trust. A single data breach can damage trust forever. And if your company’s intellectual property is leaked, it could very well sound the death knell for your organization.

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Six Ways Disaster Recovery Can Cost You:  How to Prepare for the Inevitable

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DRYou know that saying, “You’re only as strong as your weakest link?” It can apply to many situations, none more so than your IT infrastructure, where architectural weaknesses can put your entire environment at great risk.

 

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Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts

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Philosopher Aristotle once proposed that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And while he certainly wasn’t talking about the world of global IT, the theory is just as applicable. To develop real-world business solutions and tackle the most complex problems, strategic partnerships are critical.

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CenturyLink and HP: A Journey to Bimodal IT

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Journalist and founder of Business 2.0 James Daly once said: “You can’t suppress creativity, you can’t suppress innovation.” And it turns out he’s right. Next-generation technology is accelerating at unprecedented speed. The result is a widening chasm between legacy and emerging technology. Businesses are challenged by the investment and expertise required to keep up the pace.

Gartner recommends that “IT leaders should develop a cloud IaaS strategy using a bimodal IT approach, rather than adopting a hybrid cloud approach based solely on extending existing infrastructure investments.”

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Outdated phone system? Five Reasons it is Time for VoIP

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An obsolete vintage wooden telephone central PBX

An obsolete vintage wooden telephone central PBX

Old TDM/PBX phone systems are, well, old. And they’re ill-equipped to handle the surge of next-generation communications features, an increasingly mobile workforce, and the fiscal and operational needs of today’s businesses. VoIP, on the other hand, offers higher performance standards, helps companies simplify network operations, and provides the flexibility needed to seamlessly incorporate new communications applications as they come online.  Read more…

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