Data centers are anything but static, and with advances in technology and changes to data center infrastructure, new challenges arise and old ones evolve. Today, IT managers face many of the same management issues they have always faced regarding cooling, power, data storage and load balancing, but there are a host of new management issues such as virtualization and real-time monitoring.
In the race to come up with the biggest and the best in digital signage installations, solution providers field questions from clients as to which displays offer the best bang for the buck in terms of price, quality and overall wow factor. Lately there’s been lot of debate as to which digital display is better at showcasing high-quality graphics and video. It seems like two candidates are vying for that title―4K and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.
With Ingram Micro announcing the expansion of its Ecosystem of Cloud to include new cloud delivery platforms at Cloud Summit 2016, many channel partners were eager to learn more about the capabilities of each platform, including the Ingram Micro Cloud Store.
With summer rapidly approaching, value-added resellers (VARs) across the country are preparing for this year’s education buying season, when K–12 schools, colleges, and universities begin the process of updating their technology systems.
Information governance (IG) has become a popular buzz phrase in the enterprise content management (ECM) market over the past few years. Ten years ago, we used to talk about records management (RM), which is basically a set of policies and procedures for maintaining and disposing of legal documents. IG takes RM a step further and applies policies and procedures to all of an organization’s information—not just its legal records.
The last few years have witnessed such an onslaught of data breaches that news of 10,000 or 20,000 credit-card numbers or healthcare records being stolen has begun to sound almost routine. The popular term “breach fatigue” was even coined in order to describe the general public’s state of mind—word of data breaches has become so commonplace that individuals have run out of energy to worry about them. But just because people don’t panic at every new report of an enterprise being breached doesn’t mean they don’t care about the safety and sanctity of their personal data. Citizens want their data protected, and the government does, too.
As the post-EMV transition rolls along, it's easy for business owners who haven't yet upgraded to chip technology to get lost in the shuffle. After all, some merchants may see the so-called liability shift as optional.
When it comes to cloud computing support technology vendors that rate high with our experts, it’s all about fast throughput, better security and higher performance. Since every business has different needs, their cloud computing solutions may be based on different platforms. For VARS that are System ArchiTECHS partners, they have a great deal of manufacturer support in terms of technology solutions that enable their clients to make the best use of the cloud.
Unified Comm & Collaboration
Organizations are beginning to realize that customer satisfaction is the best way to elevate their reputation and earn repeat business. Personalized service provides representatives the chance to upsell and cross-sell, improving profits. Advanced contact center software allows organizations to fully utilize resources, boost response times, route calls efficiently, and easily access account information, improving customer loyalty.
Virtualization continues to have a far-reaching influence on IT infrastructure in a broad range of industries. In fact, a recent report issued by Infonetics Research found that 75 percent of the companies surveyed are now virtualizing in an effort to increase application performance and network scalability.
For large retail companies and big box retailers, the cybersecurity lessons of the past several years came at great cost: severe brand damage, millions of dollars in lost revenue and, in some cases, the jobs of several highly placed executives. But their losses are your retail customers’ gains. Now that retail cybersecurity is top of mind, make sure your customers in this space are taking the right steps to prevent costly security breaches.
The IoT (Internet of Things) continues to be one of the hottest trends happening in IT, and IT vendors and solution providers are eager to find ways to leverage their products, services and expertise to claim their share of this burgeoning opportunity. In March, Cisco announced the acquisition of IoT service platform provider Jasper, causing a lot of buzz among industry experts, including analyst group IDC.
Windows Server Migration
Over the past several years, Microsoft has been beating the drum, waving the flag, and blowing sirens in order to broadcast upgrading from Windows Server 2003. The advantages are numerous and so are the risks of continuing to operate this server release after July 14, 2015, especially now that we’re past the end-of-life-support deadline.
The startup scene has introduced a particular mindset into the business world. The high-profile successes of big-name apps and social media services have gotten people thinking that to start a business, all you have to do is buy some space on the cloud and get started, with no thought given to what roadblocks might show up in the future. This mindset can promote innovation; but it can also promote tragedy. That’s because planning is crucial to survival. In business, as in life, people do better with a plan than they do flying by the seat of their pants.