The benefits of virtualized servers include reduced IT spending, data center space, energy costs, desktop and server provisioning and more. Despite these benefits and the estimation that the worldwide cost of cybercrime will reach $6 trillion annually by 2021, virtualization poses new risks to the data center. Read about the top 4 virtualized server threats and what you can do to mitigate your risks.
Being good at designing elegant solutions is just one aspect of being a real AV professional. You also need to coordinate and carry off the installation with minimal setbacks or failure. With that in mind, here are some best practices that will ensure your next AV installation goes smoothly and creates a satisfied customer.
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.
It’s that time again, when we make resolutions for the coming year—to start an exercise regimen, for example, or cut down on sweets.
Business travelers are among the most vulnerable targets for cybercrime. After all, it’s easy to get distracted when you’re in unfamiliar surroundings. And having to rely on unfamiliar networks presents added security risks. After a long, arduous day of travelling, when all you want to do is get to your hotel room and unwind, the last thing you want to think about is cybersecurity.
Omnichannel retailing (giving customers a consistent shopping experience no matter where or how they’re shopping) is the goal for most retailers today. If you’ve talked with retailers about the importance of investing in an omnichannel migration, you’ve probably met some skepticism and pushback. Sure, prices for omnichannel solutions have dropped, and the technology has become easier than ever to implement, but it still might be beyond the budget of SMB merchants struggling to stay in business.
Just as virtualization technology did a few years ago, container technology is changing the way IT pros carry out daily operations. Virtual machines are siloed, each with their own OS, whereas containers share the same OS, libraries, components, etc. Although there are many benefits of virtual machines, many SMBs are considering the true value of containers. Do they make processes faster? Is sharing libraries safe? Do they promote flexible IT? What about OpEx?
Unified Comm & Collaboration
Research and analyst groups have nothing but positive things to say about the growth of unified communications as a service (UCaaS). But you don’t need analysts to tell you UCaaS is hot. New vendors have hit the market with cloud-based solutions sold as a monthly subscription, while incumbent vendors are changing their solutions to address this shift. Most importantly, your customers are now asking for monthly payments rather than costly CapEx projects.
Organizations today are increasingly adopting DevOps strategies to create a competitive advantage with software innovation and deployment. In fact, the 2016 State of DevOps Report, which included feedback from 25,000 technical professionals, found organizations that use DevOps outperformed their mainstream counterparts by more than 2x. One of the challenges of DevOps, agile development and digitization is the huge pressure it puts on IT departments to adopt and deliver faster results without compromising reliability and safety of the network infrastructure.