Archive for the ‘Industry Trends’ Category

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Sep 2, 2014
Whether you’re an internal IT department for an enterprise, or an internet-enabled business, there’s a good chance that you’ll encounter the classic “build versus buy” decision for your data center services. That is, building-out a facility of your own, or buying services from a leading technology provider instead. When considering whether your operations may require their own data center or whether you can gain a greater value by leveraging a hosting provider, you must first begin by evaluating your needs. Are you streaming video? Running… Read More
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Aug 28, 2014
Security is hot topic on the internet right now and it’s only getting hotter.  In recent years, attacks ranging from simple “script kiddies” to complex, state-sponsored organizations (here’s a detailed report on one of them) have only increased.  The only way to keep a server or environment completely safe from internet-based attacks is to uncable it, and put it in the back of a closet.  Sadly, studies have shown that websites hosted on servers sitting in the back of a closet without an internet connection… Read More
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Aug 12, 2014
As prevalent and sophisticated as IT security threats are today, one of the most significant threats doesn’t involve writing complex code, spreading a virus, or launching a denial of service attack. As attackers have known for a long time, one of the potentially most effective attacks is social engineering, the art of manipulating people to gain access or information to something the attacker is not supposed to have. This type of attack may be low-tech, but it’s just as dangerous as any other major threat,… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Jul 24, 2014
We’re well into 2014 and it’s amazing to me that more organizations don’t have a clear cloud plan. Too many people are still confused or afraid of the “C” word.  But here’s the thing: There are real dangers in not having a cloud strategy, AKA a well-known cloud plan for your IT environment.  Every company should use cloud for something, but not necessarily everything!  The various general use cases for cloud computing are hopefully well-known by now.   End of the Hype Cycle The hype… Read More
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Jul 22, 2014
If you could eliminate 45% of your abandoned carts by making one simple change, would you do it? It depends. If the “one simple change” is a cheap, pop-up gimmick, scamming your customers or breaking your competition’s legs, probably not. But what if it’s as simple as finding better hosting? Statista conducted a study to determine the top reasons why customers abandon their carts, and according to their findings: 24% of shoppers abandon their carts because the website crashed 21% of shoppers abandon their carts… Read More
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Jul 16, 2014
It’s time for IT professionals to come to grips with the fact that managing your own servers comes at too high a price. Once you add up costs such as server maintenance, data security, physical security, downtime prevention and backup, it’s far more expensive than what you’d expect. And if you think that’s bad, don’t forget to factor in the most expensive part: Distraction from your core mission of growing your company and business. Every minute spent on managing your IT is taking time away… Read More
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Jun 16, 2014
The following is a guest post from Stuart Oliver, Sr. Service Provider Manager at SolidFire. You want flash storage. In fact, you've wanted it for a while now. With your application’s need for high performance IO, you know you it'd be a perfect fit. But when the cost comes to mind, you can't help shaking your head. "Maybe we'll have the budget for it next year…" You’re not alone. When it comes to data storage, flash-based systems have long been considered to be the flashy… Read More
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Jun 11, 2014
Finding the right storage for high IO databases can be a real challenge. You don't just need flexibility, availability or high performance; you need them all (preferably at a price that won’t break the bank). If you’re looking to learn more about your different storage options, we have something that can help. The video of our webinar on the capabilities of Elastic SSD Block Storage is now available for viewing below and will shed some light on why Elastic SSD Block Storage is a viable… Read More