How to Reduce Overall Data Center Costs by 73 Percent

International Data Corporation (IDC) just released its Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, finding that global revenue for converged systems increased 6.2 percent year over year during third quarter. Senior Research Analyst Kevin M. Permenter noted that this growth was primarily driven by rapid sales of hyper-converged systems, which are small, flexible and well-positioned for midmarket customers.

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How the Software-Defined WAN Can Reduce Costs and Complexity

Growing numbers of branch locations coupled with increasing reliance on cloud services has heightened demands on the wide-area network. Traditionally, branch offices could route all Internet traffic through a private WAN to the central data center because that was where business applications and data resided. However, that model has become costly, inefficient and ineffective.

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mHealth Takes Off. Is Your Wi-Fi Network Ready?

Adoption of mHealth tools and platforms is increasing quickly and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, a report from Swedish analyst firm Berg Insights found that the number of patients being remotely monitored in 2015 rose 51 percent to 4.9 million patients. That number is expected to grow 48.9 percent annually, reaching 36.1 patients by 2020. The most commonly used mHealth devices, according to this study, are implantable cardiac devices and sleep therapy devices.

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How to Make Your Guest Wi-Fi Network More Secure

Guest Wi-Fi has become ubiquitous. Once only found in hotels, coffee shops and airports, guest Wi-Fi is now a standard expectation, whether someone is attending a concert or sporting event, or waiting for a table, an oil change, or an appointment with a service provider. Business partners, vendors and customers demand anytime, anywhere connectivity. If they have it outside of your doors and lose it when they enter your facility or property, think about the impact this experience will have on their perception of your organization.

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The Problem with Internal SLAs

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, or whether you run a small business or a large global enterprise. The pace of business has increased to the point that many organizations must be prepared to operate around-the-clock. That means your IT environment must always be available and performing optimally, and your in-house IT department must meet increasingly rigorous service-level agreements (SLAs).

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How Managed Services Can Relieve Compliance Costs and Complexity

Regulatory compliance requirements are increasing across a broad range of industries. Between new regulations and changes to existing regulations, organizations are struggling just to keep up with the scope and depth of compliance. What was once a yearly review and assessment has become a daily effort to ensure that all processes and strategies meet the latest regulatory requirements.

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How a More Rigorous Approach Improves IT Operations

In the mainframe era, computer systems were housed in a specialized room and closely tended by IT professionals — a tightly controlled setting known as a “glass house.” Today, few organizations have the IT operational rigor of the mainframe environment. Computer equipment is often stuffed in wiring closets and managed in a seat-of-the-pants fashion.

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How to Stop Firefighting and Start Growing

IT teams are under tremendous pressure to deliver high levels of performance and availability. At the same time, IT environments are increasingly complex, cyber threats are a constant headache, and many organizations lack the resources they need to keep up with the sheer volume of work.

Ipswitch recently surveyed IT professionals worldwide to determine the top IT challenges they face as we move toward 2016. The top five are:

• Security – 25 percent

• IT infrastructure and application performance monitoring – 19 percent

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