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05/20/15 at 07:43 am
NY, NY - May 20, 2015 - Presidio, a national solutions provider and Platinum EMC Business Partner, today announced it has received the 2014 EMC Partner Services Quality Award from EMC Corporation for achieving outstanding service excellence and customer satisfaction as measured by the EMC Partner Services Quality (PSQ) program. The EMC PSQ program is a project-specific survey program designed for partners with Service Partner designations to solicit customer feedback regarding the quality of their service engagements.
01/28/15 at 11:11 am
The Bibb County School District (Bibb County) serves more than 25,000 K–12 students in the Macon, Georgia area and employs approximately 3,500 faculty and staff. Its mission is to develop a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student to succeed in a 21st-century global society.  VIEW THE PDF VERSION HERE
Andrew Sherman, VP of Advanced Consulting, Presidio
04/01/14 at 10:42 am
When I began my career in technology in 1999, companies were establishing their web presence.  I was in sales back then and the number of servers bought to support websites was staggering.  If you were in the industry at that time, I’m sure you remember.  If your company wasn’t on the web, it was on the road to the web.  If you had just a smidgen of HTML programming experience, you suddenly found yourself as the web administrator. 
Ernes Taljic, Principal Storage Architect, Presidio
03/17/14 at 06:08 pm
The Challenge Most datacenters are designed in an active/passive configuration. The passive datacenter is used in “what-if” situations and are strictly deployed for disaster recovery scenarios. A lot of resources are consumed for datacenters to be used only for the “what-if” scenarios. The Presidio solution described herein offers an intelligent datacenter solution that brings a true active/active structure to utilize two or more datacenters equally.
07/17/13 at 12:49 pm
Customer Profile Located on Puget Sound in the state of Washington and covering 2,134 square miles, King County is nearly twice as large as the average county in the United States. With more than 1.9 million people, it also ranks as the 14th most populous county in the nation. The Challenge: Taming a complex, decentralized environment
Ray Clearwater, Consulting Principal, Presidio
05/14/13 at 06:46 am
I recently had a chance to get my hands on Cisco’s new MDS 9710 fabric director at EMC World 2013 and I can describe it in two words, common sense.    Common sense is defined by Merriam-Webster as “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts”.   As part of the Cisco’s Storage Networking line and neatly following in the MDS 9513’s path, the MDS 9710 provides  reliability, performance and scale, and represents the new standard in data center storage networking.
Jason Gates, Data Center Team Lead, Presidio South
05/13/13 at 07:47 am
We are all anticipating the impact of big data on the datacenter of the future. Recently at EMC world 2013, I had an opportunity to take a peek at Cisco’s new innovations, the MDS 9710. Cisco has always been an innovator in the storage area network market, and it appears this trend is not going to change. The MDS 9710 provides 4x the performance of any storage director in the market with 16Gb fibre channel ports and supports both FC/FCoE in the same chassis.
03/25/13 at 10:04 am
Award-winning healthcare provider manages explosive growth of Big Data with Isilon OVERVIEW Founded in 1946, St. Dominic Hospital is one of the most comprehensive healthcare providers in the greater Jackson, Mississippi area. The 535-bed acute care hospital provides patients with outstanding facilities and a wide range of specialized services. Regularly recognized with top rankings by industry and government review organizations, St. Dominic’s recently appeared in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey for the second consecutive year.
02/26/13 at 08:37 am
How Concentra built a business case for technology change, turning a $1.8 million investment into a $2.5 million windfall. Performance gains. Rock-solid service level agreements (SLAs). Systems consolidation. Easier IT administration. Cost reductions. All of them are desirable. But they’re not enough. Not anymore.
02/26/13 at 06:04 am
Volunteer State Community College implemented Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) and Virtualization Experience Client (VXC) endpoints. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Customer Name: Volunteer State Community College Industry: Higher Education Location: Gallatin, Tennessee Number of Employees: 8,500 Students; 600 Faculty and Staff CHALLENGE ● Support growing student population while reducing operational costs ● Cost-effectively refresh computer labs to comply with state mandate for computer-based instruction
Steven Reese
02/25/13 at 04:55 am
All too many times I am on a conference call, sitting in a meeting with a partner, employee and/or client, attending a symposium or conference, and the term “cloud” comes up. Anymore, the term “cloud” comes up so often in the technology industry that I’m starting to think it isn’t a term, rather a punctuation mark. What I find interesting is the number of definitions that “cloud” seems to take on in those conversations. What is even more interesting is that many times, it is the same individual using “cloud” in so many different contexts.
Steve Kaplan - VP of Virtualization and Cloud
02/25/13 at 04:37 am
Desktop-as-a-Service as Part of IT-as-a-Service IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) as a concept is pretty well defined with lots of players and products in the space such as VMware vCloud Director, Cisco Intelligent Automation, CA AppLogic, VCE Vblock, etc. Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), on the other hand, tends to invoke thoughts of a cloud provider offering hosted Windows desktops. But when considered as a subset of ITaaS, DaaS enables greater synergy, efficiency and agility.   Just another Set of Workloads
Andrew Sherman, VP Advanced Consulting and Steve Kaplan, VP Virtualization and Cloud
02/23/13 at 03:55 pm
The traditional physical data center consists of a hodgepodge of equipment, tools and systems—all driven by project-based funding. This budgeting anachronism is an anathema to a virtualized data center that utilizes shared resource pools and can absolutely derail a planned transition to a private cloud model. When implementing a private cloud solution, organizations should transition to a chargeback model.
Vijay George, CIO for the Texas Comptroller’s Office, and Philip Parker, Consulting Healthcare CIO, were both major contributors to this article.
02/23/13 at 03:52 pm
A CIO recently told me that one of his business units was threatening to move all of its servers to Amazon Web Services. This bears out a statistic I read not long ago claiming that over half of the virtual machines on AWS are now purchased directly by business units via credit card. IT, though, remains responsible for the performance integrity and regulatory compliance of all of the organization’s servers, wherever they reside.
Steve Kaplan, VP Virtualization and Cloud
02/23/13 at 03:49 pm
Organizations frequently evaluate virtual desktops as replacements for physical units. They expect to achieve the same type of results as when virtualizing servers. But unlike servers, virtualizing desktops often has a less obvious ROI and directly impacts hundreds or thousands of users with differing expectations and perceptions. A virtual desktop deployment without a strategic approach is more difficult to justify, and, even if implemented, more likely to stall out at the pilot phase or fail completely. It also misses the opportunity for accelerating a successful transition to cloud computing.
Johan Milbrink, Data Center Practice Manager
02/23/13 at 03:44 pm
The IT industry is once again undergoing another great transformation. Cloud computing, by replacing operational heroics with business driven speed and agility, will spur a lot of innovation. As an IT leader for your organization it is important you ask yourself, “Are we ready? Are we, as an organization, well-suited or ill-suited for the future of IT, and can we afford not to be ready?”
Tom Gamull, Data Center Solutions Architect
02/23/13 at 03:41 pm
The following is one of a collection of articles that addresses strategy around hybrid cloud architecture and IT as a Service. While the hybrid cloud model is widely extolled in both the media and by industry manufacturers, many organizations find themselves challenged to effectively utilize both private and public cloud components. A successful hybrid cloud requires internal procurement and process changes that enable IT-as-a-Service along with a methodical approach to ensure adequate performance, reliability, security and compliance of off-premise workloads.
Tom Gamull, Data Center Solutions Architect
02/23/13 at 03:34 pm
A private cloud is built upon a virtualized network, along with storage and compute resources. Many virtual networks are overlaid on top of the shared physical network, logically separating tenants on the shared resources. One challenge is that the physical network lacks visibility into the topology of the overlays. A second obstacle is that network overlays utilizing standard vSwitches do not allow for security and network policies to live-migrate with VMs.
Tom Gamull
02/21/13 at 10:55 am
Many industry experts call cloud computing the “New IT” because it’s emergence marks a new era in the IT industry. Cloud computing enables rapid delivery and consumption of IT on-demand services in concert with constantly-changing business drivers. Most of the recent hype regarding cloud computing has focused on the technology that enables this new IT model. However, the real source of innovation are new service roles and service management that are part of a recyclable set of IT resource pools to provide IT-as-a-Service. Cloud computing is driving fundamental change in today’s IT organizations. It is the culmination of all that IT was in the past and sets the stage of what IT will become.
Andrew Sherman, VP Advanced Consulting & Steve Kaplan, VP Virtualization and Cloud
02/21/13 at 10:41 am
While the industry buzz around data center technologies is already dizzying, it’s still managing to become increasingly confusing. Every vendor seems to be laying claim to a new way of approaching the data center, cloud computing, and consumption models. As Presidio has transitioned from the solutions integrator of prior years to a cloud integrator, our emphasis is on helping clients filter through all the noise to understand where the new technologies can make a real business impact. As we sift through the morass, we get to see that what really matters are the services being offered to businesses and users. Our ultimate objective is to help our clients transition their data centers from inefficient islands of technology to unified, dynamic environments and resource pools – whether on premise or located in public clouds. The old data center model transforms into one which provides IT-as-a-Service.