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.
IT Blog & Customer Resources
02/25/13 at 04:55 am
Andrew Cadwell, President, Presidio West
02/25/13 at 04:50 am
Dynamic collaboration across enterprise and inter-enterprise boundaries represents “the new normal.” Organizations are now challenged to work closely with suppliers, partners and contractors to deliver their offerings in today’s high velocity markets.
Dan Stephens, UC Practice Manager
02/25/13 at 04:44 am
Over the last two years I have been atop my soapbox screaming VIDEO…VIDEO…VIDEO! The one question that stumps the sales guys and customers alike is, Why? Why video and why now? It’s been around for 25 years and hasn’t gone viral so what is different about today. Three things are at the epicenter of this movement, Bandwidth, Quality and Relationship Management.
Dan Stephens, UC Practice Manager
02/25/13 at 04:41 am
What is the difference between these two phrases, Mobile Collaboration and Collaboration Mobility? I would suggest that the difference is in the connotation, technicalcapability versus defining a business challenge.
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
02/25/13 at 04:26 am
Have you ever stopped to think about how many times per workday someone attempts to reach you? On an average workday, someone tries to reach me every 1.78 seconds (approximately). I “beep” or vibrate are the result of email, phone / video calls, text messages, instant messages, and several others.
Bob Cagnazzi, Presidio CEO
02/23/13 at 04:13 pm
The world is without a doubt getting more connected. A recent Gartner report declared the Internet of Things has officially evolved into the Internet of Everything; meaning everything will eventually be impacted by connectivity. The connected world is well articulated by Mary Meeker in her State of the Web, where she describes the re-imagination of nearly everything, powered by new devices and connectivity. She predicts that by mid-2013, combined smart phones and tablet numbers will reach an inflection point and surpass the over 1.6 billion existing PC install base. The global workforce is becoming more mobile and the expectation of application delivery as a utility is following suit. This connectivity is changing the way everyone does business.
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.
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.
Steve Kaplan - VP of Virtualization and Cloud and Jeremy Oakey
02/21/13 at 10:14 am
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.
02/13/13 at 11:20 am
Greenbelt, MD - May 24, 2011 -Presidio Networked Solutions, the premier provider of professional and managed services for network and advanced IT infrastructure solutions, has been named Top Business Partner, East Region, by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT). With this accolade, Presidio has been recognized for new sales volume and providing customers with valued expertise in managing the entire telecom lifecycle.
02/13/13 at 11:19 am
Greenbelt, MD - June 14, 2011 -Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc., the leading premier provider of professional and managed services for advanced IT solutions, today announced it has received the 2010 EMC® Velocity™ Services Quality Award from EMC Corporation for achieving outstanding service excellence and customer satisfaction as measured by the EMC Velocity Services Quality (VSQ) program.
02/13/13 at 08:00 am
Greenbelt, MD - June 23, 2011 - Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of professional and managed services for advanced IT solutions, announced today it is the first partner in the United States to achieve TelePresence Video Master Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) designation from Cisco. Presidio enables organizations to significantly improve collaboration and productivity by capitalizing on the convergence of IP-based communications and enterprise applications.
02/13/13 at 07:59 am
Presidio's Use of Video Collaboration Recognized for Improving Enterprise-Wide Productivity and Innovation