Tech Data at Dell EMC World 2017 – You Are Now Free to Move about Technology

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May 31, 2017

Tech Data / Technology Solutions’ booth display at this month’s Dell EMC World 2017 had a decidedly aviation-esque theme. As a self-anointed airplane aficionado, the cutaway jet fuselage was one of my favorite event displays in recent memory. Our onsite “cabin crew” offered discussions and demonstrations focused on software-defined storage solutions and the journey to the hybrid-cloud and software-defined data center. Tech Data was a gold-level sponsor of Dell EMC…

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Is IoT the killer app for cloud computing?

Internet of Things in 2017
March 1, 2017

After having started the first class on cloud computing at Stanford in 2010, I also started a cloud computing class at Tsinghua University in China. The Amazon team was kind enough to give me $3,000 worth of AWS time for the students to use. I showed up in class and told them $3,000 would buy a small server in Northern California, Virginia or Ireland for 3.5 years (they looked bored)….

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New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

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February 13, 2017

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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Destination Cloud: The Federal, state, local and education (SLED) Cloud Journey

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November 1, 2016

Government agencies and institutions are taking a road trip to the cloud but who has the map? Government agencies and institutions, including: • Police stations; • State colleges; • Our nation’s capital; • Federal, state and local agencies; and • Higher education institutions are buried by regulations, pressed by tight budgets and limited by legacy systems. To bypass these issues, many are taking a detour and heading to the cloud….

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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October 17, 2016

October is in full swing, and with that we welcome cooler temps, changing leaves, Halloween, and  importantly, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). In its 13th year, NCASM was created to raise awareness about cyber security.  The annual campaign features weekly cyber security themes designed to educate and engage the public and private sectors. NCASM’s been around for a while – so why are we talking about it now? Cyber…

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Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

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September 27, 2016

In my recent posts, I’ve focused on initiatives in the Federal space and steps Avnet Government Solutions is taking to protect Uncle Sam’s goods. As summer wraps up I wanted to drill down on the other side of the public sector. Last month we attended XChange SLED University and then road tripped to the Sunshine State for NASCIO a couple weeks ago. The state, local and education (SLED) industry provides…

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Manual processes slowing down IT? Here’s how one healthcare company used DevOps to transform the organization

devops use case
September 22, 2016

What does DevOps look like? For one healthcare company, DevOps wasn’t pretty. Sure it had a more mature set of processes than competitors and for the most part its IT environment worked, but there were still a lot of manual processes that made its IT environment complex – it wasn’t scalable or user-friendly. If you incorporate DevOps methodologies but still have issues with siloed information and manual processes, you might…

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Improve hardware ROI with easier cloud provisioning: Converged infrastructure use case

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August 24, 2016

Did you know that some businesses use cloud seeding – and I do mean actual clouds – to improve business by modifying the weather? It sounds like something out of a comic book, but really it’s much less menacing. Airports, for example, may sometimes do this to reduce fog in the area, and some ski resorts use it occasionally to induce snowfall. Just like these companies who seed clouds to…

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Top factors to consider to transform your business to a recurring revenue model

what is hybrid cloud computing
August 19, 2016

As many organizations look to transform to a recurring revenue model in order to improve revenue predictability and reduce financing stress, there are factors that should be taken into account in order to make a smooth and successful transition. While many understand the economics of hardware, when you move to software it becomes a different story. I believe many businesses, including those who manufacture machines, can move to a recurring…

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How to improve IT operational efficiency and cut costs without sacrificing quality

Efficiency through cloud automation
August 4, 2016

Here’s some information you may already know but haven’t necessarily quantified: buying enterprise software or hardware is not where the spending stops… it’s just the beginning. As a rule of thumb, the cost to manage software is about four times the purchase price of that software per year. For example, if you pay $4,000 for the software, you may end up spending $16,000 per user, per year to manage the…

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3 Use Cases to Answer the Question: Are All Cloud Suppliers the Same?

Cloud Supplier Comparison
July 12, 2016

If you think a car is four wheels and an engine, then a Porsche and a Hyundai are the same. When you are looking to purchase a car, you consider different variables and attributes like performance and price. And, while a Bugatti might have the best absolute performance, at $1M it’s arguably not the best price-performance. What does this have to do with compute and storage cloud providers? Some think…

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#90SecondSolution: The Cloud Marketplace

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June 14, 2016

In this week’s #90SecondSolution video, Avnet’s VP of Digital Transformation, Tim FitzGerald, explains how the Avnet Cloud Marketplace is more than just a brokerage platform and the innovative ways you can truly differentiate your business in the cloud.

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How to Navigate the New Era of IT with Avnet (Infographic)

avnet infographic
May 2, 2016

Unlike traditional IT, the New Era of IT isn’t being driven by a single, new trend or technology entering the marketplace. Instead, it’s being driven by the maturation and convergence of several technology trends at the same time: Cloud. Big Data & Analytics. Converged Infrastructure. Security. Mobility. The Internet of Things.

Learn how you can secure your place in this New Era of IT in this infographic from Avnet.

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Can VARs Truly Play in the IoT Space?

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April 14, 2016

The true power of IoT for the enterprise customer is not in the devices or sensors themselves, but in how that user harnesses the data and turns it into business insight. It is important that VARs remember that they hold the true value in helping customers leverage this data. Here’s how:

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