Big Opportunities for Big Data

big data opportunities in government
July 20, 2017

What’s next for the Federal IT landscape? For starters, by 2020 there will three times as many devices as there are people in the world, growing the volume of data to petabytes, exabytes, and even zettabytes. Knowing what we’re up against, government agencies are reshaping their approaches to better manage this data deluge. But today’s big data buzz is not new — for more than twenty years, big data has…

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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

government technology
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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Customers want to develop enterprise mobile applications? Leverage Mobile Backend as a Service to deliver the building blocks and deploy rapidly

mbaas
December 23, 2016

Advanced mobility and cloud technologies reveal plenty of opportunities for resellers, if they know what to leverage IDC estimates that the North American mobility enterprise software market four-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is estimated to grow by 16%*– enterprise applications will need to be created and adopted at an urgent rate to keep pace. What is Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS)? Think of an application developer as a…

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

cloud adoption
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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Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

cloud-computing-government
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

hybrid cloud environment
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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Can VARs Truly Play in the IoT Space?

business man hand use mobile phone streaming virtual business network process diagram
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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Are SLAs Still Important in Cloud Computing?

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April 7, 2016

We’ve grown accustomed to thinking of SLAs as a critical component in our relationship with service providers and customers. But as cloud computing becomes more pervasive and the features of cloud services flourish, are SLAs as important in cloud computing as we think?

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Avnet’s Solution Team Launches 4 New Sales Plays to Lead the Channel to Success

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March 10, 2016

Avnet has released four new sales plays that are designed to drive your hardware, software and services sales and align with a solution approach. These plays were selected after many discussions with IDC analysts to identify high growth areas of the market, Avnet Suppliers to align with their solution strategies and many of our trusted partners who told us where their customers are focusing.

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