Converged infrastructure: the answer to today’s data center challenges?


In recent blog posts, I’ve discussed a few of the challenges facing today’s data centers, including the growth of data and data analytics, the rise of cloud computing and the growing importance of IT across all aspects of the enterprise.

While software-defined architectures show a lot of potential to address the flexibility, agility and cost pressures on IT operations, widespread adoption is likely several years away, particularly for established data centers with significant legacy investments.

So... View Article

Six Keys to a Successful ERP Implementation

Six keys to ERP success

Integrating a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform is a high-stakes, high-profile project for any organization, requiring a significant investment in capital, planning and people.

As a global leader in the technology supply chain, Avnet has executed a number of ERP implementations and migrations over the years.

Mining that collective experience, I’ve captured what I believe are six keys to a successful ERP implementation that apply to any organization considering—or in the middle of—an ERP integration of their own.

1) An ERP implementation is... View Article

VIDEO: Software-defined Data Centers Explained

SDDC video screencap

Industry analysts at IDC predicted that the market for software-defined networking—a critical element of the software-defined data center—would grow from nearly $1 billion in 2014 to $8 billion in 2018.   

That’s a lot of traction in the marketplace, but what market forces are driving it? What is a software-defined data center, and how is it different—and potentially better—than today’s virtualized... View Article

The Software-Defined Data Center Explained: Part II of II


In part one of this article, we examined how data centers have evolved, and why current solutions are leaving some businesses searching for what they believe is the next evolution in data center architecture: the software-defined data center (SDDC).

In this post we’ll examine how soon SDDC’s may become a reality, what obstacles are holding it back, and identify a few of the vendors to watch out for as SDDC becomes a reality.

HOW... View Article

The Software-defined Data Center Explained: Part I of II

software defined data center


The traditional data center is being challenged harder than ever to keep up with the pace of change in business and technology.

Three recent megatrends—the growth of data and data analytics, the rise of cloud computing and the increasing criticality of technology to the operations of many businesses—have shown that legacy infrastructures are too inflexible, too inefficient and too expensive for a growing number of businesses.

In this first of two posts on this topic, we’ll briefly recap the... View Article