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For the Love of Cloud

Blog Series: IT Perspectives by Jaqui Lynch Pick up any technical magazine today and you will find articles and advertisements pushing the financial advantages of implementing cloud solutions. As with any new technology, it is important to think about more than just...

Cloud Security – Who do you trust?

Cloud computing offers to change the way we use computing with the promise of significant economic and efficiency benefits. The speed of adoption depends on how trust in new cloud models can be established. Trust needs to be achieved, especially when data is stored in...

Get ready. Get set. Linux on POWER is now a real option… Go!

Blog Series: IT Perspectives by Jaqui Lynch For those of us who have been using POWER systems running AIX or IBM i for a while we are well aware of the advantages of POWER hardware. These systems scale from small 4 core 2U systems to incredibly powerful 256 core 22U...

More Than a Trend, Cloud-hosted Security Makes Business Sense

Organizations worldwide are choosing to invest in public, private and hybrid cloud services because the cloud is more responsive, efficient and cost-effective than traditional on premises infrastructure. In fact, the cloud has shifted the economics of technology...

Outsourcing in the 21st Century

Contributors: Madeline Weiss and June Drewry, via CIO.com In the never-ending battle of ‘build’ versus ‘buy,’ IT may have evolved to the point where the cheaper option is always ‘buy.’ But is it just another form of outsourcing? Information technology continues to be...

Press Release: IBM Named a Leader in Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions

Independent research report evaluates IBM’s strengths in building and managing hybrid cloud environments ARMONK, N.Y. – 15 Jan 2016: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that Forrester Research named IBM a leader in its latest Wave™ report1 on hybrid cloud management...

How to Secure Mobile Apps in the Workplace

Everyone’s got them, everyone “needs” them, but how secure are mobile apps in your environment and more importantly, how much is your company at risk because of them? In a recent research report, Ponemon Institute surveyed 640 individuals involved in...

Simplifying Patch Management

Traditionally, midsized organizations have turned to multiple products from multiple vendors to patch, manage and secure their diverse endpoints. Patches could be deployed from a USB drive, and compliance reports could be maintained within a few spreadsheets. However,...

Hybrid Cloud: The Engine of Growth

The debate is over. Hybrid cloud services—seamlessly blending on-premise infrastructure with cloud infrastructure—are firmly established as the engine of growth and transformation for companies across the globe. In a world where mobile and social technologies are...

Utilizing Managed Services to Transform Your Environment

With the business challenges of technology, customers and process management, how do you transform your organization to overcome those challenges? How do you balance the business needs while optimizing your IT staff? Many are using managed services, both traditional...

2015: SoftLayer Highlights

Global Expansion 2015 was a year of continued expansion for SoftLayer, an IBM Company. They added seven new locations to their growing cloud footprint of data centers worldwide. These new data centers are providing customers with even more control over where their...

Never Wake a Sleepwalker, Myth or Truth?

That’s a myth. Lack of understanding about sleepwalking has led to that common belief. Similarly, myths about cloud computing are rampant because of lack of understanding. The basic nature of the cloud, and even the name itself, mystifies it and leads to...

Endpoint Management: Time for a Bigger Bowl

Endpoint management, like all technology, has evolved and grown with computing needs. What once was thought of as strictly a security measure is now a comprehensive solution for endpoint management, which includes monitoring, patching, inventory and security. While...

The Cloud: Then and Now

Cloud computing, a.k.a. “the cloud,” is not a new concept and it is not a new technology. In fact, the origin of the cloud can be traced back to the mainframe days of the 1950s. Many may recall using a “dumb terminal” to access shared data on the mainframe. (IBM...

2016 – Cybercrime Reloaded: A Look Back and a Look Ahead – Webcast

As Q4 draws to a close, it is time for the annual review of what cybercrime has evolved into in the year past. Nowadays, it is no surprise to anyone in the know that cybercrime losses will top 2 trillion dollars by 2019, or that cybercrime costs the average U.S. firm...

“I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you.”

Princess Leia was quite surprised, and a little skeptical, when Luke appeared dressed as a storm trooper and announced: “I’m Luke Skywalker, I’m here to rescue you.” (Star Wars, 1977) But you may know that Luke does rescue Leia and they join forces and battle the...

Endpoint Management – Click, Click, Done.

If you’ve been in the workforce for more than 20 years, you probably remember the days when your IT help desk person manually installed updates. He or she went computer to computer through the office installing the software update. Needless to say, this was an...

Need Some Cloud Control?

Flagship and SoftLayer Offer Automation and Visibility A previous blog discussed the power and scalability of SoftLayer cloud computing. But additional critical functionality that cloud users need are automation and visibility, also known as cloud management. A...

Can Managed Services Give You a Competitive Edge?

Enterprises and small businesses alike are under tremendous pressure to adapt to industry changes, to implement updated technology, to improve customer service, and to optimize performance. In a nutshell, to stay competitive.  So, what are the leading companies doing...

Put Some Muscle Into Your Cloud

SoftLayer Offers the Power You Need for Heavy Workloads Your organization has heavy, complex workloads that may spike in certain seasons, and your business success demands high security and availability. Sound familiar? You may view that description as an anti-cloud...

Security and Compliance: Why Patch Management is Critical

IBM BigFix Patch from Flagship Protects All Your Endpoints Software and application patches are a fact of life. There are always going to be improvements and fixes from vendors. Patch management is extremely complex if not managed properly. When your software vendor...

Managed Services for SMB: What’s the Right Mix?

Are managed services providers (MSPs) being utilized effectively by small businesses? How are small businesses finding the correct balance between managed services, cloud services and internal IT services? First, let’s define a couple key terms: managed service...

Assessing Cloud Price-Performance

Calculating the true costs of cloud, and (more importantly) comparing the “price-performance” of various providers’ services can be a valuable and eye-opening effort. In this section, we will look at the considerations that go into a price-performance assessment for a...

Why Consider Bare Metal Servers for Your Cloud

When considering cloud, your server technology is a critical component driven by your workload needs and type of cloud environment you need (public, private or hybrid). This blog will discuss when bare metal servers are the correct choice. Do you dare go bare? A bare...