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Hybrid Cloud Extended

Hybrid cloud is the norm. Two-thirds of organizations that blend traditional and cloud infrastructures are already gaining advantage from their hybrid environments. However, leaders among them use hybrid cloud to power their digital transformation, going beyond cost...

The Four Leading Security Threats of 2017

Contributor: Rick M Robinson, via securityintelligence.com The security landscape is constantly evolving and will continue to evolve in 2017. Long-standing security threats will take on new dimensions. Social engineering, for example, will become an output as well as...

IBM Cloud and VMware: What’s in it for you?

Go from months to minutes when you use VMware Cloud Foundation to implement and deploy a VMware environment. Using the advanced automation developed through the partnership between IBM Cloud and VMware, you can consistently deploy the unified software-defined VMware...

5 cloud predictions for 2017

Contributor: John Easton, Distinguished Engineer – Senior Cloud Advisor, IBM Cloud via thoughtsoncloud.com 2016 has shown that expert cloud predictions don’t always play out in quite the ways people expect. If anything, the mantra of “expect the unexpected”...

Why a Managed Cloud?

Enterprises are turning to the cloud to deliver compelling customer experiences, power innovative business models and achieve business agility. They’re looking to move critical workloads to a secure, reliable cloud infrastructure, and integrate existing systems of...

The Role of Managed Services in Cybersecurity

Organizations have traditionally turned to managed services for assistance in making technology investments, and achieving greater operational efficiencies. Recently, managed service providers (MSPs) have been primarily focused on helping their clients navigate the IT...

The Great Hardware Maintenance Escape

Hardware maintenance solutions from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can feel like a prison. That’s because they aren’t typically based on a lifecycle approach. In addition to commonly charging more than third-party maintenance providers, OEM’s...

Call One Vendor for IBM and Non-IBM Maintenance Support

IT infrastructures are complex – typically a web of applications running on servers, storage, and network devices from a variety of vendors. This type of complexity can make it difficult for clients to deliver the performance and availability needed to meet...

Changing Business, Changing IT, Changing Sources

Where, how, why, and from whom IT capabilities are sourced has changed forever. Unfortunately, too many businesses still manage their providers, services, and sources as they did through previous generations. Smart companies are rethinking how they source and manage...

The Right Vendor Isn’t Always the Original Vendor

Optimize Uptime and Return on Investment (ROI) with Multivendor Maintenance Storage, server and networking hardware, like people, have life spans. Like human adolescents, they need to be nurtured when they’re younger—with updates and refinements to maintain a healthy,...

How a mobile development platform can help IT pros cut through clutter

Contributor: Carl Osipov, Executive Cloud Advisor, IBM Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of mobile gadgets you see every day? If so, you are not alone. In 2015, the total number of mobile devices worldwide (7.9 billion) eclipsed the world’s population (7.4...

Cloud Control in The Cognitive Business Era

In the Cognitive Business Era business leaders need to have a certain level of cloud control. They need to be able to quickly determine and request the development of new business capabilities. This means a little bit of experimentation and a lot of collaboration....

Simplifying Hybrid IT with Managed Services

“We don’t need help. We have plenty of people right here, who are more than capable of tackling these projects…” and you do. But until you can add more hours to each day, you are limited to the top three items on the daily to do list, not to mention the...

Multi-Cloud Strategy: Establishing Governance

Contributor: Meenagi Venkat, Vice President of Technical Sales & Solutioning, IBM Cloud Enterprises manage risk. It’s a business reality that applies as much to cloud computing as it does to finance, operations or marketing. To mitigate risk from data loss or...

World of Watson Highlights

Tom Mitchell here. I am the VP of Sales for Flagship Solutions Group. Flagship’s CEO, Mark Wyllie, and I attended World of Watson this week and I thought it was significant enough to share the attached with you, our customers. IBM’s vision is coming to be a...

7 Tips for Business Resiliency

Business resiliency is essential, however preparing for the worst, can feel like a daunting task. What are the chances of anything bad happening to your businesses? Pretty good unfortunately. Beyond natural disasters, data breaches and cyber attacks are becoming the...

Lock Down While Opening Up Your Cognitive Business

The Part of Cognitive Business That’s Changing Everything It’s no surprise that the Cognitive Business era is coinciding with the dawn of the Internet of Things. Data growth is enormous now, and IoT will usher in an age of everything from connected cars to service...

Announcing ITPalooza IoT Hackathon

REGISTER TODAY! Are you ready for the great ITPalooza IoT Hackathon? You are invited to bring your A-Game to the ITPalooza IoT Hackathon. This year the hackathon will be held at the Las Olas Campus of Broward College, Friday Dec 2 thru’ Sunday Dec 4. Winning teams...

Resiliency, Hybrid Cloud and the Perfect Storm

Building resiliency in hybrid cloud computing environments could be simpler than you think. Modern IT operations are undergoing upheaval, brought on by a perfect storm of internal and external forces. Is resiliency in danger in this environment or could it actually be...

Questions to Ask Your Cloud MSP

Not all clouds are created equal, and neither are cloud providers. A cloud managed services provider (MSP) should be flexible, offering you choices – of hardware, operating system and platform components – to align your cloud deployment with your business and workload...

Proud to be a Floridian – Hurricane or Not

Being a South Florida resident is something I take great pride in. Here are a few reasons why I am grateful to call Florida home. One, I love me a good Hawaiian shirt. You could say I have a few in my closet, but that would be about 30 shy of the truth. Two, I am a...

Hurricane Matthew Alert – Letter from Flagship’s CEO

As you are most likely aware, Hurricane Matthew is heading toward the US, slowly but surely. While at this point we don’t know its exact location for sure, it will have some impact on the East Coast (and possibly the West Coast of Florida). Flagship operates out of 8...

Purposeful IT Environments for the Cognitive Era

Your applications are unique; so why shouldn’t you be able to have a choice in where your various services run? In the cognitive era you’ll be able to have a choice in platforms, runtimes, and deployment models. The technology leaders of tomorrow will have to...

Vegas Was Hot, So Was The Tech At IBM Edge 2016

Blog Written By: Kevin Mort, VP Technology Services, Flagship Solutions Group So we just got back from Las Vegas, and the 2016 iteration of IBM Edge. Billed as a premier infrastructure conference, Edge provided its usual massive array of sessions covering everything...