Twelve years ago, I was just starting out in the telemedicine industry, and people in remote areas without access to healthcare couldn’t get help. Our projects had clearly defined direct incremental clinical value. Even if the business case did not make sense (i.e., throw off a profit), there was a definite need between providers and outlying rural areas, for example, Alaska.
Co-Authored by: Eric Stanfield, Senior Network Architect | Meridian IT
How do we define software defined networking? At the most basic level any networking infrastructure that has the ability to be programmed is ‘software defined’. Being able to dynamically react to changing conditions in the environment and to the needs of users is at the core of this movement. That said, how do you know where to begin or where is this technology being used today? In order to stay ahead of the curve, you need to know where it is, and where it’s going.
The term middleware has taken on new meanings in the past few years – covering everything from messaging applications to big data analytics. Often called plumping, middleware connects multiple applications together, allowing them to speak to each other. Although third party tools in the marketplace are standard, companies like IBM and Oracle have also brought fully integrated platforms to enterprises. Middleware can be split into some sub categories including Message Oriented, Object, Remote Procedure Call, Database, and others. Each protocol serves a particular purpose – a topic that can be dived into with great detail. Instead, we will discuss use cases for middleware that support team collaboration and creating a more compelling customer experience.
Your infrastructure is the heart of your operations. What separates you from the competition is your ability to scale, expand your support teams, and maintain your systems 24/7/365. Organizations that want to grow or transform their business models and adjust the way they interact with their customers need to stay competitive. They recognize the need to be more transparent and nimble, and to have the ability to leverage new data and work in an “any time, any place” collaborative style. Change is inevitable without having to sacrifice efficiency or performance. The simplicity of hyperconverged infrastructures means easy delivery, setup, maintenance, and management.
Rip and Replace is So Five Years Ago: Four Ways Automation is Changing the Way We Manage Our Data Centers
Data center automation is the process of managing and automating the workflow and processes of a data center facility. Automation enables you to alleviate stress from your teams while leveraging the full potential of your systems. With today’s technology, creating automated workflows puts you in complete control and gives power back to your developers and support teams. Here are four ways automation makes your data center more powerful.
Written by: Scott Brdecka, Director, Storage Solutions | Meridian IT Inc.
Any unplanned outage of your IT systems that causes extended periods of lost productivity can result in a massive impact to your revenue. If your business relies on data or applications of any kind, you probably already have a disaster recovery (DR) system to help ensure business continuity.
From employees to stakeholders to customers – every business relies on the availability of data and applications. Downtime can cause loss of revenue, reputation, and even customers. The best way to prevent downtime and eliminate potential losses is to adopt stringent levels of uptime and data backup through High Availability strategies.
Too often we consider the term ‘compromise’ to be negative – or a lesser option when making business decisions. The compromise would suggest that we lost out on one thing for another. Private and public are not the only options for organizations moving to the cloud. While each has its strengths, no two companies function identically – so why limit your infrastructure options to one-size-fits-all?
How resilient will your business be when an outage or natural disaster occurs? While downtime costs vary significantly within industries – from $5,000 to nearly $8,000 a minute – a disaster recovery plan is imperative.
Testing, Testing! A Use Case for Infrastructure as a Service for Application Development in the Cloud
One of the biggest problems with application development is unpredictability: how long will it take, how many resources will it need, how expensive will it be, and what happens when something goes wrong? These are all issues that your organization should be discussing when considering a testing and developing strategy.
“You get what you pay for,” or so the saying goes. What do you “get” using free conferencing services versus paid? Free services, like Skype or Google Hangouts, may be practical for the most basic needs, but they lack the advanced capabilities required for enterprise collaboration. Between customer service, security, ease of use and professional impressions for growing businesses, free conferencing just doesn’t cut it. Those services do not meet the robust, business-grade conferencing that is required and expected from enterprise organizations.
Up to 80% of unplanned outages are due to ill-planned changes made by administrators or developers, and organizations will spend up to 80% of repair time determining what changed. As the saying goes, the bigger they are, the harder they fall. Statistics from a survey of 200 companies showed that small enterprises lost, on average, more than $55,000 in revenue due to IT failures each year. Midsize companies lost more than $91,000, and large companies lost more than $1,000,000. There’s nothing fun about dealing with an outage and the effects thereafter – but our infographic below makes learning about the repercussions a little easier.
System failures, water damage, theft, accidental file deletions, human errors in tape management... None of these threats are predictable, but the protection can be. Meridian IT's Backup as a Service (BaaS) is a resilient, cloud-based backup and recovery service that provides peace of mind from knowing that your critical data is backed up securely and your business is protected against an unexpected data loss.
With every iteration of technology, the market clings to the next best thing. Previous technologies become outdated, unusable, and unpopular. Just as CDs and flash memory replaced the floppy drive in consumer electronics, the state of enterprise backup mediums have seen a shift from tape-based backups to cloud services. It’s easy to assume that newer is better, and older is, well, less efficient – but the truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to backup.
Nearly 70% of all organizations have at least one application or a portion of their infrastructure based in the cloud; contrasting with only 50% of organizations in 2011. By 2018, it is estimated that only 40% of a typical organization’s applications will reside in on-premises systems and infrastructure.