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IT Infrastructure

IT Infrastructure : The term IT infrastructure is defined in ITIL v3 as a combined set of hardware, software, networks, facilities, etc. (including all of the information technology), in order to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT services. Associated people, processes and documentation are not part of IT Infrastructure. (Source: Wikipedia)

The IT Profit Centre


Section: Research
The day-to-day job of fixing recurring problems with all the network end-points that constitute a business’s IT infrastructure, whether they are in the data centre, the office or out in the field, can make the lives of those in the IT department a repetitive grind. How can they get out of this break/fix cycle to the sunny uplands of creating new value for the users they serve? This research paper covers the following topics: -  Introduction – Earth’s tens ...   read more

IT Services and Systems Management


Section: Research
Most organisations deliver joined up IT services as an important and fundamental part of the business. The key challenge is to make sure IT services and systems are delivered reliably and efficiently. How well does your IT department do in this area and what are the opportunities for optimising the delivery of IT services?   Key findings discussed in this report include:   -  The passive evolution ...   read more

IT Infrastructure for Mid-Sized Organisations


Section: Research
If you want to build a platform for the future with IT Infrastructure, then start here.    This research paper is based on a workshop that reviews what matters and what doesn't to non-enterprise companies, as they look at moving their IT Infrastructures forward.   The topics covered are:   -  Survey into understanding best practice -  Service de ...   read more

The Perfect Storm - Why Now is the time for Open Source


Section: Research
Today’s open source is increasingly recognised for its ease of use, high performance and affordability, especially amidst today’s turbulent economic conditions.  According to CIO.com, 53% of businesses are already using open source. Another 10% plan to deploy in the next 12 months.   In this white paper you will learn: •   Why businesses are increasingly turning towards open source • &nb ...   read more

User Experience Monitoring: Ensuring IT applications are performing optimally


Section: Research
The experience users receive when accessing IT applications is critical to the effectiveness of many business processes. That experience is affected by the application operating environment, the user’s location and the network being used for access. To understand the overall user experience requires the ability to monitor all of these aspects and provide granular enough information to fine tune the IT infrastructure and ensure the optimal experience for all users. ...   read more

Kings College London Reaps the Benefits of Virtual Learning Platform


Section: Articles
King's College London is one of the world's leading universities and prides itself on its intellectual rigour and academic research. Like other universities and educational establishments however, it has been subjected to the economic turmoil that has beset the UK - and the rest of the world. One of the key pressures facing the institution has been the steady decline in the number of professors and lecturers since 2000. A 22 per cent drop in the number of ...   read more

Defining 5 Cloud Categories


Section: Articles
To help understand what makes up the Cloud, Microsoft’s Darryl Chantry in an article entitled Mapping Applications to the Cloud, describes five broad categories that are used by service providers when mapping applications in the Cloud.   Below is a quick overview.   Cloud Infrastructure In practical terms, cloud infrastructure refers to the virtual servers that provide the horsepower t ...   read more

Opportunities for the Cloud in the Enterprise


Section: Research
Cloud computing represents the next evolutionary step toward elastic IT.  It promises to transform the way your IT infrastructure is constituted and managed, through consumable services for infrastructure, platform, and applications. The big picture is to convert your IT infrastructure from a "factory” into a "supply chain”. But there are a number of concerns with adopting this model, most notably around maturity levels, security and compliance, performance and reliability, ...   read more

11 Points to Prepare for Cloud Adoption


Section: Articles
With cloud adoption rapidly accelerating, today’s IT leaders must learn to execute dramatic shifts in IT technology, processes and staffing, or else suffer the consequences of poor cloud integration. What steps should decision makers take to ensure their departments and organisations thrive inside the cloud? The following are eleven essential points to prepare for cloud adoption in today’s IT environment.   Prepare for the shift. It can be te ...   read more

5 Trends in Cloud Computing


Section: Articles
As cloud computing continues its swift transition from slightly nebulous industry catchphrase to real-world business-critical solution, we are getting a clearer picture of who cloud customers are and what is driving them into the cloud. Here are five major trends in today’s emerging cloud landscape. SMBs and micro-businesses as major adopters of cloud computing technology.  The basic value proposition of the cloud means that the SMB and micro-b ...   read more

Are Enterprise Cloud Services the CIO's Key to Innovation?


Section: Articles
There are already signs that CIOs see what needs to be done as they try to move forward. In October 2013, Gartner predicted that cloud computing would grow to represent the bulk of new IT spend by as soon as 2016. As long as CIOs are being pushed to deliver more with less, it is clear tha ...   read more

As cloud takes over, what is the role of the IT manager?


Section: Articles
The industrialisation of IT has long commenced. Legacy systems requiring manual management of IT structure have fallen to the wayside, one by one, as automated cloud computing systems have usurped the place of typical IT professionals and infrastructure managers. Unrest has shaken the industry since at least 2010, and the same advice has been issued over and over again, in varying tones. F ...   read more

Cloud Compliance: Is the Cloud Keeping your Data Private?


Section: Articles
Public cloud computing, convenient and cost-saving, has replaced the large, on-site server rooms usually relied upon by companies. Data once saved in server rooms is stored in data centres often far from the company site, managed by a cloud provider that secures and protects the data. But at what point can conveni ...   read more

Cloud Trends for 2013 and Beyond


Section: Articles
The cloud has settled in to stay. Since its first emergence, cloud has been both a curiosity and a concern for CIOs and IT professionals. Now that this modern computing system has swept the information industry, what will happen next?

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Do IT professionals still have their heads in the clouds?


Section: Articles
According to a Cloud.com survey of IT professionals, yes, they do. At this point in the evolution of the increasingly pervasive dotcloud boom, the discussion has changed from whether to move to the cloud, to how to implement the cloud. Among those CTOs surveyed, scalability, elasticity, and the need to accommodate fluct ...   read more

Government-as-a-Service: Can it become a reality with cloud computing?


Section: Articles
Anyone familiar with government bureaucracies is likely to acknowledge that it will generally take a government agency ten weeks and a hundred people, to accomplish what a private company could accomplish in a single afternoon with a couple of clerks and a spreadsheet.  Beyond that, government agencies do have an unfortunate tendency to reinvent the wheel.   Just take a look at any government RFP—specifications tend to be highly granular and unduly speci ...   read more

How CIO's Can Stay Relevant to the Business in a Rapidly Changing Environment


Section: Articles
To stay relevant to the business in a rapidly-changing external environment, the CIO and IT department need to be as agile as the infrastructure they provide to the business, and as open to new ways of working as the broader organisation. Today’s IT agenda, then, is not about keeping things ticking over – i.e. being ordinary and maintaining the status quo. New requirements emerge so quickly that it has become impossible to predict what’s coming down the line, so there is a growing need to ...   read more

Private clouds without the capex - Housing your private cloud within a public cloud


Section: Articles
It should come as no surprise that it is possible to have a private cloud within a public cloud infrastructure, in much the same way as we have virtual private networks (VPNs) over the public Internet. The most common unschooled view of the cloud is unfortunately one of confusion, with the belief that it is an amorphous collection of compute resources at an indistinct group of third party sites. That definition more closely resembles the Internet itself, however.  Before addressing p ...   read more

Reliability of IT infrastructure is mission critical to Data-Centric Mortgage industry


Section: Articles
The mortgage and lending industry has faced major challenges over the past decade, not the least of which is the mortgage crisis, increasing reliance on unstable derivative instruments, and loss of confidence in major Wall Street players. Politics and financial gaming aside though, the mortgage industry faces another major challenge, and that is the need to leverage modern technology to the greatest extent possible.    The recent "robo-signing" debacle illustr ...   read more

The Case for Virtual Data Centres


Section: Articles
In an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) scenario,  the  cloud-based  service being provided will include virtual server space, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers. Physically the pool of hardware resource is pulled  from  a  multitude  of  servers  and  networks  usually distributed across numerous data centres, all of which the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining. Th ...   read more

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