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computing software Storage

IT Simplified: Software Define Storage

What Is Software-Designed Storage?

Software-designed storage (SDS) is a storage architecture that decouples storage software from its hardware, giving you greater scalability, flexibility, and control over your data storage infrastructure.

Why Decouple Storage Software from Data Storage Infrastructure?

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cloud computing

IT Simplified: Cloud Native

Cloud-native is a term used to describe applications that are built to run in a cloud computing environment. These applications are designed to be scalable, highly available, and easy to manage.

By contrast, traditional solutions are often designed for on-premise environments and then adapted for the cloud. This can lead to sub-optimal performance and increased complexity.

As enterprises move more of their workloads to the cloud, they increasingly looking for solutions that are cloud-native. Cloud-native solutions are designed from the ground up to take advantage of the unique characteristics of the cloud, such as scalability, elasticity, and agility.
Because cloud native applications are architectured using microservices instead of a monolithic application structure, they rely on containers to package the application’s libraries and processes for deployment. Microservices allow developers to build deployable apps that are composed as individual modules focused on performing one specific service. This decentralization makes for a more resilient environment by limiting the potential of full application failure due to an isolated problem.

Container orchestration tools, like Kubernetes, allow developers to coordinate the way in which an application’s containers will function, including scaling and deployment.

Cloud native app development requires a shift to a DevOps operating structure. This means development and operations teams will work much more collaboratively, leading to a faster and smoother production process.

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computing Service

IT Simplified: Service Catalogue

IT departments are facing pressures to align their IT services with business needs, develop standardized processes and improve the IT customer experience and IT customer satisfaction, all while keeping costs low.  Arguably one of the best ways to achieve this is through a Service Catalog.

A Service Catalog is the store front (or directory) of services available to the enterprise user. This includes setting expectations (what you get, when, how, at what cost) and proper measurement of those expectations to determine if they have been met or exceeded In essence, a Service Catalog helps IT departments demonstrate the value and innovation they deliver to the business and help enterprise users to access the right services at the right time, to be more productive and do their job more effectively.

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computing security

IT Simplified: SASE

SASE (pronounced “sassy”), is an emerging cybersecurity concept that Gartner’s Andrew Lerner defines as “the convergence of wide area networking (WAN) and network security services like CASB, FWaaS and Zero Trust (ZTNA) into a single, cloud-native service model.The shift to a secure access service edge (SASE) solution is rapidly increasing as hybrid work and cloud computing continue to excel.

SASE combines software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) capabilities with a number of network security functions, all of which are delivered from a single cloud platform. In this way, SASE enables employees to authenticate and securely connect to internal resources from anywhere, and gives organizations better control over the traffic and data that enters and leaves their internal network. In this SASE architecture definition, users are provided modern cloud-first architecture for both WAN and security functions, all delivered and managed in the cloud.

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computing security servers

IT Simplified: Data Analytics

Data Analytics deals with leveraging data to derive meaningful information. The process of Data Analytics primarily involves collecting and organizing Big Data to extract valuable insights, thereby increasing the overall efficiency of business processes.

Data Analysts work with various tools and frameworks to draw lucrative insights.An analyst will focus on how you collect, process, and organize data in order to create actionable results.A data analyst will also find the most appropriate way to present the data in a clear and understandable way. With Data Analysis, organizations are able to take initiatives to respond quickly to emerging market trends; as a result, increase revenue.

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computing software

IT Simplified: Remote Display Technologies

Remote access technology refers to any IT toolset used to connect to, access, and control devices, resources, and data stored on a local network from a remote geographic location. 

This makes remote access crucial for businesses of all sizes which have not moved to a cloud-first model, or which require access to on-premises machines or resources. Three of the most common remote access technologies – Remote Desktop Services, Remote Access Software, and Virtual Private Networks – are examined in brief.

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cloud computing Storage

IT Simplified: Virtualisation

Computing virtualization or virtualisation is the act of creating a virtual (rather than actual) version of something at the same abstraction level, including virtual computer hardware platforms, storage devices, and computer network resources. In more practical terms, imagine you have 3 physical servers with individual dedicated purposes. One is a mail server, another is a web server, and the last one runs internal legacy applications. Each server is being used at about 30% capacity—just a fraction of their running potential. But since the legacy apps remain important to your internal operations, you have to keep them and the third server that hosts them, right?

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artificial intelligence computing

IT Lifecycle Management

IT lifecycle management is a holistic approach to managing the entire useful life of IT assets from acquisition, installation, maintenance, and eventual decommissioning and replacement. It allows for planning, examining your business needs, budget, and timing to acquire, use and phase out various technologies strategically. 

Some assets to consider in your IT lifecycle management plan:

  • Desktop PCs
  • Mobile devices
  • Servers
  • Routers, switches, and other network hardware
  • Operating systems
  • Business-critical applications
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computing

IT Simplified: IT Service Management

IT service management (ITSM) is a set of policies, processes and procedures for managing the implementation, improvement and support of customer-oriented IT services. Unlike other IT management practices that focus on hardware, network or systems, ITSM aims to consistently improve IT customer service in alignment with business goals.

ITSM encompasses multiple IT management frameworks that can apply to centralized and de-centralized systems. There are multiple frameworks that fall under the ITSM discipline, and some address unique industry-specific IT needs, including those in healthcare, government or technology. Businesses using ITSM consider IT as a service, with a focus on delivering valuable services to internal and external stakeholders, rather than a department that manages technology.

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computing

IT Simplified: SSDs

M.2 vs. PCIe (NVMe) vs. SATA SSDs: What’s the Difference?

There are many types of SSDs (solid state drives) and it can be overwhelming when deciding which SSD to purchase for your next storage upgrade. The good news is, SSDs are more affordable than ever and in this blog, we’ll break down the major differences between M.2, PCIe NVMe and SATA SSDs.