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IT vendors push on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

A flurry of announcements from hardware vendors points to a change in how enterprises are purchasing servers, storage and networking resources for their data centers and edge deployments.To entice companies to keep workloads on premises, hardware vendors including Cisco, Dell, HPE, IBM, Lenovo and others are offering consumption-based pricing for data-center infrastructure. These pay-per-use products are designed to shorten procurement cycles, allow customers to scale up or down with demand, and more economically link hardware spending with usage.HPE, for example, pledged to transform its entire portfolio to pay-per-use and as-a-service offerings by 2022, and last week, the company added to its GreenLake lineup with new data services and infrastructure. Dell, for its part, unveiled the first products in its Apex portfolio of managed storage, servers, and hyperconverged infrastructure.To read this article in full, please click here

IT vendors push on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

A flurry of announcements from hardware vendors points to a change in how enterprises are purchasing servers, storage and networking resources for their data centers and edge deployments.To entice companies to keep workloads on premises, hardware vendors including Cisco, Dell, HPE, IBM, Lenovo and others are offering consumption-based pricing for data-center infrastructure. These pay-per-use products are designed to shorten procurement cycles, allow customers to scale up or down with demand, and more economically link hardware spending with usage.HPE, for example, pledged to transform its entire portfolio to pay-per-use and as-a-service offerings by 2022, and last week, the company added to its GreenLake lineup with new data services and infrastructure. Dell, for its part, unveiled the first products in its Apex portfolio of managed storage, servers, and hyperconverged infrastructure.To read this article in full, please click here

Dell delivers lineup of on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

Dell is launching a new offering of managed storage, server, and hyperconverged infrastructure that can be deployed in a company's own data center, at edge locations or in colocation facilities, and enterprises pay for capacity as needed.Dubbed Dell Apex, it includes storage, cloud services, and a console for streamlined management. The launch coincides with the kickoff of Dell Technologies World 2021, which is being held virtually this year.Now see "How to manage your power bill while adopting AI" Pay-per-use hardware models such as Dell Apex and HPE GreenLake are designed to deliver cloud-like pricing structures and flexible capacity to private data centers. The concept of pay-per-use hardware isn't new, but the buzz around it is growing. Enterprises are looking for alternatives to buying equipment outright for workloads that aren't a fit for public cloud environments.To read this article in full, please click here

Dell delivers lineup of on-prem, pay-per-use hardware

Dell is launching a new offering of managed storage, server, and hyperconverged infrastructure that can be deployed in a company's own data center, at edge locations or in colocation facilities, and enterprises pay for capacity as needed.Dubbed Dell Apex, it includes storage, cloud services, and a console for streamlined management. The launch coincides with the kickoff of Dell Technologies World 2021, which is being held virtually this year.Now see "How to manage your power bill while adopting AI" Pay-per-use hardware models such as Dell Apex and HPE GreenLake are designed to deliver cloud-like pricing structures and flexible capacity to private data centers. The concept of pay-per-use hardware isn't new, but the buzz around it is growing. Enterprises are looking for alternatives to buying equipment outright for workloads that aren't a fit for public cloud environments.To read this article in full, please click here

Major League Baseball makes a run at network visibility

Major League Baseball is taking network visibility to the next level.“There were no modern network-management systems in place before I came in. It was all artisanally handcrafted configurations,” says Jeremy Schulman, who joined MLB two years ago as principal network-automation software engineer. Tech Spotlight: Analytics Analytics in the cloud: Key challenges and how to overcome them (CIO) Collaboration analytics: Yes, you can track employees. Should you? (Computerworld) How data poisoning attacks corrupt machine learning models (CSO) How to excel with data analytics (InfoWorld) Major League Baseball makes a run at network visibility (Network World) Legacy systems, including PRTG for SNMP-based monitoring and discrete management tools from network vendors, allowed MLB to collect data from switches and routers, for example, and track metrics such as bandwidth usage. But the patchworked tools were siloed and didn’t provide comprehensive visibility.To read this article in full, please click here

Major League Baseball makes a run at network visibility

Major League Baseball is taking network visibility to the next level.“There were no modern network-management systems in place before I came in. It was all artisanally handcrafted configurations,” says Jeremy Schulman, who joined MLB two years ago as principal network-automation software engineer. Tech Spotlight: Analytics Analytics in the cloud: Key challenges and how to overcome them (CIO) Collaboration analytics: Yes, you can track employees. Should you? (Computerworld) How data poisoning attacks corrupt machine learning models (CSO) How to excel with data analytics (InfoWorld) Major League Baseball makes a run at network visibility (Network World) Legacy systems, including PRTG for SNMP-based monitoring and discrete management tools from network vendors, allowed MLB to collect data from switches and routers, for example, and track metrics such as bandwidth usage. But the patchworked tools were siloed and didn’t provide comprehensive visibility.To read this article in full, please click here

Data-center training, recruitment need to change to meet staffing demand

As demand for data-center capacity has surged, owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute.The research firm's newly released Global Data Center Staffing Forecast reveals concern about the volume of open jobs and hard-to-find skills. In 2020, 50% of data-center owners and operators reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open jobs, compared to 38% in 2018. Meanwhile, demand for data-center staff is forecast to grow globally from about 2 million full-time employees in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025, Uptime Institute reports.To read this article in full, please click here

Data-center training, recruitment need to change to meet staffing demand

As demand for data-center capacity has surged, owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute.The research firm's newly released Global Data Center Staffing Forecast reveals concern about the volume of open jobs and hard-to-find skills. In 2020, 50% of data-center owners and operators reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open jobs, compared to 38% in 2018. Meanwhile, demand for data-center staff is forecast to grow globally from about 2 million full-time employees in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025, Uptime Institute reports.To read this article in full, please click here

Data-center training, recruitment need to change to meet staffing demands

As demand for data-center capacity has surged, owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute.The research firm's newly released Global Data Center Staffing Forecast reveals concern about the volume of open jobs and hard-to-find skills. In 2020, 50% of data-center owners and operators reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open jobs, compared to 38% in 2018. Meanwhile, demand for data-center staff is forecast to grow globally from about 2 million full-time employees in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025, Uptime Institute reports.To read this article in full, please click here

Data-center training, recruitment need to change to meet staffing demands

As demand for data-center capacity has surged, owners and operators are struggling to keep pace on the employee side. Improved outreach, more creative approaches to recruitment, and better training and education opportunities are needed to ensure the data-centers can meet the "astronomical anticipated demand" for skilled people, said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute.The research firm's newly released Global Data Center Staffing Forecast reveals concern about the volume of open jobs and hard-to-find skills. In 2020, 50% of data-center owners and operators reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open jobs, compared to 38% in 2018. Meanwhile, demand for data-center staff is forecast to grow globally from about 2 million full-time employees in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million by 2025, Uptime Institute reports.To read this article in full, please click here

4 essential edge-computing use cases

Edge computing means different things to different players. But one thing is constant: Location matters.Edge computing enables autonomous mining equipment to react to unexpected conditions a mile below the surface, even when disconnected from a network. When a hotel guest places a food order from a mobile phone and wants to have it delivered poolside, edge computing makes it possible to steer servers to the guest's lounge chair.To read this article in full, please click here

Guide to virtual tech conferences, including Cisco Live, IBM Think and VMworld

COVID-19 has squashed in-person events worldwide. Red Hat Summit, Cisco Live, and VMware's VMworld are just a few of the upcoming network industry events that will now be held virtually.A digital event doesn't offer the same opportunities to mingle and network with industry peers that an in-person event provides, but there are some silver linings. Attendees don't have to travel, and in many cases, they don't have to pay to register.Stay on top of product roadmaps, hear from technical experts, and keep your skills sharp – all from the comfort of home – at these upcoming virtual events.Red Hat Summit 2020 Red Hat is planning a blend of live and recorded content for its big summit, which will be held April 28-29. The event, dubbed Red Hat Summit 2020 Virtual Experience, is free for attendees and will include keynotes, breakout sessions, ask-the-expert sessions, and collaboration opportunities, Red Hat says. So far, more than 58,000 people have registered to attend, according to the company. More information is available here.To read this article in full, please click here

COVID-19 best practices for data-center operators

Data-center operators are trained to anticipate upheaval due to fires, floods, power outages and other catastrophic events. The novel coronavirus, however, is sending people in charge of mission-critical facilities into uncharted territory."Data centers and IT teams are typically very good at planning. We plan for normal operations, we plan for the future, we plan for abnormal events ... [but] very few people have planned for the type of pandemic that we're facing now," said Fred Dickerman, senior vice president for management services at Uptime Institute. READ MORE: Coronavirus challenges remote networkingTo read this article in full, please click here

Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet

Arpanet carried its first message on October 29, 1969, laying the foundation for today’s networked world. Fifty years later, more than 4 billion people have internet access, and the number of devices connected to IP networks is more than double the global population. Here’s a look at some key milestones in the history of the internet and  projections for its future growth.Arpanet, precursor to the internet The name Arpanet came from the U.S. military arm that funded it, the Advanced Research Projects Agency. When Arpanet was created, it connected five sites: UCLA, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, the University of Utah and BBN Technologies.To read this article in full, please click here

Survey: Data-center staffing shortage remains challenging

It’s getting harder to find people to design, build and manage data centers.The sector is facing a staffing crisis, said Andy Lawrence, executive director of research at Uptime Institute, which just released its annual data-center survey. “We all know that that the data-center skills shortage is real. I think what we’re seeing in this data is that it’s getting a little worse,” Lawrence said. Learn more about network jobs What’s hot in network certifications How to boost collaboration between network and security teams SDN, programmable networks change the role of network engineers Top storage skills to boost your salary This year, 61 percent of respondents said they've had significant difficulty retaining or recruiting staff, up from 55 percent last year.To read this article in full, please click here

Survey: Data-center staffing shortage remains challenging

It’s getting harder to find people to design, build and manage data centers.The sector is facing a staffing crisis, says Andy Lawrence, executive director of research at Uptime Institute, which just released its annual data-center survey. “We all know that that the data-center skills shortage is real. I think what we’re seeing in this data is that it’s getting a little worse,” Lawrence says. Learn more about network jobs What’s hot in network certifications How to boost collaboration between network and security teams SDN, programmable networks change the role of network engineers Top storage skills to boost your salary This year, 61 percent of respondents said they've had significant difficulty retaining or recruiting staff, up from 55 percent last year.To read this article in full, please click here

What is hyperconvergence?

Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking, and they typically run on standard, off-the-shelf servers. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to create pools of shared compute and storage resources, designed for convenient consumption.The use of commodity hardware, supported by a single vendor, yields an infrastructure that's designed to be more flexible and simpler to manage than traditional enterprise storage infrastructure. For IT leaders who are embarking on data center modernization projects, hyperconvergence can provide the agility of public cloud infrastructure without relinquishing control of hardware on their own premises.To read this article in full, please click here

What is hyperconvergence?

Hyperconvergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system in an effort to reduce data center complexity and increase scalability. Hyperconverged platforms include a hypervisor for virtualized computing, software-defined storage, and virtualized networking, and they typically run on standard, off-the-shelf servers. Multiple nodes can be clustered together to create pools of shared compute and storage resources, designed for convenient consumption.The use of commodity hardware, supported by a single vendor, yields an infrastructure that's designed to be more flexible and simpler to manage than traditional enterprise storage infrastructure. For IT leaders who are embarking on data center modernization projects, hyperconvergence can provide the agility of public cloud infrastructure without relinquishing control of hardware on their own premises.To read this article in full, please click here

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