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Posts by Ferrol Macon

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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
Seasoned IT professionals remember dreaming of the potential of a dynamic datacenter. Constrained by platforms that allowed little flexibility, IT managers were forced to forecast, provision and spend on a per-system basis, which inevitably meant that some systems would be taxed while others sat dark. Dynamic datacenter architectures were the stuff of reverie. Well, not […]
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From the experts | March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
This is the second in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences. Building the team: You start with inviting a great marketing person to the team. OK, most BYOC teams don’t have someone like me blogging about the process, and […]
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From the experts | February 14, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
Still buying servers for each application? It’s time to get on board with virtualization.   Inertia can be a powerful force. Whether it’s the inertia that comes from a lack of understanding and fear of the unknown or the kind that comes from believing something ought to be done a certain way because, heck, it’s […]
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From the experts | November 22, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below. Long gone are the days of a single server and a few machines. Today’s computing landscape has evolved to include cloud-based services, on-premise applications, and virtualized environments. As a result, you may find […]
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From the experts | November 11, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Because it’s hard to keep up with the latest best practices, we asked Infotech Indaba to create a report that provides practical advice, broad and balanced insight and an unbiased point of view.To read the full whitepaper, go to Softchoice’s Optimized Datacenter We wanted to share some of the key trends identified in the report, as we believe […]
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From the experts | July 22, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Recently Stephen Speirs from Cisco wrote a blog post about The Winchester House, as an analogy to explain how IT often evolves in unplanned ways. I’d like to extend Stephen’s analogy a little further by using the Winchester House as an example of what can happen when organizations over time continually enhance and upgrade their infrastructure […]
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From the experts | July 21, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
What are you going to get out of this blog? As technology advances, it is paramount that organizations capitalize on the potential efficiencies to be gained and both adapt and embrace change.  Over the past 20 years we have helped our clients optimize their existing infrastructures while integrating new technologies to help the business mitigate […]
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From the experts | July 14, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
“How would it impact your business if  you saved 40 to 60% on your overall security spend, and get better security?” This is the question I ask clients most during consulting engagements. Typically there are a variety of responses that end with the question “how?” Related Posts The color of your cloud  The term “cloud” […]
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From the experts | July 6, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
You’ve decided to open up your organization to BYOD — so what’s next? Along with mobile devices comes the need for mobile apps. One question that constantly arises: Which of our business applications should be made available on a mobile platform? While common apps that employees use every day (like CRM) are solid contenders, not […]
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From the experts | June 29, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
The Consumer Electronics Show was in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago, and product announcements were steadily trickling out. It comes as no surprise that an entire slew of new smartphones, tablets, and laptops has been announced, but a growing trend is all the other intelligent, Wi-Fi connected devices being announced, such as Parrott’s Flower […]