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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 an exciting time in the world of communication technologies. It holds the promise of great opportunity as well as some daunting challenges around implementing, managing and maintaining new and evolving technologies. At Softchoice, we’ve spent many years working closely with a variety of  industries, helping them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic […]
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From the experts | February 14, 2012 by Ferrol Macon
Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study – see his notes below. Technology is changing the way we do business every day in every way. We are constantly searching for ways to become more efficient, more flexible and more responsive. We want solutions that can be implemented […]
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From the experts | November 22, 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 Finding a place for your stuff: 5 top […]
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From the experts | November 11, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions are a combination of SIM (security information management) and SEM (security event manager). Whatever the acronym used, these products provide real-time analysis of security alerts generated by network hardware and applications and log security data and generate reports for compliance purposes. SIEM plays a key role in helping secure […]
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From the experts | July 22, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
This article originally appeared on Stephen’s personal blog. You can visit it here. The future of client computing has a very different look and feel.  There are a couple of driving forces and they are driving hard and fast. Always on connectivity is actually finally pervading.  Smartphones with 8MB/s data connections have been here for approximately […]
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From the experts | July 21, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Over the years our goal has always been to help our customers become more successful, more productive and more competitive. This year, we have chosen to narrow our focus even more to one major WIG – wildly important goal – that will guide our offerings for the next year. This is the year when it […]
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From the experts | July 14, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Over the years our goal has always been to help our customers become more successful, more productive and more competitive. This year, we have chosen to narrow our focus even more to one major WIG – wildly important goal – that will guide our offerings for the next year. This is the year when it […]
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From the experts | July 6, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Of virtual domains and load balancing: some benefits of network virtualization.  It’s a common problem: by underutilizing their resources, most data centers end up deploying more servers than they need to. Those additional servers increase costs, of course, but they also create more disparate environments that are tough to manage. But now IT has the […]
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From the experts | June 29, 2011 by Ferrol Macon
Simplicity is among the principal advantages of implementing a virtual infrastructure, but few talk about the complexity that can come with it. Often, companies are far down the virtualization road before realizing the challenges they’ll face … and have done nothing to prepare for them. Virtual machine sprawl can be as vexing as that of […]