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Posts by Jeff Kroth

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Enterprise Software | June 14, 2018 by Jeff Kroth
Alibaba makes sure each employee is trained in analytics so they can spur innovation at every level. Nike uses data from the NikePlus platform to drive product development. In 2018, everyone is using big data. Some are using it well – but some are not.
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Enterprise Software | April 26, 2018 by Jeff Kroth
The amount of data that companies can wield is increasing at an unprecedented rate, and it’s one of the most precious resources that a smart company has. But “data” requires proper handling.
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Enterprise Software | April 12, 2018 by Jeff Kroth
IBM Think 2018 was a must-attend conference for anyone who cares about the future of IT. Participants left feeling inspired, both by insights about how to use technology today and by forecasts about what they’ll need to know tomorrow.
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Enterprise Software | March 30, 2012 by Jeff Kroth
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager helps protect data assets through a single point of control. Increasingly stringent compliance demands. Growing complexity of storage infrastructures. Data growth at an unprecedented rate. IT staff budgets in a permafreeze. It’s all liable to give storage administrators more than their fair share of gray hairs, headaches and sleepless nights. But […]
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“Virtualized servers,” STORAGE Magazine reported in its December 2010 issue, “have been a boon to the systems side of the house, but a bane for storage managers.” That’s because, while virtualization has transformed the way data centres and remote offices are managed, reducing floor space, driving up utilization metrics, and enabling new levels of service […]
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You might say storage virtualization is the Emilio Estevez of enterprise IT. It’s at least as capable as its brother, server virtualization, a.k.a. Charlie Sheen, plus it may be easier to work with and offer more value for the money, yet server virtualization somehow manages to hog all the attention. Winning. Well, it might finally […]
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Though he probably never said it, every time industry experts lament about out of control data growth, I can’t help thinking of Bill Gates’ (probably) spurious quote that “640K ought to be enough for anybody.” There’s no question we’ve certainly come a long way from 640K. Colossal data growth has become a colossal challenge for […]
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After wrapping up IBM’s annual Pulse conference a few weeks ago in Las Vegas,  one thing in particular stood out for me: people are very enthusiastic about the latest Tivoli Storage Manager solution TSM 6.2. But while it’s good to hear all the positive feedback, my word to the wise: do your research. Talk to […]
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From the experts | December 8, 2010 by Jeff Kroth
At a recent Softchoice-hosted conference in Toronto, customers turned up in droves to learn about one thing – the virtual desktop. If the popularity of this event signals one thing it’s that interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) has reached a tipping point. And for good reason. A look at the average desktop environment will […]
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In the 1958 B-movie classic “The Blob” a meteor crashes in the small community of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, releasing a small jelly-like blob into the environment. The alien creature quickly begins oozing across the countryside, engulfing townspeople, growing uncontrollably in size until it threatens to destroy the whole town and beyond. If you’re a storage administrator, […]
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From the experts | December 7, 2010 by Jeff Kroth
This can be a very difficult question.  A question that has created many products and solutions (inside and outside of IT…think insurance.)  Other than the people, the most critical asset we have in most organizations is the information.  If it were not for that information we wouldn’t need all of the switches, routers, servers, and storage. […]