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2018 .NEXT Conference Recap and Product Highlights from Nutanix A week ago, Nutanix held the fourth .NEXT conference in New Orleans. What started as a small gathering of a few hundred people in Miami, has grown to about 5,800 attendees from all corners of the world. The exponential growth of the conference reflects the popularity of the Nutanix platform. The Nutanix platform resonates well because it dramatically simplifies IT infrastructure management and provides significant capabilities that were out of reach of many organizations. In a nutshell—it changes how technology is deployed and gives the ability to run applications how you want them. It's like Burger King's slogan 'Have it Your Way' but for computing and technology. Several of us from Edge Solutions...

Regardless of the root cause, outage bridges are a fact of life in every organization. But they shouldn't have to be. It's Friday at 4PM and the call comes in. You've just lost production apps—and it's your customer letting you know. The clock starts ticking, the adrenaline is flowing, and you begin the process of dealing with a Sev1 outage on a Friday afternoon. No happy hours this week. We've all been there: Stuck for hours on an outage bridge with no end in sight. Whether due to a storage issue, a server failure, or the worst, a full facility power outage, we gather multiple teams of people—application owners, engineers, vendors, and executives—and then slowly pour through the logs, sometimes all night,...

Why it’s important to have an effective data governance and compliance strategy to support your digital transformation journey. The digital transformation is not only making access to information faster, easier, and more efficient, it’s also creating new challenges for how we manage our most valuable asset—data. Many business and technology leaders are unable to answer even the most basic questions about their data: Is it protected? Where is it located? Who has access to it? What does it contain? How long should it be retained? And most importantly—how can the data be leveraged to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace? The answers to these questions will define your data governance strategy. The Problem In a nutshell, data governance is about accessing, managing, and protecting data. A successful...

Six Common Pre-Conceived Notions of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Historically, when we heard “Hyperconverged Infrastructure,” it would bring to mind a few (and rightfully so) pre-conceived ideas of what Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) is about, and where it fits.  Those notions included, but were not limited to: "HCI only addresses the VDI space" "HCI has to run on the vendors' equipment, and we don't use or want that" "HCI must use VMware and we don't want to pay for additional licensing" "HCI doesn't address our secondary storage needs" "HCI is too difficult to implement and our goal is to reduce complexity" "HCI doesn't have the scale to address the enterprise"   The Evolution of Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Pre-Conceived Notions Debunked HCI only addresses the VDI space In the past...

Conquering Risk-Aversion in the Age of Digital Transformation In technology, change is a constant. True to form, we’re currently traveling at warp speed on the Starship Enterprise, with the explosion of breakthroughs in Cloud Computing, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. These advances, empowered by substantial advances in software, will buttress the creation of new human-machine partnerships1.  The Digital Transformation will rock this planet in ways we can’t even imagine now and not seen since the Industrial Revolution. Of course, there will be winners and losers. The winners will be the ones who step out in front and take the most imaginative risks. In a recent interview with Forbes, Michael Dell points outs "It’s important to recognize that Cloud...

Companies of all sizes are using virtual and cloud environments for computing. Both provide a high degree of flexibility to grow and shrink depending on demand loads, allowing companies to right-size their IT infrastructure. On the other hand, virtualized and cloud environments can be exceedingly complex to understand at a fundamental level. But at the end of the day, all the senior executives want to know is whether it works. If your company deals with credit cards or provides IT services to companies that do, you are subject to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which includes audits of your IT environments. As with most standards, however, interpretation can be left up to the individual assessor, who brings his...

Exciting news! Edge Solutions is announcing an updated brand identity, including a new logo, colors, font, and website. You’ll begin to see the new Edge logo on our website, building signs, social media, and more – everything has been updated to reflect the new look and feel of Edge Solutions. While the look is new, the values of the company remain the same. We believe this new look better encompasses the company we have become over the past 10 years, as well as where we are headed in the years to come. Since our founding in 2008, we have stuck with the original edge “swoosh,” complete with our signature green color. Over the last ten years, the company has changed dramatically....

Infrastructure complexity is a business killer. It destroys productivity and puts the brakes on innovation by creating bottlenecks to mission-critical resources. Adding to the mix, companies attempting to modernize have shifted into a bimodal IT architecture, which in some cases adds to the problem instead of fixing it. Pre-integrated hyperconverged appliances provide a welcome solution to the complexity challenge. This infrastructure-in-a-box integrates compute, software-defined storage and virtualization into a single device purpose-built to accelerate workloads. But perhaps the biggest bonus is that it can be deployed in legacy systems to modernize resource deployment. Here are a few ways hyperconvergence reduces complexity. Win the Provisioning Battle Business needs can change on a dime, which means your data center needs to be able to respond...

Cloud Computing Cost of Capital The weighted average cost of capital not only helps us understand what it costs to raise money from investors, but it also provides the minimum required internal rate of return for any investment made by a company. A semester’s worth of graduate school finance will help you memorize the formula forever, but the multiple uses of the rate itself is what’s truly handy. Suppose we had a similar metric for determining what “rate of return” we needed when we made the decision to migrate workflows to the cloud? How much easier would it be to make our decisions about whether to pursue cloud computing or not for anything from a single workflow to an entire data...