IT Solutions

OnX OnDemand Residency Services help CIOs fill the IT efficiency gap

Every industry sector has specific IT requirements, and that means each industry is looking for specialized IT skill sets who are familiar with their ever-changing technology landscape and can meet their strategic business objectives. Acquiring technicians with years of experience can be difficult, so many companies are left with the option of hiring individuals who […]

Intel Opane OnX

OnX shows: Intel Optane SSDs more than double SDS cache performance

In a standard SDS node configuration, traditional HDDs are sufficient for the storage tier, while the caching tier consists of higher speed SSDs. This is fine for moderate workloads such as branch office applications and basic VDI deployments, but it’s less suited for high-demand environments.   Accelerating the cache tier with Intel Optane SSDs Now, […]

Refresh Your Oracle Skills with OnX

Refresh Your Oracle Skills with OnX

There will also be a COUG “Show and Tell” by Apex Expert Tony Jenlinski on “Go from Spreadsheet to Multi-user Responsive App in Less Than 10 Minutes with Oracle APEX 5.0”. Read more about this event or register today.

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Thoughts of Peace (& Successful Oracle 12c Migrations) in 2016

Speaking of the Oracle Database community… We will be gathering with colleagues and clients during upcoming conferences including the Hotsos Symposium 2016 this coming March in Dallas, followed closely by a Las Vegas conference, COLLABORATE16, in April. If you’ve been tasked with gathering information and resources about Oracle 12c, these conferences are great places to […]

You can’t take IT with you when you go. Or can you?

  Bridging the Gap Between IT and Business With the evolution of the Internet, the Cloud, and the required mobility of business critical applications, all facets of the healthcare enterprise are entrenched in the world of IT. This transformation has been dubbed by the IT industry as the “New Style of Business.” In fact, as […]

Why “it depends” with storage

Why “it depends” with storage

Helping clients succeed So, why does it seem that I’m not committed to educating my customers about these new technologies? Don’t I care about my clients’ issues the way that vendors do? After all, vendors aren’t shy about expressing passion and enthusiasm for their products by emphasizing all the features and benefits. Actually, I care […]

Benefits of storage consolidation

Benefits of storage consolidation

Spinning Media vs. Solid State Drives In order to address this issue, the size of disk drives has continued to grow for both spinning media and the newer solid state devices. Although spinning media is significantly slower than its solid state counterpart, it has grown to single drive capacities of 10 TB. At the same […]

And then there was hyper-convergence

And then there was hyper-convergence

HC market is heating up, and so is competitive pressure. Leaders in the HC space, dedicated HC vendors, Nutanix (Virtual Compute Platform) and SimpliVity (OmniCube), continue to release more capable HC platforms, while also enabling  customer adoption of their software through other compute vendors’ hardware (Nutanix with Dell, SimpliVity with Cisco). We have recently seen […]

The value of expertise

The value of expertise

Everything went well and I was proud that I was able to fix such a complicated gear system without having to pay an expensive expert. We had several nice days of boating during July, but on the fourth trip out the engine alarm went off due to overheating. I was dead in the water and […]

The value of expertise

Data rush: Part 1

At the core, we are in the middle of a transformation in the way users access data and this change is really challenging Database Administrators, such as Scott, in ways that they never imagined. I used to a manage a team right in the middle of this change and I speak from experience when I […]

SSD is so 2013…

SSD is so 2013…

Three of the systems use a similar approach – this is the NV-DIMM sold by Cypress Semiconductor’s AGIGA, Viking Technology and Micron Technology. All three have created blends of DRAM and flash memory. Essentially they added flash memory as a backup to the DRAM on a DIMM. If the server loses power there is a […]

Now where did I put that flash?

Now where did I put that flash?

Why am I focusing on storage? Let’s take a brief look at what is happening in the typical data center: A 2.0 GHz CPU clock cycle is roughly 0.5 nanoseconds (ns) Memory latency ranges from 50 ns to 200 ns Average latency to a storage array is 5 milliseconds (ms) If we change the scale […]

Critical transitions

Critical transitions

  If you look around the data centers today you will find less mainframes and proprietary UNIX systems, but the requirements have not changed. The primary driver of this change is financial in nature, however, the manufacturers of the x86 processors have made significant investments to bring many of the RAS (reliability, availability and scalability) features […]

Flash technology for the enterprise

Flash technology for the enterprise

Solid State Disk (SSD) SSD’s have been around for several years and are one of the easiest forms to implement. Many servers and storage systems allow for hot swap and most SSD’s can therefore be swapped into a live system. SSD uses flash memory packaged into a 2.5″ or 3.5″ enclosure along with a controller […]

Vendor agnostic or vendor specialist – Which approach makes sense for you?

Vendor agnostic or vendor specialist – Which approach makes sense for you?

So how do you ensure that you are getting the best bang for your buck? (Without creating a management nightmare?) To ensure technology leadership, vendors fill out their portfolios through acquisition and internal development – the larger the company the more difficult it is to innovate quickly enough while acquisitions have pitfalls in consolidating toolsets, […]