Digital Transformation

Transforming Business Operations through Hybrid IT Integration

The focus on Hybrid IT integration has never been as strong as it is today. With the growth in cloud and on-premise technologies, enterprises are faced with the challenge of figuring out ways to address overarching hybrid IT challenges and create maximum impact. Using homegrown solutions & point-to-point connectivity to integrate applications lead to spaghetti coding and it can do more harm than good. The right strategy to integrate cloud and on-premise applications is a Hybrid IT integration framework. It can put you on a path to faster data exchange, accelerated time to revenue, and streamlined business operations.  


 

Integration Issues that Prevent Enterprises from Reaching Benefits 

Rackspace and Switch Join Forces to Deliver Digital Transformation Services to Customers in Switch's Tier 5 Platinum Data Center

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Switch and Rackspace today announced a new agreement to deliver Rackspace private cloud solutions and connectivity to managed public cloud solutions on AWS, Azure and Google in Switch's highly secure and reliable Tier 5 Platinum data center PRIME locations. The agreement builds on Rackspace's Fanatical Everywhere and Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud services that allow customers to run private clouds in any data center, with a consumption and billing model similar to that for public clouds. 

Switch and Rackspace customers will receive multiple benefits including:

INFINIDAT Announces Public Cloud and Data Protection Product Lines

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INFINIDAT announced four new products aimed at enterprises seeking to accelerate digital transformation and drive cost out of their IT infrastructure. 

InfiniSync

InfiniSync is a 450 pound, ballistically hardened data bunker appliance that is the world's first solution for zero RPO synchronous data mirroring over virtually infinite distance, with zero latency impact.

"Traditional mission-critical computing requires synchronous mirroring, perhaps from lower Manhattan to a data bunker in northern New Jersey, and then asynchronous mirroring from the bunker to a disaster recovery site in Texas," said Jacob Broido, Chief Product Officer at INFINIDAT. "InfiniSync eliminates the need for the New Jersey data center while ensuring all transactions make it to Texas under every imaginable scenario, including power and network failures and regional and rolling disasters."

InfiniSync will be generally available on April 2, 2018.

Going digital with your business – the must 'gets'

If you're starting up a small business or recently started running one, then have you thought about how you're going to make it stand out on the net? It doesn't matter what the nature of your company is; you should be looking for as many opportunities as possible to promote your products and services through a website and across social media channels. Being a small organization, you probably don't have the budget to hire a full-time member of staff dedicated to digital. Don't worry; there are still things you can do to get your presence out there. Here are some of the top ‘gets' you need to be thinking about. 
 

Alibaba Cloud Launches Cloud and AI Solutions in Europe to Meet Changing Needs in Digital Transformation

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Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched eight products ranging from big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to infrastructure, security and private cloud solutions at the Mobile World Congress that is taking place in Barcelona Spain. The array of products will meet the surging demand for powerful and reliable cloud computing services as well as advanced AI solutions among European enterprises to support them to capture opportunities in this digital transformation era. Bringing together these products with the expertise and real experience available from Alibaba Cloud, customers can put in place cutting edge solutions particularly in areas such as online and offline retail integration, smart manufacturing and smart city development.

The new products being launched for European enterprises fall into a number of inter-related categories. In relation to data technology and AI, Alibaba Cloud is launching three key products - Image Search solutions, which allow users to search for information online and offline using images; Intelligent Services Robot, a chatbot for business; and Dataphin, an intelligent data engine developed to cope with the cross-industry big data development, management and application needs.

Infrastructure and security will continue to be crucial as the foundation and fundamental consideration for enterprises undertaking cloud migration. In view of this, Alibaba Cloud will launch ECS Baremetal Instance, a new high performance computing solution of ECS that combines the strengths of virtualized systems and bare metal servers. When connected as a supercomputer, ECS Baremetal Instances becomes a Super Computing Cluster that will reduce network latency to the level of micro-seconds while offering elasticity and supercomputing capabilities.

New Red Hat Management Innovations Designed to Accelerate Customers' Hybrid Cloud Automation Strategies

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Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new innovations in its management portfolio, including the latest releases of Red Hat Satellite and Red Hat CloudForms, designed to accelerate deployments of Red Hat-powered cloud environments, and automate and greater simplify ongoing infrastructure management.

"Being able to scale and deploy more quickly are key capabilities of digital transformation, where enterprises embrace emerging digital technologies to fuel differentiated products and services. This agility, however, can often require a new management approach, one that builds upon a core of task automation in the face of increased complexity. With today's announcement, Red Hat continues to build out our management offerings based upon the powerful automation capabilities of Ansible, helping our customers to adopt new technologies while maintaining greater control over their hybrid cloud infrastructures." -- Joe Fitzgeraldvice president and general manager, Management, Red Hat

IT infrastructure is increasingly complex with disparate systems across physical hardware, virtualized environments, private cloud deployments, and public cloud instances. The heterogeneous nature of modern enterprise computing can often require a new type of management solution, one that can improve scale, speed, and stability while still providing a clear picture across disparate infrastructures.

European CIOs Invest in Hybrid Cloud to Accelerate Digital Transformation

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Cloud computing continues to grow at a steady pace across Europe. IDC predicts that the EMEA public cloud market will expand 26% over the next four years. Hybrid cloud is driving public cloud adoption and is the catalyst for much of European enterprises’ digital transformation. In fact, a CIO Research survey showed that over half of CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common cloud adoption model.

What we have seen from customers in our 62 Equinix data centers across EMEA, and heard at conferences such as this year’s Cloud Computing Expo in Paris, is that the enterprise cloud ecosystem grows along with a CIO’s trust! The following factors are influencing greater “cloud confidence” and adoption in the region, specifically at the digital edge where there are higher concentrations of users, applications, data and clouds:...

Read more from the source @ https://blog.equinix.com/blog/2017/04/26/european-cios-invest-in-hybrid-cloud-to-accelerate-digital-transformation/

Cloud Computing: How digital transformation drives public sector service delivery

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There was a time less than a century ago when a telex machine was a bold, new innovation. And anyone who ever operated a telex remembers the dreaded backspace/correct button. A telex network could send a message anywhere in the world, and it only took about 15 minutes per page. But to send a telex, you had to retype your text (originally produced on a manual typewriter) on a separate keyboard that translated each character into a code on a coil of paper tape.

Once the tape was punched, the only way to fix a typo was to backspace and repunch the character. The keyboard was slow and clunky, so corrections — what today’s IT managers think of as modifications, or ‘mods’ — happened early and often, chewing up valuable time and consuming the last of the user’s patience...

Read more from the source @ http://diginomica.com/2017/04/12/how-digital-transformation-drives-public-sector-service-delivery/

The Important Elements of a Digital Transformation

Digital transformation has easily become a core focus for companies across the globe. Many businesses are now looking at ways to introduce the use of analytics, social media, mobile technology and innovative software to improve their internal processes, value propositions and customer relationships.

However, to successfully embark with a digital transformation, you must first look at the important elements to ensure you create a successful strategy.

Understanding the Customer

How Virtualization Is Accelerating Digital Transformation

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The drive for digital transformation has transformed how IT, the development team and business managers work together. Or, put another way, digital transformation has paved the way for IT, the dev team and business to work together. There’s really no other choice, as a balance among business goals, automation, security, business continuity and an agile, software-defined infrastructure is key to getting—and staying—ahead of the competition.

Indeed, 50 percent of CEOs said they expect their industries to be substantially or unrecognizably transformed by digital, according to Gartner’s "2016 CEO Survey: The Year of Digital Tenacity." But even if a company doesn’t see itself as being digitally transformed (or, at least, not any time soon), no company can succeed in today’s economy without pushing its current digital envelope.