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Three Stage Evolution Plan for Enterprise IT Architecture

By Brandon Harris, Senior Director HPE Solutions at Logicalis US The rapid pace of innovation and ever-changing IT requirements are pressuring CIOs and IT staffs to shed complex, costly and cumbersome IT infrastructures in favor of those that provide greater power, simplicity and efficiency. Rapid application development cycles, along with increasing public and private cloud usage, are driving the use of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). This has resulted in adoption of composable hybrid IT infrastructures that are continually updated in response to enterprise demands. Many organizations are experiencing a “legacy lag” due to continued reliance on older technologies that are...

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High-Performance Computing Helps University Researchers Do the Impossible

By Paul Abram, Data Center Practice Leader, and Nick Turk, Solution Architect Today’s colleges and universities are vying for more than just students.  They’re competing for research grants and notoriety as well – and their success, in many cases, is largely dependent on the robustness of their IT systems.  With the sheer volume of data created and accessed by each school’s research teams alone, higher ed CIOs have been tasked with finding, implementing and managing computing systems optimized for data analytics applications. To compete in new and innovative ways, university research teams need sophisticated analytics engines to discover, interpret...

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Logicalis Conducts Fifth Annual Global CIO Survey

By Vince DeLuca, CEO, Logicalis US Logicalis has just released the results of its fifth annual Global CIO Survey.  The survey, which polled 890 CIOs and IT directors from mid-market organizations in 23 countries, breaks down CIO priorities into three important business themes – simplify, secure and engage – as it looks at the road IT professionals are traveling as they work to help their organizations become digitally enabled.  One of the most important takeaways from this year’s report is that a massive infrastructure overhaul must be coupled with culture change for organizations to truly unlock the benefits of...

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IT and Security Teams Must Embrace Rapid Threat Containment

By Mike Johnson, Senior Cybersecurity Architect, Logicalis US Most malware, phishing, exploits and ransomware threats are built to evade detection and response capabilities. This makes it a real challenge to build your defenses, contain the scope of the attacks and perform the appropriate fixes so you can get back to providing value to your business. Effectively detecting and stopping cyberthreats has become a race against time for IT, security and incident response teams. Further exasperating the issue is the expanding attack surface that comes with the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility.  The traditional tools to combat these threats...

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Cyber Defense Strategies: Basics to Bleeding Edge

By Mike Johnson, Senior Cybersecurity Architect, Logicalis US When it comes to information security the basics are well documented. There are more Common Security Frameworks (CSF) than I can count on one hand and three of them have mass adoption (NIST, CIS, ISO27001). Implementing the controls within those CSF’s can keep even the most robust IT and Security teams busy for years. Still, they are your best guide to defense of your critical IT systems and data. The incidents we see in the headlines, however, can shock us back into the reality that well-documented does not mean well-executed. IT...

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Want to Migrate and Manage Your Key Workloads in the Cloud?

By Wendy McQuiston, Director of Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US Have you truly adopted a “cloud-first” approach to your organization’s growing IT infrastructure needs? While some compute functions are still best managed on premise, an extensible hybrid cloud IT strategy can deliver a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go model that increases the agility needed in a modern workplace while decreasing capital expenditures.  And while many CIOs know this, they’re struggling to develop a roadmap that cautiously moves key workloads to the cloud. At Logicalis, our goal is to support your cloud-first vision by using our expertise with Microsoft Azure to help...

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Preventing Cybercrime in Higher Education: 4 Ways CIOs Can Protect Their University’s Data

By Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US Today, there is a distinct urgency among CIOs and CISOs at colleges and universities nationwide to shore up their IT security measures. Because of the sensitive nature of the information universities possess, when they are not adequately protected, it’s like they’re waving a red flag for cybercriminals saying, “This is the best data – come and get it.” The chief problem for institutions of higher learning is that they gather and store very diverse kinds of data – including everything from medical information to financial and credit card data – on...

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Five Reasons Why Healthcare Providers Need a Strong Cloud Strategy Now

By Mike Riley, U.S. Healthcare Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions Across the US, clinicians, nurse practitioners, physicians and researchers are increasingly turning to cloud-based apps to provide advanced patient care, look up records and share data. Some healthcare providers are asking: “When will it be our turn?” For their healthcare IT counterparts, the real question is: “Why haven’t you developed your cloud strategy yet?”  At Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, we believe now is the time to develop those healthcare IT cloud strategies for deployment of critical patient-care applications and provider administrative systems. Physicians providing remote cardiac consultation via telehealth and surgeons overseeing...

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The Road to Digital Transformation is Paved by IT Automation

At Logicalis, we often discuss the benefits of Digital Transformation, from providing operational flexibility and efficiency to creating additional capacity to building new revenue streams. We recognize that one of the key components of the journey to becoming a digital business is the ability to automate everything in your IT infrastructure. The digital economy or idea economy is here today. IDC predicts that by 2019, 40 percent of IT projects will create new digital services and revenue streams that monetize their data. The digital economy is also fast-paced and software-driven, forcing organizations to accelerate application development and delivery just...

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