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Top-down business transformation (from the cloud)
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Profile: Gareth Wright is the owner-manager of Remote Support Guys, an IT consultancy and emerging managed service provider (MSP), based in Norwich. Established in 2009, the company’s client base ranges from self-employed/micro businesses to small businesses with up to 40 employees. Most of the 200 devices they look after belong to professional services companies based in the local area and along the East Coast of England. The Solution: While talking with the AVG account team Gareth mentioned he was maintaining his own AVG management server to remotely administer his customers’ IT needs. They told him about AVG’s new remote IT management platform, AVG CloudCare™, and asked him if he would like to join the beta program for the product. The Benefits: This was the first time Remote Support Guys had access to a centralized management platform capable of bringing together the IT administration of multiple customers within a single console. The ease and convenience of the AVG CloudCare™ remote management capability has already helped Gareth win business from clients that he was not equipped to cater for previously.

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Survey Highlights Need for Better Server Energy Efficiency
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CIOs and other IT leaders have probably had their fill of hearing from corporate executives that they need to do more with less. The “less” usually refers to IT budgets, which suffered during the lean economic years of late. Increasingly, however, IT departments suffer additional restrictions on their operations, including limits in data center power, cooling and rack-and-floor space. They may also need to do more in terms of applications and users they support, the complexity of applications and the data they manage.

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Enabling Efficient Data Center Monitoring
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How IT Organizations See the Big Picture of Their Infrastructure Using AccelOps’ Unified SIEM, Performance and Availability Monitoring Software. Virtualization, cloud computing, unified computing systems and mobile devices have changed the dynamics of today’s data centers. The goal of optimized computing has blurred the boundaries between network, server and storage. A data center is now any collection of CPU, memory, network and storage resources, on-site or in the cloud, and applications are deployed by selectively choosing from existing sharable resources.

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The impact of Cloud on IT
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We’re finally starting to see a more sustained adoption of Cloud in some organisations, but what impact is this having on the IT department and the way it operates? Cloud is complementary to existing IT infrastructure and service delivery concepts As Cloud services gather momentum, investment in internal IT infrastructure is continuing, and even accelerating. More extensive use of virtualisation and the move to better management is helping traditional IT become more efficient, responsive and reliable, essentially taking on many of the attributes of Cloud. Few are contemplating a wholesale move into the Cloud, with the result that when Cloud is adopted it needs to integrate and interoperate with the existing IT infrastructure.

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Private Cloud in Context
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The term ‘private cloud’ has been described by some purists as an oxymoron; if cloud computing is all about services based on public shared infrastructure, it doesn’t make sense to use the word ‘cloud’ when you’re talking about how best to run your own servers and other hardware. Yet indications are that private cloud is gaining more acceptance than public cloud among IT professionals in the mainstream. It’s also pretty clear that a lot of IT vendor marketing spend has been switched from the public to the private form of cloud. So what’s going on? The concept of private cloud is easy to understand and appreciate when properly explained When 570 participants in a recent online survey were asked how much they understood the private cloud concept, most were already comfortable with it, and the remainder generally ‘got it’ after being given a clear definition. To IT professionals, the private cloud discussion is natural and comfortable.

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