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Gartner hosted a webinar on January 10, 2012: Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast. One of the topics covered was industry IT spend for 2012.
In covering that topic they made a point of saying that due to severe flooding in Thailand, they expect storage to become in short supply (as much as a 29% global shortfall) through the end of 2012. It is expected that the price of storage/GB will increase as a result and supplies will fall short of demand. They recommended finding alternatives to purchasing storage to keep costs down. (more…)
Richard Cramer, Chief Healthcare Strategist at Informatica talks about protecting healthcare data in non-production testing environments.
Informatica has been involved in many high value application consolidation projects and naturally our perspective is all about the data – we are interested in its quality, its lineage, its size and shape and how it correlates from one application to another. We provide a range of services to help our customers with this. This is all very important but we also need to think about the larger picture: the application servers, the database servers, shared infrastructure and storage.
Automated [IT infrastructure] discovery is a kind of holy grail – the idea is that you detect all of the servers and inter-server communications happening within a data centre, and somehow you can auto-magically infer business applications and services and all their dependencies. As is so often the case the reality is somewhat more complex – what you actually need to do is then apply lots of filters and human refinements to remove a vast amount of noise so that you end up with a useful and usable model.
I spent last week at EMCWorld, and most of my time was spent engaging with customers in a variety of ways. One thing I always find interesting is the amazing consistency of priorities across our global customers.
For example, we held a session for executives, and I simply asked the open-ended question “regardless of whether it involves our products or not, what is your top IT priority this year.” The answer was clear, overwhelming and simple, yet also rather surprising.
But before I tell you the answer, I want to tell you why it was surprising to me. I keep up with the CIO surveys and the trends and buzzwords. This particular trend seems to be invisible in the media hype and yet this group of CIO’s and senior execs were almost in unanimous agreement that it was at the top of their priority list. (more…)
Over the next few months on the Perspectives blog, I would like to address the many facets of what makes a data migration project work, what makes it successful (and what defines success, for that matter). I am approaching this from the perspective of best practices, including processes, skills and, of course, tools. As a jumpstart, this post and the next five will cover ‘The Five Pitfalls of Data Migration’. These are five key areas that anyone starting a data migration, or in the midst of one, must consider.
First things first. What do I mean when I say data migration? Generally there are two types of data migration, the storage data migration to address a server or database upgrade, requiring little or no data transformation. The application data migration addresses an application replacement, upgrade or consolidation, and requires a significant amount of data transformation. You may be moving to a new version of your CRM application, or consolidating a single view of customer database following an acquisition. Your organization may be embarking on a modernization program, and moving from legacy bespoke applications to a new off the shelf solution. Whatever the driver, there are good sound approaches to include when planning your strategy. (more…)