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The new style of IT is coming: are you ready?

A new style of IT is coming

This year’s HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit [ETSS] saw several trending topics emerge that have interesting implications for those in the ICT industry. The one question that seemed to underpin the technologies on show was how to take waves of information and make them meaningful. The emphasis is turning toward data and ensuring that the handling of it is as fast, secure and efficient as possible, even if it means radically redesigning the hardware.

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The second phase of virtualisation

Virtualisation

Today, server virtualisation has almost become a de facto commodity that businesses are utilising in their IT infrastructure. Even so, one of the common concerns is how it can become “invisible”, where a business can find itself running multiple systems without knowing exactly what each is doing or whether they are actually required for the business.

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Addressing the skills shortage in IT

Addressing the skills shortage in SA

Don’t let the number of IT graduates fool you, there is still a lack of technical skills in the industry. Here’s what we need to do about it. More people are choosing to pursue careers in IT than ever before. Yet, paradoxically, the pool of quality IT engineers is shrinking. There is a shortage of real-world IT skills and in-depth technical knowledge. The few engineers we do have have the potential to hold the whole industry at ransom.

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5 Things to consider before embracing cloud

Despite the popularity of cloud computing, many of the services associated with this often misunderstood and somewhat ambiguous product sector are still in their infancy. To some degree, the frantic rush to take information into the cloud has encouraged the emergence of many immature offerings that are not yet well enough equipped to handle corporate demands. With this in mind, what should a business consider before walking away from on premise systems to warehouse sensitive information within a remote data centre?

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Hybrid cloud – To be or not to be?

Hybrid cloud - to be or not to be

Cloud computing, like many emerging paradigms before it, is beginning to demonstrate a growing maturity within the market. In response technical decision makers are gradually realising that this model must be applied on merit and can be fashioned to the distinctive needs presented by individual clients. Simply put, cloud cannot follow a one-size fits all approach – it must be conditioned according to internal requirements and industry compliance expectations.

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