Though it’s well understood you can’t manage what you don’t measure, the vast majority of enterprises don’t track the energy efficiency of their IT operations. Firms spend tens of millions of dollars on data centers and energy usage, but seldom explore meaningful ways to manage this energy spend. It gets shrugged off as “the cost … ContinuedRead more
In the IT department of a large enterprise, change is a constant. Across the entire infrastructure spectrum, constant changes in hosting, networks, telecom, content delivery and support services give your enterprise an opportunity to seize competitive advantages. However, keeping pace can be arduous. You can’t be trapped in no-bid, 10-year, full-IT outsource contracts with evergreen … ContinuedRead more
Typically, the IT services buyer forecasts usage utilizing a number of factors at his/her disposal:
- Prior contracted capacity—that is, what was signed up for in the past.
- Forecasted business objectives, along with the inherited success criteria for objective completion, that will dictate IT demand—what will IT infrastructure needs look like over the upcoming quarters relative to in-budget and market-responsive projects.
- Risk tolerances by business line that dictate Service Levels which are acceptable in fulfillment of those aforementioned objectives.
Modern IT organizations use next-generation analytics to perform scenario-based forecasts that help measure and calibrate waste based on varied capacity levels. Read on to learn more.
Rigged Managed Services RFPs Harm Vendors and Buyers Alike As a seller of IT managed services, you may spend hundreds of hours on a quote only to find that you really had no chance because the game was rigged. It can be obvious and heavy handed: The RFP ignores your strengths, but itemizes your competitor’s advantages; … ContinuedRead more
There’s a change in the way businesses look at energy efficiency today. From an IT conversation is becoming a business conversation. eBay is leading the way, yet RampRate continues to play a part in this massive shift by embedding that new language and metrics at higher levels in each organization we work with. Look at … ContinuedRead more
By Alex Veytsel – One of the panels I most regret missing at Data Center Dynamics annual London show last week, where our CEO spoke was a discussion of the future of data centers in 10-20 years. Fortunately I got to participate in the prep session for it in the speaker’s lounge, where brilliant folks like Ian … ContinuedRead more
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Scores Will Drive Triple Bottom Line in IT, Data-Center Vendor Choice SANTA MONICA, CALIF. May 16, 2012 – RampRate Sourcing Advisors, the premier sourcing advisor for IT infrastructure and cloud computing, has integrated CSRHub’s corporate-social-responsibility scores into its proprietary SPY Index decision hub, enriching it so that IT decision makers can … ContinuedRead more
In the low-latency world of high-frequency trading, some will lose, no matter how smart their systems and people. Can you catch up? Or should we slow them down? Speed thrills, especially near the speed of light. For Wall Street traders, speed creates new fortunes on the world’s fastest networks, for makers and users both.But those … ContinuedRead more
Most legacy applications have implicit assumptions about operating systems, hardware, geography, latency, throughput, scalability, governance, access rights, monitoring and other aspects that must be carefully addressed before deploying to the public cloud. by Alex Veytsel, Steve Lerner and Tony Greenberg as published by Microsoft TechNet When faced with the many opportunities afforded by a cloud … ContinuedRead more
Last week Google formally launched its Page Speed Service, the latest in a long line of Content Delivery Network (CDN) services from dozens of suppliers from big and small to hit the market over the last 15 years. In the case of Google though, I see a few novel changes that could not only materially … ContinuedRead more