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
(Prove me wrong or shut the heck up.) As pondered by Tony Greenberg and Alex Veytsel 1. Everything that’s old will be new again. Last year brought us the return of 3D from the 1950s, cloud (a.k.a. the new and improved mainframe), thin client (the dumb terminals for said mainframe), and iPad, the new and … ContinuedRead more
2011 was a very busy year for us at RampRate. I’ve spent nearly 20 years, on many sides, of the technology business and I enjoy reflecting across large swaths of time to see if there are patterns, lessons, and advice, so let’s see what we get from 2011. Cloud Computing Won’t Whisk Us Away to … ContinuedRead more
Content Delivery Network (CDN) industry watchers recently reported seeing pricing of $.01 per GB of data transferred. What does this mean? Let’s translate into plain language. A DVD holds about 4GB (Gigabytes) of data. So you can imagine a DVD with a very long movie, all kinds of extra scenes and goodies, would be require about 4GB … ContinuedRead more
Thanks to Marty Lafferty and the Distributed Computing Industry Association for inviting me to speak at the Digital Music Forum East last week. I spoke on a panel discussing digital music access “from the cloud” and via peer-to-peer technology. I’ve been involved with digital music for a very long time. I began with digital music in 1993 … ContinuedRead more