Back When It Was “PC Anywhere” Thinking back to the 90s as the Internet was learning to crawl, it’s amusing how easy it was to expose a computer on the Internet to the World. If you were lucky enough to have an Ethernet connection in your dorm room or office, your PC could be reached…

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Installing and configuring multi-node systems are common enterprise tasks that can require a tremendous amount of time and resources. As technology continues to evolve, so will the need to effectively deploy and manage these systems. Chef and CloudBolt work together to simplify the installation, configuration, and ongoing compliance, greatly increasing the scalability and stability of…

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(reprinted from WhatMatrix blog https://www.whatmatrix.com/blog/?p=2157) How Cloud Computing is Transforming IT I’ve spent more than 20 years in IT operations.  In that time, computing technology has changed dramatically.  However, some things have remained relatively constant.  IT operations sits at a nexus of negativity.  From a business perspective, operations is overhead and its value is difficult to…

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If It Isn’t Self-Service, It Isn’t a Cloud A while back, I was working for a large storage company.  We had a marketing campaign called “Journey to the Cloud” where we advised enterprises about cloud computing – as we defined it.  For us, the cloud was all about storage.  Of course, for server vendors the…

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From Subservient to IT Self-Service The first business computer, the Lyons Electronic Office (LEO), went into service in November 1951.  It ran applications for a British tea and catering company.  In the decades that have followed, information technology (IT) has become an integral part of nearly every aspect of business.  Try to imagine work without computers,…

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At Microsoft Ignite 2015, 72 percent of IT professionals polled said cloud usage and cost tracking are essential for business management. When not in conflict with other departments, many administrators struggle with efficiently tracking resource usage and costs. This issue was too clear with a major networking vendor. Their administrators spent countless hours each month…

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People crave a sense of control and importance, especially consumers. Why? Because they are the stars of your business. When consumers feel unimportant, they take their business somewhere else. Consider this: “78% of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor service experience.”1 If IT administrators provide poor…

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The advent of DevOps in Corporate IT has dramatically increased the value that Configuration Management (lately, also known as CM and/or Configuration Automation/Data Center Automation tools) provided in a complex data center environment. Popular examples include Ansible, Puppet, and Chef. Whether your IT organization has implemented an end-to-end DevOps model, or you’re interested in implementing…

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Is IT environment complexity standing in the way of your ability to make better use of cloud computing technologies? You’re not alone. My daily conversations with prospects frequently have an undertone: “we’ve got a complexity problem,” they’re saying. Often, these IT organizations are not merely looking for software to help bridge this gap, but are…

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