The next time your IT staff comes to you with a server or storage purchase order and says, “And the price is $1 million,” put on your Jack Nicholson mask, do your best “A Few Good Men” impersonation,” and growl, “Is that the truth? I don’t think so because, you can’t handle the truth.”
The truth is the cost of that hardware is not $1 million. Oh, sure, it’s the one time purchase price, but just like application software, that’s just the beginning of the cost.
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Ten years ago, Nicholas Carr wrote a paper entitled “IT Doesn’t Matter” published in the Harvard Business Review. He might not have realized the far-reaching effects but in many IT shops, and with many senior executives, it signaled a shift from focusing on compute, storage, data centers and networks to applications. This also coincided with the rise of enterprise applications and, as a result, CIOs spend a lot of time discussing packaged applications, integration, and implementations, resulting in the treatment of the fundamental engine of their business as a commodity. But in most companies, packaged applications represent less than 20% of the overall footprint.
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Recent changes to the HIPAA Rules through the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, may affect the way healthcare professionals do business. The changes, which became effective March 26, 2013, now apply the Security Rule not only to covered entities but also to business associates of covered entities and subcontractors of business associates. This means that any organization involved with electronic protected health information (EPHI) must have and follow a well-written information security policy with established practices and guidelines that protect this EPHI from falling into the wrong hands. Failure to comply with the HIPAA Rules could result in fines up to $1.5 million for all violations of an identical provision in a calendar year.
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The First Annual Big Cloud Event took place in Minneapolis, MN in June. Layered Tech was a sponsor of this event, and I delivered a presentation on Big Cloud Adoption. This event was billed as the first annual; the second event is already scheduled for March of 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Although many cloud-related topics were discussed at the event, many discussions focused on cloud adoption, or the lack thereof, for Fortune 1000 companies.
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Every customer running revenue-critical business applications should consider adding application performance monitoring and management. For this reason, we have taken our experience deploying application performance monitoring tools for our customers and released a standard managed solution. Our new Application Performance Management (APM) service, powered by AppDynamics, offers a “managed with” model in which we integrate APM with our customers’ managed hosting and cloud service. We handle the deployment, configuration, monitoring and assist clients with utilizing the APM solution.
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With the prevalence of cybercrime, governments have enacted laws; organizations have established standards; and companies such as Layered Tech have implemented considerable administrative, technical, and physical controls on information security to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.
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At the 2013 Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Annual Meeting and Expo in New Orleans recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on Hacktivism titled Managing Risk for Online Threats and Hacktivism Actions. Attending these shows allows me to experience a little bit of local culture (the food and the venue were awesome), network with colleagues and learn about what is trending in the cloud space. I’m not surprised that the trending theme this year revolved around mobile technology.
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I have spent the last 12 years working in sales in the hosting industry, and I must say that the last 4+ have been the most interesting with the emergence of cloud hosting in the market. I spend my days working with current and future cloud users, and from what I have gathered over the past few years, new cloud adopters usually have three major concerns when it comes to hosting their applications in the cloud:
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Gartner recently published the 2013 edition of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting which included Layered Tech. Since our first inclusion in 2010, Layered Tech has significantly increased our ranking and position with respect to completeness of vision and ability to execute. We have consistently moved up and to the right.
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I attended the 2013 InnoTech San Antonio Technology Innovation Conference & Expo on April 17th. InnoTech is the region’s largest business-to-business technology event.
This conference has grown to the point of needing to move to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Along with the tracks offered in Mobility, Women in Tech, Infrastructure, Big Data with Analytics and IT Leadership, I participated in the Cyber Security Symposium. I moderated a panel of experts on Security – It’s All About Perspective. The panel had representation from corporate leaders, consultants and higher education. The panel members were Mark Krisak, Director of Information Security, HEB; Chip Meadows, Sr. Security Analyst, UTSA; Joe Oranday, Vice President, Enterprise Information Security, Frost; Steve Werby, President and Senior Information Security Consultant, Befriend.
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