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The Cima Solution Group Blog –

The world of IT is changing around us as we speak. The advent of revolutionary new technologies like cloud and big data and analytics has created a variety of new opportunities for IT teams to perform better, a fact that has been widely recognized by industry observers. However, this new level of opportunity also comes with a dark side, in the form of increased security threats.

Here at Cima Solutions Group, we’re excited to announce a new tradition we’re starting this spring: the Tech Untapped event series. The first event, coming up on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m., will be held at the Grapevine Craft Taproom in downtown Grapevine. This event is your opportunity to unwind from the day and hang out with your peers from the local IT community in a fun, casual atmosphere. It’s totally free to attend, and there will great food, beer and cocktails available for you to try. We’ve got our own super comfortable Tech Untapped T-Shirts we’ll be giving away to everyone!

These days, it seems like hybrid cloud is on the lips and minds of IT leaders everywhere. However, in an industry like IT, which is often driven by hype surrounding the next big thing, regardless of what that might be, it’s worth taking some time to stop and think about what hybrid cloud really is, and what the interest surrounding it represents. In this three-part series of blog posts, we’ll take a closer look at what hybrid cloud really is, and whether the hype surrounding it is really justified.

In my previous series of blog posts on the software-defined data center, we learned how virtualizing key services within the data center can have important implications for the way today’s IT teams operate. However, while the SDDC certainly has its benefits, it’s not necessarily the last word when it comes to getting better results from your IT infrastructure. In fact, there is a hot new technology that could be considered the logical next step after one has already implemented a SDDC. That technology is the hyper-converged IT infrastructure, and it’s what we’ll be covering in this blog post today.

For many IT organizations, interest in hybrid cloud is the highest it has ever been. However, it can often be difficult for these organizations to separate hype from reality. In spite of all the talk, questions still abound: what does a great hybrid cloud environment actually look like? What are the main differences between leading hybrid organizations and others that are less successful? Perhaps most importantly, what kind of benefits do these organizations actually enjoy as a result of their move to hybrid?

In our last blog post, we provided a brief introduction to disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions, as well as a look at the benefits they can provide. Assuming you’re now interested in pursuing a DRaaS solution and learning how to deploy one successfully, this post will provide a series of tips, intended to help you get the best results possible from DRaaS. Use these tips, along with professional advice from the cloud services vendor of your choosing, to build a DRaaS environment that’s cost effective, flexible, and capable of supporting key business goals.

In the first post in this series, we briefly touched on the advantages of deploying a software defined data center, and how it could help IT leaders deliver on the higher expectations placed on them during the cloud era. Now, we’d like to return to that idea, to give you a closer look at the benefits you might hope to achieve by deploying a software defined data center. It’s our hope that this post will help you understand why there is so much excitement surrounding the idea of SDDC.

This week, the eyes of tech industry analysts have been focused on Las Vegas, as those analysts waited for possible major announcements coming out of the IBM InterConnect conference. On Monday, we got our first taste of just such an announcement. IBM and VMware announced a new hybrid cloud partnership that will allow users of VMware tools such as vSphere, NSX and Virtual SAN to deploy their existing VMware infrastructures on IBM SoftLayer, the company’s public cloud IaaS offering. For two companies that have long talked of hybrid cloud as an important opportunity to provide greater flexibility and choice for users, the announcement is certainly a momentous occasion.

IBM InterConnect 2016 is quickly approaching, but there’s still time to register if you haven’t already done so. This year’s event will be jam-packed with all the content, presentations, product demos and training opportunities you need to make the most of cloud and mobile technology from IBM and its partner ecosystem. Simply put, it may be the best opportunity you have all year to ensure you’re making the most of your existing technology investments, while also identifying new opportunities to take your operations to the next level. Of course, hanging out in Vegas for a few nights while networking with your peers is another great part of the InterConnect experience that you’re not going to want to miss.