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  • The new face of scale-out storage

    There are plenty of new approaches to address ever-growing data needs, including scale-out vs. scale-up designs, the shift from hierarchical file systems to object storage, and the Hadoop Distributed File System. Pretty soon there will be absolutely no excuse not to store every crumb of data ever created.

    Delivering Windows applications remotely is another area that could use some improvement, especially in today's age of tablets and mobile devices. App transformation takes existing Windows applications and intelligently delivers them to the target device, similar to how responsive web design principles package web pages differently depending on whether the client is a traditional PC, tablet or smartphone.

    VMware, meanwhile seems to have hit a home run among users with its latest release to its venerable vSphere virtualization platform. Some things, it seems, get better with age.

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  • Five tips to prep for a Sarbanes-Oxley audit

    For IT organizations in public U.S.-operating companies, SOX audits are a fact of life. Look forward to a compliance audit with these immediate and long-term preparations. Continue Reading

  • New developments make data integration a businesswide effort

    Data integration software is now much more than just extract, transform and load tools -- it encompasses a wide range of platforms and technologies supporting real-time integration as well as traditional batch-oriented approaches. It’s also a “growth market,” according to Gartner. The consulting company predicts that the data integration software market will reach $3.6 billion by 2018 -- up from $2.2 billion in 2013.

    This three-part guide explores the trends and emerging best practices shaping the data integration process -- and why many potential users have yet to buy into the hype. First, Rick Sherman, the founder of Athena IT Solutions, says new data demands are finally proving to businesses that integration is a businesswide effort. Sherman also looks at some of the new tools taking data integration beyond basic extract, transform and load processes. Next, we discuss the myriad approaches organizations can take with data integration projects. We finish with an argument for wider integration considerations with software-as-a-service applications -- and what that means for the bottom line. Continue Reading

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