Financial services execs are talking about: private cloud, public cloud, microservices and more

When you sit down and talk cloud with IT and business executives at financial services companies, the conversation shifts between public clouds and security concerns to more flexible, on-demand computing resources and new revenue opportunities, and beyond. For the most part, financial services institutions are still new users of cloud computing, and many are still developing their cloud strategies—but those leading the way are quite knowledgeable about the risks and rewards.

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The technical aspects of DevOps

There’s no question DevOps is more than technology. DevOps is a trifecta of people, processes and technology. Its goal is to help IT organizations across industries, including telecommunications, more quickly deliver optimal services, best meet the needs of their internal and external customers, and foster innovation. But what are the technology pillars in a successful DevOps initiative?

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The end of Windows 2003 gives telcos new opportunities for Linux.

With Windows 2003 end of life just around the corner, telecommunications companies that are still using that server platform should move quickly to make their migration plans. That’s because there can be significant financial, security and compliance risks if an organization is using a server platform that is past its end of life date.

“Failure to have a current, supported operating system raises significant concerns about an organization’s ability to meet regulatory compliance requirements, as well as the needs of business units, partners, and customers,” noted IT research firm IDC in its February 2015 report, “Windows Server 2003 end of life: An opportunity to evaluate IT strategy.”

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Determining the right foundation for a successful OpenStack cloud

More and more companies are choosing OpenStack as their cloud computing infrastructure, and for many, that’s because they want a cloud platform that is flexible, avoids a vendor lock-in, cuts costs and also is a strategic asset to the business operations. But what are the key IT elements a company needs to consider when architecting and implementing an OpenStack Cloud?

There’s plenty to consider. Organizations need to consider how they’ll use the cloud, which business processes will leverage the cloud, and what their long-term goals are for the cloud. But a good starting point is the foundation. What will the network topology be? Should it be built using OpenStack’s Nova or Neutron? Something else? And what storage should be used?

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Creating innovation in life sciences with an open source, software-defined data center

The life sciences industry is an industry in transformation. Big data, mobility, advanced analytics, and more—with cloud computing amidst it all—are providing new opportunities for companies to innovate, accelerate research and development, and even cut costs. They’ll have to proceed, of course, with caution, considering the highly-regulated environment in which life sciences companies operate. So what’s the best course, and what should the life sciences data center of the future look like?

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