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Archive of posts from 2012

Cloud Computing: Key Considerations

Cloud Computing: Key Considerations

Bryan Smith
Read Time 3 min.

Cloud Computing: Key Considerations The benefits of a private or hybrid cloud  are certainly intriguing. You receive the full access and capabilities of a private computing environment, just without the expense, hassle or maintenance responsibilities tied to owning a physical infrastructure. This, however, certainly does not mean that you can just choose any available cloud computing solution. There...

Understanding the Cloud: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

Understanding the Cloud: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS

AJ Kuftic
Read Time 2 min.

Understanding the Cloud Stack: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS Chances are you have heard the terms Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). While some may use these terms interchangeably when referring to the cloud, the truth is that each service is part of a much larger cloud computing stack. Characteristics...

Data Center Options: To Build or To Buy, That is the question

Data Center Options: To Build or To Buy, That is the question

Bryan Smith
Read Time 3 min.

Data Center Options - Should I Build or Buy? For any growing and thriving organization, having enough data center space to match expanding computing needs is paramount. But what happens when demand begins to outpace supply? Should you build or add on to your current data center? Or should you buy and rent from a data center provider, and...

Public, Private, or Hybrid | Cloud Computing Video

Public, Private, or Hybrid | Cloud Computing Video

Ken Hill
Read Time 2 min.

Public, Private or Hybrid: Latest Video Explains the Difference The concept behind cloud computing seems simple enough. In the most basic sense, the cloud allows businesses to increase their computing capacities and capabilities without investing in additional hardware. Things, however, begin to become a little more complicated as you take a deeper dive into the full breadth of offerings...

Burstable Virtual Colocation | Variable Memory

Burstable Virtual Colocation | Variable Memory

Ken Hill
Read Time 2 min.

Burstable Virtual Colocation A variable memory offering for true cloud usage with enterprise performance Ideal for customers with experience managing VMware virtual environments but who wish to eliminate the maintenance costs and issues associated with hosting their infrastructure in house, virtual colocation allows you to host your network, server and storage in a virtual environment. Drawing from a...

Virtualization and Cloud Computing Trends Help CIOs Expand and Save

Virtualization and Cloud Computing Trends Help CIOs Expand and Save

Bryan Smith
Read Time 3 min.

How Virtualization and Cloud Computing Trends are Helping CIOs Expand and Save Stabilizing your budget spending does not have to lead to stagnation in terms of developing your IT network and improving data availability efficiencies. And while it may seem like a contradiction in terms, CIOs and IT managers are proving that they can cut costs and streamline their...

How Much Does Downtime Really Cost?

How Much Does Downtime Really Cost?

Jonathan Rosenson
Read Time 3 min.

Calculating the Cost of Downtime The term “disaster recovery planning” is unfairly misleading. Because of the inclusion of the word “disaster,” the phrase tends to invoke imagery that is tied to events of epic proportion – things like, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. However, in the IT landscape, disasters are defined with a little more subtlety. Small scale events...

Why Are Enterprises Choosing the Private Cloud?

Why Are Enterprises Choosing the Private Cloud?

Jonathan Rosenson
Read Time 3 min.

Three Concrete Reasons Why Enterprises are Choosing the Cloud The cloud computing marketplace is growing – and at a pretty impressive rate: While a recent Gartner study indicates that more than one-third of IT organizations have already implemented a private cloud computing solution, it’s important to note that this upsurge in adoption is not relegated solely to the tech...

You, Me, and a White Board: Evaluating Your Network Performance

You, Me, and a White Board: Evaluating Your Network Performance

Read Time 2 min.

Has Your IT Network Reached Its Capacity? Is your IT system benefiting from the highest levels of security, redundancy, and reliability? Are budget constraints or a lack of time and resources preventing you from expanding your network to match your ever-evolving business needs? Are you protected in the event of unplanned downtime, slow site performance and natural disasters? The...

Cloud Computing Trends: The Future is Bright

Cloud Computing Trends: The Future is Bright

AJ Kuftic
Read Time 2 min.

In a relatively short period of time, cloud computing has had a major impact on the technological landscape. Since Information Systems Professor Ramnath Chellappa first coined the phrase back in 1997, the cloud computing industry has taken off, seemingly overnight. Within this first decade and a half since the cloud has gone mainstream, businesses and individuals have been attracted...

Data Center Tips: 4 Ways to Improve Data Availability

Data Center Tips: 4 Ways to Improve Data Availability

Devon Cole
Read Time 2 min.

Four ways to Improve Data Availability In today’s modern business landscape, your customers expect instant answers and immediate turn-around times. And, you cannot let things like remote locations and system interruptions prevent you from delivering. The following four tips offer insights on improving data availability, which will ultimately help you better deliver on your promises to your customers: •...

Cloud Computing Checklist: What to Ask Potential Providers

Cloud Computing Checklist: What to Ask Potential Providers

Brent Meadows
Read Time 3 min.

Six Questions to Ask Prospective Cloud Providers Searching for a cloud computing solution? The reality is that accomplishing this may be a little trickier then you suspect. As the cloud storage revolution has exploded, a myriad of cloud computing providers have sprung into being, each offering services that vary greatly Finding the cloud solution to match YOUR needs...

Data Center Trends: Has Virtualization Been Your Top Priority?

Data Center Trends: Has Virtualization Been Your Top Priority?

Read Time 2 min.

Has Virtualization Been Your Top Priority This Year? At the beginning of this year, the research firm of IDC released the results of a survey in which CIOs of major corporation were asked to name their top three IT priorities for 2012. So what stood atop that list? Virtualization of course. When asked to pick their...

Cloud Computing Solution | Expedient Silver Lining

Cloud Computing Solution | Expedient Silver Lining

Brent Meadows
Read Time 2 min.

A Sneak Peak at the Future of Cloud Computing: The Expedient Silver Lining Every cloud has a “Silver Lining.” And the Expedient cloud is certainly no exception. While our current cloud computing solutions have always been designed to offer you a cost effective and flexible way to expand and scale your IT resources, Expedient recognizes there is always room...

Forecasting the Future of Cloud Computing

Forecasting the Future of Cloud Computing

Brent Meadows
Read Time 2 min.

While cloud computing as a Buzz Word has been floating around the industry for a number of years, its popularity has really begun to snowball within the last 12 to 24 months. And as this recognition grows, companies around the globe are beginning to recognize the cloud as a fast, easy and inexpensive way to share and store information and...

Managed Data Services | Demanding the White Glove Treatment

Managed Data Services | Demanding the White Glove Treatment

Kristin Puzon
Read Time 2 min.

Are Your Getting the White Glove Treatment? Most data center and managed services providers offer the promise of an always available computing environment. But keep in mind, the operative word in that above sentence is promise. And unless that promise is backed by a dedicated and knowledgeable team of analysts, engineers and support staff, you may find those solutions...

IT Buzzwords | Cloud Computing: You Use It, But Do You Understand It?

IT Buzzwords | Cloud Computing: You Use It, But Do You Understand It?

Brent Meadows
Read Time 2 min.

Cloud Computing: You Use It, But Do You Understand It? Having a hard time understanding exactly what cloud computing is? Well, don’t worry – you are not alone. According to an article by the Global Language Monitor (GLM), the term Cloud Computing ranks second on a list of the decade’s most confusing technical buzzwords that people use...

Just How Safe is Your Data?

Just How Safe is Your Data?

Anthony Estelle
Read Time 2 min.

Just how important is a reliable and continually tested business continuity plan to the success of your business. Well consider this: 93% of companies that experience a major data loss go out of business within five years1 Medium sized businesses (101-1000) experience an average of 140 hours of  downtime every year – with an average loss in revenue of...

Private, Public, Hybrid: Which Cloud is Right For You?

Private, Public, Hybrid: Which Cloud is Right For You?

Brent Meadows
Read Time 2 min.

It seems obvious enough: The cloud is a great option for company’s looking for cost-effective, flexible ways to expand and scale their IT resources and service options. But how do you know which cloud is right for you? With public and private, and even hybrid and colocation solutions available, how do you wade through all the options and select the...

Don’t Become an IT Disaster Headline!

Don’t Become an IT Disaster Headline!

Kristin Puzon
Read Time 2 min.

Recently, many organizations have been in the headlines for IT failures. From large scaled natural disasters to smaller, more locally defined power outages and network failures, a loss of data and interruption to daily business operations can cost an organization dearly. Just how much can an IT system failure affect the stability of a business? • According to an...

Today’s Cloud: It’s All About Increasing Data Availability

Today’s Cloud: It’s All About Increasing Data Availability

Kristin Puzon
Read Time 2 min.

Everywhere you look these days, cloud computing solutions are being parceled out. Simply run a Google search for the term “cloud computing services,” and you will be inundated by an array of websites, blog posts and infographics – all touting the cost saving and IT system enhancing advantages that the Cloud has to offer. Unfortunately, this same internet search...

Cleveland's Expanded Data Center Unveiled at May 10th Open House

Cleveland's Expanded Data Center Unveiled at May 10th Open House

Kristin Puzon
Read Time 2 min.

More than 100 companies joined us at our Garfield Heights facility on May 10th. We really enjoy hosting these exclusive, one-time only, Open House events as it give the community the opportunity to take a tour of a world class data center and learn about compelling new trends in the data center and managed hosting industry.  We always welcome tours...

From the Potatoes to the Operating System - Expedient Manages Everything

From the Potatoes to the Operating System - Expedient Manages Everything

Kristin Puzon
Read Time 2 min.

The average American consumes more than 140 pounds of potatoes each year. But did you know that this popular side dish can also serve double duty as a battery. In fact, with enough potatoes you could power just about anything: 600,000 potatoes are capable of powering one 60 watt light bulb 3,300,000 can power one server 26,400,000,000,000 could power...

How Experienced Companies Utilize Virtual Colocation

How Experienced Companies Utilize Virtual Colocation

Read Time 2 min.

Why are companies experienced with VMware turning to virtual colocation?  Well, consider this: The problem many growing companies face is allocating resources to match their growing IT needs. Yes, it is important to have an infrastructure in place capable of supporting your services, products and customers. However for small to large companies, the challenge of allocating resources...

Cloud Computing:  Public vs. Private Cloud Solutions

Cloud Computing: Public vs. Private Cloud Solutions

Brent Meadows
Read Time 3 min.

For most companies, the question surrounding cloud computing does not come down to its advantages. In truth, there is little doubt that cloud computing services are a cost effective solution, allowing companies to expand their data capacity and system capabilities without investing in their overall infrastructure. When it comes to cloud services, the question invariably turns to...

Simple Benefits of IT Management

Simple Benefits of IT Management

Sam Larkin
Read Time 2 min.

Are your companies growing IT needs outpacing your current company resources? Are you struggling with the fine balance of keeping operating costs manageable while simultaneously meeting your customer demand and an ever-changing business environment? In truth, in today’s rapidly changing business landscape, companies and organizations must ensure that their Information Technology Services continue to offer high...

Avoid Operational Data Disruptions | Business Continuity

Avoid Operational Data Disruptions | Business Continuity

Anthony Estelle
Read Time 2 min.

How to Avoid Operational Data Disruptions Does your company have a data disaster and recovery plan in place? Well believe it or not, if you answered “Yes,” you may actually be in the minority. According to DRPlanning.org, at least half (but probably more) of all US corporations do not undertake disaster recovery planning. This fact becomes...

Early Reviews of New Dell PowerEdge 12G Family of Servers

Early Reviews of New Dell PowerEdge 12G Family of Servers

Sam Larkin
Read Time 2 min.

As noted during a recent unveiling of the Dell™ PowerEdgeTM 12G family of servers this past February, Dell’s new server line has been updated with Intel’s Xeon E5 processors, more system management and the ability to use a Dell-developed PCI e-linked flash storage and cache system. Prior to release Expedient was offered a look at the new line by running...

Managing Virtual Servers

Managing Virtual Servers

Sam Larkin
Read Time 2 min.

Server virtualization management has become an effective solution for many companies, allowing them to increase the capabilities and efficiencies of their current networks, all without incurring a corresponding increase in expense. Unfortunately, these solutions are not always without their drawbacks. If your company does not have a dedicated staff of internal experts focused on deploying and...

Three Myths about Cloud Computing

Three Myths about Cloud Computing

Bryan Smith
Read Time 2 min.

The term cloud computing gets thrown around a lot these days. As companies look for innovative, sustainable solutions designed to streamline their information resources, new vendors are racing to the cloud computing market, hoping to cash in. Invariably, all this competition is bound to create a little confusion. As you might expect from any new technology, the...