Bryan Smith

Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

VMworld 2016 Featured Session: Using NSX for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

VMworld 2016 Featured Session: Using NSX for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Bryan Smith
Read Time 2 min.

At VMworld 2016, John White, Vice President of Product Strategy for Expedient was joined by Thomas Hobika, Director, Service Provider Solutions Engineering for VMware, to present the featured session Virtualize, Secure and Extend Your Data Center to the Cloud Using NSX: A perspective for Service Providers and End Users. The session describes how both service providers and end users can...

Cloud Service Provider & Customer Relationships

Cloud Service Provider & Customer Relationships

Bryan Smith
Read Time 3 min.

Data, IT infrastructure and compute environment are the backbone of any business. Therefore when entrusting the management of that to a cloud service provider, you want to make sure you choose correctly. Look for a trusted partner – a company that will truly align its priorities with your priorities. Building a solid relationship with your CSP is paramount and will...

What Really Matters in a Data Center? A Checklist

What Really Matters in a Data Center? A Checklist

Bryan Smith
Read Time 1 min.

Data Center Checklist 100% uptime, security/safety, 24x7x365 support and a Tier IV Data Center rating; sound familiar? It probably does, since this is the type of marketing lingo most data center providers use to attract customers. These assertions are important; however, beyond technical support and physical security, how can you be sure your data center provider has all of...

Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning

Bryan Smith
Read Time 5 min.

Preparing for Disasters: How to Create a Comprehensive Business Continuity Plan The creation and implementation of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be a complex undertaking; however, it doesn’t need to be. The necessary steps, which may seem overwhelming, are easily broken down into a basic process that’s applicable to any industry. Not having a DRP or worse, not...

Outages, Vol. I: Power

Outages, Vol. I: Power

Bryan Smith
Read Time 3 min.

In the world of data centers, there are three common causes of outages: power failure, loss of connectivity and human error. No matter the cause, it’s common knowledge that unplanned data center outages result in immense costs to unprepared businesses, including: Brand and reputation suffers Legal and regulatory ramifications Equipment damage Lost confidence among stakeholders Negative impact on productivity...

Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 5: Hardware Refresh

Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 5: Hardware Refresh

Bryan Smith
Read Time 2 min.

Is your hardware reaching the end of its life cycle? A hardware refresh can be complex and cumbersome, and may require a significant capital expenditure. When purchasing hardware, you must forecast your needs well into the future. As a result, you are most likely paying for capacity that you do not need in the near-term, or risk performance issues as...

Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. I: Compliance Requirements

Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. I: Compliance Requirements

Bryan Smith
Read Time 2 min.

Do you have industry or government compliance requirements such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, GLB, SOX or others? Ensuring proper security measures and adhering to regulatory compliance requirements can be a difficult undertaking for a company running an internal data center. Understanding the challenges of security and compliance are paramount in following industry and government standards. Finding a qualified hosting...

White Paper: “Getting the Most Value From Your Cloud Provider

White Paper: “Getting the Most Value From Your Cloud Provider"

Bryan Smith
Read Time 2 min.

Through a recent research study, third-party consultant Cloud Spectator found that the way most organizations are evaluating cloud providers is flawed, potentially leading organizations to select the wrong vendor. While the use of the cloud addresses many challenges often faced by IT departments, there are two little known pitfalls that should be addressed: Perceived Performance Paradox: many cloud providers...

Columbus Recognized as a Top 7 Intelligent Community

Columbus Recognized as a Top 7 Intelligent Community

Bryan Smith
Read Time 2 min.

Columbus Is Recognized as a Top 7 Intelligent Community Were you surprised? The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) recently released its listing of the “Top 7 intelligent communities of 2013” and only one U.S City made the list: Columbus, OH. Is this a surprise to you? Out of all the cities in the U.S, all the areas that...

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...

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...

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...

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...