Research firm IDC divides the converged systems market into four segments: integrated infrastructure, certified reference systems, integrated platforms and hyper-converged systems. Integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems are pre-integrated systems containing server hardware, storage systems, networking equipment and systems management software. Integrated platforms add pre-integrated software and customized system engineering to support particular functions. Hyper-converged…

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Software-defined storage (SDS) is gaining traction in the enterprise as digital transformation initiatives move forward. Organizations see SDS as an opportunity to extend the life of existing storage assets, control storage costs, avoid vendor lock-in, reduce management complexity and add storage capacity without disrupting business operations. SDS follows the software-defined model by separating the management…

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Long a plot device in science fiction, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a part of everyday reality. AI-powered chatbots, virtual personal assistants and smart toys are now widely available, and applications such as autonomous cars, healthcare diagnostics and robotic process automation are advancing rapidly. AI applications are being enabled by more powerful hardware, sophisticated algorithms…

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A recent report from Rapid7 suggests that organizations aren’t doing enough to protect their networks. The report aggregates the results of 128 penetration tests performed for large and small enterprises in a variety of industries. In more than 80 percent of the tests, the penetration testers were able to break into the network. More than…

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Organizations have historically viewed data storage as a place to stash information away in case it’s needed someday. That approach has led to vast repositories of data that is rarely, if ever, accessed. Industry analysts have estimated that less than 40 percent of stored data in the enterprise is used to generate insight. It makes…

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