Special offer for Ontario Education Sector

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OECMAs an OECM Partner, IDS is offering one of its flagship services to the Ontario Education sector through its relationship with OECM.

IDS is offering a special incentive for a Cloud Feasibility Assessment specifically tailored to the Ontario Education sector.  Our Information Technology Advisory practice will be applying its experience and knowledge especially for OECM members and their unique concerns.

OECM Cloud Readiness Assessment
OECM Special Offer Web Page

IDS Hosts Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Operations Seminar

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IDS will be hosting a Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Operations Seminar this coming October 9 at the Hilton Lac-Lemay.  IDS will be joined by three of its most reputable partners in the data protection and operations enabling technology space, Datto, Agility Recovery and Riverbed Technologies.  This event will focus on industry trends in disaster and crisis readiness. Specific focus will be placed on techniques t address data availability and mitigation of data loss, as well as restoration of operations for those events that impact more than just the server room and data center.

Join our Chief Technology Architect, Randy Peckham and our VP of Service Delivery, Adam Crain who will be joined by representatives from Datto, Agility and Riverbed. Also present will be resources from IDS involved in enabling our clients achieve better emergency preparedness.

In addition to our main agenda, this event will be catered with an open bar, hot buffet dinner, one attendee will receive a special gift certificate for the Hilton world-famous restaurant, and each attendee will receive a complimentary Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Operations Readiness Assessment for their organization, simply for attending the event.

Doors open at 2:30 pm Speakers begin at 3:30 pm.  The last session is scheduled to wrap up at 5:30 pm.  Speakers and vendors will be available following the event as well to discuss and interact with attendees.

Contact IDS to reserve your seat at this event.  Attendance is by prior registration only.  Contact Yvan Guilbault to reserve your seat.

New Gartner Magic Quadrant Released: Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics (NPMD)

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Finally, there is a consolidated Magic Quadrant focussed on NPMD.  Industry has been looking for this for several years – evolving from the Applications Performance Monitoring Magic Quadrant (limited in scope), this analysis encompasses a lot more of the concerns that network operations are concerned with… Interesting read, and interesting participants/exclusions!!  Check it out! http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1RP8ZUP&ct=140311&st=sb&utm_source=socialmedia&utm_medium=&utm_term=Magic_Quadrant_NPMD&utm_content=press_release&utm_campaign=Corporate2014

We have been watching this space – and in particular Riverbed – for the past several years.  When they announced their plans about four years ago to get into this market, few understood what they were trying to achieve, how it complimented the product offering, or how they were going to execute.  Following a few successful acquisitions and heavy integration efforts, the program is coming together nicely.  Good on Riverbed!  The exclusion on the list are interesting – some for seemingly simplistic rationale… but I guess Gartner had to draw the line somewhere.  Good to see the influencers were included and why they did not make the grade.

 

New Blog Post – Where is Superman?

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Just posted – my blog on the IT Manager’s Dilemma.  Check it out!  Who is your Superman?

Randy Blogs about BYOD

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Check out the recent blog about BYOD… seems to be all the rage!!  http://idssystems.com/?p=1566

Five Rules of Automation – New Blog

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Automation, virtualization – isn’t it all magic?  It works perfectly all the time, right?  Isn’t it always cheaper?  There are all comon beliefs, but to be sure, there is a reasons on how and why to do things in the virtualized technology world.  Matt Dufresne, a virtualization and automation specialist with Embotics posts his blog this month on this topic… Check it out!

IDS Authorized on Enterprise NMSOs

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IDS has completed numerous authorizations to participate with the Federal Government of Canada’s NMSO offerings for storage and microcomputer offerings effective today. Having consulted on Federal Government departmental and agency storage and enterprise technology infrastructures for the past decade, IDS is now able to fulfill those solutions as well. Certified and having access to a number of product vendors, IDS is not taking the role of a traditional reseller in this market, but is providing this capability to augment its professional services capabilities. This relationship with numerous vendors enhances the relationship and access to technical resources from the vendors directly, making IDS technical and technology staff even more effective and efficient at their tasks. Strategic knowledge of product lines will also enhance the architecture consulting capabilities of IDS. Accutely tuned to customer needs and technology capabilities and applicability, IDS can now recommend, fulfill and/or implement solutions of the most complex nature. IDS will continue in its path to facilitate other resellers with providing technical delivery and architecture capabilities, as it has done in the past – providing increased benefit to its reseller partners as well.

IDS Expands Operations

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Expanded IDS facilities

With recent staff expansion and increased business, IDS and landlord Alekona Ventures have reached an agreement to expand the current facility at 232 Herzberg Road to accommodate a newly renovated 4,500 sq. ft. office area.  Located at 232 Herzberg Road in Kanata, IDS will be a major tenant of the facility. This represents an expansion of more than double the original space.  The plan will include dedicated space for its Service Desk, supporting the IDS ServiceGuard and IDS DataGuard product lines, as well as areas for sales, a new corporate boardroom, lab and dedicated seating for existing and planned future expansion of its service delivery team.  Says Randy Peckham, President of IDS, “ This expanded facility is critical to our growth plan, and we are excited that Alekona Ventures wanted to be a part of that.  With great proximity to clients and suppliers, this location will give us a fabulous opportunity to meet clients demands.”

 

SMBs considering VoIP need to do their homework

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Great article published in IT Bulletin: http://itbulletin.itincanada.ca/index.php?cid=461&id=16789

“Who changed Moore’s Law?? Storage is fundamentally changing…”

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According to Hu Yoshida, VP and CTO at Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) the recent floods in Thailand affected about 40% of disk manufacturing. The supply shortage adversely affected revenue of PC and server manufacturers. For example, 8TB disks that were $79 jumped to $189 in a matter of weeks. They expect the supply line to come back by third quarter 2012.

“Even if they come back, the price increase will exist for some time,” said Yoshida. “This is life altering. For the last 50 years we’ve had decreasing prices, and the price of that capacity was declining 30% a year. As a result of Moore’s law, the capacity was doubling every 18 months, and price of that capacity was eroding 30% per year.”

That constant price erosion got all of us in IT used to the idea that after five yeas it was cheaper to buy new than to maintain old. Now we’ve seen an increase, which will change things forever.

The estimated cost of rebuilding factories in Thailand is about a billion dollars. That cost must be recovered over some period. To recover a billion dollars when disks are so cheap will take some time.

Other factors are also affecting the cost of manufacturing drives. Perpendicular recording is the next step, after the longitudinal recording technology currently in use.

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