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Every cloud has a silver lining: Why now is the time for the channel to take advantage of cloud computing

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Nov 9, 2016 4:26:00 AM

 

Michael Fischermanns, vice president cloud solutions at Avnet Technology Solutions EMEA
 
Today we are seeing cloud computing spreading across the IT landscape, offering businesses the benefits of scalability, speed and accessibility. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker¹  showed that cloud IT infrastructure spending climbed to nearly 30% of overall IT infrastructure spending in 1Q15, up from 26.4% a year before.
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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Computing, IT infrastructure, partners, reseller advice on cloud, resellers

What does the Cloud really mean?

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Jul 13, 2016 5:30:56 AM

Tristan Gwinnell, Cloud Solutions EMEA, Avnet, takes a look at what cloud really means

 

The term cloud means different things to different people. For consumers the cloud might be where they store their music and photographs. For others it might be Google Apps or Office365. If you’re a business user it could be a cloud-hosted application. If you run a datacentre it could be a way of optimising hardware. The list goes on.

All of these are types of cloud – essentially a means of providing computer hardware and software via the internet. In ‘technology years’ the cloud has been around for a long time. Salesforce launched in the 1990s with a mission to end software. Recently the technology has come in to its own and there has been a rapid increase in the types and number of cloud services and suppliers.

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Topics: aws, Cloud, Cloud Computing, cloud environment, Data Center Solutions, IT infrastructure, IT Software, paas, saas

Why I love to help partners and their customers find the right options for moving into the cloud

Posted by Tech Data Europe on May 31, 2016 11:20:06 AM

Michele Burgess is Avnet Services Alliance Manager, enabling partners to capitalise on the increasing demand for IT services by augmenting in-house teams with experts in Cloud, Digital and IOT solutions. 

Being a provider of IT solutions is sometimes not easy. I often feel for our partners. Over a coffee last month, one partner was explaining that after 12 months of hard work, they finally found themselves in front of their client to discuss migrating to the cloud.

It had taken them months of hard work to convince their customer that a cloud-based application was the right solution. They’d successfully completed a number of sales pitches and addressed a succession of stakeholders. On this journey they had sat in countless meetings, clocked up thousands of miles, drank too much coffee, sat up late at night producing slide decks and quoted numerous experts on why cloud is the best solution.

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Topics: business needs, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IT infrastructure, IT Software

The drivers we’re seeing for cloud migration

Posted by Tech Data Europe on May 16, 2016 10:15:28 AM

Karen Griffith, Practice Lead, Cloud Solutions EMEA has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry. She and her highly skilled technical team work with customers within the full lifecycle of Cloud Services, from the initial asset discovery, pre-sales including POT’s and POC’s, to the Cloud Strategy and Architecture Services and on to the cloud migration, transformation and automation services

Migrating to the Cloud is not a new concept and yet is by no means a declining one. Cloud migration means different things for different groups, whether business users or the IT technical team. On the surface, the drivers for migration appear the same, however the value cloud brings to various parts of the organisation can be very distinct.

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Topics: business needs, Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Services, IaaS, IT infrastructure

The Software-Defined Data Centre Explained: Part II of II

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Oct 13, 2015 4:50:06 AM

Steve Phillips, CIO, Avnet Inc.

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Topics: apis, bimodal IT, Cisco, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, data centre, Dell, EMC, gartner, hardware, HP, IBM, IT, Juniper, NetApp, networking, Nimble Storage, sddc, Software-defined data centre, Storage, storage, Virtualisation, virtualized environments

The Software-Defined Data Centre Explained: Part I of II

Posted by Tech Data Europe on Sep 15, 2015 6:00:49 AM

Steve Phillips, CIO, Avnet Inc.

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Topics: Cloud, data analytics, Data Center Solutions, data centre, gartner, IT, Legacy Infrastructures, Software-defined data centre, Storage, storage, Virtualisation, virtualization technologies

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