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How Real Is the Software as a Service Phenomenon?


One of the issues looming over the 2007 IT landscape is on-demand software, also known as software as a service (SaaS). Software vendors of all sizes and specialties are promoting on-demand offerings, convinced there is a substantial base of buyers, especially within the small business community, ready to embrace SaaS as a way of gaining access to next-generation software without incurring high up-front capital costs. At some point, this scenario will probably come to pass. But where are we on the adoption curve? To help answer this question, IT Business Edge worked with Info-Tech Research Group on a unique research project that provides insight into IT managers’ readiness to embrace SaaS.

Data Migration: Plan to Succeed


Data migration is the process of migrating data from one location to another. It is not something new to the storage industry. Almost every IT organization has had to move data at some point or the other. There are different reasons for doing so: hardware gets obsolete and has to be upgraded, data gets bigger and cannot be handled by the array, the environment is being relocated, etc. As data becomes more complex and difficult to manage, the process of migrating data has taken on a life of its own. Consulting services organizations have made a business out of it. Data migration is no longer about knowing the technology, but about managing the process properly, in a manner that meets the requirements of your internal and external customers. Typical requirements include minimum downtime, (who likes downtime these days, anyway?) reconfiguration of any affected component, and the availability of resources and skills to adequately perform the migration. Whatever the reason may be, there are specific aspects of a data center move that need to be addressed to ensure success.

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