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The Rising Data Center Trends of 2015

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The cloud age is upon us.  The demand of data centers continues to rise, and many have wondered why it continues to take over the tech industry.  Data and technology-grounded organizations have always been vulnerable to the pace of technological change, their investments they make today could vanish by tomorrow.

It is because of this rapid change rate, that hardware-focused business began switching to software. Thus began the need for data centers. Data centers holding information in the cloud go without the risk of outdated hardware.

 

Cloud Migration

The primary trend that continues to rise in 2015 is the migration that businesses are making to the cloud. (1) The cloud is becoming more widely and cheaply available across a wider geographic area, causing it to be more accessible businesses of all sorts.  Secondly, as understanding of the cloud has grown, so security concerns have lessened.

Top preference is the Hybrid cloud

As businesses begin to implement the cloud, they prefer to keep a mixture of hardware and software storage. (1) The hybrid permits companies to use the cloud as necessary without eliminating their current data storage systems.

 Increase of “micro” data centers

As the Internet of Things collects and distributes data streams from personal devices, localized data becomes more valuable. Expect to see an increase in smaller data centers that still connect to “motherships.” (2)

Software-defined networking (SDN)

With psychical hardware so easily outdated, each year infrastructure needs to be replaced. (2) This has caused many to consider redirecting this hardware budget towards SDN.

Promising new markets

Technology hubs like Silicon Valley in California and Silicon Alley in New York are usually known to be the primary destinations for data center builds. (2) However, there has been expansion into new that more affordable and equally effective. Areas like Nebraska, Arizona and Utah are low risk for natural disasters and can deliver real estate or tax incentives. 

 

 

 

For more information about The Rising Data Center Trends of 2015 , please visit the following:

(1)  http://www.forbes.com/sites/huawei/2015/04/16/cloud-data-center-trends-to-watch-for-in-2015/

(2)  https://blog.digitalrealty.com/2015/02/7-emerging-data-center-trends/

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The Great Migration: Moving off Windows Server 2003

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In a few short months, Microsoft will end its support for Windows Server 2003. For enterprises that have moved away from the system, this will not be an issue. However, the companies that have not made the transition to a new operating system will face imminent security threats. As previously mentioned in our blog The New Defense Against Cyber Attacks, digital security threats are likely to incline from 2014, making 2015 to be the biggest year yet in security breeches.

 

As of mid-July, Microsoft will no longer issue and send out security updates for its Server 2003 operating system. (1) This will leave the system functioning in a more exposed capacity. Companies that are still using Windows Server 2003 will be the easiest targets for digital attackers.

Despite the potential for threats, 30 percent of enterprises plan to continue running Server 2003 environments past the July 14 deadline. (1)

In most cases, the issue isn’t whether or not these companies want to make the switch. It is that most enterprises are unaware of which server they operate on due to lack of visibility. They may also lack adequate education, being uncertain of the end-of-life date (July 14).

With technology changing so fast and endless applications to track, monitoring the updates of an operating system can become a weakness. All companies should be encouraged to develop a migration strategy before any crises arise.

 

For more information about The Great Migration: Moving off Windows Server 2003, please visit the following:

(1) http://www.crn.com/news/security/300076783/security-threats-imminent-for-customers-refusing-to-migrate-off-windows-server-2003.htm?itc=hp_todays_news

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The Shift to SDN (Software Defined Networking)

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Many have had to make the switch from selling hardware and software to cloud-based solutions. Explaining this necessity of this new virtual technology, some challenges arise. While Software defined networking (SDN) is a promising technology, industry leaders say this shift will change the face of networking. SDN is a new method of virtualization that covers a network to prioritize traffic, increase the efficiency of infrastructure and the list goes on.  To many this is foreign, but there’s a way to explain its value:

 

1)   Understand the Environment

In technology sales, there was a time when tangible hardware was the standard. More than ever, we are in an age of virtualization, and the web of technology has only become more intricate. So, to really sell SDN, get an understanding of the environment and the current network setting. (1) Learn the intricacies of the network so you can gather a need for this technology.

 

1)    Offer the Solution

This is an age of innovative new technology that can fix almost any problem. Every network is built differently and SDN needs to be tailored the individual network. (1) Making SDN unique to the client is wonderful, but the real value comes from understanding the specific problem a client it facing. Learn the current network environment before bringing in the sell.

 

2)    Sell the Value

One of the biggest lessons to be taken from investment tycoon, Warren Buffet, is his principle on buying value.

Long ago, Ben Graham taught me that ‘Price is what you pay; value is what you get.’ Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.”

—Warren Buffett”

SDN can be the perfect solution to a complicated network system, but consumers do not see that unless you explain the value of a clearly functioning network. Clarify how SDN improves what already is in place while highlighting the capabilities and benefits. (2)

 

For more information about The Shift to SDN (Software Defined Networking) , please visit the following:

(1) http://www.informationweek.com/cloud/infrastructure-as-a-service/vmware-nsx-a-cloud-pitch-to-sell-sdn/d/d-id/1318943

(2) http://searchitchannel.techtarget.com/feature/SDN-market-Opportunity-or-disruption-for-channel-partners

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The Fast Track to Reaching Success

The “Fast Track” to Reaching Success

 

When the present does not match the overall vision we have of our lives, it’s hard to live in the moment. For individuals who are clear on goals and have mastered productivity, reaching “success” is the ultimate achievement. If it is not a reality then the gnawing, uncomfortable feeling of disappointment can weigh us down.

 

However, there is a way to create a journey of success that is filled with joy and satisfaction: live in the moment.

 

While we have heard this adage time and time again, the true meaning is often misunderstood. In an exact moment, we can feel tired and worn-out to the extent of giving up and acting out of impulse. This is not the moment we need to live in.

 

Instead, if we live in a situational moment, then we understand our current position in relation to success. We embrace every component of our current life surroundings. Every moment is precious and integral in  our pathway to achieving goals.

 

Showing up fully exactly where you are is the fastest way to get where you want to go. – Marie Forleo

 

Here is the reality: Joy and all things good can only come from a place within ourselves. Never are they found in external circumstances like a job, title or award.

Live and embrace your current situation to the best of your capability. Find pleasure in whatever place you are at.

 

This does not negate a strong time perspective. Time perspective is the degree to which we envision our future. It can be exuded when we look 10 to 15 years into the future and see the things we hope to accomplish. Rather, having time perspective is crucial to achieving those very things.  Use that vision as a blue print, but build your future one step at a time, being fully active in each and every step.

 

Ultimately, the takeaway is that every moment in our lives is a stepping-stone. Plant your foot firmly, and let it catapult you to the next part of your journey of success..

 

For the video of Marie Forleo’s teaching, visit the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uWOYsNlFZ4

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Top Resume Mistakes to Avoid

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A resume is your golden ticket.  It can open doors and create high-level opportunities if crafted correctly. While the common format is often changing, there are simple fixes you can make to your resume right now. Here are some of the top resume mistakes and how to change them:

1)   All-Caps word typos

Spell-check is a blessing and a curse. Many have grown accustomed to the luxury of spell-check embedded into nearly every application imaginable. While we assume spell-check will always catch our mistakes, unfortunately it doesn’t screen words in All Caps. (1) It’s important to proof read manually and pay extra attention to these words.

2)   Lack of context

It’s important to keep in mind (most) hiring managers have no previous background information on your work experience. (1) You will not be able to explain your incoherencies to the manager reading your resume. It must be clear and easy to read.  We tend to give vague explanations on resumes in hopes of getting the message across. Think clearly on whether or not you’ve provided the essential details and adjust accordingly.

3)   Length

The ever-pressing debate of resume length continues. While I know individuals who swear by one-pagers, I know plenty others who will argue length is irrelevant. One reason for this stems from the paper to electronic switch we made several years ago. Human resource managers would receive piles of papers, making the one-page more navigable. However, today everything is electronic and length is not as important, especially when there is valuable content to be communicated. Should your resume be long or short? Ultimately, it should be representative of you and concise—whatever that length may be. (2)

4)   Irrelevant work experience

Having a resume with unnecessary content will only cloud your outstanding achievements. (3) Tailor your resume to every position you consider. Begin by reading back over the job post for the specific position you’re trying to land. Will these employers care about the part time job you held as a server when you were in college? Maybe, if this job involves food service or sales. Delete any previous experience that won’t emphasize your capability for the available position.

Before you send out a resume, review it carefully. If you make any of these quick fixes, hiring managers will be much more receptive to what you have to offer.

 

For more information on this topic (Top Resume Mistakes to Avo), please visit the following:

1)   https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-common-resume-mistakes-that-you-can-fix-all-by-yourself

2)   http://www.livecareer.com/resume-tips/how-to/fix-your-resume/quick-fixes-resume-too-long

3)   http://www.livecareer.com/resume-tips/resume-not-working-fixes

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The Art of Standing Out

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Being one in a hundred is a common occurrence in the average applicant pool. If you’re applying for a job, you want to be more than remembered. You want to stand out as prominently as possible. Here are some ways to rise to the top:

1) Use unique stories

The most impactful way to leave an impression on a hiring manager is to use powerful success stories. These stories, if told correctly and honestly, will resonate long after the interview has ended. Your abilities are remembered through action stories, rather than through words on a resume. If you feel that you lack “success stories”, expand your thinking into everyday life. Believe me, you have accomplished great things—you just need to change your perspective.

2) Take creative risks

Depending on how you look at it, making a risky move can come off creative …or a little crazy. Some individuals will do anything to get their foot in the door, and more often than not, it works. Ridiculous stunts like putting their resume up on a billboard in London will get you noticed. (1) And, yes, that landed several job offers. The reasoning behind this is simple: creativity is currency.  In the modern age, if you have an innate or well-developed sense of creativity there isn’t much you can’t do. Smart hiring managers recognize and capitalize on this.

3) Channel your authenticity

There may be certain qualities that attract recruiters and hiring managers, but buzz words on a resume will only take you so far. Ultimately, employers want authenticity. They want integrity. Hopefully, by doing so you can establish a connection with the hiring manager. Be yourself, and that will take you much further than the salesman act.

 

4) Develop rare skills

In order to stand out, one must be different. That means you need to verse yourself in skills that other applicants might not possess. While these extra skills can align with the core requirement of the job description, they could also be anything that adds to the company.  Are you trilingual?  Have you read and studied The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace? Are you practiced in goal setting and achievement?  Look for opportunities to gain additional skills or certificates (some certificates are online and f-r-e-e).

5) Prepare extraordinarily

Previously we spoke of how preparing for the interview is probably the most crucial component of the job search. This time acts as a trial period for the employer, because it is where they can preview your capabilities. Use this time to prepare above and beyond the average candidate. Bring research or proposals that could be implemented in the future. By preparing for that dream position, you become one step closer to achieving it.

For more information on this topic – The Art of Standing Out, please visit the following:

 

(1) http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2015/01/14/job-hunting-a-talent-recruiter-shares-how-to-stand-out/

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Top 4 Ways to Attract Data Center Talent

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We are in the age of the tech talent crisis. The root of this problem begins with the data center of today.  Modern data centers are highly automated, dense and virtualized IT infrastructures that rely on the most advanced electrical and mechanical components and talent for stability. (1) This demands that IT professionals are proficient in multiple disciplines as well as the facilities infrastructure—They can’t just hire anyone.

Most importantly, hiring out of desperation is almost always a recipe for disaster, according to Scott Ward, senior vice president of Nanigans, Inc. (2) Fortunately, there are some secret tips that can help make your company more appealing than the rest and attract new talent.

1) Recruit, don’t wait on applicants.

The majority of people that tech companies look to hire aren’t seeking out work. More than ever, tech talent has to be found and sought after. (3) Don’t wait for the top talent to come to you, instead hire professionals and make the first move. Keep an active presence across all social media sites, so you can meet them on a relational level and do your own connecting too.

2) Create winning company culture.

When it comes to technology industry, it is a candidates’ market. Create something beyond the position that is attractive to the talent. What makes your company unique? Why should they choose you? It’s time to get creative and begin cultivating fun and enriching company environment.  (4)

3) Utilize student power.

One of the greatest tips companies can capitalize on is setting up an internship.  When you bring in the right student, you get the fresh perspective on the industry as well as a potential employee. Students are eager to get experience, and if cultivated correctly, you may have paved the way for a new hire. This can also work with co-op programs.  Create a flow of prospective talent coming through the doors—even if it just brings back a little excitement to the office. It will make your company stand out.

4) Visit Hackathons.

If the talent isn’t coming to you, go to the talent. Some of the largest events IT professionals will gather at are hackathons. (3) By making visits to hackathons you establish your company as a leader in the industry, even if you’re just visiting. It’s an opportunity to network with the rest of the IT community.  Building bridges for future working relationships is always a good idea.

 

For more information (Top 4 Ways to Attract Data Center Talent), please visit the following:

(1) http://www.networkworld.com/article/2241175/data-center/the-deepening-data-center-skills-crisis.html

(2) https://www.wipro.com/documents/the-impending-data-center-talent-crisis-and-how-to-avert-it.pdf

(3) http://searchcio.techtarget.com/tip/Startups-share-hiring-tips-on-how-to-find-technical-talent

(4) http://www.techrepublic.com/article/understanding-the-key-to-finding-developer-talent/

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The Top 4 Causes of the Data Center Talent Crisis

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If there was ever a time to be a “data geek”, it’s now. In the technology industry, finding individuals with the necessary analytical skills is more challenging than ever.  IT professionals are rare, valuable catches in today’s market, and this talent crisis will only become a deeper issue. New research by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) forecasts a 50 to 60 percent gap between the supply and demand of tech professionals by 2018. (1)

Let’s explore the four main causes of the technology talent crisis companies are facing:

The rate of technological change

If we look back at the last ten years, to say things have changed would be an understatement. We once believed the world around us would remain constant, but technological advancements the way we live at an exponential rate. This rate of technological change has even yielded big ideas such as Moore’s Law, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months. (2) With growth evolving this fast, the challenge has been to train individuals at an equally rapid pace.  The sheer speed of advancements prevents tech companies from finding well-trained and experienced candidates.

The skill gap and the modern data center

The skills gap is one of the main challenges tech companies face, which is largely due to the data center environment. The skill gap emerged when the modern data center structure became the complex and expansive IT infrastructure that it is today. (3) The modern data center requires IT professionals to understand multiple disciplines as well as the facility design. This evolving, dynamic data center requires extremely specific skills to deliver performance, availability and security—this environment ultimately yields is under-skilled candidates. Results of a 2009 benchmark study find that the most startling statistic from the study was that at 37% of the organizations, IT executives reported having put projects on hold because of the skills shortage. (1)

The training methods

When it comes to college majors, Computer Sciences, despite the high demand and value, isn’t top choice. (5) Whether technology is fascinating to you or not, there is a stigma and lack of excitement over the inner-workings of industry. These looming myths are not the only challenge to training. When it comes to highly coveted experts, at the tech-architect level for example, there is no well-defined career track to acquire the position. (3) Fortunately, there are different routes to achieve higher levels of skill—requiring candidates to possess a basic set of capabilities.

The move to the cloud

Virtualization has become the first step many organizations are taking in towards moving to the cloud. These initiatives are relatively new ideas and begin with efforts such as using private cloud for some processes to gain the advantages of speed and security, extending into a hybrid cloud if necessary, and migrating certain systems to the public cloud. (3) Because this is a new frontier, it will require new skill sets. It will require skills that don’t even exist yet, which makes finding the right talent all the more challenging. (4)

 

Finding strong technogloy professionals is a challenge, but stay tuned for part two, as we share some insider information on how to attract that highly prized tech talent.

 

For more information on this topic – The Top 4 Causes of the Data Center Talent Crisis, please visit the following:

(1) http://spotfire.tibco.com/blog/?p=6886

(2) http://bigthink.com/think-tank/big-idea-technology-grows-exponentially

(3) https://www.wipro.com/documents/the-impending-data-center-talent-crisis-and-how-to-avert-it.pdf

(4) http://www.networkworld.com/article/2274759/virtualization/wanted–virtualization-skills.html

(5) http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/10/27/cb.what.major.pays/

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The Modern Job Search

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Searching for a job has never been easy.  There are those rare, magical moments, where everything just falls into place. But if you know the process to be long and grueling, you’re not alone. While technological advances have made the process quicker and more user friendly, it has also introduced a new set of challenges The modern job search lives online, bringing with it new methods. Ready to hand-deliver resumes? (1) Social media stalk that HR manager to find out his or her favorite café beverage?  All these tactics make great for considerations, but in the meantime, here are the basics to mastering the modern job search:

1)   Start with location

When beginning your job search, chose your preferred destination. It may seem obvious, but broad searches lead to a chaotic, messy search. Get a vision of where you want to be, and begin using Google to search for regional or state-specific search engines.(2) Most cities and states have a Web site dedicated to local job listings. Your vision might also start with a specific company, but it’s important to create a more detailed target then simply “X” position.

2)   Stay organized

You will encounter a multitude of available positions, and more than likely, there will only be a few that genuinely catch your eye. Organize your findings to make it easier to sift through them. You can do this by making a folder in your browser’s Bookmarks.(2) Then you will have a neatly organized online Rolodex to refer back to.

3)   Perfect your resume

Your resume should be accurate, clearly structured, free of typos, and specifically targeted towards the type of job you are aiming towards. You may want to create a couple different resumes to have on file, as well as a master copy that’s easy to edit.

4)   Write your “Pain Letter”

There are many ways you can approach the cover letter. In modern times, we suggest using Liz Ryan’s ”Pain Letter” approach. The pain letter is designed to communicate a challenge the company is facing and highlight your abilities in overcoming that issue. (3) It is effective in communicating what you bring to the table in a unique, easy to read format.

5)   Go the extra mile

Before the Internet transformed the job search (and everything else), the interview was the quintessential moment of getting a job. Now, the most important part is everything leading up to the interview. The work you put in before your interview, your perfect resume and eloquently structured cover letter, is a preview of the work you will do for the company. Go beyond the traditional submission and get creative. (4) This might be in the form of a proposal for the company, a new idea to bring to the table. The more creative and will throughout out work you put in, the more you will stand out from the crowd. This principle of working hard can be further explored in Napoleon Hill’s The Master Key to Riches.

6)   Be patient and don’t give up

The thing they never tell you is that it’s supposed to be hard. Everything worth having will come at a price of hard work. While the job search can be a challenge, don’t be give up. Your future employer is right around the corner.

For more information on this topic (The Modern Job Search) , please visit the following:

(1) http://www.wired.com/2014/06/modern-job-hunt-beat-big-data-system/

(2) http://www.collegeaftermath.com/jobs-careers-after-college/digital-age-job-hunting-the-ugly-truth/

(3) http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/10/12/forget-cover-letters-write-a-pain-letter-instead/

(4) The Master Key to Riches, Napoleon Hill

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What to Consider When Changing Your Jobs

Some people go an entire lifetime without second guessing their career choice. For the other 99% of us, there are uncertainties and considerations that flutter through our minds. Theses thoughts can drift by in an instant, but many know that if you are not pursuing what you love these thoughts never truly leave.  Whether you are switching positions within a company, changing employers, or headed down a different career path, here is what to consider:

 

Age is just a number.

We’ve all heard it, and many believe in an age limit as to when it stops being acceptable to explore careers. While our experiences can shape who we are, it is inevitable that our interests and perceptions change. For some reason the younger generation is expected to explore, but this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve success at an older age. Ray Kroc spent his career as a milkshake device salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52. (1) Ronald Reagan was successful as an actor, yet he only became the 40th American President at the age of 70. (2) Great things happen because of the qualities you have and person you are. Anything can be achieved through hard work and perseverance, both of which can be harnessed at any age.

 

 

Time is irrelevant.

It is incredibly challenging to write those words and meant it.  We function on full schedules, and our watches measure milliseconds. Of course time is relevant, but by its very nature, it is limitless. If the fear of “running-out-of-time” enters your head, remember time will pass whether or not you decide to pursue a different job. Seizing every moment is a beautiful way to live, and time is hardly the impetus for that. Rather, we live rich lives, because we are passionate and determined.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ― Earl Nightingale

 

 

Everything is Figure-out-able.

Someone I greatly admire coined the phrase, “Everything is figure-out-able.” If you aren’t familiar with the work of Marie Forleo, do a quick Google search. She has guided many in the areas of interviewing and networking, too. (3) When venturing into a new career, the greatest fear is one of learning new skill sets. But it shouldn’t be. You are not the same person that entered the workforce years ago. You’ve gained an impressive skillsets, an array of wisdom and perspective acquired only through time. This is exceptionally marketable if you are changing careers, and it can help you bypass entry-level statues. (4)

 

For more on changing careers (What to Consider When Changing Your Job) , please visis the following:

(1) : http://www.businessinsider.com/people-who-became-successful-after-age-40-2014-9?op=1#ixzz3WdfKHfZ1

(2) https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/ronaldreagan

(3) http://www.marieforleo.com/about/the-company/

(4) http://career-advice.monster.com/career-development/changing-careers/career-change-and-the-seasoned-worker/article.aspx

(5) https://winonasearchgroup.com/refresh/templates/blog_entry.php?blog_id=74

(6) https://winonasearchgroup.com/refresh/templates/blog_entry.php?blog_id=77

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