The Company operates a 24-hour cable network that reaches about 100 million US homes and a web site that has more than 60 million users per month. The Company is divided into two primary business units, each with their own P&L. The IT organization is moving toward a centralized internal IT service provider model that supports both lines of business. The IT infrastructure is owned and operated by the Company with approximately 400 physical servers and 700 virtual servers across the business. The majority of the virtual servers are running open source Xen Server, but the Company also uses VMware vSphere for virtualizing Windows workloads.
The recent financial crisis and a challenging real estate environment prompted URBI to take a hard look at IT costs. The company looked for ways to reduce legacy software licensing, legacy database, and application maintenance and deployment/infrastructure running costs as well improving applications availability and performance. URBI also needed to implement a new application that could be used to input land and landscape information into their SAP Real Estate application, while modernizing several applications that had become unstable due to new business and technology requirements.
Today, many CIOs and IT leaders may be wondering the same about Cloud technology: Does Cloud matter? We know it works, but can it add strategic value to organizations? Or is it just an elaborated plot by vendors to rehash the old Buy vs. Build debate to extract more value for convenience? If the latter is the case, the Cloud would primarily be the realm of purchasing leaders. But when hordes of vendors come armed with tools, cases, references and anecdotes that unequivocally prove how miraculous and valuable the technology is, the question resurfaces, requiring a more conclusive answer.
Business is all about adaption and change, so being able to easily reorganize people, processes, and resources is essential to productivity and growth. More agile identity management is the key ingredient for the success of your initiatives, from the tactical to the strategic level. Whether you’re adding a business unit, taking advantage of a cloud application, or orchestrating a billion-dollar merger, an agile identity management system is purpose-built to dispatch the right people to the right applications with the adequate privileges, while guaranteeing secure access.
The emergence and evolution of automation has brought about continual change within the technology industry and for society as a whole. In the future, automation will continue to propel us forward and introduce new methods to complete the mundane, boring and simple tasks of today.
More than 100,000 businesses use Box for sharing and accessing their data, and we work continuously to earn their trust. Box invests heavily in the security and resiliency of our data center, software, and our entire business operation. We recognize that security has to be integrated in every phase of product development and daily operations. This paper describes some of the many measures and practices that we implement on a daily basis to ensure the security of your business data.
In this interview with Patrick Pushor, CTO and Founder of CloudChronicle.com, Patrick discusses the models of consumption that lend themselves well to cloud computing, covers the challenges regulated industries face when launching cloud projects, touches on the public versus private cloud debate, and names some of the non-technical barriers to cloud adoption.
Manage your content in the cloud by combining the core features of traditional content management with the usability of typical online collaboration software, Box is reinventing how businesses share, manage, and access all of their content with Cloud Content Management.
Agility is increasingly recognized as one of the main advantages of cloud computing, replacing earlier justifications such as cost reduction and reduced environmental impact. But an important aspect of agility is choice: the choice to run computing jobs in house, in a private cloud, or on public cloud services from the likes of Amazon, Rackspace, and a growing number of other providers.
Exploring the Cloud - In this podcast, Surendra Reddy, Former VP of Cloud Computing at Yahoo!, defines 'cloudonomics,' talks about cloud security, and explains why he believes companies should deconstruct their IT infrastructure and embrace cloud.