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What comes to mind when you read the words “regulation” and “compliance?” Complex? Costly? Endless? Burdensome? Perhaps, and especially so to your IT team.

Regulatory compliance is a responsibility that depends on your key providers as much as your own practices. Before organizations started regularly partnering with cloud and co-location providers, IT leaders were not certain that they could maintain security, privacy, and compliance if they relied on outside providers for their critical technology operations.

The cost of noncompliance can be significant, if not crippling and for businesses in healthcare, financial, and retail industries especially, ensuring the compliance practices of their key partners is instrumental.

What are the most important compliance standards related to data centers, how does noncompliance affect your organization, and what are all of the costs associated with such a failure?

The Standards of Data Center Regulatory Compliance

The two most important compliance standards that impact data centers are Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 and Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 18. Data centers with these certifications are known to meet the highest standards of information security.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and HIPAA too is an incredibly important compliance measure. Data centers that pay close attention to the highest standards and offer top level compliance should be favored to protect your company.

The Importance of Compliance

Beyond the cost of noncompliance, a key factor for any business is ensuring your compliance has many other key benefits.

For starters, maintaining compliance is a product of keeping up with changes and innovation. It creates an opportunity to re-evaluate your systems and internal innovation. That process, which should include compliance audits, will give you valuable insight and analytics that empower you to make informed decisions regarding your security, systems integrations, and current and future needs. With more informed decision making, you’ll be able to grow while maintaining stability.

The total costs of a breach or leak stem from a number of different sources, of course. Breaches often incur attorney’s fees and accumulate costs related to the investigation, response, notifications to regulatory organizations, victim identification, public response, victim outreach, and internal and external communication campaigns.

Some of the most critical costs of noncompliance are the indirect expenses – from downtime and the operational and productivity loss to the reputational damage and loss of future business.

Is Your Data Center Compliant?

According to Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study, those companies that moved to being compliant, benefited from privacy process, as well, good data center hygiene habits. 

Choose a data center provider that will safeguard your assets, at rest and in transmission.

Learn how to take inventory of your data centers resources to stay ahead of compliance in 2019 with the Correlata CorreAssess platform now.

 

 

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We are thrilled to announce that our CEO, Ofer Laksman, has received the honor of being one of the 20 Best-Performing CEO’s to Watch Out For in 2019, as shared by Mirror Review today.

You can read more about it HERE.

The business has radically changed over the course of 24 months, affecting and exposing some of the greatest risks to the largest data centers in the world. Today’s businesses must understand GDPR, governmental policy and regulation to include the recent Department of Homeland Security Task Force assembly, data and privacy laws, third party, and supply chain ecosystems. Likewise, awareness of cyber-threats is vital to tackle rapidly advancing cyber-attack strategies.

Today, the data center management domain is experiencing a dramatic transformation with increasing cost and complexity. Data center design doesn’t allow them to “right manage” and “right size” their Business IT.

IT departments are more than just hardware. They’re made up of people, strategy, and policy. An errant key stroke or ill-conceived deployment could potentially endanger your most critical systems, causing faults that cost a fortune to fix, and you wouldn’t know what hit you until it’s way too late!

To face these problems, the knowledgeable CEO of Correlata suggests that IT and management must collaborate together and bring digital transformation in their businesses. Such change will be based on AI and machine learning, edge computing, and quantum physics. These advanced self-learning technologies have the ability to identify used and un-used resources within an entire data center.

Founded in 2010, the team of Correlata followed the mission to design, develop and build a leading business center placing IT at the forefront of executive leadership. Today, the leading business solution provider helps thwart catastrophic degradations, providing IT with full and comprehensive access to the data generated by IT assets. It provides a single platform for current complex business IT operations’ needs. Its solutions include business alignment, compliance, risk analysis, cloud migration, chargeback and sizing of infrastructure, greenlight investment, and investment efficiency.

IT departments are often unaware of strategic initiatives that can place increased demands on systems and infrastructure. They also lack the capability to translate business requirements into meaningful IT capacity planning. For such clients, Correlata helps optimize IT resources and provides visibility to grow their businesses.

Correlata’s CorreAssess platform identifies the chain of infrastructure elements and services allocated to applications. It also detects gaps between the real situation and the required resource allocation. This identification enables organizations to allocate the proper IT infrastructure resources to effectively meet business needs and budget constraints.

Considering today’s business challenges, Correlata’s CorreAssess platform enables CIOs and IT directors to exceed business needs while encouraging sustainability, corporate responsibility, and eco-friendly practices. This solution is based on the correlation of IT infrastructure applications, which are collected directly from raw data in heterogeneous environments from a variety of vendors using different products.

The CorreAssess platform recognizes and aggregates allocated infrastructure resources like storage, network, and computing elements to expose the infrastructure elements that are configured, connected but missing end-to-end physical and logical relationships.

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Just today, Correlata announced another strategic technology partnership with CNE Direct, Inc. This key partnership will enable CNE to sell and implement Correlata’s software platform to their clients globally. Correlata’s CorreAssess® Platform will be incorporated into the CNE service portfolio including pre-sales, sales, marketing activities, integration and support maintenance.

This partnership will enhance CNE offerings to deliver the most innovative set of solutions to utilize IT operational as a business driver to the organization. Correlata’s services provide complete transparency around data center costs and operational efficiency, becoming the consistent validation platform to ensure that all risks are predicted in advance, helping companies meet compliance and regulatory standards. Correlata turns data into real and practical insights, improving business continuity, and reducing infrastructure investment costs.

Ofer Laksman, Correlata’s CEO, states, “We are excited to extend our partnership network and ecosystem announcing that CNE Direct, Inc. is among the newest to join. Working close with CNE’s team, we will be able to offer a unique set of services that puts IT operations in a spotlight so companies can master their IT spend and gain valuable insights that fuel the organization investment decisions.

Jerry Quill, CNE’s CEO states, “CNE is excited to offer Correlata services to our customers globally.  This offering will help our customers understand their data center assets’ useful lives and how to optimize those assets. Likewise, Correlata’s services will help our clients better identify those assets that are past their useful lives and execute secure, economic, and environmental ways to dispose of those assets.”

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A standard phrase from any third-grade classroom or a top-rated cooking show states that we shouldn’t have tools on our desks or any appliances on our counter tops that serve only a single purpose. To be clear, anything without multiple functions is a waste of space and time. This same belief should extend to the IT world if we want some of these more leading-edge technologies to gain a foothold, and Correlata believes that is the new trend you’ll see this year.

Up to now, organizations of all sizes have been using a siloed operations model to build out data center infrastructures that serve a specific purpose or run a specific application. This “one tool for one job” has made many of the big, advanced technologies unavailable to small and midsize companies simply because they are not able to justify the cost.

So comes 2019; the year that large organizations embrace the notion of composable infrastructure: a fusion of all those single-use tools under a common control plane, and a resilient, advanced, operationally efficient Swiss Army knife for the data center.

It’ll also be a year of converging concepts that data center infrastructure has, until now, flirted with or struggled to wrap into a single offering until now, thanks to Correlata’s CorreAssess which provides advanced automation of mundane IT tasks and new levels of intelligence that is predictive rather than simply reactive.

Step Away from the Silo


Right now, we treat the core data center, edge, and cloud as very different environments that all need management tools and on-site utilization plans. But a combination of things will happen that will bring these different technologies into one infrastructure.

First, businesses will continue to become more comfortable with on-premise private clouds. They’ll better understand the importance of edge computing and they’ll also better see how the public cloud can help fill the gaps, whether it’s for burst capacity, for specific workloads, or to scale up and down for other needs, such as DevOps.

At the same time, we’ll see faster pipes, better compression and enhanced security, all making this public cloud a more realistic extension of your on-premises infrastructure. It will allow the edge and the core to start operating as federated systems and burst out to the cloud when capacities require it.

Resources will also be managed with advanced intelligence and by policies that determine which workloads need what resources and where it’s best for them to reside to optimize I/O operations and costs, as well as to guarantee SLAs. Correlata’s CorreAssess One Time Assessment Platform is aimed to take a load off administrators.

Can we get there in 2019?

Not all the way, but we’ll see major steps toward sharing some of the common tools across the various locations where previously you’d consider them compute islands.  With IoT adoption on the rise, 80 billion connected devices by 2020 and over 165 zettabytes of data generated per year, we’ll see vendors making great strides to ensure advances in composable infrastructure serve this unique nature of IoT.

Technology moves fast, and those with deep pockets will always have greater access to the best technology. But as we move into 2019, the increased accessibility of these cutting-edge innovations will lead to greater efficiencies and better outcomes for IT and business.

Learn more how Correlata is partnering with IBM, LRS, e-Shelter and others to move progress forward

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Correlata, a leading software company that specializes in data center cognitive analytics, helping GlassHouse Systems Inc. (GHS) bridge their clients’ business and IT objectives in a more effective way, announced today a strategic technology partnership. This key partnership will enable GHS to offer Correlata’s software platform to their clients in Canada and the United States. Correlata’s CorreAssess® Platform will be incorporated into GHS’s service portfolio while GHS will provide a full stack of solutions including pre-sales, sales, marketing activities, integration and support maintenance.

Ofer Laksman, Correlata’s CEO, states, “We are excited to extend our partnership ecosystem and having GHS working with us as our first partner in Canada. We are honored to have a relationship with one of IBM’s top premier business partners .”

This partnership will enhance GHS offerings to deliver the most innovative set of solutions to utilize IT operational intelligence as a business driver.  As a part of the three-year strategic agreement between Correlata and IBM, the company has completed the first stage of building a unique ability that provides, for the first time, the power to bring a holistic view, a choice for x86, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Linux on Z systems under a single information technology management platform.

Robert Moniz, P.Eng., President of GlassHouse Systems states, “Including Correlata’s advanced analytical engine is a natural extension of the value we provide our clients in providing world-class IT infrastructure consulting and support. The ability to efficiently map business value and risk within our clients’ environments allows GHS to deliver increased value and positive client experiences.”  

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Today, more than ever, IT systems are essential for economic and social development. Services such as electricity and water supply are based on IT systems. The complexity and operation of these systems, combined with potential risks from various external entities, represent threats not only to the owners of the companies and the service providers, but to society as a whole.

Organizations incur operating and servicing costs of the various IT systems (in the cloud or in any other format) in order to minimize these risks. These expenses can range from hundreds and up to millions of dollars per year, and the appropriate hardware/software solutions are expected to mature in a few years at best.

And until then? Correlata is proud to reveal a comprehensive solution that is based on a unique algorithm developed by the company, which has received a patent in the United States. This algorithm has succeeded in solving the difficulty and challenge faced by large IT organizations on a daily basis – the absence of a single platform that integrates and provides a snapshot of the state of the IT system and its investments in IT infrastructures, to the company’s business units, in a simple and pro-active manner.

The time has come…

After five years of developing this unique algorithm, which constitutes a breakthrough in the transparency of information about that complex infrastructure world, Correlata is taking on the market, and facing the challenge which no company has been willing to tackle to date – the ability to collect information from complex and cumbersome IT infrastructures (the IT Maze) and make it accessible. Managers, internal and external auditors and/or anyone without a technological background, who wants and needs to understand the infrastructure in depth, can do so easily, for every parameter. The uniqueness of the solution is that it makes the infrastructure accessible to the business layer in a simple, clear and manageable manner. It is based on a user-friendly dashboard that helps decision makers achieve the transparency they expect.

Ofer Laksman, Correlata CEO: “The unique system provides the ability to monitor IT operations from the manager’s point of view and enables the manager, for the first time, to evaluate the use of technology and its business value by linking the infrastructure layer to the business layer, regardless of where it is located in the data center – locally, in the cloud or any other combination.”

Laksman adds: “We call this kind of out-of-the-box, innovative concept the Correlata Transformation Value Chain. This concept allows us, for the first time, to present the full picture of the infrastructure – both from an operational perspective and from a business perspective. This creates a kind of effective communication between the various departments and levels in the organization, while achieving a significant. Savings in storage costs, streamlining the deployment of IT and supporting systems, exposing and presenting risks related to the day-to-day management and operation of the IT infrastructure, as well as alerting about and exposing core systems in the organization that do not conform to the established IT policy, in terms of service availability (SLA).

Using the Correlata Transformation Value Chain solution will help the organization to meet its business objectives better, more qualitatively and more cost effectively.

The Correlata Transformation Value Chain solution provides the organization with the following added value benefits:

  • The ability to understand, for the first time, the business value that the business layer receives from the infrastructure layer.
  • Extensive reduction in inefficient IT infrastructures that support the business layer, downsizing the existing system by up to 30%. This is in addition to the savings in electricity, floor space and pollution – which make the organization a greener one.
  • A unique dashboard for the management layer, enabling management members to view and see in real time the level of efficiency in each of the organization’s IT centers.
  • Shut down and disconnection of redundant infrastructure, that does not contribute any business value, leading to a reduction in licensing costs, as well as reducing organizational exposure to a backdoor for cyber hackers.
  • In any decision to migrate to a new site and/or cloud, be it partial or hybrid, our solution can first of all help understand the “real” size of the IT system for that needs to be acquired in the cloud, in order to avoid unexpected expenses and, of course, avoid duplicating the inefficiency that may already exist in that same array. These issues are not always transparent or clear to decision makers who often lack a rich technological background.

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Not only do today’s data center energy costs make up almost 80 percent of operational expenses, but data centers are projected to soon amount to the largest share of global electricity production, according to Huawei Technologies’ Total Consumer Power Consumption Forecast.

As many new technologies enter the data center realm at increasing rates, expectations for advanced operational environments are at odds with an ever-present demand to keep costs down.

In fact, studies have shown that cost savings continue to be a main motivating factor when selecting data center management tools. While introducing new processes to data center operations like real-time data center monitoring, researchers have found managers need the pressure of an issue or decision to overhaul the existing legacy tech to make the step towards adopting a data center manager tool.

As we kick off 2019, IT teams will need to face the market’s demand for data center innovations around cloud migration, edge computing and other evolving industry expectations. It’s this demand that will bring the benefits of real-time consumption monitoring to the forefront of data center managers’ minds as a key component of success and Correlata’s CorreAsses is leading this charge.

Say Goodbye to Unnecessary Infrastructure

Data center managers continually look for ways to understand and control their infrastructure’s electrical power, often relying on power distribution unit (PDUs). With real-time monitoring tools’ ability to deliver device level power and thermal data, teams can eliminate the need for intelligent power distribution units. While investing in PDUs can cost thousands of dollars, real-time consumption monitoring tools only require a one-time investment and offer a way for IT teams to collect data directly from servers without deploying costly and redundant infrastructure.

Identify Underutilized Servers

Without a full understanding of its infrastructure, performance data centers are often left with under-utilization rates as high as 50 percent leaving the opportunity to double your data center’s revenue untouched. By deploying Correlata’s CorreAssess OTA, companies can analyze utilization with data collected over a period of time, allowing IT managers to understand the relationship between server power consumption and energy optimization potential. As a result, managers can identify underutilized servers, better deploy tasks more efficiently across their data center, and ultimately, open the door to more revenue opportunities.

Explore Consolidation with Increased Visibility

With a rising demand for expansion, consolidating data center operations is likely the last thing on an IT manager’s mind. But with data center monitoring, managers can view their environment’s efficiency like they’ve never seen it before, opening their eyes to a major cost savings opportunity. Given the granular insights into server health, cooling, and power consumption, data center managers tool that start with Correlata’s CorreAssess provide the visibility to safely and efficiently perform consolidation and cloud migration.

Utilizing features like power monitoring, thermal consumption analysis, and health utilization, data center management tools increase managers’ visibility and offer the means to make decisions based on real-time data. This elevated level of management will be key for data center teams as they face the industry’s growing demands for new innovations in 2019.

 

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For many years, organizational infrastructure was known as a complex technological world that generates very high costs at the CapEx and OpEx levels. It inflicts a big strain on the organizational cash flow, increases depreciation costs and significantly reduces operating profit, even before the stringent regulatory and information security requirements.
Let’s assume we were to ask any organization’s management, with an emphasis on senior management, such as the C Level management and their counterparts, two simple questions:

  1. Do you control and understand the need for all your existing infrastructure?
  2. Have you succeeded in implementing a long-term plan to cut down and streamline your infrastructure?

In most cases, the answer will be No, immediately followed by the question: Do you know of anyone who has succeeded, or of a “magic tool” that helps optimize and understand the organizational IT infrastructure (which to them is a “black box”)?

As a matter of fact, about two years ago, a change took place in the form of a sophisticated algorithmic configuration developed by an Israeli company called Correlata Solutions. This unique algorithm, which received a patent in the United States, has succeeded in solving that same difficulty and challenge, by effectively and simply measuring the organizational infrastructure, providing a snapshot of its efficiency and most importunately – the value of each one of the components that make up the IT infrastructure to the business layer and its various units!

The uniqueness of the solution and its groundbreaking approach that causes the infrastructure system to be accessible to the business layer in a simple, and user-friendly dashboard format helps decision-makers achieve the same transparency they expected.

Correlata’s CoreAssess solution provides managers with:

The algorithm, that was developed for open systems, such as X86, presented a breakthrough in the transparency of information about the complex world of infrastructures, so that managers, internal and external auditors and/or anyone without a technological background who wants and needs to understand the infrastructure thoroughly can easily do so, without prior knowledge. This is done using a set of KBIs (Key Business Indicator) and a user-friendly graphic interface that clearly and immediately delivers the requested information, while enabling the ability to “dive” into each parameter and identify the underlying factor for the symptom or any optimization problem.

A welcome turnaround occurred when IBM decided to implement the same algorithm in non-X86 systems (“closed systems” such as Main Frames etc.) through a strategic agreement signed between Correlata and IBM, where Correlata developed a unique recommendation engine based on the same patented technology. This engine provides, for the first time, a unified and holistic picture of the entire existing organizational IT infrastructure, regardless of infrastructure supplier, whether the existing structure is comprised of a variety of technologies, infrastructures, or generations. In other words, the algorithm is vendor agnostic.

  • The ability to understand for the first time the business value that comes from IT to the business layer.
  • Significant savings in inefficient infrastructure that supports the business layer, while downsizing it by 10% to 30%, in addition to savings in electricity and pollution that make the organization greener.
  • A unified dashboard for the management layer where it is possible to view and see in real time the level of efficiency of each of the organization’s IT centers.
  • Shut down and disconnecting of all redundant infrastructures that do not contribute any business value, that will result in reduced licensing costs, as well as reducing organizational exposure to shut backdoors for cyber hackers.
  • For any decision to migrate to the cloud, partial, complete, or hybrid, the solution can first help understand the “real” size of the IT system that needs to be acquired in the cloud, avoid unexpected expense surprises, and of course avoid duplicating the inefficiency that may already exist in the system and is not always transparent and clear to decision makers who lack a deep technological background.

For additional information, please visit our website or email us.

By Ami Avraham – Correlata COO

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While technologies like cloud computing, machine learning, AI, and big data appear to get all the attention these days, it’s data centers that make it all possible.

 

Whether you’re a consumer or a business, data centers support and enable everything that you do on a moment-to-moment basis, whether it’s talking to colleagues, streaming a video, buying gifts, or catching the train, technology has interwoven itself into every aspect of our daily lives, and none of it would be possible without the data center concept.

 

Even in this brave new world where almost every organization is exploring and evaluating the potential of the cloud, the data center is still essential – after all, all your application workloads, test environments and corporate files need to live somewhere; cloud computing means you don’t have to maintain your own data center, but it doesn’t negate the need for one altogether.

 

In fact, the advent of widespread cloud means that businesses need to be more concerned than ever about the state of the data center they’re using, whether it’s theirs or their cloud provider’s and fully assess its resources. Organizations using their own on-premise infrastructure need to ensure that their hardware is capable of keeping up with their cloud-hosted capabilities, while those in the cloud should be using the increased freedom that entails to demand the very best from their cloud partners.

 

As any IT veteran knows, it’s not about how many racks you have, but what’s inside them – and it comes down to more than core counts and clock speeds. Faster components and higher capacities are all well and good, but the real heart of data center transformation is ensuring that all the constituent elements of your data center are working together in harmony and only Correlata’s CorreAssess can evaluate this.

 

The pace of modern business is increasing by the day, and in a mobile-focused, software-driven economy, split-second advantages can mean the difference between failure and success. To keep up with this rapid pace of change, organizations are increasingly turning to the powerful combination of data analytics and machine learning; using advanced AI to rapidly sort through the vast corpuses of information they generate on a daily basis and generate actionable business insights.

 

This strategy can be a real advantage for business agility, but the downside is that it can put a huge strain on an under-equipped data center. 

 

Data-driven analytics aren’t the only way that our use of data centers are evolving, though.

 

One of the more interesting recent developments in enterprise IT has been the concept of ‘edge computing’ – the concept of de-centralized data centers. This involves moving computational power away from the bulk of your IT system and putting it at the edge of your network, closer to where your data is collected.

 

This allows organizations to reduce the amount of time and bandwidth they spend on moving data between their data center and their endpoints. It’s commonly used in remote locations like oil rigs, for example, where internet connections can be expensive and difficult to maintain.

 

There has also been an increased focus on customer experience with outward-facing applications, and on the direct impact of poor customer experience on corporate reputation. This outward focus is causing many organizations to rethink placement of certain applications based on network latency, customer population clusters and geopolitical limitations (for example, the EU’s GDPR or regulatory restrictions).”

 

So what does the future of the data center look like?

 

Despite the growing appeal of cloud computing, the data center itself isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, it’s evolving, becoming more powerful and versatile than ever, as organizations demand the ability to run real-time analytics workloads and advanced machine learning algorithms.

 

Antiquity may have shown that the cloud may be King, but the data center is most definitely the power behind the throne.

 

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Edge Computing, Colocation, and Cloud—when it comes to future data center trends, what does the magic eight ball say? After a quick shake and a few responses, the outlook on data centers for the future delves into some mixed responses.

 

How to take your data center into the future

 

Aging infrastructures in traditional setups may get the job done now, but the push for more workload optimization requires more compute power than ever before. IT teams need a different approach that modernizes their data center assets either on premises or in a colocation or cloud.

 

To combat this business requirement, organizations turn to as-a-service models to handle their assets, instead of the silo and server approach. Cloud availability and efficiency have dramatically altered the way business leaders view bottom-line performance, and IT is playing catch-up to stay competitive.

 

In addition to as-a-service models, an uptick in automation and other intelligent equipment in the data center will generate more performance monitoring and predictive and performative maintenance. If an organization can keep its current infrastructure working smoothly, it can investigate new options to increase efficiency and establish a better product for the business and end users alike.

 

Cloud and Colocation continue to change the game

 

Data center deployments in the cloud and colocations can offer businesses some benefits. Eliminating an on-premises data center saves time, money and space. Those upfront costs don’t necessarily cover potential damage suffered from a colocation or cloud outage, however.

 

Resiliency is another future data center trend that takes a page out of the disaster recovery playbook, meaning IT has to look back to its data security protocols before moving forward to create enterprise agility.

 

Cloud and colocation play a major role in the resiliency field, as organizations use one or both to spread data across multiple outlets and increase protection in the event of an outage. It can often be complicated to manage data across multiple platforms, but a distributed approach prevents a major crash from knocking out an entire organization in one instance.

 

The industry as-a-whole needs to be more transparent in order for companies to understand if you’re more or less resilient with the path that you’ve taken and tools to include Correlata’s CorreAsses take into consideration an assessment, all the way through to future budgeting.  Gaining transparency will help lead organizations to best prepare and manage resources across their entire value chain.”

 

Back away from the edge?

 

The edge remains a future data center trend because it pushes data closer to its end users and enables IT pros to implement newer technologies, such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things (IoT), which take advantage of higher processing features.

 

Remote management is also a major turning point because IT pros will not only need to build out applications and services that control data in the edge, but they will also need to build out support and monitoring mechanisms.

 

IT pros should focus on data analysis and resource control and Correlata is leading the charge in the first step of enabling full visibility of resources.

 

 

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