Hyper-Converged Infrastructure the Trend of Today and the Future

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure the Trend of Today and the Future

Technology and innovation is driving business infrastructure to change rapidly, and one area that is driving change is infrastructure itself, and the need to keep up with increasing data, storage, security, systems and several other sub systems. Globalization has driven businesses to compete in ways that infrastructure must support. The solution is a hyper-converged infrastructure.

Infrastructure in the past meant IT departments needed to manage and support several different areas for the business separately and have them all communicate with one another. Data Center, Storage, Networking, Server and Compute. These are the legacy infrastructures of the past and we all know. Technology today drove this antiquated system into a converged infrastructure (CI). CI combines these areas into one single, virtualized chassis. The infrastructure today and the future is now driven by a hyper-converged infrastructure. (HCI). HCI scales and streamlines infrastructure like CI but is all driven by powerful software using an x86 architecture making your datacenter agile and powerful.

Here’s a great image courtesy of Cisco https://www.cisco.com/   Legacy Datacenter looked a lot like this:

Nutanix provided a great image of even a converged infrastructure converted into HCI:

So, you can see what your IT departments have had to deal with traditional infrastructure and where innovation and streamlining has taken us.

What many enterprises are faced with now is that their traditional infrastructures are at life end anyway, so now would be the time to implement HCI. But I am sure you have some questions.

How Do I Know What HCI Solution is Best for My Enterprise?

Let Marquis Performance Group evaluate your infrastructure, and future business outlook. We can discuss and advise you on the best solutions completely independent from partner middlemen who are incentivized to push vendor products that may not be best for your needs.

Is HCI Expensive?

 A better question for you would be, what would it cost you if you lost your infrastructure? Could it cost you your job? Your company? The investment of a hyper-converged infrastructure can save your IT department not only a lot of money in the long run, but also a lot of time. Overtime is expensive.

How Long Does HCI Take to Implement and Deploy?

Each project and deployment are different. Let us evaluate your needs, and we can make recommendations from there. We will introduce you to the right vendor who can build your deliverables timeline and help improve your business.

Is HCI Secure?

Marquis Performance Group can help advise you on the best solution to make sure you aren’t vulnerable.

Contact Marquis Performance Group today for a consultation.

SEO is about Content Marketing

SEO is about Content Marketing

I have mentioned in past posts that SEO has rapidly evolved. Over the years, successful SEO strategies have become a lot more robust but also increasingly complex. In addition, successful SEO and optimization strategies need to be completely customized according to specific clients and needs.

Over the years, search engine optimization, or SEO has become a very popular term, and important to successful, competitive business. But there is another term and strategy that has become very popular. That term is content marketing.

But what is the difference between SEO and content marketing? SEO is a series of tactics meant to increase a site’s rankings in search engines. This includes all of the individual pages within that site. Search engines rank pages based on two categories or factors: relevance and authority. Increasing relevance usually means customizing content to appeal to a certain segment of searchers, while increasing authority means making your site more trustworthy by creating better content and earning links. Content marketing is similar, but there is one big difference: content marketing tends to focus on appealing to users directly, which, in turn, appeals to SEO. SEO, on the other hand, tends to focus on attracting users by appealing to the search engines themselves and climbing the ranks that way.

As you see, SEO and content marketing do have some differences, and therefore aren’t completely and seamlessly integrated as one.

As I have shown in previous discussions, the SEO of 2018 and the future is heavily focused on catering to the searcher. Searchers are becoming much more ‘savvy’ with what they look for on search engines, and how they look for it. Search engines are now learning how to return much more specific results that match search requests more accurately.

If that sounds a lot like content marketing to you, you would not be mistaken. So although they are not the same, SEO has evolved to be much more focused around content marketing.

So what does this mean for you and your business?

It isn’t enough just to have a website anymore. Your website must have life. Leaving your website the way it is, means certain death! Not only are you killing your name, your brand, but and your business you have wasted money!

There are a few tips to remember: quantity and quality. Your website should be a never-ending bank of information, you should be increasing content regularly. Quality means this content needs to be rich, relevant, and cater to your audience, and your search audience so that it matches their requests.

How often should you add new content to your site? This is where experts differ. Some say once a week is often enough. Others say twice a day, at least. It depends on the nature of the site and other things, of course; a website’s commercial blog should be updated once – or even twice – per day. Static content, however, can be added once or twice a week.

So in conclusion, your website is alive, and content is king. Contact us today for a consultation, and we can develop your content for you.