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International Data Corporation Predicts Big Things for Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure (CDI)

Posted by Daniel Ferguson on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 @ 12:53 PM

Composable/disaggregated infrastructure, or CDI, is a relatively new topic in the tech world, but you may start hearing about it a lot more in the near future. Several market forecasts and industry trends seem to suggest this new approach to the cloud will soon be readily adopted and employed across businesses, whether they’re small, midmarket, or enterprise.

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What Is CDI?

CDI is an emerging technology that essentially shifts the mind-set about physical technological infrastructure. Rather than treating tangible devices (servers, storage, and networking) as items that can only be configured and controlled manually, CDI allows you to abstract these entities and to treat them as services that can be controlled by code. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), CDI uses “high-bandwidth, low-latency interconnects to aggregate compute, storage, and networking fabric resources into shared resource pools that can be available for on-demand allocation.” The system employs “rack-scale architecture” to penetrate physical barriers in the server, which subsequently allows storage, memory, and computing resources to be allocated in real time as needed.

The Forecasted Future of CDI

IDC, which was founded in 1964, provides market intelligence and advisory services in the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology sectors. The corporation is largely considered one of the world’s most established, respected, and premier voices in market forecasting. The company recently released a report entitled “Worldwide Composable/Disaggregated Infrastructure Forecast, 2018–2023,” which details the predicted revenue growth of that industry. The findings are substantial.

The IDC calculated CDI revenue for 2017 at $300.2 million—a relatively modest but not surprising number for a still-nascent technology. That number, however, is projected to jump to just shy of $3.4 billion by 2022. That’s an aggressive 58.2 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over a five-year period.

For their report, the IDC considers the CDI industry to be composed of three major elements: appliances and platforms, software, and associated hardware drag. While all three of these elements are projected to see higher-than-average growth over the coming years, the IDC predicts the pace will vary from segment to segment. Disaggregated hardware is projected to reach a six-year CAGR of 58.5 percent and earnings of $4.4 billion, and composable software is predicted to see a six-year CAGR of 53.8 percent and $325.6 million in revenue.

Given all that, the CDI market segment is still only projected to comprise about 4.1 percent of the entire server market in 2023. For investment-minded individuals, this could mean massive potential. By investing heavily in these CDI technologies now, it offers the possibility of gathering a significant market share in years to come.

How Smaller Companies Are Changing the CDI Game

Major information technology players, such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell, have largely dominated the headlines surrounding CDI, but the IDC report suggests this could change over the coming years. This influence of smaller, emerging companies could be the key to the industry’s potentially meteoric success. Rather than relying on a handful of established companies to carry the burden of this technology, new vendors will enter the market, solving infrastructure-related IT challenges and improving the overall viability and adoption of CDI.

cloudistics-logoCloudistics, which was founded in 2013 in Reston, Virginia, United States, and recently took home a Bronze Stevie® Award for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year, is one such private cloud software solution. They work to streamline IT service delivery and to help organizations run their essential operational functions.

“Our aim is to offer organizations a new tool to accelerate digital transformation, making a private cloud infrastructure easy to implement, to deploy, to operate, and to maintain,” says Sarah Shkargi, the vice president of client relations at Cloudistics. “We’re looking to provide a premium experience paired with predictable performance and powerful operational efficiencies, including a 60 percent reduction in IT service deployment time and 40 percent savings in training and specialist costs.”

Cloudistics—and companies like it—exemplify the positive changes that have been taking place in the CDI sphere.

“Two years ago, if you wanted CDI, you were buying massive installations from a few major hardware vendors,” says Shkargi. “Now, start-ups can deliver smaller-scale, entirely software-defined CDI that isn’t wedded to legacy approaches and is suitable for organizations of all sizes. These examples offer real advantages over a do-it-yourself or hyperconverged infrastructure, and some even offer price points that are more attractive than the public cloud.”

As the infrastructure needs of companies continue to grow more complex and varied, companies are increasingly projected to realize that simply stacking management layers within on-premises infrastructure doesn’t suffice.

“The world is moving irrevocably toward a multi-cloud, multisite, geo-distributed model,” says Shkargi, “And CDI, with the innovations of industry giants and emerging vendors, can deliver the reliability, agility, and versatility companies need.”

Offerpad recently won a Bronze Stevie Award for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year in the Technology Industries category at the 2019 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in Las Vegas.

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Winners Announced in 2018 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 10:49 AM

Quest Software is the top winner in the 2018 People's Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite New Products, a feature of The American Business Awards®, the U.S.A.’s top business awards program, which are now in their 16th year.

The worldwide public vote was conducted last month, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of product categories. More than 58,000 votes were cast.  To win, a category’s leading vote-getter had to have received at least 100 votes.

Quest, the Aliso Viejo, CA software developer won People’s Choice Stevie Awards in three categories, Cloud Applications/Services, Governance/Risk/Compliance Solutions, and Software – Other.

ABA peoples choice 2017LIMU LEAN Protein Shake Mix collected the most votes of any nominee.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The American Business Awards’ banquet on Monday, June 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. There, the winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will also be presented their awards.
More than 650 executives from across the USA will attend.

All new products and services nominated in the new product awards categories of this year’s American Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the people’s choice awards.

The winners of the 2018 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products are:

AI/Machine Learning Solutions: Digital Air Strike's Response Path
B2B Products: Samsara's Vehicle IoT Gateway
B2B Services: T. H. Easter Consulting's Women's Executive Development Program
Business/Competitive Intelligence Solutions: vXchnge in\site
Cloud Applications/Services: Quest On Demand
Cloud Infrastructure/Platform: Jive Cloud Infrastructure
Cloud Storage/Backup: Sungard AS Cloud Recovery - AWS
Consumer Electronics: Hisense Laser TV
Consumer Products: LIMU LEAN Protein Shake Mix
Content Solutions: Thomson Reuters’ Checkpoint Catalyst:  US GAAP - Revenue Recognition Tools
Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solutions: Pluralsight IQ
Data Visualization Technology: PRO Unlimited’s Wand Discovery Total Talent Solutions
DevOps Solutions: DBmaestro's Database DevOps Platform
Education Solutions: Arise Virtual Solutions' Limitless Learning
Electronic Commerce Solutions: BluePay Gateway
Financial Services: John Hancock Signature Services LIDS UP Program
FinTech Solutions: Digital Disbursements from Fiserv
Governance/Risk/Compliance Solutions: Quest Enterprise Reporter Suite
Hardware – Storage: Apricorn's Aegis Secure Key 3z / Aegis Configurator
Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Products & Services: I Am Enough, LLC - Rapid Transformational Therapy Methodology
Human Capital Management Solutions: Asure Software's HCM
Identity & Access Security Solutions: IdentityForce’s Social Media Identity Monitoring Suite
Insurance Solutions: BenefitMall CRQS with Payroll
Integration Solutions: John Hancock Financial Services Returned Mail and Address Change Automation
Marketing/Public Relations Solutions: Digital Air Strike Response Logix 4.0
Mobile On-Demand Applications: Gorilla Safety 2.0
Payments Solutions: BluePay Gateway
Software – Other: Quest Change Auditor
Software Development Solutions: Intetics TETRA
Telecommunications: Nextivity’s Cel-Fi QUATRA In-Building Enterprise Cellular System
Transportation: SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform

Sponsors of The 2018 American Business Awards include HCL America, John Hancock Signature Services and SoftPro.

Tags: American business awards, computer software awards, new products

RizePoint - Brand Protection Takes a Leap Into The Future.

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 11:25 AM

When a company needs protection from issues related to safety, quality assurance and loss prevention, streamlined data can make a world of difference.

RizePoint is a global leader in enterprise compliance for both internally imposed standards and externally imposed regulations. Their software builds and protects brand equity by enabling a consistent customer experience. Considered the industry standard for food service, hospitality, and retail, RizePoint mobile and cloud-based solutions serve nearly 2 million audits with 200 million questions answered annually. 

Rising to The Challenge

Rize-Point-750x350.gif2016 was a whirlwind year for RizePoint. The company rebranded themselves (formerly Steton Technology Group) and brought on a new executive team that launched two major software updates—a first for the company.

They took their motto to heart by hiring the "best and the brightest" and that strategy paid off with awards, increased revenue and low turnover rates.

Their successful transition lead them to winning the 2016 Silver Stevie Employer of the Year Award in the Computer Software category and the Silver Sales and Customer Service Award in the Business Intelligence category for 2017.

The 2018 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service opens in June. Request your entry kit here.

“Winning the Stevie validates our efforts to create industry-leading business intelligence solutions. It helps us talk about our software to potential clients, partners, and investors.”

A Special Thanks

The compliance software industry is a growing space. RizePoint has nearly 20 years of experience in this industry but there are now more than 5 dozen startups doing some form of compliance software. Rizepoint attributes a lot of their success to Jesse Dowdle’s award-winning leadership style for paving the way for success at Rizepoint. They also thank continued partnerships with their clients in the foodservice and hospitality industry.

While RizePoint works with the world’s most recognized brands to deliver audit tools and reports, they make it their mission to give clients their full attention and address any concerns in their day-to-day operations. RizePoint believes their unique culture can be best understood by watching their introductory video exemplifying their dedication to making clients feel RizePoint is their “home away from home.”

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