Published By: Flexential
Published Date: Jul 17, 2019
The hybrid cloud has arrived for the enterprise, but it comes with a complication: the speed of light. Between the cloud and the end user (including IoT devices that count as ‘users’), there is an emerging need for an intermediate environment that can satisfy real-time compute requirements without incurring the latency of reaching all the way to the cloud. ‘Edge compute’ is the phrase used to describe what covers this middle ground, but the optimal location for edge compute resources remains open to question.
Data center cable management is often considered a problem reserved for network engineering teams, but bad cable design can wreak havoc across your entire enterprise.
“Spaghetti” cabinets and other symptoms of ill-considered cabling make it more difficult to complete equipment installations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. They can create an unsafe operating environment for your equipment by restricting airflow to racks, trapping dust, keeping cables warm, and making it impossible to understand at a glance how your devices are connected. Bad cable management practices can even hinder modern data center environments from adapting to new technologies like IoT and big data, provisioning IT resources on demand to support business innovation, and utilizing data center capacity to promote scalability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
In a world characterized by ever-increasing generation and consumption of digital information, the ability to analyze data to find insights in real time has become a competitive advantage. An advanced network must address how best to transfer growing amounts of data quickly and efficiently, and how to perform analysis on that data on-the-fly.
The Co-Design technology transition has revolutionized the industry, clearly illustrating that the traditional CPU-centric data center architecture, wherein as many functions as possible are onloaded onto the CPU, is outdated. The transition to the new data-centric architecture requires that today’s networks must be fast and they must be efficient, which means they must offload as many functions as possible from the CPU to other places in the network, enabling the CPU to focus on its primary role of handling the compute.
Edison has followed the development and use of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) over the past five years. Cisco ACI delivers an intent-based networking framework to enable agility in the datacenter. It captures higher-level business and user intent in the form of a policy and translates this intent into the network constructs necessary to dynamically provision the network, security, and infrastructure services.
The Secure Data Center is a place in the network (PIN) where a company centralizes data and performs services for business. Data centers contain hundreds to thousands of physical and virtual servers that are segmented by applications, zones, and other methods. This guide addresses data center business flows and the security used to defend them. The Secure Data Center is one of the six places in the network within SAFE. SAFE is a holistic approach in which Secure PINs model the physical infrastructure and Secure Domains represent the operational aspects of a network.
Cisco ACI, the industry-leading software-defined networking solution, facilitates application agility and data center automation. With ACI Anywhere, enable scalable multicloud networks with a consistent policy model, and gain the flexibility to move applications seamlessly to any location or any cloud while maintaining security and high availability.
FRONTEO provides end-to-end project management, litigation consulting and eDiscovery
solutions for a global base of law firms and corporations. To meet clients’ critical
information needs, the business requires connectivity and data center solutions that can
process, access and interpret terabytes of sensitive data—reliably and at top speeds.
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high-performance Ethernet solution from Spectrum Enterprise can deliver security
and reliability across your network and IT infrastructure.
Published By: HPE Intel
Published Date: Jan 11, 2016
A famous architect once said that the origin of architecture was defined by the first time “two bricks were put together well.” And the more bricks you have, the more important putting them together well becomes. The same holds true in our data centers. The architecture of our compute, storage and network devices has always been important, but as the demands on our IT infrastructures grow, and we add more “bricks,” the architecture becomes more critical.
The Time for the Hybrid WAN IT has gone through a significant evolution over the past decade. Virtualization has changed the entire face of the data center, the network edge has become predominantly wireless and consumer devices reign supreme. However, one of the few areas of IT that has yet to evolve is the corporate wide area network (WAN). Managing the WAN is something network managers have always struggled with because WAN speeds are typically an order of magnitude, or more, slower than local area networks (LANs).
IT has gone through a significant evolution over the past decade. Virtualization has changed the entire face of the data center, the network edge has become predominantly wireless and consumer devices reign supreme. However, one of the few areas of IT that has yet to evolve is the corporate wide area network (WAN). Managing the WAN is something network managers have always struggled with because WAN speeds are typically an order of magnitude, or more, slower than local area networks (LANs).
Published By: Equinix
Published Date: May 18, 2015
This white paper explores how CIOs and business leaders need to think much more broadly about how their technology fits into a global network of services due to the rise of cloud infrastructure, software as a service, the global data footprint, and mobile apps.
Virtualization has transformed the data center over the past decade. IT departments use virtualization to consolidate multiple server workloads onto a smaller number of more powerful servers. They use virtualization to scale existing applications by
adding more virtual machines to support them, and they deploy new applications without having to purchase additional servers to do so. They achieve greater resource utilization by balancing workloads across a large pool of servers in real time—and they respond more quickly to changes in workload or server availability by moving virtual machines between physical servers. Virtualized environments support private clouds on which application engineers can now provision their own virtual servers and networks in environments that expand and contract on demand.
We have now strengthened the scope of our Unified Computing System by expanding our data centre management capabilities. Download your free white paper and learn how we have become the key supplier of converged technology and services in this space.
In our 40-criteria evaluation of data center hardware platforms for software-defined networking (SDN), we identified the nine most significant players — Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, Arista Networks, Extreme Networks (which recently acquired Brocade Communications System’s data center networking business), Cisco Systems, Cumulus Networks, Dell, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Pluribus Networks — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations professionals (I&O) make the right choice.
A related recent development in the data center is converged infrastructure (CI). Instead of the traditional silo deployment approach to storage, compute, and network resources, all infrastructure elements are delivered and managed in a single environment, providing virtualized access to business services in an efficient manner. This is particularly suitable for cloud-based delivery models. However, since CI achieves lower costs through optimization of data center resources, it can be effective for all IT organizations, regardless of the way in which the services are managed or presented.
Every day, companies generate mountains of data that are critical to their business. With that data comes
a clear challenge: How do you protect exabytes of data that's strewn across global data centers,
computer rooms, remote offices, laptops, desktops, and mobile devices, as well as hosted by many
different cloud providers, without choking business agility, employee productivity, and customer
experience? The solution lies not in throwing more technology at the network, but in taking specific steps
to identify malicious actions and respond to them in order to fix the issue, a process known as
Datacenter improvements have thus far focused on cost reduction and point solutions. Server consolidation, cloud computing, virtualization, and the implementation of flash storage capabilities have all helped reduce server sprawl, along with associated staffing and facilities costs. Converged systems — which combine compute, storage, and networking into a single system — are particularly effective in enabling organizations to reduce operational and staff expenses. These software-defined systems require only limited human intervention. Code imbedded in the software configures hardware and automates many previously manual processes, thereby dramatically reducing instances of human error. Concurrently, these technologies have enabled businesses to make incremental improvements to customer engagement and service delivery processes and strategies.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Nov 10, 2015
No matter how advanced data centers may become, they remain in a perpetual state of change in order to meet the demands of virtualized environments. But with the advent of software-defined storage (SDS) architecture, capabilities associated with hyperconverged technologies (including compute, storage, and networking), help data centers meet virtualization requirements with less administrator intervention at webscale.
Technology is moving fast and your data center needs to keep up so your business can thrive. Migrating to the latest platforms and solutions, such as Windows® Server® 2012 R2, lets you take advantage of its virtualization advancements and tap into the Microsoft cloud OS. Combined with unique innovations featured in Dell server, storage and networking solutions, you can do more than modernize your IT — you can transform it.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Jan 01, 2013
Traditional security measures such as network firewalls are no longer enough to keep an enterprise secure. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, security mechanisms are incorporated and applied at the core of every solution, and security is extended to include all the open source packages that make up Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As a result, customers experience a higher quality of service.
To be fair, if you don’t know or understand the data center architecture strategy called micro-segmentation, you aren’t a “dummy.” But it could mean you are missing a highly cost-effective opportunity to implement best-in-class data center security called the “Zero Trust” network. This special “For Dummies” edition explains micro-segmentation, how it enables Zero Trust, and why it is now within your organization’s reach.
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