This white paper discusses the issues making data center cooling more challenging than ever and explains why starting the data center design process with the racks rather than the room can help businesses reduce energy consumption, increase capacity and optimize floor space utilization.
This white paper explains why many data centers are ill-equipped to support today’s most important new technologies; discusses why packaged power and cooling solutions can be a flawed way to upgrade existing facilities; and describes the core components of a data center upgrade strategy capable of enhancing efficiency and power density more completely and cost-effectively.
When designing a power protection scheme for their data center, IT and facilities managers must ask themselves whether a distributed or centralized backup strategy makes more sense. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question.
Companies must weigh each architecture’s advantages and disadvantages against their financial constraints, availability needs and management capabilities before deciding which one to employ.
This white paper will simplify the decision-making process and lessen the potential weaknesses of whichever strategy you ultimately select.
The worldwide growth rate of digital data is staggering. If you're a CIO or a data center administrator, data growth statistics aren't just big numbers, they are a big problem -- for your company. Email messages, social media and blog posts, text and instant messages, photos, video and audio, machine-generated data, and transactional detail are on track to overwhelm your storage capacity. Read this paper for practical advice and smarter solutions for managing the information in your organization and getting back to a position of mastery over your data.
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Companies rely on an expanding set of applications to compete in today's rapidly evolving business environment:
- They rely on a fast-growing array of applications and devices (email, collaboration tools, and smartphones/tablets) to communicate and conduct business with customers and business partners.
- They are creating, collecting, and repurposing large, unstructured data sets in life sciences, geophysics, media, and manufacturing.
- They are collecting, storing, and analyzing more social and sensor-generated data about environments, products, customers, and transactions.
The promise of better and faster data-driven decision making based on all this information is pushing big data and analytics (BDA) technology to the top of executive agendas. To succeed, CIOs must place a laserlike investment focus on datacenter solutions that allow them to deliver scalable, reliable, and flexible infrastructure for fast-growing BDA environments. Read more to learn how!
If you need to deploy and scale applications faster to increase
revenue, Cisco’s integrated infrastructure solutions can help you
achieve your goals—and reduce risk.
Technology transitions—such as cloud, mobility, big data, and the Internet of Things—bring together people, processes, data, and things to make resources and connections more valuable to your business. They also challenge the role of IT in the enterprise. For your IT department to stay relevant to your lines of business, it must deliver value faster and invest in innovation. Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) integrated infrastructure makes it possible to deliver Fast IT—a new IT model that transforms your data center infrastructure into an environment that is fast, agile, smart, and secure. You can break down the IT barriers that are holding your business back and create solutions that capture the value of new connections and information.
If IT and Facilities could work collaboratively, organizations can operate more efficiently and effectively while still meeting their business objectives. That's why Eaton® is partnering with organizations that develop IT management systems to create an integrated approach to energy management. This white paper describes how a joint monitoring and management solution links IT assets, the data center infrastructure and Facilities assets into a holistic perspective aligned with business processes.
Published By: SilverSky
Published Date: Mar 26, 2014
In this white paper, authored by technology market research firm The Radicati Group, the paper covers the ten reasons you should outsource your archiving solution, the seven unique benefits of archiving in the cloud and the how the SilverSky solution, powered by IBM compares.
This new Gartner report reviews 17 vendors of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions. Based on its own expert analysis and backed up by in-depth interviews with users in the space, Gartner has just published the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools for the first time.
Virtualization is one of the most highly demanded of all IT projects this decade because it enables enterprises to reduce capex and opex costs and at the same time increase business efficiency and agility. However, implementing, supporting, and managing virtualization can often be difficult tasks, especially as deployments increase in scale and complexity and impact more areas of the datacenter. These more complex infrastructures often require highly skilled engineers with in-depth business knowledge and systems management capabilities. Projects such as infrastructure optimization and automation initiatives for self-service provisioning are key because they enable enterprises to streamline business processes and utilize cloud strategies and mobility solutions. IDC shows how partnering with experts who can implement, optimize, support, and manage virtualized environments may be the right course of action. By utilizing partners, enterprises will be able to avoid some of the potential pit
The data center is challenged. Many midsize businesses simply do not have designated personnel to care for their data center; they have only a standard room to host the company server and storage infrastructure and have no luxury to expand. In short, they must work within their constrained space.
Simply put, software defined storage is the abstraction of storage services from storage hardware. This term is more than just marketing hype, it’s the logical evolution of storage virtualization from simply being a storage aggregator to the end goal of storage as a service. To achieve this goal, software defined storage needs a platform from which to centralize.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation is a sophisticated, cloud-enabled solution that unifies disparate applications and business processes to help organizations achieve superior efficiency and availability while leveraging the flexibility and scalability of cloud computing.
Data center administrators face a significant challenge: They need to secure the data center without compromising the performance and functionality that new data center environments enable. Many are looking to secure the data center using solutions designed for the Internet edge, but these solutions are not enough. The data center has unique requirements around provisioning, performance, virtualization, applications, and traffic that Internet-edge security devices are simply not designed to address.
The new Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches provide features optimized specifically for the data center: high 10 and 40-Gbps port densities, reliability, performance, scalability, programmability, and ease of management. With exceptional performance and a comprehensive feature set, the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series offers versatile platforms that can be deployed in multiple scenarios, such as layered access-aggregation-core designs, leaf-and-spine architecture, and compact aggregation solutions.
Technological integration doesn’t happen overnight, of course. It takes years of behind-the-scenes teamwork and engineering—backed by decades of expertise, research, and development—to have a broad and lasting impact.
This special edition of Unleashing IT highlights the fruits of those labors, showcasing the unparalleled alignment of Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel technologies. In the following pages, you’ll read about the advancement and unique value of integrated solutions, spanning cloud environments, data centers, and management tools. You’ll also hear from organizations that are taking advantage of these converged technologies, including King County, Provincia Net, and Swinburne University.
With Microsoft, Cisco, and Intel, you have a triad of innovators and leaders that recognize the value of integration, virtualization, and unified management. A triad that continues to work behind-the-scenes to reduce the complexity and increase the capability of enterprise solutions.
CTOs, CIOs, and application architects need access to datacenter facilities capable of handling the
broad range of content serving, Big Data/analytics, and archiving functions associated with the
systems of engagement and insight that they depend upon to better service customers and enhance
business outcomes. They need to enhance their existing datacenters, they need to accelerate the
building of new datacenters in new geographies, and they need to take greater advantage of
advanced, sophisticated datacenters designed, built, and operated by service providers. IDC terms
this business and datacenter transformation the shift to the 3rd Platform.
In a world characterized by increased virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), and DevOps — and now containers and microservices — having comprehensive visibility into every flow and packet metadata is essential. This paper examines the need for and business value of pervasive, real-time visibility across the datacenter network. It also looks at the role of Cisco in the market for real-time datacenter analytics solutions.
Published By: Symantec
Published Date: Oct 20, 2014
Regardless of where data resides, in a physical, virtual, or cloud environment, Symantec helps businesses realize the scalability and cost benefits of the agile data center. Read the Solutions Brief, “Achieving Business Agility through an Agile Data Center” to learn more.
Published By: Riverbed
Published Date: Sep 05, 2014
Riverbed announced its collaboration with partner VMware to solve performance monitoring visibility challenges arising out of the ongoing evolution of virtual network technologies and architectures within Virtual Data Center (VDC) environments. Speci?cally, Riverbed and VMware have developed IPFIX ?ow record templates that reveal valuable insights into data and session ?ows occurring within virtual networks that use VXLAN. By adding VXLAN support to its Cascade family of solutions, Riverbed will take a market-leading role in applying application-aware network performance management to Software-Defined Networks (SDNs).
All cloud infrastructure—whether private, public, or hybrid—starts with a data center virtualization foundation. By selecting an open, flexible virtualization solution, you are building a data center environment that supports your company’s needs today, while preparing your path for the future. In this white paper, we look at how an open data center virtualization solution can become the cornerstone of your IT optimization effort. We show how open virtualization can meet the needs of IT, as well as the business, while providing a foundation for long-term growth into the cloud. Finally, we review considerations for selecting a virtualization solution, with emphasis on HP and Red Hat integrated solutions.
Energy consumption can add up to 40% of a typical data center's annual budget. Discover how IBM is finding new ways to reduce server-room energy needs and heat output without compromising reliability and availability with technologies such as X-Architecture, BladeCenter Servers and virtualization. IBM executives outline IBM's industry-leading energy-innovation solutions that can help your business save costs and prepare for the future in these short video presentations.
Solarflare’s creation of a ‘virtualization aware’ smart network adapter and modified Xen will allow direct, but safe, access to such adapters from guest operating systems in order to improve network performance.
Studies show that data centers are doubling their total power consumption every 5 years. But have most data centers optimized their energy consumption with the current available solutions? Platform Computing knows there is room in data centers to reduce energy costs by 10-30%. This paper describes strategies for dynamically managing the energy consumption to achieve similar results.