“The network is your business” has been a mantra for many years indicating how businesses rely more heavily on being networked between their facilities, data centers, suppliers, business partners and customers.
Your network enables your business to:
• Improve productivity
• Provide business continuity
• Increase customer satisfaction
• Reduce costs
This paper provides an overview of the different types of Ethernet services, the service components that differentiate them, their business and technical benefits, and important things to consider when selecting an Ethernet service.
"As the rapid rise in the number of mobile devices and users creates an explosion in data and virtual machine instances, datacenter transformation becomes imperative for many enterprises. It is essential enterprises move to consolidate resources and cut both capital and operating costs while still providing support for distributed applications.
This brief white paper delves into a Q&A with Eric Sheppard, research director of IDC’s Storage Software program, on integrated systems and whether you should buy compute, network, and storage resources together. Read on as you will discover:
What integrated systems are, and its benefits
The differences between an integrated platform and integrated infrastructure
How datacenters are leveraging these new systems today
Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of software-based
network technologies to WAN connections to more effectively route all network traffic
between headquarters or data centers, remote and branch offices, and the cloud.
As organizations prioritize digital transformation initiatives, many are finding that legacy
networks are holding them back. To support new business models, cloud adoption, and an
explosion in connected devices, modern networks must support interoperability across data
centers, multiple clouds, branch locations, and edge devices. Applications now run at every
point on this spectrum, and they are critical to businesses’ ability to win in hypercompetitive
marketplaces. Yet, even as business success has become more dependent on
this new architecture, and the amount of data flowing across connections has increased,
many organizations still lack a unified approach to management, automation, and security.
The network of yesterday is not the network that can take businesses into the future. As mission critical enterprise applications move to the cloud, wide area network (WAN) must adapt to become agile, flexible, and scale rapidly. Leading IT trends such as Internet of Things (IoT), Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud storage, enterprise mobility, emerging transport alternatives, and globalization increase the importance of how network assets are leveraged and how the network is conceptualized. The advantages of public and private data centers and cloud-based applications are significantly diminished if the network is slow, inflexible, and unpredictable. Erratic network performance with high latency, jitter and packet loss can significantly impact user adoption, satisfaction, and overall corporate productivity.
As connectivity options continue to emerge, end users are no longer tethered to the office or to the localized applications and services that were trademarks of a primary or branc
Technology trends like telecommuting, BYOD, VoIP and SaaS adoption bring new challenges to the underlying network infrastructure that connects branch offices and datacenters. This guide explains how to tackle the challenges faced by the internet-centric enterprise by intelligently monitoring your WAN, LAN, Wi-Fi and SaaS applications through a combination of Enterprise and Endpoint Agents.
To put it carefully, certain technology decisions at the federal level since 2002 have been questionable. But citing new “Cloud First” policies for implementations in government contact centers, data centers, and federal agencies, cloud initiatives are now showing value by way of cost reductions and broader functionality. Abdo Rabadi of Blue Kite Consultants and Mechele Herres of Interactive Intelligence say even more benefits of the cloud await. Read how the federal government can best achieve them.
In a contact center environment, real-time analytics provide the live information needed to respond to difficult situations before a customer, a sale, or an opportunity is lost. Scott Bakken and David Patchen from MainTrax and Brandon Rowe from Interactive Intelligence discuss how real-time analytics help your business operate at optimal levels and experience increased growth and reduced costs.
This InformationWeek article delves into the details of some of today’s most innovative data centers. You’ll read about data centers that cool with winter air, run on solar power, provision services without human involvement, and are virtually impenetrable. Any one of the tips – and there are dozens – could be a major breakthrough for your company.
With their increased processing power, today’s data centers can generate up to 10 times more heat than those built a decade ago. This IBM white paper helps you to understand what’s happening in an overheated system and to see if yours is at risk. It also explains how the IBM Rear Door Heat eXchanger helps to dramatically reduce data center power consumption.
Energy costs are rising. Floor space is shrinking. And demand for IT capacity continues to grow. In this white paper, IBM reveals the next generation data center: scalable, modular data centers (SMDC). Brief case studies illustrate how specific SMDC solutions helped solve critical business issues, such as outdated infrastructure and scalability.
Data center managers are finding that high-density equipment causes problems such as hotspots and rising cooling costs. In this video, IBM explains how to address green technology issues by getting more out of existing facilities, and then describes an IBM solution that can greatly reduce the energy and power consumption of your data center.
When you need to add IT capacity yesterday, but there's no more space and no more budget, what can you do? This IBM white paper has the answer: a new concept known as scalable, modular data centers. You'll learn how and where they work, the substantial cost benefits they deliver, and how eight different firms are using them to meet various business challenges.
Integrate facilities and IT. Realize the value of the green data center.As data center costs continue to rise, green is the word of the day. What it means is cost savings through consolidation and lower energy usage, as this white paper shows. See the role energy consumption plays in today’s data centers, and how IBM Tivoli® solutions can help optimize energy use.
As data center costs continue to rise, green is the word of the day. What it means is cost savings through consolidation and lower energy usage, as this white paper shows. See the role energy consumption plays in today's data centers, and how IBM Tivoli solutions can help optimize energy use in the data center.
The modern data center has to keep pace with business growth, without outgrowing its physical space. It must meet customer demands, while containing operating costs. The solution lies in a scalable, modular data center-turnkey, high-density, energy-efficient and able to be deployed quickly. Discover how a number of industries have put this concept to work to provide better service and cut costs.
Enabling IT equipment vendors to perform remote service on your data centers helps maximize uptime and lower TCO—but at what risk? Dial-up modems and VPNs introduce security vulnerabilities and lack sufficient auditing capabilities—making it virtually impossible to track external access and maintain data center security. Download this white paper to learn how you can manage security risks, lower service-related costs, achieve regulatory and internal compliance, and more.
How secure are the VPNs and modems that your vendors and partners use to access your data center? Can you confidently track all activity to meet SOX, PCI, and HIPAA compliance requirements? Learn how Axeda ServiceLink for Data Centers empowers you to provide your vendors and partners with secure and auditable access to your mission-critical data center.
Certainly server virtualization offers an elegant way to minimize planned downtime during routine software and hardware maintenance, or scheduled upgrades. But that addresses only part of the availability story.
This paper describes the Symphony VPDC enterprise-grade infrastructure service that provides true high availability enterprise IT environments, supporting development to production, with automated provisioning of servers, network, storage, software and security.
In this new white paper from Digital Realty Trust you'll see why virtualization software is actually a powerful complementary tool that can increase the efficiency of your existing and future data centers.