The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is an overarching philosophy for implementing better data centers. The most basic way to think about an SDDC is as a combination of virtualized computing resources, plus software-defined storage and networking. In addition, SDDC often includes overarching security aspects: in other words, SDDC abstracts and automates all the compute, storage and networking aspects that are traditionally physical, and it can put that automation and abstraction to use in enhancing security.
It appears that agility and efficiency are coveted by basically everyone involved in protecting and managing data- especially those people struggling to simultaneously keep up with sprawl and meet ever-heightening expectations. One answer to these storage-related challenges centers on introducing a software-defined layer that abstracts and normalizes underlying storage repositories while still enabling already-deployed best of breed componentry to do what it does best.
To succeed in today’s competitive reality, businesses need to free themselves from the limitations of legacy IT infrastructure. The days of purchasing hardware and maintaining massive data centers to run IT must come to an end. Managing and maintaining your infrastructure is simply too expensive.
Explanation of the Oracle IaaS solutions and cases studies.
Published By: MarkLogic
Published Date: Nov 07, 2017
Today, data is big, fast, varied and constantly changing. As a result, organizations are managing hundreds of systems and petabytes of data. However, many organizations are unable to get the most value from their data because they’re using RDBMS to solve problems they weren’t designed to fix.
Why change? In this white paper, we dive into the details of why relational databases are ill-suited to handle the massive volumes of disparate, varied, and changing data that organizations have in their data centers. It is for this reason that leading organizations are going beyond relational to embrace new kinds of databases. And when they do, the results can be dramatic.
Published By: Datavail
Published Date: Nov 03, 2017
“One of the most popular MDM solution is Oracle Hyperion Data Relationship Management. Oracle DRM is used to resolve the challenges across the people, processes, and tools that go into the tasks of data management. Although Oracle DRM is a powerful software, it nevertheless presents challenges for organizations seeking to integrate it with other Oracle applications such as PeopleSoft Financials – DRM is unable to automatically push updates made within its system to PeopleSoft. As a result, changes in DRM to cost centers, project centers, trees, and hierarchies must be manually updated in PeopleSoft Financials – a tedious process that can take hours every day. The good news is that these challenges can be easily addressed with the support of partners such as Datavail.
In some cases, adopting cloud IoT platform may make more sense where required processes, communication costs and cloud costs meet sufficient total cost of ownership against deploying MDC. Additionally, in situations that an end-user organization already has a secure room or a modular data center solution where infrastructure can be housed and/or the amount of infrastructure involved may be too small to benefit from power/cooling advantages of being housed in an MDC, the organization may not see a need for an MDC. An MDC is nothing more than a smaller form of a modular data center, and a number of providers have entered the modular data center solutions space in the past. These modular data center solution providers came into the market with high expectations for growth and ROI only to find that high sales were not forthcoming due to limited use cases, so many exited the space.
Many organizations face access management chaos. As applications and resources have spread across on-premise data centers and multiple cloud providers, users are often accessing these resources from anywhere and on multiple devices. These simultaneous trends have left access management systems fragmented and access polices inconsistent, resulting in an environment that is expensive to maintain and challenging to secure.
The broad adoption of the next generation of cloud, mobile, M2M, and big data applications is having profound impacts on IT and network infrastructures. Compared to traditional applications, these applications have much shorter life cycles. You must be able to spin them up, spin them down, and grow and shrink them on demand. Furthermore, you must be able to move these application workloads within a data center or across geographically distributed data centers, resulting in increased management complexities.
HCAHPS is the barometer for understanding a patient’s hospital experience. But can you predict the
outcome of your patient satisfaction surveys by reading online reviews from past and present patients?
And more importantly, does improving your hospital’s online reputation improve HCAHPS scores?
Reputation.com’s Data Science team, led by Brad Null, Ph.D, analyzed two years of HCAHPS hospital
survey data from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, across more than 4,800 hospitals.
Solid state storage is increasingly deployed in all sizes of
datacenters, from the small and medium business to the
large enterprise. It comes in many forms including
hybrid arrays, direct attached drives, PCIe flash and
accelerators that fit somewhere in between servers and
storage. With the price of flash continuing to drop,
hybrid storage is becoming more compelling to the small
and medium business for critical computing applications
such as databases and day-to-day operational
In the current landscape of modern data centers, IT professionals are stretched too thin. Triage situations are the norm and tend to reduce the time spent on strategic business objectives. This paper offers a solution to this IT dilemma, outlining the ways to achieve a storage infrastructure that enables greater performance and capacity.
Published By: Datastax
Published Date: Aug 23, 2017
Enterprises today continue to differentiate themselves with cloud applications – any application that needs to be always-on, distributed, scalable, real-time, and contextual. With DataStax Enterprise, DataStax delivers comprehensive data management with a unique always-on architecture that accelerates the ability of enterprises, government agencies, and systems integrators to power the exploding number of cloud applications. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) powers these cloud applications that require data distribution across data centers and clouds, by using a secure, operationally simple platform. At its core, DSE offers the industry’s best distribution of Apache Cassandra™.
This paper provides a summary of the features and functionality of DataStax Enterprise that make it the best choice for companies that are looking to leverage the promise of Apache Cassandra™ for production environments.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Aug 17, 2017
For many companies the appeal of the public cloud is very real. For tech startups, the cloud may be their
only option, since many don’t have the capital or expertise to build and operate the IT systems their
businesses need. Existing companies with established data centers are also looking at public clouds, to
increase IT agility while limiting risk. The idea of building-out their production capacity while possibly
reducing the costs attached to that infrastructure can be attractive. For most companies the cloud isn’t
an “either-or” decision, but an operating model to be evaluated along with on-site infrastructure. And
like most infrastructure decisions the question of cost is certainly a consideration.
In this report we’ll explore that question, comparing the cost of an on-site hyperconverged solution with
a comparable set up in the cloud. The on-site infrastructure is a Dell EMC VxRailTM hyperconverged
appliance cluster and the cloud solution is Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The cloud is a network of servers housing data, software, and services. Cloud services are commonly accessed via the Internet, instead of locally in a data center. Businesses are increasingly relying on the cloud for cybersecurity for two key reasons: 1. Due to a changing threat landscape, there’s a need for more scale, accuracy, experience, and collective intelligence. These resources are out of reach internally for most organizations. 2. There are fundamental limits with on-premises hardware mitigation appliances and enterprise data centers for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and web attack protection.
Published By: 8x8 Inc.
Published Date: Aug 15, 2017
This paper outlines the difficult challenges faced by all businesses in creating exceptional customer experiences. And discusses the value of a contact center that supports all channels, disaster recovery and data analytics. Contact Centers today must manage cultural change throughout the organization to truly meet customers’ expectations. Read on to learn best practices for taking the lead in creating customer journeys that engender loyalty, delivers satisfaction, and drives revenues.
In today’s world of being “on” 24/7, data centers are at the core of business and viewed as the way to create competitive differentiation. Speed, efficiency, flexibility, and scale are now critical for winning the race to meet new connectivity and processing demands caused by the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data.
Schneider Electric is integrating datacenter infrastructure management (DCIM) software, big-data analytics and cloud services into the management of customers’ datacenters. Its recently launched StruxureOn cloud offering signals a new wave in datacenter operations, using a combination of machine learning, anomaly detection and event-stream playback to give operators real-time insights and alarming via their smartphones.
More capabilities and features are planned, including predictive analysis and, eventually, automated action. Schneider’s long-term strategy is to build a partner ecosystem around StruxureOn, and provide digital services that span its traditional datacenter business.
Business evolution and technology advancements during the last decade have driven a sea change in the way data centers are funded, organized, and managed. Enterprises are now focusing on a profound digital transformation which is a continuous adjustment of technology management resources to deliver business results, guided by rapid review of desired outcomes related to end clients, resources, and budget constraints. These IT transitions are very much part of the competitive landscape, and executed correctly, they become competitive differentiators and enable bottom line growth. These outcomes are driving data centers to virtualization, service-oriented architectures, increased cybersecurity, “big data,” and “cloud,” to name a few of the key factors. This is completely rethinking and retooling the way enterprises handle the applications, data, security, and access that constitute their critical IT resources. In essence, cloud is the new IT.
Juniper Networks hybrid cloud architecture enables enterprises to build secure, high performance environments across private and public cloud data centers. The easy-tomanage, scalable architecture keeps operational costs down, allowing users to do more with fewer resources. Security is optimized by the space-efficient Juniper Networks® SRX Series Services Gateways, which are next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) with fully integrated, cloud-informed threat intelligence that offers outstanding performance, scalability, and integrated security services. Designed for high-performance security environments and seamless integration of networking, along with advanced malware detection with Juniper Sky™ Advanced Threat Prevention (ATP), application visibility and control, and intrusion prevention on a single platform, the SRX Series firewalls are best suited for enterprise hybrid cloud deployments.
Published By: SecureAuth
Published Date: Aug 08, 2017
Office 365 has eclipsed all other cloud applications to emerge as the most widely used enterprise cloud service by user count. It’s easy to understand why: With Office 365, organizations no longer have to pay for hardware or resources to manage software in their own data centers, and their users always have the latest versions of applications. But Office 365 comes with significant security concerns, especially as organizations store more and more sensitive and business-critical data there. One study reports that virtually every organization experiences at least one cloud-based threat each month — and the average has soared to nearly 6 incidents every week. What can organizations do to protect their Office 365 environments? Read the white paper to learn.
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.
Mobile is undoubtedly changing both our personal and professional lives. Customer service organizations should decide on a strategy to bridge the gap between mobile behavior and customer service. This requires a strategic review of value drivers, combined with a tactical search for relevant use cases.
Don’t fall in the “we need an app for everything” trap — some users need big screens, some users don’t. Some need a rich experience, others just need basic functions. Your strategy must take all of these dynamics into consideration.
The ongoing success of 7ticks depends on having an IT infrastructure that adapts and scales to unforgiving reliability, performance, and transparency requirements. To support the torrid growth of data, 7ticks needed to expand the IP/MPLS network connecting its data centers to 40 Gbps—and have an immediate path to 100 Gbps and beyond. Within its data centers, 7ticks needed network and security solutions that would keep pace—and would simplify service management and support automation.
“Our biggest challenge is performance at scale,” says Scott Caudell, founder of the 7ticks business and vice president of IT infrastructure at Interactive Data. “IT is our business. The 7ticks infrastructure helps customers get a lower time to market and faster execution speeds at a cost that’s sustainable for their businesses.”