The stark reality of the data center today is mixed platforms, operating systems and hardware. Fortunately Windows Vista has been engineered to integrate smoothly into these so-called hybrid environments, as you’ll learn in this podcast featuring Microsoft expert Chris Ross.
This white paper is focused on the design and architecture of an OCS 2007 environment in an HP BladeSystem infrastructure. The document outlines a building block approach to deploying OCS on the HP BladeSystem and focuses on how the design decisions around levels of availability, scalability, and the OCS 2007 feature set impact the hardware that is deployed and the version of OCS that is used. The white paper also covers a brief overview of the Microsoft Unified Communications framework including Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 and an overview of the HP BladeSystem architecture and how the HP BladeSystem can help lower the total cost of ownership (TCO).
The focus of this report is performance testing of the core services of an OCS Enterprise Edition Consolidated Configuration and as deployed on an HP BladeSystem and HP StorageWorks solution. One requirement for any solution deploying more than one server in a pool is a hardware load balancer. In this solution a F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is used.
BIG-IP resource provisioning combines the best features of each virtualization model by enabling BIG-IP LTM modules to run sandboxed without sharing resources, while giving them the ability to dynamical scale if/when needed. Resource provisioning is a new model in hardware virtualization, one that will change the face of application delivery and Application Delivery Controllers moving forward.
The recent release of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study on data center energy efficiency is adding fuel to the fire in the research and development of new ways to reduce energy use in centers. The findings, summarized on the EPA website, are staggering: Data centers consumed about 60 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in 2006, roughly 1.5 percent of total US electricity consumption -Energy consumption of servers and data centers has doubled in the past five years and is expected to almost double again in the next five years to more than 100 billion kWh, costing about $7.4 billion annually.
When Alcatel bought out Lucent at the end of 2006, the two companies had already begun planning data center consolidations of their own, but the merger changed all that. As it turns out, the merged company created a plan to consolidate 25 data centers and 125 server rooms down to six data centers and just a few server rooms. This change has presented challenges, especially in terms of arranging downtime and dealing with employees' attachment to their servers and applications, but the company is on pace to meet it’s goal of reducing IT operational cost by 25% over three years.
In this brief, you'll learn how CA Recovery Management Products, like CA ARCserve Backup and CA XOsoft solutions, can be applied with VMware Infrastructure to help you effectively respond to the challenges and opportunities of business-critical computing.
As the amount and importance of corporate data grows, companies of all sizes are finding that they increasingly need to deploy high-availability database solutions to support their business-critical applications.
Today’s anti-malware solutions running as applications above the operating system are no match for the stealth techniques used by today’s malware developers. Hardware-assisted security products take advantage of a “deeper” security footprint.
Traditional antivirus or intrusion prevention systems are no match for the new breed of attacks; enterprises need layered security controls that work together to detect the presence and actions of stealthy malware and attackers.
In this whitepaper Gartner evaluates a variety of networking vendors providing access layer connectivity. Vendors must have an end-to-end hardware solution, but increasingly, vendor differentiation centers on network services, including guest access, onboarding, security and management tools.
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"Although many IT professionals believe that using self-signed SSL certificates can help their organizations lower security costs, the real numbers tell a different story. From data center infrastructure and physical security, to the hardware and software required, to the personnel needed to manage the certificate lifecycle, the true costs of self-signed SSL security can become very expensive, very fast.
This paper explores the true total cost of ownership (TCO) for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor. Before a company decides to use self-signed certificates, these issues deserve careful consideration."
DevOps Unlimited needed to provide application infrastructure
for a start-up client which was enjoying rapid growth with its
new financial services product. Neither DevOps nor the client
wanted to invest in, or manage, its own IT hardware, so a
cloud service was the ideal solution. It would give the client
the ability to grow rapidly without tying up time, resources and
capital expense deploying dedicated IT hardware.
With core competencies like security, facility management, and carrier access, CenturyLink provides comprehensive global colocation services that extend your IT infrastructure into a more efficient virtual environment. You manage your own hardware, software, and applications to maintain complete control while gaining the cost and growth benefits of colocation.
Published By: 8x8 Inc.
Published Date: Feb 13, 2017
This complimentary report will display the biggest benefits of moving to 8x8 Virtual Virtual Office including:
-Never have to perform a communications hardware or software upgrade again
-Providing more consistent and unified communications service
-Improving business processes with prebuilt CRM integration
Published By: Veeam '18
Published Date: Mar 13, 2018
Disaster recovery (DR) planning has a reputation for being difficult and time consuming. Setting up alternate processing sites, procuring hardware, establishing data replication, and failover testing have been incredibly expensive undertakings. To top it all off, the need for 24x7x365 business application availability threatens to make disaster recovery planning an exercise in futility.
Published By: Veeam '18
Published Date: Mar 13, 2018
Some customers are pushing independent software vendors to come out with their own appliances. Be careful what you ask for, because you may create something that you weren’t looking for. What happens if your favorite backup software product suddenly starts putting out its own appliance? At a minimum, other appliances from other vendors may cease to exist. Why should a big-box vendor partner with your backup software product only to compete with them? What happens when someone at the helm starts realizing that by creating a tighter integration between the software and the hardware, the company increases its bottom line enough to make that worthwhile? You may find yourself forced to buy a different hardware product than you want in order to keep the software that you like.
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Two trends are pushing all lines of business—across all industries—toward cloud IT.
First, IT is being stretched more than ever. IT organizations are expected to expand services and meet tighter SLAs while having fewer resources, personnel, and skills to work with. With the IT queue growing longer than ever, both IT and LOB leaders are interested in using the cloud to quickly deploy the services users need.
For most IT organizations, the current way of doing business does not map to growth or enable the flexibility to compete in the digital age. Rigid and periodic hardware-refresh cycles cannot adequately scale, and applications built for on-premises resources using traditional development and management tools are no longer flexible enough to deliver the agility businesses need to grow or compete.
Enterprises are moving to a software-defined, private cloud data center model for agility, operational efficiency, and a self-service approach to deploying applications and associated services. They are utilizing a two-tier hybrid services architecture to get the benefits of specialized hardware for front door network services and scalable software for application, stack-specific services. Read this whitepaper to learn how to integrate the necessary services with the orchestration and automation systems of a software-defined data center.