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: Feb 23, 2017
Years of IT infrastructure advancements have helped to drive out vast amounts of costs within the datacenter. Technologies like server and storage virtualization, data deduplication, and flash-based storage systems (to name just a few) have contributed to improvements of utilization rates, performance, and resiliency for most organizations.
Published By: Commvault
Published Date: Jul 06, 2016
It’s no secret that today’s unprecedented data growth, data center consolidation and server virtualization are wreaking havoc with conventional approaches to backup and recovery. Here are five strategies for modern data protection that will not only help solve your current data management challenges but also ensure that you’re poised to meet future demands.
Published By: Commvault
Published Date: Jul 06, 2016
Today, nearly every datacenter has become heavily virtualized. In fact, according to Gartner as many as 75% of X86 server workloads are already virtualized in the enterprise datacenter. Yet even with the growth rate of virtual machines outpacing the rate of physical servers, industry wide, most virtual environments continue to be protected by backup systems designed for physical servers, not the virtual infrastructure they are used on. Even still, data protection products that are virtualization-focused may deliver additional support for virtual processes, but there are pitfalls in selecting the right approach.
This paper will discuss five common costs that can remain hidden until after a virtualization backup system has been fully deployed.
Modern hybrid data centers, which embrace physical, virtual, and cloud servers, require a new security mindset. The biggest challenges faced by IT in this type of environment is workload discovery, comprehensive security with minimal performance impact, and management. This white paper offers insights into how McAfee Server Security Suites tackles all of these challenges and provides better visibility across the entire enterprise data center.
A new wave of application workloads and associated data traffic - related to virtualization, cloud, mobility, analytics, and social media — have placed unprecedented strain on the datacenter network and forced commensurate architectural and operational changes.
Years of IT infrastructure advancements have helped to drive out vast amounts of costs within the datacenter. Technologies like server and storage virtualization, data deduplication, and flash-based storage systems (to name just a few) have contributed to improvements of utilization rates, performance, and resiliency for most organizations. Unfortunately, organizations still struggle with deeply rooted operational inefficiencies related to IT departments with silos of technology and expertise that lead to higher complexity, limited scalability, and suboptimal levels of agility. The recent tectonic shifts caused by the rise of 3rd Platform applications that focus on social, mobile, cloud, and big data environments have amplified the pains associated with these structural inefficiencies.
Published By: Infoblox
Published Date: Jun 18, 2015
In this whitepaper we'll explore some of these problems inherent in virtualized datacenters and cloud environments, specifically enterprise private clouds, and we'll discuss solutions that can take you down the last mile of the automation journey so that your business can fully achieve agility and extract maximum value from its private-cloud investments.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: May 05, 2015
IT organizations are under intense pressure to improve service levels and contain expenses in today’s challenging economic climate. Forward-looking organizations are upgrading IT infrastructure and implementing virtualization and cloud computing solutions to improve business agility and drive down costs. Many enterprises are adopting a dual platform approach, retaining Microsoft Windows for office productivity and collaboration applications, and deploying Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® for infrastructure and datacenter modernization initiatives. By adopting standards-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux, businesses can enjoy high performance, reliability, and security, with a lower overall TCO.
The four pillars of computing — cloud, mobility, social, and analytics — are driving new levels of network innovation in datacenter networks. These forces are now buffeting the datacenter along with virtualization and the Internet of Things (IoT), resulting in sweeping changes in traffic patterns that expose the limitations of traditional networks and their operational models. To become a resource rather than a bottleneck to overall datacenter performance, the network must deliver not just exceptional performance and scalability but also unprecedented automation and orchestration that can yield agility, flexibility, and service velocity. This Technology Spotlight examines these key trends and discusses the role that Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) plays in addressing these
ongoing challenges for enterprise IT and network managers.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Sep 25, 2014
Today’s mega IT trends – cloud computing, big data, mobile and social media –have dramatically altered how enterprises work, requiring datacenters to find new, more flexible and cost effective ways to meet computing demands.
For most datacenters, the path toward tomorrow's compute paradigm mandates an investment in standardization and consolidation as well as a more robust adoption of enterprise virtualization software, along with cloud system software to extend that virtualized infrastructure into a true private cloud environment.
Linux has emerged as one of the key elements to a modernization program for a datacenter.
In addition to high reliability and availability, enterprise mission critical applications, data centers operating 24x7, and data analysis platforms all demand powerful data processing capabilities and stability. The NEC PCIe SSD Appliance for Microsoft® SQL Server® is a best-practice reference architecture for such demanding workloads. It comprises an Express 5800 Scalable Enterprise Server Series with Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family CPUs, high-performance HGST FlashMAX II PCIe server-mounted flash storage, and Microsoft® SQL Server®
2014. When compared with the previous reference architecture based on a server with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family CPUs, benchmark testing demonstrated a performance improvement of up to 173% in logical scan rate in a data warehouse environment. The testing also demonstrated consistently fast and stable performance in online transaction processing (OLTP) that could potentially be encountered.
Sponsored by: NEC and Intel® Xeon® processor
Servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v2 family in a four-CPU configuration can deliver up to twice the processing performance, three times the memory capacity, and four times the I/O bandwidth of previous models. Together with their excellent transaction processing performance, these servers provide a high level of availability essential to enterprise systems via advanced RAS functions that guarantee the integrity of important data while also reducing costs and the frequency of server downtime.
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Server virtualization is revolutionizing the datacenter by making applications mobile, increasing application uptime, and allowing IT admins to allocate computing resources more efficiently. The technology has been deployed widely enough that the role of the computer server has evolved from directly hosting operating systems and applications to hosting fully virtualized environments. Server that can support more virtualized machines (VMs - complete application stacks) allow their users to gain higher return on their IT investments. Private Cloud can extend the virtualization benefits in ways that broaden the benefits of virtualization to all parts of the organization. In this white paper, you will learn how Corporate IT uses these tools to meet the increasing demand for IT services.
Without a doubt, performance is the database professional’s number one concern when it comes to virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server. While virtualizing SQL Server is nothing new, even today there are some people who still think that SQL Server is too resource-intensive to virtualize. That’s definitely not the case. However, there are several tips and best practices that you need to follow to achieve optimum performance and availability for your virtual SQL Server instances. In this whitepaper, you’ll learn about the best practices, techniques, and server platform for virtualizing SQL Server to obtain the maximum virtualized database performance. In this white paper, you’ll learn about the best practices, techniques, and server platform for virtualizing SQL Server to obtain the maximum virtualized database performance.
This document from IDC discusses the results that more comprehensive datacenter virtualization delivers, and it lays out both the promises and the potential pitfalls of the journey through successive stages of datacenter virtualization.
This document discusses the results that more comprehensive datacenter virtualization delivers, and it lays out both the promises and the potential pitfalls of the journey through successive stages of datacenter virtualization.
Published By: VMTurbo
Published Date: Feb 11, 2014
These new software-defined capabilities, enabling enterprises and service providers bridge the gap between software-defined flexibility and the true business potential of the Software-Defined Datacenter.
"Cloud computing, also known as 'IT as a Service', is predicated on delivering IT services on demand, an idea that has support from business leaders as a way to better align IT with business operations. Cloud computing has two key requirements: virtualized applications and seamless support and integration between the server, networking, storage and hypervisor components.
In this paper, we explore these concepts and highlight the critical features necessary to move beyond server virtualization by leveraging key integration capabilities between IT components-with a particular focus on the important role that storage plays in the evolution of the datacenter architecture."
It is very clear that datacenter managers need, in addition to server virtualization, the virtualization, pooling, and management of all the other resources that interoperate with their VMs. They require virtualized network interconnects and storage. They also need the tools to manage and automate these converged IT assets as an integrated datacenter system.
This more agile system is the key to enabling the shift to a cloud-based infrastructure IT delivery model. Solution providers like HP are now addressing the need for more optimized and agile IT solutions. They are delivering virtualized storage, virtual application network (VAN) infrastructure, and the orchestration software to manage and automate all these ingredients as a single system. Read this whitepaper to learn more.
In this paper, we highlight the features necessary to move beyond server virtualization by leveraging key integration capabilities between IT components, with a particular focus on the role that storage plays in the evolution of the data center.
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.