In the broadening data center cost-saving and energy efficiency discussion, data center physical infrastructure preventive maintenance (PM) is sometimes neglected as an important tool for controlling TCO and downtime. PM is performed specifically to prevent faults from occurring. IT and facilities managers can improve systems uptime through a better understanding of PM best practices.
For the typical enterprise, the volume of data that needs to be managed and protected is growing at roughly 40% per year. Add to that the performance requirements of new applications and the demands for instant response time, always-on availability, and anytime-anywhere access. With such demands, data center managers face storage challenges that cannot be addressed using traditional, spinning-disk technology.
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Aug 22, 2018
In the emerging digital enterprise, there’s a good chance some application development will be taking place outside the information technology department. It’s not that the role of IT is in any way being diminished – in fact, IT managers are getting busier than ever, overseeing the technology strategies of their enterprises. Rather, the pieces are in place for business users to build and configure the essential business applications they need, on a self-service basis, with minimal or no involvement of their IT departments.
As the world moves deeper into an era of ongoing disruption from digital players – be they startups, or teams within established enterprises – technology has become an essential part of every job, from the boardroom to the boiler room. Accordingly, the discipline of IT is no longer confined to the data center or development shop. Many business managers and professionals are building, launching or downloading their own applications to achieve productivity and respond
The Time for the Hybrid WAN IT has gone through a significant evolution over the past decade. Virtualization has changed the entire face of the data center, the network edge has become predominantly wireless and consumer devices reign supreme. However, one of the few areas of IT that has yet to evolve is the corporate wide area network (WAN). Managing the WAN is something network managers have always struggled with because WAN speeds are typically an order of magnitude, or more, slower than local area networks (LANs).
IT has gone through a significant evolution over the past decade. Virtualization has changed the entire face of the data center, the network edge has become predominantly wireless and consumer devices reign supreme. However, one of the few areas of IT that has yet to evolve is the corporate wide area network (WAN). Managing the WAN is something network managers have always struggled with because WAN speeds are typically an order of magnitude, or more, slower than local area networks (LANs).
Implementing prefabricated modular data centers results in well-understood benefits including speed of deployment, predictability, scalability, and lifecycle cost. The process of deploying them – from designing the data center, to preparing the site, to procuring the equipment, to installation – is quite different than that of a traditional data center. This paper presents practical considerations, guidance, and results that a data center manager should expect from such a deployment.
SDx Central host a webcast to look at troubleshooting top-down application performance in Cisco SDWAN networks as well as assessing impact to application bottoms-up in a Cisco ACI data Center.
Jeremy Rossbach, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, CA Technologies
Jason Normandin, Sr Principal Manager, CA Technologies
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle, Senior Editor, SDx Central
Published By: Storiant
Published Date: Apr 27, 2015
Emerging storage vendors offer data center managers and storage administrators new antidotes for their storage challenges. This research details five companies that provide innovative storage capabilities via new architecture and deployment methods, and looks back at two past Cool Vendors.
FlashBlade fabric modules implement a unified network that connects all blades to each other and to the data center network. With full connectivity, all blades can serve as client connection endpoints, as authorities that process client requests, and as storage managers that transfer data to and from flash and NVRAM.
Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is a converged infrastructure system designed for rapid and simple deployment of private cloud at an industry-leading price point. Whether customers are running Linux, Microsoft Windows or Oracle Solaris applications, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance supports consolidation for a wide range of mixed workloads in medium-to-large sized data centers.
High-performance, low-latency Oracle Fabric Interconnect and Oracle SDN allow automated configuration of the server and storage networks. The embedded controller software automates the installation, configuration, and management of all infrastructure components at the push of a button. Customers need to enter only basic configuration parameters and create virtual machines (VMs) manually or by using Oracle VM Templates to get a full application up and running in a few hours. With Oracle Enterprise Manager, the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is transformed into a powerful private cloud infrastructure that integrates
Published By: CA WA 2
Published Date: Sep 29, 2008
Forrester evaluated leading Data Center Automation (DCA) solutions across approximately 80 criteria. CA was named as a leader in this Wave evaluation. The report states: “Recently, CA introduced its Data Center Automation Manager, which is part of its dynamic and virtual systems management solution and is directed at the automation of the data center.
The all-encompassing data center is a thing of the past. Modern data environments are distributed and include remote and branch offices, mobile devices, and
the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as cloud solutions such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS).
There’s more critical data to back up than ever before. Plus, data silos and fragmented management mean poor visibility, which can make it difficult to comply
with regional data residency and security rules as well as service-level agreements (SLAs).
On-premises data protection has not kept pace. According to a survey by Fujitsu, 45% of IT managers said they had lost data or productivity related to data
protection inefficiency within the last year.1
Often, this is because on-premises backups are cumbersome and do not always happen on time.
Published By: Cray Inc.
Published Date: Jul 22, 2014
The Cray® CS300-LC™ liquid-cooled cluster supercomputer combines system performance and power savings, allowing users to reduce capital expense and operating costs.
The Trend Toward Liquid Cooling
Recent IDC surveys of the worldwide high performance computing (HPC) market consistently show that cooling today's larger, denser HPC systems has become a top challenge for datacenter managers. The surveys reveal a notable trend toward liquid cooling systems, and warm water cooling has emerged as an effective alternative to chilled liquid cooling.
Published By: Aviatrix
Published Date: Jun 11, 2018
Join Aviatrix for a discussion of next-generation transit hubs that are purpose-built to treat the network as code, rather than as a virtualized instance of a data center router. Learn how a software-defined approach can transform your AWS transit hub design from a legacy architecture exercise into a strategic infrastructure initiative that doesn’t require you to descend into the command-line interface and BGP of the IT networking world.
As part of our fact-filled AWS Bootcamp series, Aviatrix CTO Sherry Wei and Neel Kamal, head of field operations at Aviatrix share the requirements that our most successful customers have insisted upon for their Global Transit Networks, and demonstrate the key features that deliver on those requirements.
Who Should Watch?
Anyone responsible for connectivity of cloud resources, including cloud architects, cloud infrastructure managers, cloud engineers, and networking staff.
The need for reliable data centers is growing, especially in the small to medium sized business market. So too is the price of data centers -- both in terms of initial cost and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) -- as equipment, service and utility costs continue to escalate. How is a data center manager going to support an IT-based business strategy that hinges on high availability, at a reasonable business cost? Insource? Outsource? Build? Lease? This presentation looks at the factors driving data centers costs, their impact, how they can be controlled, and how to justify the data center you need.
The transition to the SDCC gives IT managers and security professionals the opportunity to build in a security architecture that is designed from the ground up to meet the needs of the cloud era. With the right architectural model, security can be much simpler to deploy, provision, manage, and scale. Organizations can save money, enhance protection, and leverage the agility of private and hybrid cloud infrastructures. IT teams can expand their visibility from the data center into the cloud, uncovering threats wherever they appear and coordinating an appropriate and comprehensive response.
Designed for CIOs, IT managers, data center managers and grid computing architects seeking to improve performance, SAS Grid Computing on the HP BladeSystem. C-Class helps accelerate growth and mitigate risks with a simplified, consolidated infrastructure that’s agile enough to efficiently handle change. SAS Grid Manager on HP BladeSystem can lower costs through automation, virtualization and improved IT efficiency. Download HP's "Quick Sizing Guide for SAS Grid running on HP BladeSystem and EVA Storage" to learn more about the equipment needs to deploy SAS Grid Manager on HP BladeSystem.
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.
Increased processing needs means increased energy costs. In fact, power costs can often exceed hardware costs. Read this white paper and see how the pairing of new IBM System x and BladeCenter servers with the new Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series can reduce costs and improve performance.
Published By: HP VMware
Published Date: Mar 03, 2008
There are probably as many approaches to data protection and disaster recovery as there are types of disasters that might befall your datacenter. Figuring out which approach is best for your datacenter—from a technical, operational and financial outlook—is enough to keep a responsible manager like you up at night. Download this paper to learn about the proven, flexible solution that prepares your data to survive and recover from almost any calamity, from HP and VMware.
Published By: SEPATON
Published Date: Jun 23, 2008
Deduplication is becoming an essential tool to help data center managers control exponential data growth in the backup environment. The methods used to accomplish deduplication vary widely as do the levels of capacity optimization they can provide. Some techniques are well suited to small-to-medium sized backup environments, while others are optimized for larger enterprises. This report describes the various techniques used today to deduplicate data and highlights unique deduplication considerations for enterprise environments.
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