Many IT administrators have already learned the hard way that managing the performance and availability of services built on virtualization technologies can be difficult, if not impossible at times. All too often, early adopters of virtualization have struggled with limited technology features and stability constraints, while learning new ways to effectively manage capacity requirements.
Published By: Emerson
Published Date: Dec 01, 2010
The ten steps outlined in this paper provide a systematic approach to building the
foundation for data center infrastructure management by deploying and leveraging
measurement, intelligent controls and centralized monitoring and management. Data
centers employing these 10 prescribed point solutions for infrastructure performance
monitoring stand to gain an operational, strategic and transformative advantage for their
enterprise or business.
Through these 10 steps, data center managers can automatically collect data from
infrastructure systems and sensors placed strategically within the physical space and use this
data to gain higher availability, increase efficiency, enhance the value of virtualization and
consolidation efforts and improve planning.
This paper gives a high-level overview of key trends
shaping the data center and their impact on network
security. The paper is divided into the following topic
• Perimeter firewall
• Core network segmentation
• Cloud computing (infrastructure-as-a-service)
• Software-defined networking (SDN)
• Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
As enterprises build out data center, headquarter, and even branch office networks with ever-increasing Ethernet speeds,
security infrastructure needs to keep up. In the last 3 years, a long list of firewall manufacturers have rolled out products that
support between 40G and 1T of aggregate throughput, and they’re all investigating the need to support new technologies and new physical interfaces at higher performance levels.
Veeam has staked a claim that the company’s purpose-built virtual machine data protection solution, Veeam Backup & Replication, is powerful, easy-to-use and affordable. This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of the Veeam solution and examines today’s IT challenges – including exploding data volumes, shrinking backup windows, and more stringent recovery point and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs) – and the need for data protection methodologies designed for the physical infrastructure paradigm.
Just about everyone has heard stories extolling the benefits of cloud computing and virtualization, the twin forces behind the transformation of the way companies of all shapes and sizes “do” computing. But to take part in this information revolution, it’s critical to have the right underpinnings.
That means not only upgrading the decade-old Windows Server 2003 operating system software that still drives more than 12 million servers, but also upgrading the underlying hardware to ensure you realize all the benefits the software can deliver. The combination of Windows Server 2012 and the latest Intel® Xeon®-based server hardware should be part of an IT strategy for companies and departments looking to modernize their IT infrastructure. This checklist will identify 10 of the top issues driving the need for server OS software and hardware upgrades.
Published By: ViewSonic
Published Date: Apr 02, 2014
When your customers move to a virtual desktop infrastructure, you must first consider the types of endpoint devices that best fit their needs. Read this whitepaper to learn more about customers’ VDI needs so you can select the best-fitting endpoint device for your customer. By choosing a ViewSonic VDI endpoint solution, your customers will benefit from best-in-class VDI endpoint performance for VMware, Citrix and Microsoft virtual desktop infrastructures.
For over 100 years, Balfour Beatty has created and cared for the vital assets that enable societies and economies to grow. With operations in over 80 countries, Balfour’s global staff is comprised of designers, planners, engineers, builders, project and facilities managers, analysts, and consultants. Through more than 50,000 employees worldwide, Balfour Beatty is one of only a few companies with the expertise and resources to deliver complex and large-scale projects, handling all stages of the infrastructure lifecycle - from financing, through planning and design, to construction, maintenance and support.
Veeam® Cloud Connect is an easy, efficient way for your customers to get backups offsite. More specifically, Veeam Cloud Connect helps customers avoid catastrophic data loss by keeping their backups in a service-provider infrastructure provided by you! This document explains how your customers will reap immediate benefit from using Veeam Cloud Connect and how you will increase sales opportunities and revenue by selling it.
Published By: Cloudian
Published Date: Jun 08, 2015
With the massive growth of data from IOT to collaboration to compliance, end users are demanding low cost, flexible, easy to scale, and simple to manage datacenter storage solutions. Software-defined object storage delivers on these demands by capitalizing on industry standard x86 infrastructure and storage technologies to deploy more economic and manageable storage solutions compared to legacy storage architectures in existence today. Combined with Cisco’s world class Unified Compute System (Cisco UCS), Cloudian’s HyperStore Software-defined enables Enterprises to efficiently meet their growing data needs and rapidly respond to business demands.
Published By: Cloudian
Published Date: Jul 13, 2015
With the massive growth of data from the Internet of Things (IOT) to collaboration to compliance, users are demanding low-cost, flexible, easy to scale, and simple to manage data center storage solutions. Software-defined object storage delivers on these demands by capitalizing on industry standard x86 infrastructure and storage technologies to deploy more economic and manageable storage solutions compared to legacy storage architectures.
Cloudian HyperStore is an example of the new breed of software-designed storage. Cloudian HyperStore allows companies to build their own public or private cloud storage infrastructure including enterprise IT organizations, cloud service providers, or cloud hosting providers. This document gathers the essential information about a scale-out storage reference architecture and a real-world example from the Cloudian support organization that uses the Cloudian HyperStore® appliances that are powered by Lenovo hardware.
Virtualization provides organizations with many costs savings and significant business agility. One virtualization technology that many organizations take advantage of is called virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). VDI empowers employees and employers with many benefits, no matter the size of the organization. One such benefit with VDI is the ability to provide centrally managed desktop environments to employees on any device. In doing so, the organization can rest assured that information is always accessed and managed in a secure fashion – regardless of where the user is accessing information from.
Published By: Gigamon
Published Date: Oct 15, 2015
The Impact of Virtualization on the Evolving Security Threat Landscape - IT Security teams continue to mitigate security threats with traditional security devices. But virtualization has caused the enterprise to explore new ways to extend the reach of security tools into the virtual infrastructure. With today’s distributed
application architecture that led to the growth in East-West traffic inside the hypervisor, security architects are looking for more
efficient ways to gain visibility to that traffic on behalf of their existing and next-generation security appliances, such as IDS/IPS, Web server security, integrity monitoring and malware inspection, along with several other tools.
Cloud has revolutionized computing from the desktop to the data center and, perhaps even more meaningfully, down to the mobile devices we work and play with. The cloud approach of scalable shared infrastructure has allowed customers to consider both purchasing and deploying information technology resources in more flexible, cost-effective ways. They’ve saved money and invested in only the capacity they needed and are enjoying the benefits of consolidated infrastructure. Virtualization has been at the epicenter of this revolution and has enabled racks of disparate hardware to become one. But the move to virtualization has not come without bumps in the road.
Published By: Nimboxx
Published Date: Oct 26, 2015
The evolution of enterprise IT has finally reached the point where mid-size companies can cost effectively exploit the benefits of fully virtualized cloud operations and large and mid-size companies alike can greatly reduce the costs of expanding already virtualized infrastructures.
The linchpin to this transformation is Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) technology. HCI overcomes barriers such as the need to invest in large blocks of disparate compute and storage facilities that have prevented many mid-size enterprises from reaping the benefits of cloud-based operations which is to say the orchestration of virtualized data center resources across multiple workflows.
Many organizations are evaluating the move to desktop virtualization, and solution providers can help customers make the transition to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Solution providers can tap into this growing market and provide related products and services, but competing in the market comes with challenges such as understanding the business needs of customers in a variety of industries. This Everything Channel Starter Pack describes the desktop virtualization opportunities and how Avnet's SolutionsPath® methodology provides a step-by-step methodology to overcome challenges through solution specialization. Among the potential benefits for solution providers are revenue growth, faster time to market and increased customer retention.
VMware's Partner Network (VPN) provides your company benefits from market-leading virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions to award-winning programs that reward you and help you distinguish your business. Your company gains exclusive access to resources to help drive both license and service businesses, create new opportunities, increase profitability, and close deals faster.
Business applications today have become the primary interface between a company and its customers. And, there has simultaneously been tremendous innovation in the area of business intelligence, which can unlock a personalized experience for each and every user - and help support key corporate objectives to increase revenue, strengthen customer loyalty and establish and maintain a high-quality brand in the marketplace. For technology managers, then, this is an exciting time to demonstrate the value of IT to the business. But, the situation also exposes the intense risk we place on our IT applications because they now carry enormous organizational responsibility and significance. Companies that have implemented infrastructure management solutions from CA Technologies Report:
. Service desk calls by as much as 40%
. Reduction of IT management tools in use by 50%
. First-call closure rate improvement by a factor of three
. Mean-time-to-repair improvements of up to 50%
. Staff efficiency improvements of up to 43%
. An average return on investment in nine months or less
Data centers are routinely and unknowingly missing a great portion of their entitlement from virtualization. Beyond virtualization's undisputed IT benefits - from reduced rack footprint to disaster recovery - is the parallel story of a substantial benefit from optimizing the physical infrastructure that supports it. In particular, row-based cooling, correctly sized power and cooling, and real-time capacity management are essential elements in realizing virtualization's full potential in cost reduction, efficiency, and reliability.
Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. It is possible to dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of the network-critical physical infrastructure and through the design of the IT architecture. This paper explains how to quantify the electricity savings and provides examples of methods that can greatly reduce electrical power consumption.