The Virtualized Reality of Unified Communications

A growing number of businesses are considering a virtualized unified communications environment.

By virtualizing UC applications, businesses can increase server utilization while reducing hardware, operating and administration costs. However, while many UC vendors support virtualization, few of these vendors offer a solution that maximizes the benefits of a virtualized environment.

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Making Clusters Easy to Use and Easy to Own

Companies have more choices than ever to save money and improve efficiency in their IT environment such as public and private cloud, virtual server environments, and high performance SSD storage. They can even combine a traditional physical server environment with cloud in hybrid configurations for better disaster recovery protection.

However, protecting business critical applications such as SQL, Oracle, SAP, file and print from downtime and disasters in these environments poses a variety of challenges to traditional SAN-based cluster environments.

 

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Five Ways Your Business Can Use Hybrid Cloud

IT has long debated the merits of public and private cloud. Public cloud allows organizations to gain capacity and scale services on-demand, while private cloud allows companies to maintain control and visibility of business critical applications. But there is one cloud model that stands apart: hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud provides the best of both worlds: […]]> IT has long debated the merits of public and private cloud.

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The Internet of Things and the Future of Storage

A “smart and safe city” initiative was recently launched in Kazan, Russia. The goal of this initiative is to transform the city gradually by creating a network of Internet-connected sensors and devices that will serve its population with greater efficiencies and better quality of life. As an example, connected cameras have been installed in the famous Gorky Park to enhance security and safety.

Kazan provides a real-world example of what the Internet of Things means for the data storage industry.

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Room to grow: Tips for data center capacity planning

Capacity planning needs to provide answers to two questions: What are you going to need to buy in the coming year? And when are you going to need to buy it?

To answer those questions, you need to know the following information: current usage, normal growth, planned growth, headroom, timetable. From that information, you can calculate the amount of capacity you expect to need for each resource by the end of the following year with a simple formula…

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VDI and the Cloud – Understanding the Scenarios

Initially, virtual desktops were touted as the replacement for physical desktops and a simple transition to a new type of end-point architecture. Managers and admins were promised this whole new type of environment which would help them transition to a more BYOD-friendly environment and assist with the move to Windows 7 (and now Windows 8). The problem became clear when underlying infrastructure components began to suffer as more resources were, in fact, required to run a VDI platform.

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Upcoming AFCOM Events to Address your Data Center’s Daunting Holiday Task List

Do you have upcoming 2015 projects to improve the management and efficiency of your IT & Data Center?
Are you out shopping for Data Center space, hosting and cloud service providers?
Do you need consulting and design help with your next IT or Data Center project?
Do you need help sourcing proven and leading IT and Facilities infrastructure?
Are you looking for help with the maintenance and operations of your mission critical environment?

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Tintri Provides Competitive Edge for PTS’ Hosted Cloud Service

Tintri Multi-Tenancy Storage Delivers High Performance, Management Simplicity, and Comprehensive Visibility for VDI and DR-as-a-Service Offerings PTS Data Center Solutions

“One of the largest growth areas we are now seeing is in the VDI market,” Pete Sacco, President and Founder of PTS Data Center Solutions reported. “While VMware Horizon is an impressive virtual desktop software offering, performance was lacking in our environment, mostly because of the added complexity of our underlying storage platform. To serve that market with NetApp, we had to use a very complex array of SSDs, flashcards and flash drives, and a myriad of different methodologies in order to get enough performance. Managing the NetApp environment was also overwhelming, which basically made VDI ‘far less sexy’ from a business perspective.”

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Cloud Sprawl: The Problem of Too Many Clouds

Several years ago, when virtualization first entered the market, there was a good adoption rate until it became a mainstream platform. Before long, administrators were working with this new technology, spinning up new servers, creating new workloads, and often forgetting to manage those instances. So, we had a VM sprawl issue. There were too many VMs in a given environment and not enough visibility to control those virtual instances.

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Why Real-Time DCIM Pays Off

Your data center is an absolutely critical part of your business. Today’s user is demanding more applications, more bits of data, and a lot more resources, all of which ultimately come from your data center. So how do you manage all of this demand?

Proactive capacity management ensures optimal availability of four critical data center resources: rack space, power, cooling and network connectivity.

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