A new software-defined world

Speaking at the recent VMware User Group (VMUG) meeting in Johannesburg CTO of VMware EMEA, Joe Baguley explored the concept of what software-defined means and asked attendees how they plan to prepare their businesses to transform in the face of what is rapidly evolving as a software-defined future. As the mobile cloud era escalates, so do businesses’ expectations of IT.

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NetApp Rebrands SteelStore As AltaVault, Boosts Cloud Connectivity, Performance

NetApp on Wednesday branded its SteelStore line of WAN acceleration data protection and migration appliances NetApp AltaVault, and refreshed the line with improved performance and capacity on a new hardware platform. The new NetApp AltaVault, which stems from NetApp’s November, 2014 acquisition of the SteelStore technology from Riverbed, keeps as its primary objective the ability to provide a high-performance, easy-to-install way to integrate customers’ existing data protection solutions to the cloud, said Phil Brotherton, vice president of NetApp’s Cloud Solutions Group. 

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Getting Smarter About Collective Intelligence

Lately, whenever I hold a whiteboard discussion on collective intelligence, customers, prospects, analysts and even my fellow Dell team members give me their full attention. Now, people have talked about collective intelligence for ages, but I think what drives the point home now more than ever before is the success we’re seeing with crowdfunding and crowdsourcing.

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Communicating our past through innovations of the future

Imogen Hammond, creative director at Drive Productions, explains why she believes in innovating the past. When your job is creating brand experiences, you make it your business to know the audience, how to sell an idea or product to them in a way that feels natural, effortless and maybe even sometimes fun. It’s a surprise to me that up until this point we haven’t seen this method as much in educational and learning platforms.

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Meet Apollo: Reinventing HPC and the Supercomputer

Administrators, engineers and executives are now tasked with solving some of the world’s most complex challenges revolving around advanced computations for science, business, education, pharmaceuticals and beyond.

The challenge, however, is that many data centers are reaching peak levels of resource consumption making it difficult for these individuals to work around such high-demand applications.

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How “Open” is VMware Integrated OpenStack?

VMware has a history of open source contributions to the OpenStack community starting in 2010: initially, via the Nicira teams work on Open vSwitch and Neutron and eventually via other projects including Nova, Cinder, Glance, Ceilometer, and Congress. We will continue to contribute to new and existing projects that may be of use to customers and partners who are deploying OpenStack on VMware.

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How Green is your Data Center?

The demand for data center operations and energy costs are rising. Global data center traffic is estimated to grow threefold from 2012 to 2017 and power requirements will increase as well according to Devva Bodas, lead architect for The Green Grid Association. Many organizations are announcing green initiatives. Apple announced that its massive data centers in Ireland and Denmark will be powered entirely by renewable energy, and Amazon is investing in an Indiana wind farm.

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of April 24th

For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week.

Microsoft’s Seven Tenets of Data Center Efficiency – While robots in data centers are a thing of the not-too-distant future, Microsoft already has some of the most efficient data centers in the world. Here are its key data center design principles.

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The Cloud for Backup and Disaster Recovery: Not Just About Saving Money

What if you could give a company the opportunity to focus more on product innovation and less on running a data center? What if backup, replication and recovery was as simple as booting a virtual machine? What if you could have rock-solid disaster recovery (DR) without a dedicated DR site? Yes, it’s possible. Watch our webcast and find out how.

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