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How Green is Your Enterprise?

Riverbed Technology

by Naveen Prabhu

Enterprises are striving to ‘green-up’ their operations. Some are driven by legislative requirements, others by proposed operational savings, and some by the marketing value of eco-friendliness. However, attaining eco nirvana can be a complex and expensive chore for any enterprise, and the path to energy savings is paved with options, choices and in some cases, questionable technologies.

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Converged Data Centers: Best Practices for Testing

Ixia

by Tara Van Unen

High-speed Internet was a luxury 10 to 15 years ago, but has evolved into a primary method of communication and research. Web presence, social networking sites and high-definition media services grew exponentially, while businesses and enterprises continued to expand existing large databases with one or more duplicate backup sites. More recently, a rapid adoption of network-based services, enabled by desktop virtualization and cloud computing, has begun to manifest as a new paradigm of network management. These digital-age trends have placed an unprecedented strain on servers and storage, and launched a new era in data center management.

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Teaching a Data Center New Tricks: The Importance of Environmental Monitoring

Teaching a Data Center New Tricks: The Importance of Environmental Monitoring

 

by Harry Schechter

Large, modern, world-class data centers demonstrate the highest level of operational excellence; in fact, for many companies it’s in their culture and not just in their annual reports and press releases. Operational excellence comes in many forms, most significantly in the form of uptime or system availability. Other key approaches to smooth operations include disaster mitigation and disaster recovery, but despite these efforts, problems do occur.

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Reimagining the Data Center: From Computer Room to Data Factory

Reimagining the Data Center: From Computer Room to Data Factory

 

 by Dr. Joe Polastre

With IT spending rebounding and data centers once again focused more on efficient growth than costing, now is the time to evaluate data center strategies and uncover the truth of what’s really being accomplished.  Because of today’s focus on storage, cloud, virtualization, and space, the data center is now facing a fundamental transformation from computer room to data factory.  This transition to a well-tuned industrialized process is what will allow companies to get the most out of every dollar spent in the future.   

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Tips for switching to workload focused infrastructures

Tips for switching to workload focused infrastructures

By Joe Wolke

 

Today, businesses are facing greater change than ever before. Fortunately, they also have choices they’ve never had before… and the choices they make can and should be based on business objectives and cost optimization.

When the bridge in Minneapolis/St. Paul tragically collapsed, the country focused on its dangerously aging infrastructure; it seemed the time had come to really address this issue. But years later, many bridges with the same problems still stand, unimproved.  No other major collapses have occurred... But is it just dumb luck? Of course. The problem is just too big and expensive to easily solve.

Businesses do the same with IT. The cost to upgrade the existing model to meet current and future needs is so great that companies are doing what they can to eke another year out of hardware through low quality maintenance, or in some cases, a wish and a prayer.

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