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Unabated Data Growth Top Concern in Enterprise Data Protection Survey

Unabated Data Growth Top Concern in Enterprise Data Protection Survey

by Joe Forgione

Rapid data growth is nothing new to today’s large data centers. For years, enterprise data center managers have waged an ongoing battle to manage and protect fast-growing data volumes. What is new is that the rate of this growth is spiking. In our recent survey of large enterprises, data growth rates were more than 25 percent higher than last year for more than half of survey respondents.

Also new is the fact that enterprises are beginning to lose the battle. More and more enterprises are consistently missing backup windows and succumbing to costly data center sprawl as they add dozens of backup systems to accommodate data growth. More than half of our survey respondents reported moderate to severe data center sprawl. Not surprisingly, increasing backup performance and capacity as well as improving efficiency of the backup environment were rated as top IT priorities for the coming year. The consequences of losing the battle against data growth can be far-reaching as the resulting strained IT resources can impede core business operations, end user productivity and data center efficiency.

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Four Steps to Data Center Consolidation

Four Steps to Data Center Consolidation

by Ben Newton

The burgeoning growth and expansion of IT in the past decade have resulted in a proliferation of data centers across the enterprise — a vast landscape of resources that operate inefficiently and are expensive to maintain. Now is the time to regroup and consolidate your data centers to make them more efficient, agile and manageable — and less costly to operate.

Consolidation requires more than just adopting virtualization, cloud and other related technologies. It involves developing, implementing, managing and continually improving a strategy that addresses consolidation by doing the following:

  • Achieving more efficient utilization of physical assets;
  • Consolidating multiple data centers into fewer centers; and
  • Unifying IT processes across the enterprise.

It’s important to take a prescriptive approach to data center consolidation that encompasses discovery, planning, implementation and management.

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IT Trends: Realizing Big Strides in Efficiency and Innovation by Exploiting Technology Advances

IT Trends: Realizing Big Strides in Efficiency and Innovation by Exploiting Technology Advances

by Dr. John Busch

Tremendous technology advances have been made in recent years that offer the potential for major improvements in IT efficiency and innovation. Commodity hardware industry advances in enterprise flash memory and multi-core processors offer vast improvements in performance while reducing power and space consumption. Software technologies including virtualization, cloud, and data stores provide new deployment architectures that offer large potential improvements in scalability, availability and cost structure. Social media, mobility, big data and business intelligence will shift companies to IT-centered innovation, increasing impact on both the enterprise’s profitability and innovation.

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Big Data - Separating the Winners From the Losers

Big Data - Separating the Winners From the Losers

by Rick Kawamura

Today’s big IT hype is “Big Data” — the massive volumes of digital information created and delivered by blogs, social networks, forums, financial transactions, emails, documents, log files and unlimited number of other sources across the web or behind the firewall. The Internet is a huge driver in the rapid growth of Big Data, allowing businesses the opportunity to consume and access information from B2B partners and suppliers’ portals, competitor websites, government web-based applications, and customer transactions and reviews.

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2012 and the Private Cloud: Coming Soon to a Data Center Near You

2012 and the Private Cloud: Coming Soon to a Data Center Near You

by Kent Christensen

As 2012 unfolds, cloud computing’s popularity in the enterprise will continue to build. Many companies already use some form of public cloud services such as software as a service (SaaS), business process services or public cloud infrastructure services. Typically, you’ll see their use in areas such as CRM, sales or the ongoing support of key business functions such as payroll.

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