eBook: Next generation backup and recovery solutions [EMC]

Businesses that use tape as their primary backup media are spending too much time on backup and recovery – and not enough investing in projects to move IT, and the business, forward. Organizations must contemplate making the transition from tape to a more efficient disk-based backup approach.

Many organizations are making the transition to disk based backup however, making sure that this is the right choice for your business is a key first step.

Meet backup windows and reduce backup failures [Read more…]

Free eBook: Become a master…of your virtualized infrastructure [VMware]

Managing a virtualized environment to achieve agility, flexibility and availability, without losing control, requires solutions designed specifically for dynamic virtualized and cloud environments. Virtualization and cloud management solutions provide increased levels of automation and policy-based service assurance at every layer of a modern IT architecture. This automated, intelligent, policy-driven management is an intrinsic part of introducing high service levels to the business, while keeping costs and complexity under control.

With the move to cloud computing challenges such as expanding virtualized infrastructure, virtual servers and the complexity of virtualized applications, are always on the rise.  Traditional tools and processes designed for siloed, static physical infrastructures don’t provide the automation and control needed to effectively manage highly virtualized and private cloud environments.

Management Mastery Challenges [Read more…]

Free eBook: Getting IT agile with unified computing [Cisco]

As IT organizations shift to providing services through an elastic, self-service, pay-as-you-go cloud computing model, they must still continue to support applications running in bare-metal and virtualized environments. We have identified three major problems that are key to overcoming data center infrastructure challenges.

1.)    Too many devices need setting up, management, power, cooling, and cabling

Rack-mount servers don’t scale up well when you have hundreds or thousands of them, setting them up is a process and managing things like firmware updates are all time consuming tasks. In order for IT to increase efficiency removing tasks like the ones above are an important part of the process for improving data center management.

2.)    Increasing cost of ownership of equipment in the data center

Time consuming and difficult management processes like the ones previously mentioned each contribute to increasing ownership costs. Server administration, KVM switches, large amounts of network drops per host, complex troubleshooting and not to mention integrating different brands or models of components all contribute to high costs.

3.)    The need to scale and roll out new services faster

Meeting rising demands on your servers by rolling out new ones is yet another time consuming aspect of data center infrastructure management. Servers also need [Read more…]