Smart, Fast, Expert Help For Your Mission Critical Network [Cisco]

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Today, your network is a strategic platform in a world that demands better integration between people, information and ideas. That means networks, the applications that run on them and the people who use them work best when these components work well together.

Cisco® Smart Services for Small and Medium Business offers three broad service choices that help you realize the full potential of your network investment and accommodate all your network needs as your business grows or changes by: [Read more…]

Is Comprehensive Virtualization Like 3D Chess? [IBM]

Be careful, they say, what you wish for. Most organizations have at last bought into the promise of near-fully virtualized enterprise data centers. And, in the long run, that’s unquestionably a good thing. After all, virtualizing your data center offers a variety of potential benefits from reduced upfront capital to lower operating costs. Yet a whole host of complexities – not the least of which of those is exacerbated by the diverse group of virtualization rivals vying for a place in your data center – has made the challenges of installing and configuring a virtual environment daunting.

For instance, as organizations have begun consolidating their physical number of servers, pushing the envelope and becoming more and more virtualized, solving yesterday’s challenges has created newer and bigger ones. One, of course, is a lack of standards around virtualization. If IT is mandated with building a private cloud, more often than not it finds itself buying, for instance, servers, storage, network infrastructure, VMware, hypervisor and management tools from a highly qualified but disparate group of vendors and then left to do all the heavy lifting required to sew everything together.

Standards? What standards? [Read more…]

Better Processors Optimizing the Data Center [Intel]

Over the next five years, a billion more people will be using the internet with an estimated 15 billion connected devices and untold more visual and interactive content, increasing the internet’s data footprint to over 1,000 Exabytes – or (get used to hearing this term a lot more) – 1 Zettabyte.

This trifecta of more users, more devices and more data will inevitably escalate demands on IT and data centers, posing some daunting infrastructure challenges in terms of performance, efficiency and cost.

Wanted: more powerful and integrated engines.

And that means that, at the heart of the next-generation data center and everything related to it – from enterprise infrastructure to workstations to cloud installations, storage systems and high performance computing that will be expected to “just work” – will have to be more flexible, powerful engines to keep things humming. [Read more…]