Mind The Data Protection Gap [Symantec]

It’s time to take backup of virtual environments seriously.

While virtualization makes almost everything easier in the data center, one area that’s fallen behind is backup. In fact, in 2011, Symantec identified customers taking shortcuts to protecting information in physical and virtual environments, as if virtual systems were less important and companies were willing to lose them.

That could mean some major failures in data center recovery in the months and years ahead, if something doesn’t change.

Here are some simple steps organizations can take to centralize backup and recovery of physical and virtual server environments: [Read more…]

Converged Data Centers – A Flexible, Integrated Architecture [Cisco]

Out of many, one.

The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increased in complexity, and as complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

That’s why it’s hardly surprising that today more than 70 percent of IT budgets are spent simply maintaining and managing existing infrastructures. The result: IT organizations find themselves continually increasing the resources used to maintain their complex and inflexible infrastructures instead of using those resources to effectively respond to evolving business needs.

To add insult to injury, the downturn in the economy has put pressure on all enterprises to control IT costs even while business owners squeeze IT services to, you guessed it, do more with less.

Overcoming these IT hurdles requires first addressing and overcoming three overarching data center challenges: [Read more…]

A Unified Front Against the Threat of Data Overgrowth [IBM]

The explosive growth in data and increased complexity are some of the biggest challenges in storage management today. But the old ways of buying and managing storage no longer cut it. Resource constraints from physical storage resources to human resources make it even more vital for organizations to optimize and simplify their infrastructure. Unaddressed and unchecked, data growth will only become a bigger problem over time.

In addition, small and midsize organizations are suffering from a range of other challenges:

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