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SoftLayer could be said to be the leader when it comes to one platform offering endless possibilities. Their unified platform is specially designed to meet the end users requirement of giving cloud computing users the results they want, the way they want it.  SoftLayer operates all over the United States, Europe and Asia, giving its flexible technology of data-centers, network and automation and control with no compromise on quality and security to all that require it. The entire architecture is held together through a private global network offering higher and faster performance. Their dedicated servers operate using this common network, capable of high speed and enabling maximum functionality between the data centers.  Of course, SoftLayer is more than just speed and performance; it is the way that it is built with every service in perfect synchrony with the requ... (more)

Five Characteristics of IBM iSeries

If you’ve been running in solely Windows and/or Linux environments, you may be ready to move up to a more robust solution. For more than 20 years, IBM i series has provided solutions not only to larger and medium sized businesses, but to small businesses as well. Here are some things you should know about IBM i series if you’re thinking about making a move: 1.    IBM i Series Uses an Object-Based Kernel IBM i series has always been created using an object-based kernel. This means that you will find some features in the IBM i series that you won’t find in other operating systems,... (more)

More Ways to Save on Data Center Energy Usage

Greening the data center is about more than just saving the planet. For many folks, it’s about cutting your data center budget, controlling costs and continuing to provide increased amounts of IT services with less resources. There is a very specific financial incentive to reduce your data center usage, quite separate from saving the rainforests. Yet, saving on your data center usage can be a challenging thing. Implementing more efficient cooling systems, adjusting power distribution systems and making manual or procedural changes will all help to save energy, but how much they ... (more)

Three Reasons Virtualization Is Growing at a Steady Pace

According to a study released recently, nearly two thirds of all servers installed in 2010 were virtualized servers. Organizations are recognizing the immediate and significant benefits to virtualization, and virtualization management tools are making the technology more accessible to all sorts of organizations. It’s estimated that, within just two years, as many as 80 percent of all new servers will be virtualized. As time goes on, the number of legacy servers that aren’t virtualized will decrease more and more, leaving only a very few specialized types of applications running o... (more)

How to Prevent VM Sprawl

Virtualization has revolutionized the data center, and has solved much of the impending trouble organizations would have faced in the past few years. Greater demand for computing services has been met, largely, by technologies such as virtualization. Yet along with virtualization has come a parallel problem: VM sprawl. VM sprawl occurs when your virtual machines are spread across your virtual infrastructure, hogging resources whether or not they’re being used proportionately. Here are some things you can do in your data center to prevent or at least reduce the impact of VM spraw... (more)