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When it comes to choosing a high-end disk storage platform, you’ve got to choose wisely. You need general purpose disk arrays that will give you the kind of performance, functionality and scalability that you need. Today’s storage system marketplace can be tough to navigate. The boundaries between network-attached storage and other solutions aren’t as clear as they were even just five years ago. At the front of the pack, at least according to Garner, are the Hitachi Data Systems storage platforms, including the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP). Platform strengths Hitachi VSP has risen to the top of the pack for good reason. Just consider some of the outstanding features of this platform: High-end functionality. Some storage platforms excel on scalability while lacking in utilization efficiency. Others have tremendous replication capabilities but have a blind ... (more)

Comparing 3 of the Top Converged Infrastructure Offerings

In an effort to make efficient use of resources while at the same time reducing overall complexity and management overhead, IT departments and data centers are opting more and more for converged infrastructure options. Indeed, companies from small businesses up to large international firms can benefit from converged infrastructure offerings. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular converged infrastructure offerings and see just how they stack up: 1.    Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). Five years in, UCS is the oldest player in the marketplace. Given that Cisco was a ne... (more)

Cloud Computing, Entertainment and IT

More than a third of all enterprises now have some form of cloud computing technology in their organizations. That percentage is growing rapidly, with most experts suggesting that more than half of enterprises implementing cloud solutions by the end of 2013. Cloud computing has had an impact in the marketplace, and the entertainment marketplace is no exception. Why is this important to IT professionals? Well, when C-level employees start using cloud solutions in their personal lives, they begin to wonder about exactly if and how cloud solutions could improve the enterprise. Str... (more)

HP Cloud Compute: A Quick Overview

HP has done an amazing job at creating cloud solutions for customers throughout the marketplace. From small to medium-sized businesses through the enterprise and beyond, HP cloud products do the job and do it well. One product in HP’s portfolio that can provide opportunities for businesses of just about any size is HP Cloud Compute. Cloud Compute allows the organization to: Roll out compute instances on an on-demand basis. Create customized instances in order to handle unique workloads. Add additional instances via the UI or via the RESTful API. Instances can be configured for man... (more)

Five Essential Components of Virtual Desktop ROI

Server virtualization was, for many in IT, a major win. IT departments and data centers were suddenly able to do a whole lot more with a whole lot fewer resources. Naturally, as time goes on, it’s become more and more attractive for IT to consider desktop virtualization. Yet, the virtual desktop requires an infrastructure that’s simply not in place for many companies, and the ROI isn’t always clear from the start. If you’re going to see desktop virtualization pay off for your organizations, there are five factors you need to look at closely: Hardware failure. Desktop computers hav... (more)