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Virtualized environments are demanding when it comes to storage. Tier-1 virtualized applications require always-on, fast, available access to data. One of the ways that today’s virtualization vendors are increasing the stability and speed of storage access in virtualized environments is through the use of flash, and HP is leading the way among the crowd. Storage challenges facing the enterprise today There are a number of significant challenges that the enterprise faces today when it comes to handling storage in a virtualized environment, including: The cost and complexity of implementing data protection in a virtualized environment Outmoded storage architecture that doesn’t hold up under virtualized and random I/O Low VM density and storage inefficiencies that provide you with lower ROI than what you anticipated Difficulties with having enough availability and perfor... (more)

Three Ways Virtualization Benefits Infrastructure

Virtualization offers obvious benefits from the beginning. Certainly, the prospect of reduced capital costs is enticing. The security and redundancies offered by the right virtualization setup are compelling, as well. One of the areas that virtualization can help that many people don’t realize, however, is in the area of IT infrastructure. Here are three ways in which virtualization helps to boost IT infrastructure: 1. Flexibility Virtualization products are designed to work with multiple hardware and software platforms. This includes things like storage technology, network equip... (more)

Three Ways iCloud Impacts Enterprise Security

Consumer technology solutions have, for the most part, maintained a healthy distance from enterprise IT operations. Sure, executives in the mid-2000s all needed help getting their Blackberry synced with your Outlook server, and company laptops have been a relatively standard thing for longer than that. By and large, however, most consumer solutions haven’t created too many issues for IT. The release of iCloud and iOS5, however, might prove to be a different story. Starting with security One of the biggest concerns enterprises are going to have with the use of iCloud for busines... (more)

The Wild Cloud: Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing

While many organizations have been making the move toward cloud computing solutions for the past several years, the fact remains that we’re really still in the early days of figuring out how all of this is going to work. Even more than that, the laws on the books that apply to cloud solutions are woefully behind. This creates a number of challenges, both for data centers and for consumers. Questions of compliance Businesses, for example, are facing some serious concerns when it comes to cloud solutions. A legal firm might have attorneys who store client-related documents on Goo... (more)

Understanding Red Hat's ManageIQ Acquisition

Cloud Operations Management tools have different functions, starting from monitoring and management to automation of processes through both a virtual and cloud infrastructure. The tools in CloudForums can handle the monitoring, automation and measuring aspects in virtual as well as cloud based infrastructures but at a higher level, managing all these operations is basically about lifecycle management of the service. That involves workload management, transparency of costs and the proper retirement of resources when they have served out their purpose. Understating the vitality of... (more)