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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)

Cloud Computing Basics

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer One of the hottest trends in small business and enterprise-sized IT is cloud computing. Cloud computing represents a major shift in the way companies view their technology infrastructure. This type of approach to IT relies on the Internet, and usually involves provisioned, scalable, dynamic and virtual solutions. Cloud computing pulls the details of IT infrastructure management away from the business and puts it squarely in the hands of true experts. The Internet is at the core of the concept of cloud computing, and it is the Internet that the term “cloud” re... (more)

Hitachi's Agile Cloud Computing and Storage Management

Download FREE eBook Now! 6 Essential Strategies For Economizing Your Storage Difficult economic times require new strategies. Years of traditional IT procurement have left many organizations with underutilized and oversubscribed storage capacity. With today’s tightening budgets, many organizations are faced with demands to do more with less and tough decisions on where to invest available funds. The good news is, there are technologies and strategies proven to reduce storage infrastructure costs – simply put, they make storage cheaper to own. The technologies and strategies discus... (more)

Does Cloud Computing Make Good Business Sense?

Whether or not cloud computing makes good business sense isn’t really the question. The question should be more like, “In what ways does cloud computing make good business sense” in any given organization. While cloud computing isn’t always the best solution for every problem, it does address a number of significant issues facing IT today. There are several areas you can make a business case for cloud computing, and there are also some challenges that face an IT department who attempts to implement cloud computing solutions. Deployment Take, for example, the issue of deployment. ... (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)