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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 ...
Discarded electronic equipment is becoming a major concern for our age. Electronic waste creates a new factor in the environmental problem. When electronics are discarded, there are at least two major concerns: the missed opportunity to reuse or recycle, and the release of various toxi...
By now, many companies have embraced virtualization as a way to control IT capital costs, increase efficiency, and make better use of IT resources. Still, some haven’t made that leap, and others have only dabbled. If you find yourself feeling behind the times when it comes to vir...
Everyone pretty much agrees that the new data center will be more streamlined, more uniform, more efficient, and less costly to build and maintain than today’s data center. In some ways, of course, this is wishful thinking; that ideal data center with limitless capacity that requ...
Not only has IBM been a leader when it comes to powering large businesses with their private and public cloud endeavors, IBM has now turned their efforts toward small and midsized businesses. IBM has recently moved to encourage its partners to market their PaaS (Platform as a Service) ...
As we get closer and closer to the new year, it’s time to start thinking about IT priorities for the coming months. While most businesses don’t necessarily keep a strategic or fiscal calendar that coincides with the standard calendar, it’s still a good time to look ah...
You can’t ignore cloud computing today, but it can be a challenge to sift through the sheer amount of information out there. Choosing the right cloud technologies for your organization can be a bit of a struggle. While utilizing public cloud technologies can be appealing, there are som...
Server virtualization came about as a natural progression in the development of data center technology. Once we had the ability to start combining servers, it made immediate sense to do so. Client virtualization and desktop virtualization, however, weren’t as obvious in their pot...
Data center managers are always looking for ways to save on energy. By this point, however, you’ve already taken all of the obvious steps. You’ve consolidated servers, implemented virtualization strategies, revamped your cooling infrastructure, and more. Yet as more and mor...
HP is one of the industry leaders when it comes to converged storage. There have been two recent product releases that demonstrate HP’s dedication to advancements in the storage arena, and that give customers new options and functionality. The P10000 3PAR Storage system offers gr...
IBM has been on the cutting edge of IT for decades, and if their recent work on storage is any indication they’ll remain there for decades to come. Recently, IBM put the spotlight on two of the technologies they’re working on, each of which addresses a specific challenge of...
Server virtualization has become a de facto practice for many IT departments and data centers. Virtualization just makes sense from the cost and administrative standpoints. Even desktop virtualization is making strides in some sectors, offering a level of efficiency and security that’s...
Data center convergence has been a hot-button issue for IT for some time now. Today’s end-users demand faster speeds, more storage space, and you need to provide it all under budget and ahead of schedule. Convergence and related technologies – such as virtualization and clo...
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you know virtualization is supposed to save you money. Certainly it reduces capital expenditures out of the gate. Unfortunately, many organizations simply implement a virtualization plan and then let things run, never...
Virtualization and cloud computing can be boons to IT, but there are some instances in which the best solution really does lay with the data center. The fact of the matter is that today’s business units have more options than ever before. It’s tempting for many of them to g...
Everyone is talking about cloud computing today, but not everyone means the same thing when they do. While there is this general idea behind the cloud – that applications or other business functions exist somewhere away from the business itself – there are many iterations that companie...
To say that IT has to deal with an ever-growing amount of regulations would be an understatement. The high penalties that come with noncompliance today – including both legal and financial penalties – can be stiff. In fact, one of the primary reasons that some enterprises h...
We’ve made great strides in making data centers more efficient in terms of energy usage. Indeed, the data center is the place where the highest concentration of IT energy winds up being spent. That said, however, there are a number of important ways that companies and other organ...
You might not remember it, but there was a time when most high-powered supercomputers were cooled with fluid. Now, we’re not talking about a run-of-the-mill server in the enterprise, or even those computers powering the biggest companies in the world. No, these supercomputers, su...
Oracle continues to prove that they are a leader in virtualization. Oracle recently announced that they have updated their server virtualization software, and that the new updated version will offer a number of features to users. Among the most exciting, for some users, is the ability ...
This year, it’s expected that the world will produce around 1.8 trillion gigabytes of data. As if that weren’t enough, it’s expected that the number of data servers that will be required to manage all of that data is going to multiply by a factor of 10. By the year 20...
Cloud computing vendors will tell you that one of the biggest benefits to the cloud is increased performance. Indeed, some cloud solutions do provide a more robust user experience than an in-house app. The big picture, however, isn’t quite as clear. Public cloud services can be v...
We’ve seen quite a bit in the way of energy efficiency improvements in IT over the past decade. The fact of the matter is that going green has, more often than not, helped companies realize cost savings, at least in terms of their operational budgets. Add in the changes that man...
Cloud computing has promised, since the early days, to reduce the burden on data centers. Yet, as we know, many data centers are still expanding, as even more and more business functionality moves to the electronic world. Still, for companies who have embraced the cloud, that growth ha...
Today’s enterprise is being pressed in by all sides. Even with mitigating technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization, the data center can hit the point where it can’t handle the business’ computing needs. When that happens, your options can become quite l...
You may not realize it, but cloud computing has the potential to save the planet. We know that the cloud offers a number advantages to companies that are willing to move applications into it. We also know that cloud computing can reduce the overall data center footprint. It gives compa...
IBM’s high-end mainframes are one of those phenomena where, if you need to ask how much it costs, you probably can’t afford it. That said, IBM’s mainframe on the lower end gladly brings price into the discussion, and is actually one of the compelling arguments for the...
The most common cause of downtime for a data center isn’t problems with power. It’s not overheating, and it’s certainly not environmental hazards. As is the case with many IT problems, the most common cause of data center downtime is, of course, human error. We have a...
Virtualization doesn’t mean that the data center doesn’t continue to grow. This is counter-intuitive, perhaps; after all, virtualization is supposed to condense many physical servers into a single one running many virtual servers. To be sure, virtualization does reduce physical servers...
As is usually the case with any burgeoning technology, cloud computing finds itself today in a situation where users are calling for standards. As is also usually the case, there are many competing standards. These standards should address important issues like data portability, data s...
Virtualization has created plenty of opportunity for IT, but it’s also created some new concerns. One of the major issues facing virtualization managers today is the need for resources. The traditional formula for determining memory requirements is shifting, as more and more users bump...
Virtualization has impacted IT in so many ways it’s hard to keep track. It’s increased ROI for many businesses, and it’s helped data centers to breathe, at least for a little while. It’s enabled IT departments to procure true expertise without having to invest heavily in training or br...
One of the more exciting things to hit the virtualization marketplace over the past few months has been the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance. The Alliance is being backed by industry heavyweights, such as IBM and HP, and may in the long term prove to be a major thorn in th...
Cloud computing has made great inroads when it comes to businesses. More and more, companies are recognizing the power of the cloud to maximize their IT efficiency, and guarantee the kind of service levels that their users are demanding. However, most IT professionals currently conside...
One of the features of cloud computing is that it’s supposed to be an economy of scale. Cloud solutions ought to be able to handle large workloads as well as small workloads, and adjust on the fly. While this is true from the actual technology side of things, when it comes down to cost...
Data center managers know that their admins are key to the smooth operation of their services. They’re often some of the most hardworking and, unfortunately, underappreciated members of your staff. Still, there are cases when those IT admins can get out of hand, and can cause rea...
Data centers use a lot of power. As any data center manager can tell you, power usage is a big concern. There are a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is the operational costs involved in giving juice to a data center. Being able to give your data center the right amoun...
Recently, VMware released information regarding the new licensing model for their core product under its new release: vSphere 5. Due to the change of structure of the licensing for this version, there is a great amount of confusion and concern regarding the potentially dramatic increas...
HP has been one of the industry leaders when it comes to cloud computing solutions and infrastructure. The latest move by the company further demonstrates HP’s commitment to the cloud. It was recently announced that HP will collaborate with Toshiba to help get cloud computing ser...
High-performance computing resources have long been a hallmark of IBM offerings. However, being able to put those resources to use in a cloud environment hasn’t always been easy. A new offering from IBM sets aim at this problem, and enables your organization to pool their high-pe...