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Server consolidation is useful in any economy, but in today’s recovering economy it’s a must. IBM System X and BladeCenter are two wonderful technologies that will allow you to increase the efficiency of your IT department and offer more reliable levels of service all while...
Today’s IT department needs to not only provide Business Intelligence solutions to their internal processes, they also need to be able to offer BI solutions to other departments and users throughout the organization. BI technologies provide a platform in which a business can find...
Maintenance contract consolidation is a hot topic right now. IT departments and data centers are doing everything they can to reduce costs while providing higher service levels. One of the temping ways to do this is by bringing your maintenance contract into a single contract. Whether ...
Getting your data center costs under control is a challenge. It takes constant, diligent work to make sure that your data center resources are being used in the most efficient way possible. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the ever-constricting IT budget crisi...
When you think “storage software,” you probably don’t think “IBM” out of the gate. Other companies such as HP have taken the lead in storage management while IBM has focused on other priorities. That said, IBM does have a couple of useful solutions to offe...
There are three pressing questions that have, and likely always will, drive data center design decisions. Accordingly, design trends for data centers can be seen as an attempt to deal with those three decisions. They include: How reliable must the data center be? How big must the data...
Virtualization can improve just about any computing environment. In a nutshell, virtualization uses a single physical server to run a number of virtual servers. Virtualization decreases your operational expenditures and helps you to utilize more of the hardware you have at your disposa...
It’s no secret that cloud computing is taking the IT world by force, and trends in IT budgets reflect this phenomenon. If you look at just about any company that has an IT budget, from SMBs through the Enterprise and up into larger corporations, you’ll see at a minimum a fr...
As any data center manager or CIO can tell you, data center power costs have become a huge concern. Being able to measure the efficiency of power usage at the data center and being able to make improvements can reduce energy costs and also create an environment in which data center equ...
It’s easy to get stuck in an infinite retention trap. Absent a unified storage management and retention policy and strategy, you wind up erring on the side of caution and saving everything forever. This is, of course, the retention policy that takes the least amount of effort, at...
IBM POWER7 promises to be one of the most robust, flexible and efficient technologies offered by IBM to the enterprise to date. If your organization is thinking about making the move from a previous IBM Power Systems configuration to POWER7, there are some specific things you’ll ...
While there are signs that the economic downturn may be finally beginning to turn around, the fact is that IT departments are, for the foreseeable future, going to be asked to offer more services with higher performance for less money. As technology advances, some costs naturally come ...
While there are naysayers who think that the NAS market is on the decline, there are others that forecast continued and expansive growth in the NAS market. One company suggest that the enterprise NAS market will hit 62,000 petabytes some time in 2012. What does that mean for your enter...
One of the most talked-about topics for many IT executives right now is desktop virtualization. Desktop virtualization comes on the heels of server virtualization, which has been a tremendous boon for many organizations. CIOs see desktop virtualization as the rightful heir to server vi...
The IBM i series is the latest in a line of cutting-edge enterprise technologies from IBM. Whether you’ve been using IBM up to this point or not, you should consider taking a look at the IBM i series.Here are just some of the ways that the IBM i series can help your enterprise:1. ...
It’s true that there are some signs our economy is starting to turn back around, at least in some areas and some sectors. Still, it’s going to be a while before IT has the kinds of resources it had access to just a decade ago. The storage management component of IT, while it may see so...
Today’s data center has to contend with more technology, more different applications and more physical servers than ever before. Simply managing your data center inventory can be a significant chore, and it’s one that your IT personnel are paid way too much to do. Add to that the fact ...
Virtualization is one of the best ways for an organization to increase its IT service levels while reducing expenses. Whether you’re talking about server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing or server consolidation, there are many areas that virtualization can impact...
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 yo...
It wasn’t that long ago that the experts told us solid state drives would replace high-speed disk drives. Some vendors, probably in hopes to fulfill their own prophecy, guessed that this would happen before the end of 2010. While it’s not likely that we’re going to see the death of HDD...
While Oracle and Sun continue to try to blur the lines between their solutions and wedge businesses into relying on Sun hardware for Oracle support, many businesses recognize that there are other valid and, in some cases, superior, options. One of the alternatives is HP Storage Solutio...
It’s completely natural that, moving forward, Oracle would focus on building upon the success of Sun and StorageTek. After all, those two companies bring a combined 40 years of experience, expertise and leadership in enterprise storage solutions to the table. This perfect storm of expe...
As anyone who’s involved in storage management can tell you, it is business needs and business decisions that must govern a storage management policy, and make technology work for it, not the other way around. Accordingly, much of what we do in the storage management world has to do wi...
IBM Power Systems are some of the most valuable assets that an organization has. In order to make the most of those assets, however, you need to be able to understand how the system is being utilized, and how your organization’s growth is likely to impact that system. You need to be ab...
It’s a whole new world today when it comes to storage management, data encryption and compliance with regulations and laws. The new laws recently passed in both Nevada and Massachusetts, which require all personal data to be encrypted while in transit, has far-reaching effects in the s...
If the early signs are any indication, 2010 is turning out to be a time when enterprise IT, in general, starts to normalize after a long stretch involving financial instability. For many organizations, at least, enterprise storage upgrades and optimization are back on the table after a...
The sheer number of choices available to today’s enterprise can be mind-boggling. In spite of that fact, and depending on the size and the particular needs of your organization, you might have a hard time wading through the various options to find the one that really fits your needs. F...
Cloud computing is one of the best ways to reduce your IT cost and complexity all while helping to optimize your workload and provide the highest possible availability to your user base. Cloud computing utilizes a dynamic infrastructure that is specifically designed to provide more ser...
The two most defining characteristics of IBM Power Systems have to be their availability and security. While many organizations initially choose Power Systems for a reason like increased utilization or cutting-edge virtualization technologies, it is the way in which Power Systems are r...
IBM Power Systems Capacity on Demand is one of the best ways to provide your enterprise with a capacity for limitless growth without the downtime involved in constant downtime for upgrades and for moving applications. Even with VM technologies, you’re going to find some limitations as...
IT departments today are faced with increasing service level expectations all while being held to higher cost saving objectives. What this means for the IT department is that it’s time for a new way of thinking about infrastructure. It’s time to move away from addressing your organizat...
Virtualization isn’t just a hot trend. Virtualization is at the center of solid IT strategies across many industries and around the globe. Virtualization lets you take all of the workloads across the enterprise and put them onto fewer systems. This, in turn, reduces your capital costs ...
If you’ve been in project administration for any amount of time, you know that the sheer administrative tasks surrounding your job can, at times, be overwhelming. If you’re not on top of your game, your projects can fail, and fail miserably. If they do, your company is going to lose va...
A business rises and falls on its data storage. Ready access to business critical information is the backbone of a business in today’s information dependent world. Having the right storage server for your business is essential if you’re going to increase productivity, have reliable per...
Energy management is, in the most basic sense, the way you save energy in your business. It's the process of monitoring, controlling and conserving energy across your IT infrastructure, and ultimately across your entire organization. Energy management can save you big bucks in ongoing ...
The new POWER7 systems deliver unprecedented workload optimized performance across transactional database, web throughput and high speed analytics computing with leadership performance per core, system scalability and performance per watt.  These new systems deliver up to four tim...
At the core of any good technology implementation is a strong project manager or a strong project management team. The fact of the matter is that it’s the people working a project, for the most part, which will determine whether the project succeeds and whether it does so in a cost-eff...
Your business can’t go on if your IT department can’t go on. You need to be ready to provide continuous access to data services as soon after a disaster as needed by critical business units. If that’s going to happen – if your company is going to survive a major disaster – there are so...
Storage management, like so many other areas of technology, is changing on an almost daily basis. Those involved in storage management, from the end-user support specialist up through the CIO, need to have a handle on what’s going on so that they can provide the best possible results t...
Data center automation is one of the most prevalent areas today when it comes to IT spending. In fact, data center automation is included in about 50 percent of all spending plans in IT organzations in the United States. This puts data center automation firmly in the top 10 priorities ...