Category: Architecture/Engineering

Three Pillars of Modern Data Center Operations

Modern enterprise data centers are some of the most technically sophisticated business activities on earth. Ironically enough, they are also often bastions of inefficiency, with equipment utilization much below ten percent and 30 percent of the servers in those facilities being comatose (using electricity but performing no useful information services). The operators of these facilities also struggle to keep pace with rapid changes in deployments of computing equipment.

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Top Motivators for Businesses Switching to Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

In the past, we were concerned with recovering application and data within the confines of the physical data center. Disaster recovery focused on how to rebuild the existing infrastructure of the hardware, software, and applications at a location apart from a compromised operations site. In other words, we needed to have a box to replicate the box.

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The versatile micro data center

Micro data centers differentiate themselves from other prefabricated designs with their ability to pack a lot into a very small environment. For example, one of these data centers can include 20 servers that harness virtualization technology, switches that take up only one or two rack units, cooling and a UPS system. Need more than that? Just add another box. This method is quick to deploy, highly scalable and creates a uniform design so technology support knows exactly what’s going on.

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Ten Data Center Trends to Watch in 2016

All signs indicate that 2016 will be a year of many challenges. Disruptive technologies will be introduced, the exponential increase in computing power will continue, while businesses will demand a prompt response to quickly changing requirements. At the same time the requirement to be highly resource efficient will stay the same.

As a result of these challenges we predict these changes will emerge in 2016:

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PTS Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Assessment Solution

The PTS VDI Assessment Solution supports the desktop transformation process across all platforms including the VMware Horizon Suite as well as Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. We collect desktop and end-user computing details about your environment, and offer granular visibility to support the move to VDI. PTS’s VDI Assessment Solution allows you to:

  • Quantify machine, user, application, operating system and infrastructure metrics

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Making the Software-Defined Data Center Easier: VMware Software Manager and Validated Reference Designs

A major part of VMware Technical Account Manager (TAM) services is to make it easier for your company to do business with VMware. That takes many different forms, depending on the type of company and their business objectives with VMware. However, there is one thing every VMware customer needs to do, and it is very simple: they need to find and download the software they want to use!

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A Schism In Unified Communications: Why Cloud Is Mounting A Takeover

Businesses are increasingly turning to integrated communications solutions, a technology category known as Unified Communications that’s increasingly critical to efficient and effective business operations.

But those organizations have very different perspectives and strategies on which tools and solutions to implement.

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19 Software Solutions For Cloud-Based Data Protection

Data protection is a critical part of ensuring a business will survive threats to the integrity of its data whether it’s managed on-premise, in the cloud, or anywhere.

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Facebook’s DCIM Vendor CA Quits DCIM Software Market

CA Technologies has decided to get out of the data center infrastructure management market, where it was considered one of the leaders.

The New York-based IT infrastructure management software giant will no longer sell its stand-alone DCIM software solution, called CA DCIM, which has been deployed in data centers operated by Facebook and NTT-owned RagingWire, among others.

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When is the Best Time to Retire a Server?

There’s no magic number for the length of the hardware refresh cycle that works for everyone, but the set of variables that together determine the ideal time to replace a server is fairly uniform across the board. Identifying those variables and analyzing their relationship is a question Amir Michael and his team at Coolan, a data center hardware operations startup, recently asked.

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