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Take Back Control of Your Cloud Apps: Which SLAs Really Protect Your Bottom Line? [ Source: Compuware ]

July 2014- In December 2013, Compuware commissioned Research in Action to conduct a global, independent survey of 740 senior IT professionals' attitudes and concerns relating to cloud computing. The results revealed that businesses worry that the reduced visibility and control that accompanies their move to the cloud hampers their ability to deliver a high quality end-user experience with applications. The study shows that the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) offered by cloud providers are failing to address the needs of ...

Optimizing Hadoop: A collection of articles from the Compuware APM Center of Best Practices [ Source: Compuware ]

July 2014- This collection discusses the common performance issues encountered when managing jobs in a Hadoop environment. Whether you are running Hadoop on-premise or utilizing a cloud-hosted MapReduce environment, or a combination of the two, this collection will give you real-world examples of how to improve the distribution and utilization of your big data deployment.

Some of the key challenges we have seen include:

• Jobs running slow or failing without a clear ...

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, North America [ Source: Datapipe ]

July 2014- Cloud-enabled managed hosting brings cloudlike consumption and provisioning attributes to the traditional managed hosting market. It represents an evolution of a mature market in which the wide variety of offerings and capabilities means vendors must be chosen carefully.

Rethinking IT Operations in the Cloud [ Source: Datapipe ]

July 2014- This paper breaks down the challenges that often prevent the cloud from delivering the fast, flexible and affordable infrastructure companies seek - and then details the secret to achieving success with cloud solutions.

Accelerating Cloud Deployment and Operations with Managed Services [ Source: Datapipe ]

July 2014- Companies that do not have sufficient in-house expertise to either deploy or maintain an IaaS cloud should turn to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to accelerate the planning, deployment and maintenance of their corporate cloud.

Reducing Expenses Starts With the Programming Skills of Operations Groups [ Source: F5 ]

July 2014- Tools available today make it possible to significantly reduce the daily tasks that consume the time of IT operations groups like automation. And with today's new cloud and SDN architectures being deployed or just on the horizon, automation is no longer just optional. No matter what we call it the technology industry looks obsessed with the idea of automation, continuous delivery and programmability. With good reason, because the evidence is all around us-saving time is ...

The F5 ADC is a Platform, Not a Product [ Source: F5 ]

July 2014- Platforms are a key success factor whether we're talking about phones or cloud or Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). F5's offering-TMOS-has been a platform supporting an extensible ecosystem of application-focused "apps." Over the past 10 years, the ADC market has continued to experience growth with the upper limit on the ADC market constrained only by current definitions. Thus, the ADC must be a platform and not a product to continue to adapt to the needs of ...

DNS Challenges in a Changing Landscape [ Source: F5 ]

July 2014- IDG Research Services surveyed DNS administrators from large organizations to understand the challenges of deploying an available, secure, high-performance DNS infrastructure. Download the infographic to understand the key issues you need to think about to ensure your DNS servers don't fail.

Three Key Principles to Accelerating Web Applications [ Source: F5 ]

July 2014- Most organizations are concerned with the speed of their applications. Whether it involves an internal business application or a customer-facing shopping site, web application performance can have a huge impact on business performance. A faster-performing web application results in greater sales, better user engagement and improved productivity. The aim of accelerating these web applications is to improve the end-user experience with faster page-load times and more responsive interactivity. Read this article to learn more about ...

Getting Big Value out of Big Data: The Update [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- Updated storage ebook covers XIV and DS8870 plus FlashSystem and Storwize benefits and includes case studies and resources.

Staging the Deployment of Private Clouds with IBM SmartCloud [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- IBM is in a strong position to facilitate the deployment of private clouds. A key component of IBMÂ’s cloud solutions is SmartCloud Foundation, an integrated set of technologies for deploying private and hybrid clouds. These hardware and software technologies are built on a common architecture, giving customers a smooth upgrade path as they advance along the maturity curve of deploying private clouds.

Boost Business Agility and Insight with Flash Storage for Analytics [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- Applications, servers and IT resources are all waiting for the same thing-data. But data access depends on the response of storage. Now with IBM FlashSystem storage, you can eliminate wait times and accelerate critical applications for faster decision making. FlashSystem includes advanced technologies to help your organization effectively support analytics workloads with compelling data economics, enterprise resiliency and easy infrastructure integration. Learn more in the IBM solution brief, "Boost business agility and insight with flash ...

Big Data Analytics Infrastructure For Dummies [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- Big Data Analytics is a critical tool to gain competitive advantage and to attract and retain happy customers. But simply deploying a software package isn't enough. Infrastructure matters for Big Data Analytics.

Analytics: A Blueprint for Value in Midmarket Organizations [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- The IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a global study to investigate how organizations were creating value from an ever-growing volume of data obtained from a variety of sources. This resulted from data-derived insights, which then guided actions taken at every level of the organization. The findings identified nine levers that enabled the organizations to create the most value.

Read the study to see not only why it's vital for midsize companies to ...

Super Analyst: A New Generation of Competitive Distinction [ Source: Dell Software ]

July 2014- Find out how organizations use the capabilities of Toad Business Intelligence Suite to bridge the gap between IT analysts and Business analysts.

Top 5 Federated Identity and SharePoint Use Cases [ Source: Radiant Logic ]

June 2014- Learn top five ways to get more from your SharePoint deployment using the RadiantOne Federated Identity Service. See how you can extend Microsoft SharePoint to larger populations outside of the Microsoft stack with ease, and ensure collaboration across all your constituencies and devices.

HDAP - The World's First Directory Built on Big Data Standards [ Source: Radiant Logic ]

June 2014- With Linear Scalability and High-Availability, HDAP is Changing the Way You Store, Search and Manage Identity Information. HDAP delivers elastic computing to the enterprise identity infrastructure. With HDAP, companies can radically scale their access and throughput, using the first highly-scalable and secure directory that's based on big data and search technology.

Federate Identities - Key to Seamless SSO [ Source: Radiant Logic ]

June 2014- In this whitepaper, we show how a federated identity service acts as a hub to empower your most critical identity initiatives, including single sign-on, web access management, federation with partners, and moving to the cloud.

Learn how a federated identity service based on virtualization offers simple, logical, secure, and standards-based access to all sources of identity inside your organization or enterprise-regardless of location, protocol, or format.

Helping ensure student success and retention [ Source: Dell ]

June 2014- Southern Illinois University university partners with Dell, Intel, Microsoft and textbook publishers to launch "Mobile Dawg," a tablet-based comprehensive suite of applications and e-texts to enhance student' educational experiences, learning and retention.

Dell Student Retention Model for Harper College [ Source: Dell ]

June 2014- Within the foundational academic work, the Dell student retention model seeks to help colleges and universities retain students by quickly identifying students at risk through a structured information technology solution, and delivering the information to administrators, instructors, counselors and students in an easy-to-access model.

Helping busy Executive MBA students focus on learning [ Source: Dell ]

June 2014- Emory University deploys full-featured Windows 8 tablets from Dell, preloaded with all necessary applications and consolidated information resources and applications, to Executive MBA students so they can spend more time learning and enjoying a better educational experience.

University uses data insight to drive student success [ Source: Dell ]

June 2014- The University of Kentucky uses Dell Education Data Management solution with real-time BI to improve data insights and student success.

Predictions For 2014: Cloud Computing [ Source: VMware ]

June 2014- As we head into 2014, cloud computing is no longer a "future" but a "now." Investments are up, enterprise use is widespread, and the hybrid cloud model has arrived. While the bulk of cloud acquisition and use continues to be driven by line of business, in 2014, traditional IT departments will stop asking "why cloud?" and instead get busy integrating cloud into the existing portfolio, extending data center infrastructures with elastic cloud technologies, and consuming new bespoke ...

The Path to Becoming the Chief Information Officer [ Source: VMware ]

March 2014- In this study, IDC examines the current state of the IT organization with respect to innovation. Based on a recent global study of 145 CIOs and IT executives, we delve into the disconnect between the CIO's aspiration to be chief innovation officer and the work that still needs to be done. We explore how innovative ideas are being initiated and cultivated within organizations and the methods currently being employed by CIOs as they evolve the profession ...

Chief Innovation Officer: CIO Professional Development Series [ Source: VMware ]

March 2014- The notion of the CIO being the "chief innovation officer" is attractive. Challenging business conditions have morphed from being a phase in the economic cycle to being the new normal. Very few organizations can conduct their business in a pre-Lehman Brothers manner, and so innovation is highly relevant to economic survival. This in turn represents an opportunity to move the CIO center stage in terms of business relevance.

Unfortunately, this move does not ...

The Transformative CIO [ Source: VMware ]

February 2014- Trying to meet today's business technology needs with yesterday's IT organizational structure is like driving a Model T at the Indy 500. Time for a reset.

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