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What can go wrong with firmware updates - Defense contractor customer [ Source: HP ]

January 2014- After a customer awarded hardware support on their server to a USP to cut costs, a hardware failure was unable to be resolved by the USP over several days. Read how HP solved the issue, and how they saved the customer valuable uptime.

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What can go wrong with counterfeit parts [ Source: HP ]

January 2014- When HP took over a customer's hardware and software support contract from a USP, a hardware site audit found a large number of counterfeit hard drives installed on failed servers and storage, which resulted in a large volume of disk drive failures.

Learn how the customer could have spared days of downtime by using HP Relocation Services.

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Forrester Whitepaper: IT Operations Managers Must Rethink Their Approach to Private Cloud [ Source: HP/Intel® ]

July 2013- Organizations of all types are attracted by the promises of private cloud computing, but few actually have the virtual maturity to be successful. This Forrester report reveals the latest virtualization trends so you can see how far your peers are in their journey to the private cloud. Read on and discover best practices for improving virtualization in order to prepare for the cloud.

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Top 10 Reasons to Move to HP Blade Servers [ Source: HP ]

July 2013- According to a recent InformationWeek survey, more than 90% of IT leaders plan to increase virtualization initiatives this year. As they use virtualization to support more complex and mission-critical applications, self-service provisioning, and business initiatives in the cloud, these IT pros are choosing blade servers as their platform of choice.

Check out this HP-sponsored white paper to learn why blade servers are the best platform for high-density virtualized environments and how they can enable ...

The Tactical Realities of Building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure [ Source: Insight/HP/Intel ]

May 2013- By leveraging HP technology, powered by Intel, Insight enhances your IT infrastructure's agility, scalability and deployment times. Learn how in The Tactical Realities of Building a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, a high-level tactical roadmap for successful VDI implementation.

Considerations for Using Solid-State Storage as an Intelligent Cache to Accelerate Applications [ Source: LSI ]

May 2013- Solid-state disk (SSD) technologies are top of mind in most discussions of enterprise storage infrastructure today-but there are still IT planners who have postponed the adoption of flash memory-based storage due to questions about acquisition cost or early adoption risk. Learn the four critical questions to ask before adopting flash technology in your data center.

Top 10 Considerations for Getting Started with Virtualization [ Source: VMware ]

April 2013- Moving your workloads from physical servers to a virtualized environment can help your business drive down costs, increase IT efficiencies and improve application availability but it's important to carefully plan the transition to virtualization in order to avoid any complications.

Read these considerations as you plan your move to virtualization to ensure a smooth transition and a successful project.

Don't Get Stuck on your Virtualization Journey: Where to Focus Next [ Source: VMware ]

April 2013- You've virtualized a significant number of server workloads and have likely experienced signficant cost savings and performance improvements so, what's next?

Read this trend brief to identify which phase of virtualization you are in and where you should be headed to reap even more business benefits with expansion of your virtual environment.

Beyond Cost Savings: Four Compelling Reasons to Expand Virtualization of Your IT Environment [ Source: VMware ]

April 2013- You've been hearing about or perhaps have personally experienced the benefits of virtualization. But as a business with resource or budget restraints, you aren't going to start or expand adoption of a technology for the sake of some long-term abstract goal. You are focused - and must stay focused - on the here and now.

Cisco - Enabling the World of Many Clouds [ Source: Cisco ]

March 2013- Private, public, hybrid - Cisco enables a world of many clouds with new levels of agility and security. This report from ACG Research looks how Cisco's cloud strategy improves economics beyond simple data center virtualization.

Entry-Level Solutions for Private Cloud Automation Deliver Rapid Returns [ Source: Cisco ]

February 2013- IDC expects spending on cloud server and application management software will total more than $3 billion by 2016 as IT customers of all sizes and across many industries embrace more efficient and automated datacenter operations strategies.

Often, the first step in this journey focuses on implementing an in-house private cloud environment to enable self-service provisioning for end users. Traditionally, the provisioning of physical and virtual servers has been a complex, time-consuming multistep process. However,using ...

The Journey to Cloud [ Source: Cisco ]

February 2013- Traditionally, the provisioning process for new application environments and infrastructure resources contains numerous planning, technical, communication, and testing steps that can sometimes span over multiple weeks or even months.

Condensing this long, error-prone and often painful process to 15 minutes is the promise of the private cloud. But how can you leverage server, network, storage, automation, and orchestration resources that are already in place in your own datacenter to create a private cloud?
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Introduction to Red Hat Storage Architecture [ Source: Red Hat ]

January 2013- Over the past ten years, enterprises have seen enormous gains in scalability, flexibility, and affordability as they migrated from proprietary, monolithic server architectures to architectures that are virtualized, open source, standardized, and commoditized. Unfortunately, storage has not kept pace with computing. The proprietary, monolithic, and scale-up solutions that dominate the storage industry today do not deliver the scalability, flexibility, and economics that modern datacenter and cloud computing environments need in a hyper-growth, virtualized, and increasingly ...

ESG Whitepaper: Your Next Generation Data Center Starts with Virtualization [ Source: VMware ]

January 2013- Server virtualization is perhaps the most significant evolution in information technology of this time. But why aren't more organizations taking advantage of both its immediate and long-term benefits?

This paper will explain why and how you should take the first steps toward your next generation data center.

IDC: Virtualize Desktops for Better Management and Operations Across Devices [ Source: VMware ]

January 2012- Centralized virtual desktop (CVD) technology is an innovation receiving closer attention today as its potential impact on IT departments and users becomes clearer. The push for client virtualization technologies originated with organizations that successfully implemented server virtualization. Now, customers are intrigued by the possibility of a better desktop management model. They're also drawn to the long-term operational savings that CVD can deliver. With the wide range of offerings, customers face a set of difficult decisions ...

Drivers for Enterprise Virtualization Diversification Quick Pulse [ Source: Red Hat ]

December 2012- This CIO paper explores the current landscape shifts to use of a multi-vendor strategy in virtuallzation and the drivers for these shifts. In it we find that open virtualization offers compelling business advantages and shows even greater potential as companies choose diversification to address proprietary vendor lock-in.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization White paper [ Source: Red Hat ]

December 2012- With virtual machine deployments already exceeding physical server shipments and virtualized workloads exceeding nonvirtualized workloads in the installed base, virtual is clearly the new normal in IT. As mature as the virtualization market is, the competition is actually just about to heat up. IDC data shows that a significant portion of the market is open to using a combination of hypervisors for various factors of cost and diversity.

IDC expects that over the ...

Windows 8 for Small and Medium Businesses: 6 Best Practices [ Source: Dell ]

December 2012- You may be wandering whether it is worthwhile to move to Windows 8. It is important to consider the hardware you have now and to think about the future, bearing in mind emerging trends such as virtualization and the cloud. Download now to get compelling reasons to adopt Windows 8 for your business.

The Total Economic Impact To IBM WebSphere Application Server Migrating From An Open Source environment [ Source: IBM ]

November 2012- This analyst report shows the total economic impact of migrating from an open source solution to IBM WebSphere Application Server -- a 44%% return on investment (ROI) producing a net value of over $1 million, with numerous benefits, including reduced support costs, reduced support incidents, higher application availability, and more. This report from Forrester, a highly respect independent analyst, provides readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of the WebSphere Application Server on their ...

Case Study: PNC Financial Services [ Source: Nlyte Software ]

November 2012- A VP of Data Center Operations didn't have accurate information needed to make informed decisions, control costs and mitigate risks. In this informative case study, learn what caused this manager to say "We not only freed up half a megawatt of power, but also extended the life of our data center from five years to 15 years."

Transition to IPv6 with - Cisco Next-Gen Business WAN [ Source: Cisco ]

October 2012- Transition smoothly to IPv6 with Cisco Next Generation Enterprise WAN and continue to benefit from your IPv4 investments. See how Cisco network design positions you to grow and meet evolving needs by supporting new applications and services.

Differentiate With a Cloud-Intelligent Network [ Source: Cisco ]

October 2012- In a cloud-based world, the network is no longer ?plumbing??it is a strategic asset. In this ZK Research report, see how a Cloud-Intelligent Network is the next step to an optimized cloud experience, enabling improved productivity and competitiveness.

ESG Analyst Whitepaper - Virtualization Management Critical to Achieving Scale and Efficiency [ Source: VMware ]

October 2012- This paper explains why customers are moving beyond traditional tools and processes when it comes to how they manage their virtual environments.

ESG global field survey provides proof points, while analysts provide recommendations for next steps in the virtualization journey.

Taneja Group whitepaper - Executive Summary: An Overview of the Virtual Infrastructure Operations Management Market [ Source: VMware ]

October 2012- Taneja Group presents an evaluation of the current state of the virtualization infrastructure operations management (VOIM) market.

The report examines VIOM solutions available from a representative set of established and emerging vendors--VMware being a clear market leader, in order to enable senior business and technology managers to gain a deeper understanding of which vendors offer the most complete solutions and how they differ from one another.

Performance Analytics: How Normal is Your Data [ Source: VMware ]

October 2012- This VMware paper takes a technical look at a variety of IT performance data (operating system metrics, quality-of-service metrics, business performance metrics, etc.) to determine how well these metrics can be modeled as "normally distributed."

This concept is at the heart of VMware vCenter Operations' performance analytics capability, and provides a deeper insight into how the technology helps adapt and learn typical IT behaviors to then provide automated policies that keep alerts and ...

Business Agility and the True Economics of Cloud Computing [ Source: VMware ]

October 2012- Beyond cost reduction, demonstrating the true value of cloud computing has its challenges. This paper reveals a direct link between cloud computing and business agility - how business outcomes are associated with agility, the role of IT for agile companies and the importance of cloud computing to business leaders.

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