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Optimizing VDI Success: The Network Factor [ Source: Riverbed ]

July 2014- As organizations seek to continue leveraging the advantages of virtualization technologies, many are embracing virtualization of end user desktops via approaches such as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). But while VDI solutions promise significant security and operational efficiency improvements, they also bring with them unique deployment challenges. If organizations hope to reap the full benefit of a VDI deployment, they must assure the best possible end-user experience, or adoption will stall and the project will fail. ...

Transforming Business Performance with Hybrid Network [ Source: Riverbed ]

July 2014- In a world combining public and private resources, the network itself needs to get hybrid, combining the strengths of the highly reliable Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks with the ubiquity and lower cost of Internet infrastructure.

Critical Network Capabilities for Cloud-Based DDoS Mitigation [ Source: Verisign ]

July 2014- Due to the evolving DDoS threat, companies are turning to cloud based DDoS mitigation providers, who have built out massive amounts of network bandwidth and DDoS mitigation capacity. Just as important as network capacity is the flexibility and diversity of the provider's network. This paper describes how Verisign DDoS Protection Services relies upon a fully redundant network backbone, purpose-built on multiple diverse 10 Gbps optical infrastructures.

Three Guiding Principles for Data Security and Compliance [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- The information explosion, the proliferation of endpoint devices, growing user volumes and new computing models like cloud, social business and big data have created new vulnerabilities. Data security is a moving target - as data grows, more sophisticated threats emerge; the number of regulations increase; and changing economic times make it difficult to secure and protect data.

Because data is a critical component of daily business operations, it is essential to ensure privacy ...

Top 3 Myths about Big Data Security: Debunking Common Misconceptions about Big Data Security [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- Data volumes are growing rapidly with no end in sight. Big data represents massive business possibilities and competitive advantage for organizations that are able to harness and use that information. But how are they protecting that data? This eBook addresses three myths of big data security.

Top Tips for Securing Big Data Environments: Why Big Data doesn't have to mean Big Security Challenges [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- Big data environments create significant opportunities. However, organizations must come to terms with the security challenges they introduce, for example big data environments allow organizations to aggregate more and more data - much of which is financial, personal, intellectual property or other types of sensitive data - most of the data is subject to compliance regulations.

As big data environments ingest more data, organizations will face significant risks and threats to the repositories ...

Integrating and Governing Big Data [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- While the term "big data" has only recently come into vogue, IBM has designed solutions capable of handling very large quantities of data for decades, leading the way with data integration, management, security and analytics solutions known for their reliability, flexibility and scalability. The end-to-end information integration capabilities of IBM InfoSphere Information Server are designed to help organizations understand, cleanse, monitor, transform and deliver data - as well as collaborate to bridge the gap between ...

Network Transformation: A Guide to Planning Your Journey to All-IP [ Source: Neustar ]

July 2014- Historically, communication service providers (CSPs) have viewed network transformation through the narrow lens of technology, as though it were a simple matter of upgrading equipment. But in reality, the solution is much more complex. To ensure a smooth transition to an all-IP network, it's essential for each area of the business (IT, marketing and operations) to work together and consistently communicate throughout the journey.

Application Release Automation with Zero Touch Deployment [ Source: CA Technologies ]

July 2014- Today's agile organizations pose operations teams with a tremendous challenge: to deploy new releases to production immediately after development and testing is completed. To ensure that applications are deployed successfully, an automatic and transparent process is required. We refer to this process as Zero Touch Deployment. This article reviews two approaches to Zero Touch Deployment-a script-based solution and a release automation platform.

The article discusses how each can solve the key technological and ...

Requirements for an Application Release Automation Platform [ Source: CA Technologies ]

July 2014- Why do we need an Application Release Deployment solution? The IT world is evolving at a rapid pace. Data center and homegrown applications are increasingly complex, application changes are rising in volume and frequency, and operations are deploying across multiple environments and infrastructure models (physical, virtual and cloud). In order to keep up with increasing business demands, development teams are adopting agile methodologies, and QA is employing automated testing.

This white paper discusses ...

IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure [ Source: IBM & Intel® ]

July 2014- Today, employees expect the workplace to come with them wherever they go and on whatever device they use. This anytime, anywhere "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD) mindset poses a dilemma for organizations. If these challenges sound familiar to you, read this solution brief to learn how IBM® SmartCloud® Desktop Infrastructure, built on pay-as-you-grow IBM System x® servers and powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, can provide more cost-effective and manageable virtual desktop capabilities to help increase business ...

Private Clouds: Easing Deployment and Management [ Source: IBM & Intel® ]

July 2014- What are the key drivers of private cloud, and the requirements for effective deployment? This paper from IDC describes how IBM® System x® cloud solutions, featuring the latest Intel® Xeon® processors, offer a wide range of entry points to each individual customer, from those new to cloud computing and just getting started, to experienced users seeking higher-level capabilities.

Intel and the Intel logo, Xeon and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of ...

Demystifying Software-Defined Networking (SDN) [ Source: Allied Telesis ]

June 2014- Software Defined Networking (SDN) has recently hit the headlines with claims of better network utilization and easier management and many see it as the 'silver bullet' for every networking challenge. Unfortunately, most SDN solutions are targeted at large data centres and is unlikely to overcome the challenges being experienced by most enterprise technology managers and executives. To learn more about SDN and the challenges it will help you overcome (along with what it won't), download ...

The Top 3 Network Management Challenges (Balancing acts in the Enterprise network) [ Source: Allied Telesis ]

June 2014- Organisations rely heavily on their data network, yet the network goes unnoticed most of the time. Network infrastructure is an essential component of any business operation, but it is generally not appreciated or understood by the majority of staff or management. While users are very aware of any network failures that occur, nobody wants to invest too much to proactively prevent these failures. To learn more about how you can improve security, reduce downtime and ...

Reducing The Burden of Network Management [ Source: Allied Telesis ]

June 2014- Software Defined Networking (SDN) has attracted a great deal of attention for its claims of solving a number of common networking problems associated with flexibility and performance. At the same time, many enterprise organisations are paying big dollars for skilled specialist staff to maintain their network or are outsourcing this function? Even if the network configuration is kept simple, maintenance tasks on large networks can be time-consuming and error-prone. What if there was a better ...

Easing The Enterprise Transition to IPv6 [ Source: Allied Telesis ]

June 2014- The world is moving inexorably from IPv4 to IPv6. However, many organizations feel that they currently have no need for IPv6. If a business has plenty of IPv4 addresses, a reliable Network Address Translation (NAT) infrastructure, and no IPv6-specific applications, it can experience little compulsion to take on the perceived expense and disruption of integrating IPv6 into its network. However, there are many compelling reasons for making the move to IPv6. To learn more ...

7 Reasons to Stack Your Core Chassis [ Source: Allied Telesis ]

June 2014- There is no question that every organisation needs a resilient and versatile network core. A chassis can seem like a great solution, since it allows dual controller cards and power supplies for resiliency and can use any combination of line cards for versatility of speeds and feeds. There is also plenty of information about stacking and its benefits such as easier management and fast recovery from failures. Both of these solutions have their complications and ...

The Convergence of Network Performance Monitoring and Application Performance Management [ Source: Compuware ]

June 2014- Today, enterprises rely heavily on applications for nearly all business-critical processes. These applications are delivered via a combination of hardware, software and services, known as the application delivery chain. To make this delivery chain work together effectively, IT must take a new and converged approach to network performance monitoring and application performance management.

This whitepaper discusses:
•Why NPM alone is not enough
•How application-centric APM is incomplete

Network Transformation: A Guide to Planning Your Journey to All-IP [ Source: Neustar ]

June 2014- Historically, communication service providers (CSPs) have viewed network transformation through the narrow lens of technology, as though it were a simple matter of upgrading equipment. But in reality, the solution is much more complex. To ensure a smooth transition to an all-IP network, it's essential for each area of the business (IT, marketing and operations) to work together and consistently communicate throughout the journey.

Build a Firm Foundation for an Agile Campus Network [ Source: Dell / Intel® ]

June 2014- Technology has the power to increase operational efficiency and productivity, and also make an enterprise more competitive. But today's organizations are at a critical point where their network infrastructures are being stressed by new mobile and collaboration applications. Adaptable switch platforms can provide the levels of reliability and performance essential to support the sophisticated, real-time applications running across campus environments. Learn how Dell's N-Series switches can supply the stable foundation needed for a robust and ...

Choosing the Right Big Data Platform for SAP Environments [ Source: Dell / Intel® ]

June 2014- Big Data is here, it's now, and it's the future. For organizations already taking advantage of the benefits of SAP applications and databases, Big Data is the next step in transforming data into real-time, actionable insight and achieving a significant competitive advantage.

Putting in the right foundation for Big Data is critical and the benefits of building SAP Big Data solutions on an x86 platform include better performance, lower total cost of ownership, ...

Standardizing Operating Environments for I.T. Efficiency [ Source: Red Hat ]

June 2014- The Red Hat Standard Operating Environment SOE helps you define, deploy, and maintain Red Hat Enterprise Linux and third-party applications as an SOE. The SOE is fully aligned with your requirements as an effective and managed process, and fully integrated with your IT environment and processes.

Benefits of an SOE: SOE is a specification for a tested, standard selection of computer hardware, software, and their configuration for use on computers within an organization. ...

Doing More with Less: How Red Hat Enterprise Linux Shrinks Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO) [ Source: Red Hat ]

June 2014- IT organizations face the constant challenge of juggling two almost opposing priorities: continuously delivering business-critical application services while keeping IT expenses in line with budget constraints. The primary function of IT departments is to supply core infrastructure and applications to attract new business, generate revenue, and facilitate profitability-and IT managers strive to meet this goal in spite of flat or shrinking IT budgets.

According to an article in Computer Weekly, approximately 80% of IT ...

How Hyperscale Data Centers Can Benefit from SSDs [ Source: SanDisk ]

June 2014- Many traditional enterprises are moving to hyperscale architecture due to its scalabilty. The main obstacle to implement hyperscale architectures has been storage technology limitations. Today's SSDs are an ideal solution that many organizations are implementing in their hyperscale infrastructure.

The Why and How of SSD Overprovisioning [ Source: SanDisk ]

June 2014- Read/Modify/Write cycles are extremely costly from a performance and endurance standpoint. To minimize them, SSDs keep a fixed amount of physical flash memory in reserve, called the Over Provisioning (OP) space that is not part of the device's logical address space.

How to Choose the Right SSD [ Source: SanDisk ]

June 2014- SSDs boast the combination of increased I/O (input/output) throughput and greater power density (IOPS/Watt), which can accelerate applications and enable data center footprint reductions; a compelling argument for evaluating SSD drives.

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