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All-Flash Server-Side Storage for Oracle RAC Solution Brief [ Source: HGST ]

July 2014- In order to support today's high-transaction and data-intensive analytics applications, flash storage has moved into the mainstream to replace spinning disks.

HGST's Server-side PCIe flash storage is a high-performance and cost-effective alternative to a traditional SAN architecture. However, in Oracle environments, the requirement of shared access to all primary storage has limited the full potential of flash storage.

Download this complete Solution Brief to learn how to

• Leverage ...

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Application Performance Management Solution, 2014-15 [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- IBM is rated #1 in this Ovum Decision Matrix - Application Performance Management (APM) report. To help IT decision-makers choose the right solution, this Ovum Decision Matrix evaluates and compares 10 of the leading APM solutions in the market.

Simplifying cloud management and data center automation [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- This white paper explores the value of standardizing and automating cloud services with a flexible platform, such as IBM Cloud Orchestrator. Learn how to orchestrate the development, deployment and management of cloud services - helping to reduce IT costs and accelerate service delivery.

Stepping Into the Cloud: A Practical Guide to Creating and Implementing a Successful Cloud Strategy [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- There's no such thing as "the cloud," says this Frost & Sullivan executive brief. It's more useful to think of the cloud as shorthand for a range of service and deployment models. This practical guide offers steps for moving your company into the cloud, at whatever pace you prefer, with a focus on the SmartCloud Services portfolio offered by IBM and its partners.

Read the executive brief for usable advice on selecting the right ...

Cloud Services for Dummies ebook [ Source: IBM ]

July 2014- Cloud computing is becoming an integral part of many companies' business and technology strategies. There are many different delivery models. But two foundational services are essential for cloud computing to become a strategic part of the overall computing infrastructure: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for access to compute and storage resources in an on-demand model and Platform as a Service (PaaS), which sits on top of IaaS and enables you to build applications to support ...

Cloning Databases on Pure Storage [ Source: Pure Storage ]

June 2014- Anywhere there is a database, there will eventually be a need to make a copy, or clone of it. For example, a copy of the production database may be cloned for development testing, or reporting, or simply for backup. Or a QA environment may need to restore an environment to specific point in time to perform testing. The cloning process is generally tedious, time consuming, and subject to errors.

The Pure Storage FlashArray ...

Best Practices for Oracle on Pure Storage [ Source: Pure Storage ]

June 2014- In this document we provide information to help you to optimize the Pure Storage FlashArray for your Oracle database workload.

Pure Storage Reference Architecture for Oracle Databases [ Source: Pure Storage ]

June 2014- The goal of this document is to demonstrate the ease with which Oracle can be deployed on, or migrated to a Pure Storage FlashArray and the resulting performance improvements. In addition, we show how simple it is to perform administrative tasks such as storage provisioning and database backup and recovery using snapshots.

Moving Service Management to SaaS Whitepaper [ Source: CA Technologies ]

June 2014- Enable organizations to make the most of efficiencies they have realized by migrating their IT service management functions a to SaaS model.

Top Applications for SSDs in Cloud and Hyperscale Environments [ Source: SanDisk ]

June 2014- Big data...The market is exploding with massive quantities of structured and unstructured data, which must be collected, sorted and stored safely. This brief shows real world examples of how SSD technology solves key customer challenges across cloud and hyperscale data center environments.

The power of cloud: Driving business model innovation [ Source: IBM ]

June 2014- Although cloud capabilities offer numerous opportunities to drive business innovation, its potential beyond technological capabilities remains virtually untapped. Read the white paper to learn more about the benefits of cloud-enabled business models in promoting sustainable competitive advantage.

ESG Lab Report [ Source: HGST ]

May 2014- This ESG Lab Validation report documents remote hands-on testing of the Virident | HGST FlashMAX ConnectSoftware Suite, with a focus on the performance advantage the solution provides and the ability to deploy the suite in a distributed storage/application environment.

Flash Performance for Oracle RAC with PCIe Shared Storage [ Source: HGST ]

May 2014- This paper talks about a unique offering that makes it possible for Oracle RAC database to run on PCIe SSDs. The RAC cluster need not have any other shared storage, yet it still achieves the best performance, availability, scalability, and cost savings for building out blocks of databases for the public or private cloud.

Accelerating Oracle with Preferred Reads [ Source: HGST ]

May 2014- This article shows how the Virident | HGST FlashMAX II card can be used to gain read Flash performance in an ASM cluster, while keeping a copy of the data in the existing SAN storage array.

Simplifying Microsoft Windows Server Environments with Virtualized, Unified IP-Based Storage [ Source: Dell/Microsoft ]

May 2014- Businesses today spend 70 percent or more of their IT budget on keeping systems running, leaving very little time for innovation. The consolidation of IT storage provides an excellent opportunity for organizations to drive increased IT efficiencies with the help of:

• Centralized management of file and block data via the EqualLogic Group Manager

• Virtualized scale-out storage infrastructures that seamlessly scale to meet growing performance and capacity demands

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Vendor Landscape: IT Asset Management [ Source: IBM ]

April 2014- Organizations that need to control costs of equipment and software will find it nearly impossible to effectively manage without automated asset discovery, workflows, and integrated contract management.

Vendor Landscape: Enterprise Service Desk [ Source: IBM ]

April 2014- This Info-Tech report evaluates nine competitors in the Enterprise Service Desk market. Nine leading products are compared across the range of relevant features and identifies IBM’s Smart Cloud Control Desk as a champion in the field.

Private cloud in the hybrid era: The critical choices driving business value and agility [ Source: IBM ]

April 2014- Capitalizing on the transformative potential of private cloud requires leveraging the differentiators that will drive exponential value down the road. This IBM white paper discusses the core differentiators that drive transformative business value.

CIOs strive to harness Big Data while keeping an eye on the bottom line [ Source: Red Hat ]

April 2014- As the economy improves, CIOs must lay the foundation for the next generation of enterprise business growth, and the new battleground is data. Companies focused on transforming themselves into data-driven organizations are seeing increased innovation and improved financial performance. To meet the data challenge, CIOs must create a unified information platform that is highly reliable and scalable, one that makes it easy to access and integrate all data sources across the enterprise.

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Administrators need an agile platform to usher the new era of enterprise storage [ Source: Red Hat ]

April 2014- With the increasing demand for social, mobile, and big data applications, the creation and consumption of data continues to grow. Cloud computing is changing the way services are deployed and managed.

The enterprise IT landscape is evolving rapidly and software-defined storage is critical to its successful transformation. Read this whitepaper and learn how administrators are keeping up by guiding their enterprises toward new, software-defined storage platforms that simplify and unify storage capacity across ...

Architects lead the next generation of data-driven applications [ Source: Red Hat ]

April 2014- Modern application architects are being asked to deliver a new era of social, mobile, and big data applications at a time when the entire application stack is shifting around them. Successful architects are taking a page out of the cloud computing playbook and turning to open, scale-out storage software running on industry-standard servers.

Read this whitepaper to find out how application architects can quickly and confidently deliver long-lasting applications that minimize cost, complexity, ...

Server and system administrators challenged to keep up with enterprise storage explosion [ Source: Red Hat ]

April 2014- The rapid evolution of enterprise storage technologies, combined with external forces, like the explosion of big data, can cause Linux and server administrators to play catch-up when it comes to storage. Running a bunch of monolithic storage devices and proprietary, disconnected technologies forces administrators to spend valuable time creating and managing complex solutions.

To reduce complexity and enable rapid deployment of new technologies and applications, server administrators need a single open and extensible ...

How Flash Storage Changes Everything [ Source: Pure Storage ]

March 2014- Pure Storage set out with a simple mission: to create a purpose-built storage array that overcomes these barriers. The result is the Pure Storage FlashArray and its tightly-coupled software, the Purity Operating Environment.

When compared to a disk array, the FlashArray is:
• 10X faster (on both IOPS and latency);
• 10X more efficient in power, space, and cooling;
• More reliable on enterprise workloads;
• So simple that it installs in minutes; ...

Siemens Redefines Efficiency With Pure Storage [ Source: Pure Storage ]

March 2014-
• Server consolidation stalled due to storage performance limits
• IO-intensive Oracle database would not consolidate with other applications
• Multiple instances of virtual applications plus the Oracle DB

• Consolidated 30 servers to 5
• 23% increase in Oracle performance after virtualization
• 6.7-to-1 data reduction
• Provisioning time reduced by 4x
• 2x increase in VMware snapshot release time

Gartner 2013 Cool Vendor Report with Flash for All - Competitive Differentiation with Flash Storage [ Source: Pure Storage ]

March 2014- Learn how every business can improve efficiency, compete better, and deliver compelling user experiences with flash. You'll also gain access to Gartner's 2013 Cool Vendor Report

Download our ebook and learn how you can:
• Improve efficiency
• Compete better
• Deliver compelling user experiences

Using All-Flash Arrays to Solve Tier-1 Database Problems [ Source: Pure Storage ]

March 2014- Latency is the life-blood of any database application. When transactions slow, it is often a direct result of disk contention at the storage layer driving-up storage I/O latency, which directly translates into slower transactions and a slower end-user experience.

Moving to an all-flash architecture for your database affords immediate and obvious performance benefits, but also introduces a whole host of operational benefits:
• Simplify operations
• Eliminate tuning
• Provide a price ...

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