April 2012- Continual and timely upgrades of UNIX systems can enable growth and lower costs. But for some Sun/Oracle and HP customers, expected upgrade plans have hit major hurdles. Read this Clipper Group white paper to see how only IBM continues to provide a plan, and a predictable drumbeat, for the future. Read it now.
April 2012- Consolidating data center servers through virtualization is integral to successful IT systems design. Read the white paper and see how IBM PowerVM on POWER7 offers higher ratios of server virtualization than VMware on comparable Intel x86 platforms. This enables superior performance, greater operational savings and improved efficiency.
SmartCloud Engage is an integrated suite of collaboration tools that combine your business social network with web conferencing and collaboration capabilities, like file storing and sharing, instant messaging and activity management. SmartCloud Engage provides essential collaboration services, leveraging IBM's unique position as a world-renowned security leader and trusted partner.
Security is a competitive differentiator for SmartCloud Engage. SmartCloud Engage business-ready security is based on a deep understanding of security and privacy best practices ...
This paper outlines the issues a business should consider in evaluating and planning a transition from tape to disk storage for its backup and recovery environment, and details the technical and business advantages of disk-based backup hardware and services specifically designed for the current and emerging requirements of small and midsize businesses.
Disk storage has steadily replaced tape over the entire history of IT, as hard-drive capacity grows and their price drops. As ...
October 2011- The demand for continuous access to information and applications places increasing pressure on organizations to have an optimal business resilience program. This data sheet discusses how IBM can help you assess, plan, design, architect, implement and test your business continuity and resilience program across the enterprise, including strategy, process, organization, applications and data, technologies and facilities.
May 2011- When Unique Express, an Australian transportation company, needed a computer-based transport solution that would encompass everything from client self-service and fleet management to financials and remote access, they implemented a comprehensive Omnix Transport Solution running on an IBM System x server. Read this case study to learn more about the benefits of the Omnix software and how the high availability of the System x server lends of the success of this end-to-end distribution system.
January 2011- A well designed cloud services strategy can place a CSP squarely in the middle of every business need of every enterprise customer within its addressable market. In this paper, Stratecast identifies the essentials a CSP must consider, to ensure a successful presence in the high-opportunity cloud-based services marketplace.
July 2010- With great advantages come great responsibilities. As the advances in USB devices have made them invaluable to most business users’ workday processes, they have also exposed organizations to three enormous risks: data loss, data theft and malware propagation. Learn how removable device policy enforcement can prevent these risks while enabling managed use of these necessary productivity tools—seamlessly within your Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager-managed environment.
July 2010- USB flash drives and other portable devices are valuable tools in the typical government staffer’s virtual toolkit. These handy devices allow workers to efficiently accomplish their duties and carry out their tasks for the public good. But left unchecked, the use of portable devices can also potentially infect public systems with malware, inadvertently expose classified information and/or citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII), and otherwise breach the public’s trust.
USB flash drives and other portable devices are valuable tools in the typical government staffer’s virtual toolkit. These handy devices allow workers to efficiently accomplish their duties and carry out their tasks for the public good. But left unchecked, the use of portable devices can also potentially infect public systems with malware, inadvertently expose classified information and/or citizens’ personally identifiable information (PII), and otherwise breach the public’s trust.
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October 2009- Businesses need a unified database platform for consolidating applications onto one common infrastructure. Whether supporting an OLTP, data warehousing or mixed workload, a common infrastructure delivers efficiencies. Learn how Oracle Exadata and the Sun Oracle Database Machine provide a unified database platform that accelerates database performance, allowing you to be more productive; easily scales; and delivers mission-critical data availability and protection.
September 2009- In the past it was far too expensive and difficult to understand the detailed content of old backup tapes. Discovery efforts required that the content to be restored first, and then analyzed in order to determine what to keep and what can be purged. Restoring thousands or tens of thousands of tapes was out of the question. It would take too much time, money and legacy infrastructure. As a result IT departments have let the ...
February 2009- Managing the resources consumed by any computer system is a time-consuming, unrewarding and, more often than not, very expensive operation. Unfortunately, as the system grows, disk management tasks must be performed more frequently. By using software that automates these critical tasks, tangible improvements in the utilization of computing and human resources can be realized.
April 2008- Silverton Consulting offers this presentation on array performance and optimization. It focuses on a variety of storage system options.
October 2008- With increasing budgetary pressures, data center managers may be tempted to recoup some of their tape investment by reselling magnetic tape cartridges which are no longer needed. The methods tape resellers use in attempts to remove the original owner's data vary widely, and are largely unsuccessful. New data erasing devices are being touted as having the ability to eliminate original customer data while leaving the servo guiding signals of higher capacity cartridges intact. Imation's laboratory ...
February 2008- Data loss can cause catastrophic problems to businesses. When not fatal, it can certainly be costly, time-consuming, and stressful. The best protection against data loss is to backup the data. Yet the process of data backup can be confusing and is often misunderstood. This paper addresses the most common fatal myths that our support desk encounters on a daily basis.
January 2008- As server virtualization goes mainstream, the workloads of virtual machines are taking on mission-critical proportions. Uses range from application-dense server consolidation, to failover and disaster recovery, to managing the virtualized infrastructure. Downtime and data loss pose harsh consequences in scenarios like these. This paper looks at five use cases to show why, where and how business can reduce risk in the virtualization initiative by hardening IT environment with physical servers that ensure reliability and availability.
January 2008- This paper published by ITCentrix, explains that with general availability in February 2006 of two types of NAS solutions, Hitachi Data Systems has signaled its intent to make an aggressive move into the NAS market space and compete in the long-term. The first is the introduction of a new product family of Hitachi TagmaStore Workgroup Modular Storage and Adaptable Modular Storage (WMS and AMS) low-end to midrange NAS filers. The second solution is the improved performance ...
January 2008- This paper published by EMC examines the benefits of Backup-to-Disk (B2D) and the central role it plays in operational recovery management. It recognizes few immediate benefits of B2D from faster and more reliable backup and also restores it from both SAN and NAS. Finally, it reviews key criteria that a product should support like read/write, Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP), etc
January 2008- This paper details a series of performance tests that were conducted on prototype industrial computer systems at the ESRF. PICMG1.3 is a new industrial computer standard that comprises PCI Express bus. At the ESRF, camera detector systems are producing high bandwidth data. A data acquisition system could be designed around a PICMG1.3 compliant system. The study emphasizes Gigabit Ethernet data input and intermediate data storage on a RAID disk system. PCI Express bus characteristics are ...
January 2008- Companies are more concerned than ever about storage and business continuation in the event of catastrophes large or small, natural or man-made. Information is a business?s primary asset. Historically, data storage was a local issue, either on floppy discs or hard drive. This paper published by Hill & Associates gives a high-level overview of the concepts of storage networking and business continuity, including the often-confusing terms associated with the industry. It concludes with a concise ...
January 2008- The HP Standard Edition SRM software unified server and storage tool-set automates storage processes and tasks with automatic device discovery, visualization and topology mapping for quick device identification. The HP Standard Edition SRM solution integrates with a rich assortment of HP software including Systems Insight Manager, HP Essentials and HP Storage Essentials Enterprise Edition software and its advanced software plug-ins to reduce the time and money associated with deploying and managing storage infrastructure.
January 2008- As backup software breaks away from its historically tight integration with tape, IT administrators are implementing disk-based backup products that are optimized to address new priorities. The new disk-based backup products geared to SMBs (Small to Medium sized Businesses) are being enhanced with enterprise-class product features and come with prices that are getting less and less expensive, making it feasible to back up from disk to removable disks and do away with tape backups altogether.
January 2008- The StoneFly StoneFusion Intelligent Network Storage Platform optimizes the Microsoft VSS functionality to provide more flexibility and simplicity in datacenter management with Windows servers for partial or full-core technology deployments. StoneFly IP SANs communicate directly with the VSS framework to offer a single initiation point for snapshots. The combination of the easy-to-manage Windows Server platform and the advanced intelligent IP SAN from StoneFly offers IT administrators the strategic advantage of implementing a single standard SAN ...
January 2008- When one stores valuable data on tape, one expects it to be there when needed. The success or failure of storing and recalling data depends on the reliability of both the tape drive that writes the data and the medium, tape, on which its stored. This paper published by Sun Microsystems highlights the design elements of the Sun StorageTek T10000 tape drive, a high-duty-cycle enterprise-class tape drive. This drive makes use of several unique ...
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