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SATA vs. PCIe Solid-State Storage Solutions for MySQL Environments [ Source: HGST ]

December 2014- Database users are increasingly interested in using Flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs) to speed up application performance. For many database administrators (DBAs), increased database performance directly impacts their user experience and bottom lines. Accelerating a single MySQL instance may allow DBAs to avoid painful sharding exercises, with all their attendant administration, application changes, and high capital and ongoing costs. With the wide range of SSDs available today, choosing any one can be difficult. This paper aims ...

Who, What, When, Where and Why: Tracking the 5 Ws of Change in Active Directory, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange and VMware [ Source: Dell Software ]

January 2015- Gain a better understanding of the limitations and capabilities of native auditing tools, and see why a third-party solution might be the best approach to protect your organization's systems, data, productivity and bottom line.

PaaS: We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- Everyone gets IaaS and SaaS. But PaaS is less well understood, even in enterprises with skilled app dev practices. We decided to help close that knowledge gap via this report and its accompanying which covers five key areas: Platform-as-a-Service Defined, The DevOps Cost Puzzle and How PaaS Solves It, The Many Flavors of PaaS, Public vs. Private: When to Run Your Own PaaS: Enterprise IT teams can run a private PaaS system that Evaluating PaaS ...

Three Ways to Get Started with Hadoop [ Source: Dell / Intel® ]

November 2014- To extract value from mountains of data, the open source Hadoop data storage and processing system offers compelling benefits, giving your organization. the ability to store and analyze data more affordably than ever before. While the opportunity is clear, until now, the deployment of a Hadoop cluster was seen as a complex undertaking with all the risks of a big technology project. Read on to learn about three options Dell offers, together with Cloudera and ...

Cloud's Tangible Business Benefits, Brokered [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- Midmarket companies may be less likely than enterprises to have massive sunk investments in data center infrastructure, but that doesn't mean cloud is a slam dunk. Nearly half, 43%, of respondents to our recent Cloud ROI Survey hail from companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, and the vast majority of responding IT pros say they like cloud. But they also think hard about costs versus benefits. In this report, we'll discuss the range of business benefits companies ...

5 Elements of the New Age Data Center [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- How can IT organizations embrace new cloud technologies and meet new big data challenges without adding complexity to their companies? Enterprises generally are embracing the new-age data center strategy needed to tackle these opportunities, but key obstacles remain, among which the co-existence with legacy systems and apps sits atop many lists.
The value proposition favors IT organizations today, especially in hardware acquisition costs, and the opportunity to rent services and infrastructure in the cloud ...

Leveraging the Cloud for Your Test and Development Workloads [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- This report explores how a cloud-based test and development environment enables developers to deliver their applications faster, more cost-effectively, and with fewer errors than traditional data center environments.

Leveraging the Cloud For Your Dev Ops Workloads [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- This report explores that by choosing the right PaaS, an IT organization can align development and operations resources, ensuring that applications are deployed quickly, cost-effectively, and error-free.

Stand Apart with SoftLayer [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- Infographic highlighting the key differentiators of SoftLayer's infrastructure as a service capabilities, including flexible choices, high performance, granular control and security through automation and standardization.

The Hybrid Cloud Helps Midsize Companies Compete [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- This Ventana Research e-Book presents background, adoption, benefits, advantages to midsize businesses, security considerations, challenges of hybrid cloud adoption and recommendations for evaluating hybrid cloud for midsize organizations.

All Clouds are Not Created Equal: A Logical Approach to Cloud Adoption in Your Company [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- In conference rooms worldwide, enterprise IT departments are evaluating entry into 'the cloud'. Armed with media reports and marketing materials, they are considering questions like, "Is the cloud appropriate for critical workloads? Will the cloud really save time and money? Does the cloud pose a security risk?" There's only one problem with such due diligence: there's no such thing as 'the cloud'. Instead, there are multiple clouds, with different configurations, offered by different providers and ...

Building a Successful Roadmap to the Cloud [ Source: IBM ]

November 2014- Chances are your company has dabbled in the cloud. Perhaps you have moved the company Website to an on-demand cloud-based infrastructure service. Your developers may be testing their new applications in the cloud before releasing them. It's likely that your line of business colleagues subscribe to multiple Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, whether or not IT was involved in the decision.
In this paper, we list the steps toward building a cloud roadmap, ...

Best Practices for PaaS Implementation [ Source: ActiveState ]

October 2014- Like any IT project, the success of a private PaaS implementation requires a combination of the right people, processes and technologies. Companies should consider the following steps to ensure a successful transition to private PaaS:

• Establish a program strategy that provides a strategic vision and guiding principles for the corporate initiative along with program management resourcing, tracking, and oversight.
• Develop clear business objectives and use those to guide and influence ...

Workload Portability: Using PaaS to Achieve the Vision of Hybrid Cloud [ Source: ActiveState ]

October 2014- As the creation and management of applications increases in importance for businesses today, so does making those applications portable. Being able to take application workloads and place them in the right environment to get the best performance and functionality is critical to an organization's success. To meet the challenges of today's digital economy, companies need to understand the workload portability choices available, what options they have, and the challenges they face in application deployment.

The Individual Enterprise-How Mobility Redefines Business [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- The mobility revolution is impacting every aspect of our lives, both personal and professional. But many businesses are seriously underestimating the full impact of this burgeoning transformation. Read the white paper "The Individual Enterprise to find out why IBM believes that the time has come for organizations of all sizes, in all industries, to consider the true potential of mobile. By combining the power of analytics with the ubiquity of mobile, your organization has the ...

Four Key Trends Impacting Mobile Infrastructure Strategy [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- As mobile technology evolves, it's bringing rapid change to enterprises everywhere, so it's essential to know the latest trends and how to build on them to create real business benefits. IDC believes third-party mobility service providers will play a key role in helping you do just that. Read the analyst report to get expert insight into how you can benefit from key mobile trends; building blocks and best practices for successful deployment and adoption of ...

Resilience in the Era of Enterprise Cloud Computing [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- The veritable explosion of cloud-based IT and business solutions combined with rising demand for mobility and social connection has brought with it a world of new resiliency and continuity challenges. Today IT is expected to deliver "always-on, always-available" service and assure the continuous accessibility of systems and data for an increasingly demanding user community. Resiliency strategies must address the evolving nature of IT, specifically the impact of three disruptive technologies: cloud computing, big data and ...

Building the Business Case for Continuity and Resiliency [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- Now available: the cost data you need to build the business case for improved continuity and resiliency. Based on findings from the largest study of its kind-the IBM Global Study on the Economic Impact of IT Risk-which surveyed 2,136 IT professionals around the world, 1,069 of them business continuity professionals. Uncover what these business continuity professionals have to say about the IT threats that cause business disruptions, and what these disruptions cost. Then use the IBM trend ...

Aligning IT with Strategic Business Goals [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- This paper discusses how to develop and implement risk management metrics that examine IT risk in light of IT threats' potential to effect overall business operations and strategic goals.

The Data Center Impact of Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- An IBM white paper describing the infrastructure implications of today's converging technology forces and the software defined, next-generation data center transformation vital to capitalizing on them.

Redefining Networks for Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- Much has been written about cloud, big data and analytics, mobile, social, and IT security as significant forces that are transforming information technology and business. Much less has been said about the impact of these forces on networking-or about the role that networks play when business initiatives are based on them. As these technologies move from future trend to mainstream, the network as the common, critical infrastructure component will get close to the breaking point.? ...

IPFS Implements Desktop Virtualization to Meet Needs for Security, Centralized Management, and Cost-Efficiency [ Source: HGST ]

October 2014- In response to recent growth in the premium finance industry and an expanding workforce, Imperial PFS recently leveraged a VMware Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment to cost-effectively scale their business. The addition of HGST FlashMAX II storage devices allows IPFS to meet their need for fast response times and increased performance.

Smarter IT: Optimize IT Delivery, Accelerate Innovation [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- Cloud computing, mobility, social technology, continuous delivery, DevOps, embedded intelligence, big data and other trends are bringing new levels of complexity to the data center. To cope with this complex, customer focused world, IT leaders are turning to a new set of IT service management tools to help them analyze and optimize their on-premises, cloud and hybrid operations while accelerating their pace of innovation. The net result is lower costs and greater opportunity for their ...

The Case for Flash Arrays: New Business Realities [ Source: SanDisk ]

October 2014- The new performance-minded, resource-intensive demands of big data, analytics, cloud, social media, and mobile computing are driving enterprises to take a closer look at flash-based storage options. Here's why.

Cloud University: Operations, Orchestration, Security [ Source: IBM ]

October 2014- This five-part InformationWeek University track guides IT pros looking to make cloud a business asset. Sessions cover everything from transitioning from a legacy IT model to why latecomers may have an edge to handling auditors.

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