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By: IBM     Published Date: Jan 09, 2014

IBM Flex System is quite simply the best blade offering on the market. The rest of this document explains briefly how and why IBM Flex System outperforms mere blade systems IBM Flex. It illustrates the combination of capabilities that Flex System solutions offer and blade systems from HP, Dell, Cisco and, yes, even IBM BladeCenter®, can’t.

Tags : ibm, flex system, architecture, blade architecture, puresystems, pureflex, virtualization, storage
    
By: Red Hat     Published Date: Jan 08, 2014

Cloud adoption is an evolutionary process that has been leading to hybrid clouds—specifically, open hybrid clouds that provide for portability of applications and data. This new model means avoiding new points of proprietary lock-in and new silos, and breaking from proprietary software and hardware.

Tags : red hat, cloud, cloud infrastructure, workload, infrastructure as a service, iaas, cloud workload, integration
    
By: Red Hat     Published Date: Jan 08, 2014

OpenStack is an open source cloud system software project that has broad participation from the IT Industry. IDC evaluates the current situation and provides a future outlook evaluating the deployment and support model and addressing OpenStack enterprise features and support.

Tags : idc, openstack, red hat, virtualization, cloud, cloud, cloud software, storage
    
By: Red Hat     Published Date: Jan 08, 2014

This executive brief provides results of a CIO Magazine Quick Pulse poll sponsored by Red Hat which highlights the industry move to private cloud technology and hybrid cloud environments through dual-source virtualization wherein companies value security, performance and support in a quest to build the new IT paradigm.

Tags : red hat, virtualization, storage, cloud, cloud data, hybrid cloud, cloud management, platform as a service
    
By: Red Hat     Published Date: Jan 08, 2014

This infographic is the outcome of an IDG Connect survey of 200 US enterprise decision makers that includes adoption plans for OpenStack, the platform of choice for private cloud development and deployment.

Tags : idg, openstack, red hat, platform, cloud, cloud platform, cloud computing, virtualization
    
By: Red Hat     Published Date: Jan 08, 2014

This overview includes key benefits and a summary of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, with a limited time promotional offering that will save you up to 26% while enabling increased performance, scalability and security.

Tags : red hat, rhel, rhev, enterprise linux, enterprise virtualization, virtualization, servers, scalability
    
By: Cisco Systems     Published Date: Dec 23, 2013

Faced with trends like cloud and the rapid rise of mobile devices, IT needs a new, simpler model of building networks to support and optimize applications. In this Lippis Report, learn how the Cisco ISR Application Experience Router helps you improve application speed, security, and control. Read Now

Tags : cisco, lippis, centric networking, cloud computing, network engineers, bandwidth, wan, wide area networks
    
By: Alcatel-Lucent     Published Date: Dec 02, 2013

The question that businesses need to ask themselves is, “Is my data center designed for yesterday’s technology, or tomorrow’s?”. This whitepaper will help you find the answer.

Tags : data center, data centre, data center optimization, alcatel lucent, alcatel, lucent, qos, server farm
    
By: Dell Software     Published Date: Dec 01, 2013

Save time and money with cloud-managed integration. Are you concerned about the cost and length of time it takes to integrate applications and data? You shouldn’t be – cloud-based integration platforms dramatically speed results, increase productivity and lower costs. Learn more in this new white paper by Bloor Research.

Tags : infrastructure, productivity, cloud computing
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

A four-pronged approach consisting of a monitoring & automation software system, video technology, intelligent rack outlets, and sensor technology can greatly reduce the incidences of human error in these small environments.

Tags : monitoring, data protection, employee performance, project management, data center design and management, infrastructure
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Long term data center or network room capacity planning may seem impossible in the face of evolving IT technology and business requirements. Nevertheless, data center facilities have a lifetime that may span many generations of IT equipment, so planning – or lack of planning – can have a large impact on the effectiveness of investments. Many unnecessary costs can be avoided with simple planning strategies, and even uncertainty itself can be incorporated into a plan. This paper shows a simple and effective way to develop a capacity plan for a data center or network room.

Tags : infrastructure, network management, network performance, data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, design and facilities, power and cooling
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

The use of modern enclosed hot aisles to address increasing power densities in the data center has brought into question the suitability of working conditions in these hot aisle environments. In this paper, it is determined that the additional heat stress imposed by such high density IT environments is of minimal concern.

Tags : data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling, green computing
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Before data center infrastructure efficiency can be benchmarked using PUE or other metrics, there must be agreement on exactly what power consumptions constitute IT loads, what consumptions constitute physical infrastructure, and what loads should not be counted. This paper explains the problem and describes a standardized method for classifying data center loads for efficiency calculations.

Tags : data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling, green computing
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

A floor plan strongly affects the power density capability and electrical efficiency of a data center. Despite this critical role in data center design, many floor plans are established through incremental deployment without a central plan. Once a poor floor plan has been deployed, it is often difficult or impossible to recover the resulting loss of performance. This paper provides structured floor plan guidelines for defining room layouts and for establishing IT equipment layouts within existing rooms.

Tags : data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling, green computing
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

In data center design/build projects, flaws in project management and coordination are a common – but unnecessary – cause of delays, expense, and frustration. The ideal is for project management activities to be structured and standardized like interlocking building blocks, so all parties can communicate with a common language, avoid responsibility gaps and duplication of effort, and achieve an efficient process with a predictable outcome. This paper presents a framework for project management roles and relationships that is understandable, comprehensive, and adaptable to any size project.

Tags : project management, data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling, green computing
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

This paper presents a detailed quantitative efficiency comparison between the most efficient DC and AC power distribution methods, including an analysis of the effects of power distribution efficiency on the cooling power requirement and on total electrical consumption. The latest high efficiency AC and DC power distribution architectures are shown to have virtually the same efficiency, suggesting that a move to a DC-based architecture is unwarranted on the basis of efficiency.

Tags : data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

It is no longer practical or cost-effective to completely engineer all aspects of a unique data center. Re-use of proven, documented subsystems or complete designs is a best practice for both new data centers and for upgrades to existing data centers. In this paper reference designs are defined and their benefits are explained.

Tags : data center design and management, infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Planning of a data center physical infrastructure project need not be a time consuming or frustrating task. Experience shows that if the right issues are resolved in the right order by the right people, vague requirements can be quickly translated into a detailed design. This paper outlines practical steps to be followed that can cut costs by simplifying and shortening the planning process while improving the quality of the plan.

Tags : data center design and management, virtualization, cloud computing, infrastructure, design and facilities
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Business executives are challenging their IT staffs to convert data centers from cost centers into producers of business value. Data centers can make a significant impact to the bottom line by enabling the business to respond more quickly to market demands. This paper demonstrates, through a series of examples, how data center infrastructure management software tools can simplify operational processes, cut costs, and speed up information delivery.

Tags : productivity, infrastructure, design and facilities
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Of the various economizer (free cooling) modes for data centers, using fresh air is often viewed as the most energy efficient approach. However, this paper shows how indirect air economizer-based cooling produces similar or better energy savings while eliminating risks posed when outside fresh air is allowed directly into the IT space.

Tags : infrastructure, design and facilities, power and cooling
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

While many who invest in Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software benefit greatly, some do not. Research has revealed a number of pitfalls that end users should avoid when evaluating and implementing DCIM solutions. Choosing an inappropriate solution, relying on inadequate processes, and a lack of commitment / ownership / knowledge can each undermine a chosen toolset’s ability to deliver the value it was designed to provide. This paper describes these common pitfalls and provides practical guidance on how to avoid them.

Tags : data center design and management, infrastructure, design and facilities
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Data center systems or subsystems that are pre-assembled in a factory are often described with terms like prefabricated, containerized, modular, skid-based, pod-based, mobile, portable, self-contained, all-in-one, and more. There are, however, important distinctions between the various types of factory-built building blocks on the market. This paper proposes standard terminology for categorizing the types of prefabricated modular data centers, defines and compares their key attributes, and provides a framework for choosing the best approach(es) based on business requirements.

Tags : data center design and management, infrastructure, design and facilities
    
By: APC     Published Date: Nov 21, 2013

Every Information Technology professional who is responsible for the operation of computing equipment needs to ensure their data center or network room is prepared for extended utility power outages. Understanding the basic functions and concepts of standby generator systems helps provide a solid foundation allowing IT professionals to successfully specify, install, and operate critical facilities. This paper is an introduction to standby generators and subsystems that power a facility’s critical electrical loads when the utility cannot.

Tags : infrastructure, network management, productivity, data center design and management, design and facilities
    
By: Oracle     Published Date: Nov 13, 2013

Investing in the creation of a Transformational State of Knowledge builds a defensible advantage in delivering great customer experiences. There are 3 capabilities your company will need to be successful.

Tags : zenithoptimedia, oracle, transformational knowledge, single knowledge base, consumer-empowered market, customer advocacy, social support, innovation communities
    
By: IBM     Published Date: Oct 24, 2013

The Dow Chemical Company is a $60 billion enterprise composed of a worldwide network of 13 business units. Although such a decentralized business structure has competitive advantages, it can also create challenges to setting and achieving enterprise-wide goals.

Tags : lease accounting, accounting, real estate, asset manager, ibm tririga, new accounting standard, fasb, iasb
    
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