Managing Storage in Virtualized and Cloud Environments

Unparalleled growth. It's hard to find two words that better describe what's happening today in the world of digital storage and virtualization. In an industry report on storage growth released in December, research firm IDC predicted the amount of storage deployed will more than double every two years, reaching over 40,000 Exabytes by the end of the decade. Growth is just one part of the puzzle. Major changes for storage deployment are taking place today and perhaps the most prominent of which is the move to the cloud. What are the latest technology trends having impact on this dynamic marketplace? This whitepaper will give insight in a number of areas, including; A contextual look at the evolution and history of virtualized storage in the enterprise; A breakdown of current market forces and trends impacting the industry; Details and overview of major offerings and solutions from the top vendors in virtualized storage today.
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How Cisco’s UCS Compares to Flex System

Two years ago Clabby Analytics wrote a report that evaluated Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and revealed shortcomings in the UCS design, stating that Cisco blade environments are "good enough" computing environment. Since then Cisco made improvements to their system design, but the blade market didn't stand still waiting for them to catch up as IBM announced a new system design: The IBM Flex System. Continue on to this new assessment from Clabby Analytics that compares Cisco's UCS blade server offering to IBM Flex System's in a soup-to-nuts evaluation. Also find out how these two major players compare to the competitors in the blade marketplace.
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Creating an Enterprise-Wide Cloud Strategy

Discover why a holistic strategy for cloud adoption should be a top priority for the enterprise today; provides guidance from NetApp's own experience on how to determine which workloads are best suited for migration to private, public, and hybrid clouds: and offers best practices about prioritizing workloads for transition to the cloud.
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SOA Design Principles for Dummies

What you may call basic SOA or IT - centric SOA applies SOA principles to the flexible integration of an enterprise IT portfolio. But controlling interactions through well-defined services and interfaces certainly applies to mobile, social, cloud, and Big Data solutions as well. SOA is simply good design for IT integration and for the business solutions of an ever-more-connected and ever-more-distributed world. This book is a guide to applying the design principles of SOA to the business problems of today.
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5 Ways to Move From IT Resilience to Cloud-Based Business Resilience

By now most IT departments have some form of resilience strategy in place and is likely already out of date. Many of these legacy plans rely on expensive remote locations and duplicate facilities, concepts that are no longer feasible in today's business environment. Learn five ways your organization can better utilize cloud computing to build a better, holistic resilience plan that will cover the entire business, not just IT infrastructure and systems. This IT Managers' Journal covers all the topics for cloud-based resilience, including cloud-based offsite backup and data protection, service-level agreements (SLAs), disaster recovery, virtualization and more.
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Do you Have an Enterprise-wide Cloud Strategy?

Cloud computing is experiencing strong, sustained growth across enterprises large and small. Proven benefits like flexibility, cost reduction, and rapid provisioning of new applications and services are among the drivers. But as cloud models continue to mature, IT leaders face a number of decision points as they seek to maximize those benefits. Questions like, "Where do I start?" "What's the right approach for my organization: private, public, or hybrid?" and "What about security, privacy, and compliance?"
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Maximizing Private Cloud Benefits with an Efficient Storage Foundation

How can you make sure that your private cloud is agile, responsive, and efficient? NetApp offers private cloud technology that aligns with the following recommendations from Enterprise Strategy Group:

-Optimize storage to fully realize the benefits of server virtualization and private cloud

-Treat storage efficiency as a strategic opportunity to hone and improve the overall cloud environment

-Use techniques such as deduplication and compression to expand the available capacity of a private cloud

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Providing the Best-of-Breed Private Cloud with NetApp and Windows Server 2012

Many organizations have adopted virtualization as a standard for server workloads. But virtualization has not proven to be the "game changer" many organizations had envisioned. IT departments face huge challenges related to server sprawl, which has actually increased with virtualization.

Although virtualization has brought benefits beyond the physical paradigm of one operating system per server, the true optimal infrastructure for organizations comes with adopting a private cloud infrastructure. Check out this white paper to learn the benefits you can reap by deploying just one private cloud solution.

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