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  • As virtual machine migrations accelerate, don't get left behind

    Workload mobility is a key part of virtualization, and it should continue to get better and become a bigger part of an IT admin's everyday operations. Both Microsoft and VMware say they can improve the speed and efficiency of live migrations. Microsoft's Live Migration can now compress migration traffic before transferring to the target server, greatly improving migration time. Some recent VMworld sessions also suggested that VMware has readied vMotion improvements.

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  • Choose storage that's smart enough for virtual environments

    Virtualization solves a lot of problems, but it also presents new challenges, especially related to storage. Do you need new tools that address virtual servers' specific challenges? And when is it helpful to virtualize storage? Virtualization-aware storage is "smart" enough to give priority to important VMs and give admins statistics on storage use, which can help improve performance and reduce bottlenecks. Of course, virtualization-aware storage can be expensive, but there are some cases where it's worth the money. This handbook covers the benefits and drawbacks of virtualization-aware storage and virtualized storage.

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      • How to stay relevant in an automated world

        Automation isn't new, but as virtualized environments become more complex, admins are seeing a bigger need for features that help them manage their virtual data centers. We'll continue to see improved built-in automation features. Microsoft's Desired State Configuration includes a set of new PowerShell cmdlets that admins can use to simply describe how they want to set up a server -- without actually having to manually write server roles or configure specific features. This level of automation can save admins a lot of time in highly virtualized data centers.

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      • Tap into virtualization's benefits for better disaster recovery

        Virtualization creates an abstraction layer between hardware and the operating system and applications, providing great flexibility and ease when it comes to recovering systems after a disaster. And many virtualization platforms offer the ability to automatically migrate and restart virtual machines on alternate hardware in case of a failure. But that only solves part of the disaster recovery and business continuity problem. In addition, virtualization architects must establish their recovery time and point objectives, keep an eye on costs, and select the appropriate backup, replication, clustering and automation solutions to help them achieve those goals.

        This handbook provides a discussion of the various disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities of the major virtualization platforms, plus products and services that can be used alongside them.

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      • Virtualize enterprise applications with less peril, more payoff

        The benefits of server virtualization have been widely accepted, but companies may still have reservations about virtualizing applications that support critical business functions, for fear of lowered performance and issues with support and licensing. But the truth is, as long as IT makes educated decisions and is prepared for potential snags, companies can gain the flexibility and lowered operational costs of virtualization for their apps with very little risk. With this handbook, readers learn how to decide if this approach makes sense for their company’s mission-critical applications. Other topics covered include how to migrate apps, how to properly allocate resources, and how to monitor and maintain performance once the transition has been made.

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      • Getting server virtualization right

        The advantages of virtualizing server workloads are firmly established, but proper planning and execution are critical factors in determining the success of a virtualization initiative. This handbook provides an introduction to virtualization strategy, highlighting both the benefits and risks of creating a virtual environment. Other topics addressed include a discussion of which data center tasks benefit from automation -- and which do not -- as well as a rundown of common trouble spots that can diminish the effectiveness of a server virtualization project.

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      • With virtualization and the private cloud, the target keeps moving

        Through automation and server virtualization, an organization employing a private cloud model can reap many of the rewards of cloud computing while keeping its data private and its security tight. A private cloud can't be considered a success without the right mixture of ingredients, one of the most essential being capacity. A virtual environment that isn't right-sized will be inefficient and/or expensive to operate -- outcomes that defeat the very purpose of a private cloud initiative. This handbook looks in detail at best practices in cloud capacity planning, as well as strategies for small and medium-sized businesses weighing the private cloud model.

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      • Choosing hardware for virtualization

        As virtualization and cloud computing become more entrenched in data centers, these technologies are having major impact on IT professionals’ choice of system hardware and architectures. In recent years, data centers have followed the scale-up model, consolidating resources by relying on small numbers of large, powerful machines. Today, data center architecture frequently relies on larger numbers of commodity server equipment, in a scale-out strategy. This shift has changed the way companies operate, and IT professionals need to understand the issues involved with both architectural approaches.

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      • Top private cloud management strategies

        After briefly considering public cloud computing, many companies are opting for private models instead. This expert IT handbook provides an in-depth overview of private cloud computing and offers exclusive advice to help companies make the move from virtualization. Discover the importance of performance monitoring and capacity planning and learn how you can keep track of resource usage by implementing chargeback. In this handbook, we'll answer all your important private cloud management questions, and get advice from our experts.

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      • As virtual machine migrations accelerate, don't get left behind

        Workload mobility is a key part of virtualization, and it should continue to get better and become a bigger part of an IT admin's everyday operations. Both Microsoft and VMware say they can improve the speed and efficiency of live migrations. Microsoft's Live Migration can now compress migration traffic before transferring to the target server, greatly improving migration time. Some recent VMworld sessions also suggested that VMware has readied vMotion improvements.

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      • Choosing hardware for virtualization

        As virtualization and cloud computing become more entrenched in data centers, these technologies are having major impact on IT professionals’ choice of system hardware and architectures. In recent years, data centers have followed the scale-up model, consolidating resources by relying on small numbers of large, powerful machines. Today, data center architecture frequently relies on larger numbers of commodity server equipment, in a scale-out strategy. This shift has changed the way companies operate, and IT professionals need to understand the issues involved with both architectural approaches.

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      • Assessing server hardware refresh options

        Server buyers should consider the implications of vendor roadmaps and consolidation and look to capacity planning and objective tools when updating data center hardware. In this IT handbook you will learn the importance of server roadmap, factors to consider in server selection, expert tips on server consolidation and capacity planning, and much more. Get your toughest server fresh questions answered, learn about the pitfalls to avoid, and get advice from our experts today.

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      • Server virtualization best practices for the modern data center

        In this comprehensive IT handbook, build a solid understanding of server virtualization. Get tips for how you can optimize hardware management and performance, ensure high availability and manage your virtual environment. Explore topics such as VM tracking, storage virtualization and hypervisor selection. Learn more about optimizing server virtualization, making virtual infrastructures highly available, and everything you need to know about storage in the virtual world. Get the latest server virtualization best practices, and more in this handbook.

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      • Virtualizing mission-critical applications

        The benefits of server virtualization have been widely accepted, but companies may still have reservations about virtualizing applications that support critical business functions, for fear of lowered performance and issues with support and licensing. But the truth is, as long as IT makes educated decisions and is prepared for potential snags, companies can gain the flexibility and lowered operational costs of virtualization for their apps with very little risk. With this handbook, readers learn how to decide if this approach makes sense for their company’s mission-critical applications. Other topics covered include how to migrate apps, how to properly allocate resources, and how to monitor and maintain performance once the transition has been made.

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      • Virtualize enterprise applications with less peril, more payoff

        The benefits of server virtualization have been widely accepted, but companies may still have reservations about virtualizing applications that support critical business functions, for fear of lowered performance and issues with support and licensing. But the truth is, as long as IT makes educated decisions and is prepared for potential snags, companies can gain the flexibility and lowered operational costs of virtualization for their apps with very little risk. With this handbook, readers learn how to decide if this approach makes sense for their company’s mission-critical applications. Other topics covered include how to migrate apps, how to properly allocate resources, and how to monitor and maintain performance once the transition has been made.

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      • With virtualization and the private cloud, the target keeps moving

        Through automation and server virtualization, an organization employing a private cloud model can reap many of the rewards of cloud computing while keeping its data private and its security tight. A private cloud can't be considered a success without the right mixture of ingredients, one of the most essential being capacity. A virtual environment that isn't right-sized will be inefficient and/or expensive to operate -- outcomes that defeat the very purpose of a private cloud initiative. This handbook looks in detail at best practices in cloud capacity planning, as well as strategies for small and medium-sized businesses weighing the private cloud model.

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      • Getting server virtualization right

        The advantages of virtualizing server workloads are firmly established, but proper planning and execution are critical factors in determining the success of a virtualization initiative. This handbook provides an introduction to virtualization strategy, highlighting both the benefits and risks of creating a virtual environment. Other topics addressed include a discussion of which data center tasks benefit from automation -- and which do not -- as well as a rundown of common trouble spots that can diminish the effectiveness of a server virtualization project.

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      • Choose storage that's smart enough for virtual environments

        Virtualization solves a lot of problems, but it also presents new challenges, especially related to storage. Do you need new tools that address virtual servers' specific challenges? And when is it helpful to virtualize storage? Virtualization-aware storage is "smart" enough to give priority to important VMs and give admins statistics on storage use, which can help improve performance and reduce bottlenecks. Of course, virtualization-aware storage can be expensive, but there are some cases where it's worth the money. This handbook covers the benefits and drawbacks of virtualization-aware storage and virtualized storage.

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      • Shared data storage: The backbone of your virtual environment

        Data storage is the backbone of your virtual environment. Learn how virtualization has made shared storage a necessity in your data center, and find out which technologies and strategies to employ to get the most of out of your storage. We answer your toughest shared data storage questions in this handbook. Get advice from our experts, learn about the latest technologies, and the pitfalls to avoid. You'll learn about the best shared storage technologies, and which ones are the best fit for your enterprise.

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      • Tap into virtualization's benefits for better disaster recovery

        Virtualization creates an abstraction layer between hardware and the operating system and applications, providing great flexibility and ease when it comes to recovering systems after a disaster. And many virtualization platforms offer the ability to automatically migrate and restart virtual machines on alternate hardware in case of a failure. But that only solves part of the disaster recovery and business continuity problem. In addition, virtualization architects must establish their recovery time and point objectives, keep an eye on costs, and select the appropriate backup, replication, clustering and automation solutions to help them achieve those goals.

        This handbook provides a discussion of the various disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities of the major virtualization platforms, plus products and services that can be used alongside them.

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      • Virtual disaster recovery strategies in action

        This expert handbook explores how server virtualization can increase flexibility, while ensuring that recovery time objectives are met and hardware requirements stay minimal. Compare how physical and virtual DR differ and learn about the benefits and drawbacks of a virtual disaster recovery strategy. Plus, find out how you can emphasize disaster prevention over DR to minimize downtime. Learn about the latest in virtual disaster recovery, get advice from our experts, and learn about the pitfalls to avoid in this expert handbook.

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      • Data Backup and Recovery Strategies For the Modern Enterprise

        Before you begin researching all of the available backup and disaster recovery (DR) technologies on the market, get a handle on your business needs. Read this e-book to learn about developing a backup and disaster recovery strategy, implementation guidelines for backup and DR, remote backups, and testing and verifying your backups. Get the inside scoop on backup and DR from our experts today.

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      • Cross-Platform Virtualization Best Practices

        Check out this IT handbook to learn how mixing solutions from different vendors can benefit the performance of your data center. Also in this issue, we'll discuss cross-platform virtualization, management costs, and hypervisor selection. You'll also get advice from our experts, and learn the latest cross-platform virtualization strategies.

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      • Network consolidation best practices

        Any virtualization layer or hypervisor introduces a new set of demands to a server or blade environment. Although a hypervisor doesn’t require network access strictly for its virtual machine, other interconnects do. This not only means that you’ll need a server with multi-port network interface cards (NICs), but can also pigeon-hole you into buying one specific server type. Network consolidation—reducing underutilized 1 GB NICs to two 10 GB or 20 GB cards—answers this dilemma and can offer huge gains in terms of operational flexibility. Get the latest best practices in this handbook.

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      • How to stay relevant in an automated world

        Automation isn't new, but as virtualized environments become more complex, admins are seeing a bigger need for features that help them manage their virtual data centers. We'll continue to see improved built-in automation features. Microsoft's Desired State Configuration includes a set of new PowerShell cmdlets that admins can use to simply describe how they want to set up a server -- without actually having to manually write server roles or configure specific features. This level of automation can save admins a lot of time in highly virtualized data centers.

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