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( Aug 29, 2014 )
While there are several ways a vSphere administrator can save time and trouble before disaster visits the data center, there are a few measures to take while correcting an issue to keep a problem from growing into a full-blown catastrophe.
Today's enterprises are using virtualization to wring the highest utility from their servers, but with fewer hosts come greater risks to business continuity.
VMware's vStorage APIs for Array Integration functionality enables storage devices that support VAII to reduce traffic on the network and reduce some work on the server to speed up input/output tasks.
Organizations may be surprised to find SSD space eaten up by write-back cache. Here's how to prepare for that.
Deploying larger, SSD-based write-back caches might require more than one disk. The benefits can lead to better performance.
With Windows Server 2012 R2 and earlier, admins have access to write-back caching, leading to reasonable improvements for mission-critical workloads.
There are many considerations for building a private cloud, especially with a tight budget. Keep costs in check by carefully planning out hardware, capacity, storage and networking.
Businesses face the challenge of finding the right cloud for their needs. With the ability to customize software for unique app requirements, bare-metal cloud may be the best option.
Vote for the best cloud computing service provider in the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards.
DaaS providers tout hosted desktops as more efficient and secure than traditional VDI, but cloud security concerns persist. Companies looking to do DaaS have to trust their provider's staff and back-end security measures without first-hand insight.
When virtual desktops don't work well, it makes for unhappy employees and IT pros. Luckily, there's a lot you can do to optimize VDI performance, such as allocating enough hardware and using some flash in your storage system.
Most companies don't need to publish full Windows desktops anymore -- users mostly just need their applications. That means there's no reason to discount RDSH in favor of VDI.
Getting operations and development on the same page is a daily struggle. Choose the right DevOps tools, and you'll have Dev and Ops dancing at the company party.
Say no to CRAC and consider more selective data center cooling options. In-rack and in-row cooling systems are efficient and optimally dispel heat.
Open IX's stringent standards keep workloads safe from natural and human disasters, but what's missing is a business climate that demands such rigor for outsourced workloads.