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Server consolidation and improved resource utilization, Green data center: Reducing power consumption with virtualization, Reducing IT costs with server virtualization, Improving server management with virtualization
Using the fault tolerance feature in vSphere keeps critical workloads running without interruption, but an administrator needs to be sure the hardware and network are fine-tuned for optimal performance.
While vSphere administrators will want to be sure their storage array supports VMware's vStorage APIs for Array Integration, there are some restrictions to keep in mind when setting up storage acceleration.
Fault Tolerance in vSphere duplicates a critical workload to ensure a server outage doesn't slow the business down, but some setup is required to ensure performance isn't compromised.
Microsoft tries cloud in a box again, only this time with Windows, Azure and servers from Dell.
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.
EMC acquired Cloudscaling with the hope of sharpening its OpenStack expertise. However, the impact on OpenStack adoption has yet to be determined.
A Xen hypervisor issue forced Amazon Web Services to reboot EC2, causing issues for customers. Are disruptions just part of the cloud package?
IBM joins forces with Microsoft to support the other’s cloud platforms with their respective enterprise apps. Whether the software gains can cover IBM’s hardware losses remains to be seen.
DaaS has advantages, but don't discount cloud security concerns. Competitors, disgruntled employees and careless users can all put the data and desktops you host with DaaS providers at risk.
Application virtualization is a good way to deliver apps that don’t perform well in a local installations, but packaging and delivering virtual applications does come with some caveats.
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.
With the LIO iSCSI target service, Linux shops have an affordable SAN option that ranks up there with expensive proprietary storage solutions.
COBOL might be one of the oldest programming languages, but that doesn't mean developers know all there is to know. We have expert insights on COBOL basics.
You can't depend on a building system to run the data center. Implement a BMS and a DCIM tool to monitor and predict system changes, tighten security and more.