Everybody Loves the Data Center

Everybody Loves the Data Center

In recent years, the data center hasn’t gotten a lot of love. With many pundits predicting the death of on-premise infrastructures as businesses moved to the cloud, it seemed as if the data center’s days were numbered. Yep, if the main focus of your company was to sell servers, storage, networks, and other IT infrastructure hardware, things weren’t looking too great. But recently, we’ve seen an uptick in good news and attention for the good old data center. From trends in how organizations are building their IT infrastructures, to a flurry of big business deals, the data center is once again enjoying happy days. One of the biggest trends leading to renewed interest and focus on the data center is, surprise surprise, the cloud. I know what you’re thinking, “Jim, wasn’t cloud supposed to kill the data center?” Yes, that’s what everyone thought. The idea was that businesses would continue to move all their applications and services to the cloud, to the point where all the on-premise hardware they needed could fit in a small closet. And companies are clearly embracing the cloud. But Aberdeen research has shown that adding the cloud to an organization’s IT mix doesn’t mean getting rid of on-premise data centers. In fact, the research shows that leaders in IT infrastructures are those that embrace a hybrid approach that effectively integrates the cloud with on-premise systems. This allows these leading firms to get the best features of on-premise (security, performance, ease of management) and combine them with the best of cloud (agility, flexibility, and scalability). With this hybrid approach, leading businesses are gaining a number...
Taking the Right Steps to Build a High-Performance Network

Taking the Right Steps to Build a High-Performance Network

Building a network that ensures high performance and reliability is more important than ever for modern businesses. Today’s users have very low tolerance for poor performance, and they expect their business applications and services to run as well as the consumer services they use in their everyday life. Combine these expectations with an increasingly complex IT infrastructure, and companies that are more distributed across locations than ever before, and you have a tough environment for managing network performance. For example, 43% of businesses have seen an increase in Total Cost of Ownership for networking solutions over last year, and 51% of companies expect to see an increase in their network performance budget in the next year. But these challenges aren’t insurmountable. Aberdeen Group research has shown that successful organizations are able to break through these barriers and build network infrastructures that are reliable, responsive, and high-performing. They do this by breaking away from the limited tools of the past, and embracing technologies that give them deep visibility into their network and applications, and the ability to quickly detect and respond to potential problems. With these technologies, leaders are building their way to the next generation of network and application infrastructures. To be a leader in network and application performance: Understand your network infrastructure. Best-in-Class businesses know where their network is succeeding and where it is coming up short. Respond quickly. The longer a performance problem lasts, the bigger its impact on user satisfaction and a company’s bottom line. Get deep visibility, monitoring, and reporting. And finally, prepare for disruptions. Applications today are more dynamic and use more cutting-edge technology. Being...
Stat of the Week: Top Networking Barriers to App Testing

Stat of the Week: Top Networking Barriers to App Testing

In a recent TechPro Essentials chat with mobile software tester and frequent industry presenter Daniel Knott, it was mentioned that “users expect an app to start or load within two seconds. Otherwise? They will remove it.” It’s fair to say mobile users are pretty unforgiving, and won’t tolerate a less-than-flawless experience that’s been tested — and tested well. But how the heck can you be sure your apps are actually going to work in the wild, especially if they can’t get out of the lab because of compromised, shoddy testing? In this new Stat of the Week, we zero in on the biggest network-focused challenges affecting app testing organizations today. Be sure to also check out our previous Stats of the...
Defining True Hyperconvergence

Defining True Hyperconvergence

Hyperconverged infrastructure is a data center architecture that embraces cloud principles and economics. Within a true hyperconverged infrastructure, the operational headaches associated with the rigidity of server, storage and datacenter appliance islands are eliminated. That, combined with ease of scale and increased data efficiency, creates performance rates and capacity savings that until now were impossible. These are just some of the perks associated with hyperconvergence, but with so many different definitions of the term, it is difficult to determine what true hyperconvergence is. Guest article by Jesse St. Laurent, VP of Product Strategy, SimpliVity To gain a better understanding, let’s walk through the key components. Single Vendor Software Solution – a truly hyperconverged infrastructure’s software is developed, delivered and supported by a single vendor to streamline acquisition, deployment, management and support. At the same time, it reduces complexity, interoperability issues and operating expenses (OpEx). Single Shared Pool of x86 Resources – a hyperconverged infrastructure consists of a single pool of shared x86 resources that seamlessly combine all IT/services “below the hypervisor” to process data once and manage it with a single policy engine versus simply running traditional appliances as virtual appliances on the same platform. This also eliminates CPU and memory resource islands and the need for discrete components, such as data replication appliances, backup to disk appliances, cloud gateways and backup software, and reduces costs to enable “cloud economics.” Ease of Scale – in the context of a single resource pool, a hyperconverged environment easily scales by adding x86 building blocks to provide elasticity to meet changing business demands. The collective pool can expand and contract by taking a...
Are You Ready for the Next Wave in Networking?

Are You Ready for the Next Wave in Networking?

When it comes to the networks that all of our businesses rely on to connect our applications, infrastructure and people, we are currently in the biggest time of change and innovation that enterprise networks have ever seen. From SDN, to cloud computing, to mobile first infrastructures to big data to the Internet of Things, new trends and technologies are completely altering what a network is, how it is deployed and managed, and how organizations get the most out of them. But while these exciting new technologies are bringing lots of opportunities and new capabilities, they are also making the job of managing and monitoring networks much harder, especially for businesses that are still stuck with older tools and processes. In this dynamic and transformative time of change, organizations that want to be leaders in networking and information technology need to take the right steps to prepare for the next generation of enterprise networks. To find out more about how organizations are preparing for these network transformations, read my report Catching the Next Networking...
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