The enterprise data center has undergone several major shifts since the introduction of
computing as a business resource. Data centers have evolved from mainframes to client/server
to virtual servers, and then to being “software defned,” and fnally to their current state of disaggregation. Today, we sit on the precipice of the next major data center transition—the evolution
to an intent-based data center (IBDC) (Exhibit 1). Each transition saw the cost of computing
decrease and the importance of the network increase, and each enabled organizations to boost
the efciency of their data center operations and improve asset utilization—ultimately leading to a
better experience for users
Virtualization has transformed the data center over the past decade. IT departments use virtualization to consolidate multiple server workloads onto a smaller number of more powerful servers. They use virtualization to scale existing applications by
adding more virtual machines to support them, and they deploy new applications without having to purchase additional servers to do so. They achieve greater resource utilization by balancing workloads across a large pool of servers in real time—and they respond more quickly to changes in workload or server availability by moving virtual machines between physical servers. Virtualized environments support private clouds on which application engineers can now provision their own virtual servers and networks in environments that expand and contract on demand.
Published By: Dell EMC
Published Date: Nov 09, 2015
Download this white paper and learn how the Dell Hybrid HPC solution delivers a hybrid CPU and GPU compute environment with the PowerEdge C6320 and C4130 to:
- Optimize workloads across CPU/GPU servers
- Deliver the highest-density, highest-performance in a small footprint
- Provide significant power, cooling and resource utilization benefits
- Lower cost of ownership and enhance reliability through integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) and Lifecycle Controller
Published By: Red Hat
Published Date: Jan 09, 2014
Find out how Red Hat® CloudForms gives IT administrators and managers a comprehensive solution to optimize their virtual, private cloud, and hybrid cloud infrastructures with advanced capacity planning and sophisticated resource management capabilities.
Larger organizations run into problems when monolithic architectures cannot be scaled, upgraded or maintained easily as they grow over time. Microservices architecture is an answer to that problem. It is a software architecture where complex tasks are broken down into small processes that operate independently and communicate through language-agnostic APIs.
An uncertain business world still calls for reductions in total cost of ownership. Yet, today's IT manager must also focus on expanding efficiencies and enhancing optimization. Fortunately, server virtualization can assist in each of these areas.
The rise of virtualization as a business tool has dramatically enhanced server and primary storage utilization. By
allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on a single physical server, organizations can significantly
lower their hardware costs and take advantage of efficiency and agility improvements as more and more
tasks become automated. This also alleviates the pain of fragmented IT ecosystems and incompatible data silos.
Currently, this virtualization juggernaut shows no sign of slowing. As businesses recognize the potential for
increased reliability and scalability offered by virtual technology, they are ramping up their investments in data
center modernization and upgrading. In fact, 33 percent of the respondents to a recent ESG survey on cloud
usage said that making greater use of server virtualization was one of their top five spending priorities for the
next 12 to 18 months.
The rise of virtualization as a business tool has dramatically enhanced server and primary
storage utilization. By allowing multiple operating systems and applications to run on
a single physical server, organizations can significantly lower their hardware costs and
take advantage of efficiency and agility improvements as more and more tasks become
automated. This also alleviates the pain of fragmented IT ecosystems and incompatible
Protecting these virtualized environments, however, and the ever-growing amount
of structured and unstructured data being created, still requires a complex, on-prem
secondary storage model that imposes heavy administrative overhead and infrastructure
costs. The increasing pressure on IT teams to maintain business continuity and information
governance are changing how businesses view infrastructure resiliency and long-term data
retention—they are consequently looking to new solutions to ensure immediate availability
and complete protection of the
The rise of virtualization as a business tool has dramatically enhanced server and primary
storage utilization. Protecting these virtualized environments, however, as well as the
ever-growing amount of structured and unstructured data being created, still requires a
complex, on-prem secondary storage model that imposes heavy administrative overhead
and infrastructure costs.
IT departments constantly face demands to deploy, maintain and grow a broad array of services and applications, but this has lead to server sprawl and high energy costs. This brief discusses how VMware virtualization helps IT organizations increase utilization, lower energy costs, increase manageability and improve management of future growth.
Energy consumption is a critical issue for IT organizations today. VMware virtualization gives you the power to right-size your IT infrastructure through server consolidation and dynamic load balancing across a pool of physical servers. Your IT organization can dramatically increase server utilization and reduce energy costs with VMware solutions.
IT departments constantly face demands to deploy, maintain and grow a broad array of services and applications, but this has lead to server sprawl and high energy costs. Consolidation and containment solutions implemented with a virtual infrastructure meet the challenges of server sprawl and underutilization by reducing hardware and operating costs by as much as 50%.
Increase utilization, decrease energy costs with data center virtualization In the past, IT departments have responded to demands for new services and better performance by adding more hardware, resulting in underutilized technology silos and server sprawl. Today, many organizations are turning to virtualization technologies that facilitate consolidation and increased utilization. In short, virtualization brings the ability to pool, share and dynamically reallocate data center resources – and helps fulfill the promise of higher utilization and lower energy consumption and lower costs.Join us and learn why HP is well prepared to help you assess and address your needs. Find out what key virtualization partners -- such as VMware, Microsoft and Citrix – bring to the table and how HP can help you leverage their technology and expertise.
NetApp® SnapManager® for Oracle (SMO) is designed to significantly simplify all these tasks and more. In this article, we examine how you can deploy SMO to simplify and even automate data protection, recovery, and cloning across both primary and secondary storage. Learn more today!
This paper focuses generally on optimal storage and storage management for SharePoint and specifically evaluates NetApp's approach, detailing how the capabilities in NetApp's DataONTAP and SnapManager for SharePoint Server offerings help to drive storage efficiency, reduce cost, and exclude complexity in a comprehensive SharePoint implementation. It is not so much a "how to" guide, but rather a "why to" explanation. Learn more today!
In this White Paper IDC sees the use of static x86 server configurations is quickly becoming an outdated concept with the introduction of modern solutions based on blade architectures, which can offer both intelligent configuration and management and the ability to perform physical-to-virtual migration to promote uptime and efficient resource usage. When combined with the quickly maturing x86 hypervisor technologies available from a variety of solution providers, the synergy of blade architectures and virtualization offers customers the ability to dramatically increase utilization of their server investments, boost uptime, provide a more resilient and available infrastructure, and roll out new infrastructure and services more quickly.
Storage is a critical factor when virtualizing your business-critical applications like Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, and Oracle databases. What features should you look for when selecting a storage vendor? Download this tech overview to learn how flash-optimized Nimble Storage accelerates performance, maximizes utilization, and cost-effectively protects your mission-critical data.
The success of SQL Server in recent years has produced a phenomenon of SQL Server sprawl - the uncoordinated deployment of tens, hundreds or even thousands of database servers. The result has been low levels of utilization, poor availability and, most importantly, an enormous management burden inflicted on many IT departments. There is an acute need for a way to deploy SQL Server that allows capacity to be matched appropriately to need, that provides high availability without introducing extra complexity and extra cost, and that actually simplifies the life of administrators.
The usual cure for exploding file volumes is to add more general purpose file servers. That strategy eventually leads to server sprawl, which brings with it more management complexity, stranded disk capacity, wildly differing storage utilization rates and slower file access. Network-attached storage (NAS) appliances can add file serving capacity that's more easily managed, shareable, more scalable and more efficient than a sprawl of general purpose servers. Read this online article to learn about three basic considerations that can help simplify your NAS buying decision.
IT groups must support many applications and servers across multiple platforms that frequently operate independently of each other. However, coordinating job scheduling across all these applications and networks is often required to optimize resource utilization. The traditional approach of applying more staff, toolkits, and rudimentary scheduling software to cobble together automated batch processing solutions becomes cost-prohibitive, inefficient, and error-prone, as the number of moving parts increases and the environment becomes more heterogeneous.
The SUSE Enterprise Linux Server, now on the IBM PureFlex System, provides an open, reliable and secure IT environment with faster deployment,better business agility, lower power consumption, better hardware utilization and lower total cost of owners
Published By: SunGard
Published Date: Aug 13, 2012
Today's IT organizations are faced with the daunting task of optimizing all aspects of their departments, including people, processes and technology. Optimizing and streamlining server utilization through virtualization represents one particularly exciting example. We found that one of the most popular usage models for virtualization is to drive down server procurements in development, test and production environments. When this model is followed, future server purchases are avoided; instead, new workloads are established on existing systems.
Years of IT infrastructure advancements have helped to drive out vast amounts of costs within the datacenter. Technologies like server and storage virtualization, data deduplication, and flash-based storage systems (to name just a few) have contributed to improvements of utilization rates, performance, and resiliency for most organizations. Unfortunately, organizations still struggle with deeply rooted operational inefficiencies related to IT departments with silos of technology and expertise that lead to higher complexity, limited scalability, and suboptimal levels of agility. The recent tectonic shifts caused by the rise of 3rd Platform applications that focus on social, mobile, cloud, and big data environments have amplified the pains associated with these structural inefficiencies.
The SUSE Enterprise Linux Server, now on the IBM PureFlex System, provides an open, reliable and secure IT environment with faster deployment, better business agility, lower power consumption, better hardware utilization and lower total cost of ownership.
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