Esther Shein

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Esther Shein has extensive experience writing and editing for both print and the web with a focus on business and technology as well as education and general interest features.
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Defining Cloud SLAs Is Critical

Industry experts say that as IT functions are increasingly moved to the cloud, it’s important to carefully define your goals in service level agreements so that corners are not cut in an effort to increase the provider’s bottom line. SLAs written with cloud providers must remain specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely, and should leave no ambiguity as to what both service providers and service consumers expect.

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Tackling The Big Data Challenge (Part 2)

When discussing big data, it’s important to note that not all data is created on the fly; some data sets grow and expand over time and stay in the organizations for a long time. The first steps to managing big data are to focus on both the technical aspects as well as the business needs.

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How To Tackle The Big Data Challenge (Part 1)

Big data is a term getting bandied about a lot these days. It describes the phenomenon of information that keeps growing in organizations, thanks in part to the growth in social media. According to the InformationWeek Research: The Big Data Management Challenge survey of technology professionals, regardless of industry, the five top data drivers are financial transactions, email, imaging data, Web logs, and Internet text and documents. The two main benefits of big data management are being able

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Enterprise Flash Cache-ing Up To HDDs

Although the well-documented shortage of hard disk drives led many industry watchers to believe there would be a significant move to solid-state drives (SSDs) at the end of last year, that actually hasn’t been the case because many OEMs ordered excess inventory of SSDs. SSDs' higher cost compared with HDDs also makes lumping the two in the same category unfair.

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SSDs Continue Enterprise Penetration

Flash/solid-state disk (SSD) drives are changing the way enterprise storage vendors are developing their products, says Gary Watson, CTO of disk-based data storage systems provider Nexsan, which just came out with its NST-Series of unified storage systems. The release follows LSI’s ongoing transition from spinning disks to solid state with its latest Nytro products, which are focused on bringing flash into the server. And in February, EMC announced that its PCIe/flash-based server cache te

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Data Classification Tips And Technologies

As data continues to grow in terabytes in the enterprise, classifying it based on its sensitivity has never been more important. According to a just-released InformationWeek report, 10 Steps to Effective Data Classification, an organizational classification program defines policy requirements; specific classifications, generally as “secret,” “private,” “confidential” and “public,” and their associated data types; processes and procedures; accountab

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Quantum Dedupes Data Before It Hits The Cloud

Quantum, a provider of data protection and big data management, has announced a software platform to help customers take advantage of cloud-based data protection, using its vmPro technology and newly launched virtual deduplication appliance, DXi V1000. The company has also partnered with Xerox, which will use its underlying technology for its cloud backup and disaster recovery services.

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Is Storage A SharePoint Killer?

Unstructured data is becoming an IT buzz word these days, and it’s something organizations are grappling with: how to get a handle on email, Office documents and PDFs, among other data-clogging sources. Microsoft’s SharePoint document repository was built to provide content collaboration and version control. But as user adoption increases, so does the amount of data that is stored in SharePoint, which critics say can wreak havoc on its infrastructure and lead to poor performance, alo

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Adaptive Enhances HPC Scalability, Integration

For companies struggling with the complexity involved in using high-performance computing tools, Adaptive Computing is offering new releases – version 7.0 – of its Moab Cloud and Moab HPC product suites. The enhanced scalability and ease of integration, the company hopes, will enable more organizations to “gain the benefits of HPC,” and “expand the market,” especially as they move to the cloud, says Adaptive CEO Robert Clyde.

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HDD Shortages Spurring Storage Efficiencies

While there is a worldwide hard-disk drive (HDD) shortage due to recent flooding in Thailand that is affecting pricing, industry observers say the impact won’t be felt over the long term and that organizations are looking at how to increase efficiencies anyway, due to user demand to store more data.

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Add Smarts To IT With Predictive Analytics

While adoption of predictive analytics systems is still relatively modest, the promise they hold--giving companies a quick and logical way to make use of unstructured or big data in order to provide preemptive warning of failure, among other things--is prompting vendors to embed the functionality in their larger management consoles and application performance management systems.

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Bumps Ahead For Feds' Data-Center Consolidation

While the federal government has mandated that nearly 40% (more than 800) of its data centers be consolidated by 2015, the results of at least two recent studies indicate several concerns about the implications of the consolidation. According to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), federal government data centers quadrupled between 1998 and 2010, from 432 to 2,094, and, on average, they have been using only 27% of their computing power. As a result, federal CIOs are looking

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Modular Data Centers Best Suited For SMBs

The typical data center was designed for finicky mainframes, but in the age of robust virtualized servers--not to mention economic considerations--many organizations are opting to tweak the data centers they have, according to the InformationWeek Analytics State of the Data Center Survey. Many are considering new data center designs rather than dealing with the cost and difficulty of retrofitting an outdated facility, but while modular data centers are growing in popularity, and available from e

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Virtual Backup Challenges Enterprise IT

Organizations remain challenged when it comes to ensuring data is adequately protected and recoverable, even though advances have been made in backup and data protection technology, industry observers say. Among the reasons cited are that data protection processes don't get reviewed frequently enough, there are few SLA requirements, and there is a lack of visibility into the results of data protection activities.

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Vmware/Mitel Compete With Cisco For Contact-Center Desktop Virtualization

VMware and Mitel have announced an integrated desktop virtualization product that the companies say will enable contact center managers to manage their agents anywhere in the world with cloud-based access to contact center functionality. Additionally, Mitel is making available its virtualized Unified Communicator Advanced client software for VMware View.

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HP Serves Up Multivendor Cloud Management

As more and more businesses make their way into the cloud, the ability to manage various suppliers becomes far more complex--especially for large enterprises. Another issue for IT is that business groups are rapidly adopting cloud services, often independent from their IT. Procurement of cloud services from external suppliers by such business groups is creating "supplier sprawl," which obscures IT’s visibility into all cloud services and suppliers.

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Cloud Application Management Complexity A Growing Challenge

IT organizations are already using cloud in highly sophisticated ways in spite of the added level of complexity it introduces in managing applications. That was one of the surprise findings from Enterprise Management Associates' "Radar for Application Performance Management for Cloud Services: Q1 2012," according to the report's author, Julie Craig, research director, application management, at EMA.

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Governments Missing Out On Virtualization Savings

Government agencies need to overcome funding uncertainties and other major barriers in order to realize savings from virtualizing their servers and desktops, according to a new study by MeriTalk. The report, "Virtualization Vacuum: The 2012 Government Virtualization Study," surveyed government IT decision makers. One of the key findings is that 82% of federal and 77% of state and local IT professionals say their agencies have already implemented some server virtualization at an estimated savings

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