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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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This webinar will help attendees understand the overall concept of SDN and its benefits, describe the different conceptual approaches to SDN, and examine the various technologies, both proprietary and open source, that are emerging. It will also help users decide whether SDN makes sense in their environment, and outline the first steps IT can take for testing SDN technologies.

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F5 Bridges The Gap With BIG-IP 3900 Platform

Application Delivery Networking vendor F5 Networks announced their latest hardware platform, the BIGIP 3900. Designed with the mid-sized enterprise in mind, the BIG-IP 3900 offers many of the performance enhancements and capabilities of the larger appliances, while still maintaining the 1U form factor of the entry-level F5 platforms. With an MSRP of $39,995, the new appliance is expected to be available in August 2009.
The BIG-IP 3900 is the first 1U appliance from F5 Networks capable of loading multiple software modules, enabling the 3900 to run a combination of local, global, and web traffic management. Previously, an SME looking for a mix of synchronous and asynchronous application delivery services was forced to choose between either multiple smaller appliances such as F5's BIG-IP 1600 series or F5's high-end appliances, such as the BIG-IP 6900.  With the 3900 platform, these customers can better match the platform to meet their performance and availability needs.
The mid-sized enterprise customer is possibly the hardest nut to crack for networking vendors. The needs of the mid-tier enterprise always exceed those of small businesses, but they lack the budget and the IT staff of the large-scale enterprises. The mid-sized customer is is forced to chose between less functionality in small business solutions or overbuying into large enterprise-class products. In either case, this ultimately costs, either in having to replace the SMB equipment as the company outgrows them or in having to pay a higher capital expenditure and ongoing support costs for solutions that are much larger than the company actually needs.  
The BIG-IP 3900 platform provides a compromise for the mid-tier enterprise, offering a happy medium between the performance needed to run multiple modules while scaling back on the high availability features found in F5's high-end platform.  

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