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Where the Cloud Touches Down: Simplifying Data Center Infrastructure Management

Thursday, July 25, 2013
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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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SDN First Steps

Thursday, August 8, 2013
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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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Crash Course: Router Redundancy Protocols

As applications like voice over IP raise the bar higher for network uptime, it may be time to consider new ways to keep your network humming along without interruption. Routing protocols such as VRRP (Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol), IEEE 802.1w, OSPF-ECMP (Open Shortest Path First-Equal Cost Multipath) and others let you remove single points of failure by adding redundancy--and reliability--in your multivendor network equipment and connections to help keep those voice calls coming.


Implementing these protocols takes planning and training, and may require software upgrades or even new switches and routers. But, before you go there, be sure your documentation and change-control procedures are sufficient. Good documentation lets you more easily resolve network problems and solid change-control procedures help prevent one of the biggest causes of network downtime--human error.

Carefully review the impact of any changes to your network, update your documentation, then have your staff test major changes in router and switch configurations and software upgrades in the lab.

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