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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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Idealstor 4 Bay Disk-Based Backup

Backup technology must mesh with compliance and federal regulations. As a result, the technology needs to be reliable and easily integrated.

Idealstor not only has a channel-friendly program, but its turnkey backup-and-restore offering, Idealstor 4 Bay, provides partners with a complete backup system that addresses all of these needs.

As the trend for disk-based data protection rapidly becomes the norm, Idealstor eschews the ubiquitous tape media for faster, inexpensive IDE drives. Critics say tape is slow, limited, unreliable and high maintenance, prompting some solution providers to recommend disk-based backup. Also, with restoration becoming more crucial because of compliance and audit issues, the ability to access data efficiently is a necessity rather than a luxury.

The Idealstor's technology does not present itself like a virtual tape library; rather it resembles a disk array. Tape backup software such as IBM Tivoli or Legato will not integrate with the appliance. However, Idealstor appliances are 100 percent compatible with most other major backup software, including Veritas' BackupExec, CA's BrightStor and ARCserve, and BakBone.

Tim Neary, president of Strategic Storage Solutions, a storage solution provider based in Plano, Texas, is very familiar with disk-based backup.

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