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Where the Cloud Touches Down: Simplifying Data Center Infrastructure Management

Thursday, July 25, 2013
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

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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Thursday, August 8, 2013
11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET

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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Tapes and Disks Channel

News and Analysis

World Backup Day Spotlights Often-Neglected Task

Backup remains a chore that many companies don't do well, leading to data loss.

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Architectures

Hard Rock Cafe Replaces Tape Backup With Disk

Since opening its doors in 1995, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been on a growth spurt. It expanded in 1999 and is now undergoing another expansion that will more than triple its current size. But it's not just the Hard Rock's footprint that has grown substantially. So has its data, and the time it takes to back it all up. In fact, it was taking Hard Rock's IT department more than 24 hours to do full backups, which had to be done once a week. The rest of the week was spent doing incremental backups, which was also time-consuming.

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Reviews & Workshops

Digital Hoarding: Do We Have a Problem?

Approximately 2.8 zettabytes of data were created and stored in 2012, and that number is expected to increase 50-fold by the end of the decade. When does data storage turn into data hoarding, and what are the consequences?

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All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?

April 17, 2014 01:16 PM
Posted by Jim O'Reilly

The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.

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Tags: all-flash arrays, VDI, virtual desktop infrastructure, EMC, SSD, SANs, HDD

Channel: Tapes and Disks, Virtualization,

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Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?

April 15, 2014 01:10 PM
Posted by Jim O'Reilly

With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.

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Tags: RAID, SSDs, data protection, replication, erasure codes, cloud service providers, Cleversafe

Channel: Tapes and Disks, Cloud Storage, Data Center, Data Protection, Cloud Computing,

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Big Data Means Big Pipes

March 20, 2014 02:08 PM
Posted by Jim O'Reilly

LAN and storage performance will need to improve in order to keep up with the growth of big data analytics.

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Tags: big data, Ethernet LAN, 10 gigabit Ethernet, Hybrid Memory Cube, SSDs, storage arrays

Channel: Storage & Mgmt, Data Center, Tapes and Disks, Networking & Mgmt, ,

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How Flash Storage Adds Value To The Network

March 10, 2014 02:24 PM
Posted by Frank J. Ohlhorst

Flash storage offers a combination of speed, reliability and scalability benefits, which translates to increased productivity and operational savings for the enterprise.

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Tags: flash storage, SSD, storage arrays, NAND, SAN

Channel: Storage & Mgmt, , , Servers & Storage, Tapes and Disks, Data Center

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Are Server SANs The Future Or Just Hype?

March 05, 2014 10:00 AM
Posted by Howard Marks

An emerging software-defined storage technology is getting a lot of attention, but using direct-attached storage as a common storage pool isn't without complications.

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Tags: Server SAN, software-defined storage, direct-attached storage, VMware VSAN, EMC

Channel: Servers & Storage, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Tapes and Disks, , Interop

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Easing The Backup Burden

March 04, 2014 12:19 PM
Posted by Frank J. Ohlhorst

Here's a look at how Paragon Protect & Restore 3 tackles today's backup and recovery challenges.

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Tags: backup and recovery, Paragon Protect & Restore, backup server, disaster recovery, VMware, dual-tier storage, virtual machine backups

Channel: Data Protection, Servers & Storage, Virtualization, Storage & Mgmt, Cloud Storage, , Tapes and Disks

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