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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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Hurricane Sandy Delivers Tricks, No Treats, to Tech Infrastructure

While Sandy took out individual data centers, it couldn't topple the Internet at large or keep major sites offline for extended periods. "You don't hear about big content providers going offline anymore," Akamai Technologies spokesman Jeffrey Young told Reuters. "We can route around issues that are occurring."

Nevertheless, damage to exchange centers in which U.S. telecommunications backbones connect with undersea cables connecting North America to Europe did slow access to some Internet sites, according to Internet performance monitor Renesys (whose Portsmouth, N.H., data center lost power, apparently without interrupting service).

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If you haven't gotten enough information about the storm yet, Google has posted a special crisis map highlighting areas of damage from Hurricane Sandy, beginning in Savannah in the south and stretching as far north as Manchester, N.H.

The default view features lightning icons to mark areas where power was knocked out; clickable features add information on traffic conditions, places road work will make traffic even worse and weather radar to let viewers know if they'll be rained on even more while waiting in traffic jams.

The map goes social and scientific with additional layers to show cloud formations, potential areas and impact of storm surge, videos from webcams and YouTube, and public alerts urging Americans to keep warm and network socially in person (in the dark, cold and wet with no food) rather than online, where at least they can find storm-related humor to relieve the monotony.


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