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  • DevOps tools for workload management

    Workload automation and streamlined management are essential to support fast-changing business applications and a hybrid or private cloud computing environment. Choosing appropriate DevOps tools is as important to application performance as the underlying hardware. Understanding the changing nature of these tools is important in making the right choice, especially given the increasing importance of operations in DevOps.

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  • The processor problem: One size doesn't fit

    Conventional x86 processors try to do everything, but they are power hungry and performance inefficient. Stripping down processors to get the necessary functions for the required tasks saves power and speeds performance. This is the new emphasis in the emerging Atom variants (one for servers, another for storage, another for networks, etc.). It's about systems vendors using the best hardware for particular jobs -- the driver is the need for more speed and less power. Also, for tasks involving big data, scientific modeling and engineering design, special graphics processing units might be justified.

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      • Hold on loosely: Data center outsourcing in the modern age

        Wholesale colocation solutions often provide organizations with a number of financial and logistical benefits. But data center outsourcing, though a potential boon for companies, is a complicated matter for IT. Understanding the outsourcing process, especially with regard to colocation and cloud-hosted infrastructure, is essential for any organization. What does this process entail, and how can IT help to maximize the ROI for such an endeavor?

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      • To converge or not: Drama-free infrastructure solutions for IT

        Some IT pros look at mainframes as converged infrastructure. Some see the flexibility and scalability of server farms, or outsourcing to MSPs and CSPs, and ask, why bother investing in more data center infrastructure? What are the use cases for a converged infrastructure product, and what does the ROI look like today?

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      • For savings, IT must recharge its approach to power usage

        Power consumption accounts for a large portion of data center operating costs, so it's important to understand power usage and efficiency when planning a new build or updating an existing facility. While you cannot eliminate power use, there are some smart choices that can increase energy efficiency, reduce computing hardware and cooling needs, improve energy efficiency and even take advantage of alternate energy sources.

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      • Take another look at your data center cooling methods

        Data center cooling is one of the most common trouble spots for data center facilities managers; overheating servers and under-rated cooling systems can lead to performance problems and failures, but best practices for cooling your data center can be complicated. This guide to data center cooling covers proven cooling techniques and best practices for your data center. It also illustrates how you can get the greatest bang for the buck given your data center design, infrastructure, budget and other needs.

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      • Data center infrastructure can make or break a big data strategy

        The amount of data available to modern businesses is skyrocketing, and it is quickly becoming unmanageable. To tap into big data as a business resource, IT professionals need to understand the computing, networking and storage demands of a big data environment, as well as the analytics software available to process and report on data.

        This handbook provides an overview of how big data affects data center infrastructure, with discussion of loosely coupled data marts, SSDs, storage tiering and analytics tools. It also looks at how Hadoop affects infrastructure considerations.

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      • Why you should evaluate software-defined networking now

        Software-defined networks help shape traffic patterns, keep reins on virtual machines and can transform the private cloud into a hybrid model. But what is the maturity level of SDN? What do you need to do to prepare your IT personnel and infrastructure for network virtualization? And how does faster network provisioning affect your data center operations? Is there a way to ensure that implementing SDN will pay off in saved time and effort, as the hype suggests?

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      • Why you should evaluate software-defined networking now

        Software-defined networks help shape traffic patterns, keep reins on virtual machines and can transform the private cloud into a hybrid model. But what is the maturity level of SDN? What do you need to do to prepare your IT personnel and infrastructure for network virtualization? And how does faster network provisioning affect your data center operations? Is there a way to ensure that implementing SDN will pay off in saved time and effort, as the hype suggests?

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      • Take another look at your data center cooling methods

        Data center cooling is one of the most common trouble spots for data center facilities managers; overheating servers and under-rated cooling systems can lead to performance problems and failures, but best practices for cooling your data center can be complicated. This guide to data center cooling covers proven cooling techniques and best practices for your data center. It also illustrates how you can get the greatest bang for the buck given your data center design, infrastructure, budget and other needs.

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      • Inside data center cooling approaches

        Ensuring efficient data center cooling presents many challenges for data center administrators, but it is crucial to protecting the component of your expensive computing hardware and the mission critical operations they support. Access this expert handbook to discover how you can prevent serious failures while offering substantial cost savings by utilizing a well-designed cooling system.

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      • Energy-Efficient Data Center Cooling Handbook

        This expert handbook explains how to set up a data center cooling monitoring system, looks at how raising server inlet temperatures can optimize cooling efficiency, and outlines methods for building hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment systems. You'll learn about setting up a cooling monitoring system, optimizing data center cooling efficiency, using hot aisle/ cold aisle containment systems, and economizer selection and implementation. Get advice from our experts, and your most important energy-efficient data center cooling questions answered.

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      • What SMBs need to know about data center hardware selection

        With limited budget to spend on new data center hardware, what’s the best strategy for making new server purchases? How much performance does a smaller data center need from its servers, and what kinds of hardware work best for virtualized environments? This handbook provides answers to these questions and also explains how to build a disaster recovery strategy with these new purchases and your storage and networking requirements.

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      • Data Center Design and Build-Out Handbook

        The data center is the cornerstone of the modern enterprise, providing critical computing resources and access to data for an organization’s users, business partners and customer base. In short, the data center enables a company to do business. Yet a data center is much more than a “computer room. A successful data center construction or renovation project requires managers to carefully follow each phase of the process: design, construction, review and acceptance. Read this e-book chapter from SearchDataCenter.com to learn more about data center design best practices, advice from our experts, and more.

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      • Can DCIM bring facilities and systems management together?

        The latest technologies for DCIM and other building systems management promise better integration between systems performance monitoring and facilities operations. With these tools, IT admins can gain a better view of data center functions, but the market still needs time to mature -- as does IT's ability to effectively cooperate with facilities management teams.

        This handbook weighs the cost, integration and staffing implications of implementing a DCIM system in the data center. It also provides details on selecting the right features and making the most of new data center monitoring capabilities.

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      • Efficient data center designs

        As IT evolves and budgets tighten, it's not just IT staff roles and workflows that are changing -- data center designs themselves also need to be updated. An energy-efficient data center is one of the best ways to save on costs. There are a variety of ways to cut down on energy use without sacrificing hardware's reliability and performance, including choosing energy-efficient computing hardware, using virtualization and consolidation to run more workloads on less equipment, designing efficient data center cooling systems with an eye toward new techniques like free and liquid cooling and gaining better control over data center energy consumption with the PUE metric.

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      • Inside data center power

        Power consumption accounts for a large portion of data center operating costs, so it’s important to understand power usage and efficiency when planning a new build or updating an existing facility. While you cannot eliminate power use, there are some smart choices that can reduce computing hardware and cooling needs, improve energy efficiency and even take advantage of alternate energy sources.

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      • Data Center Efficiency Metrics and Methods

        Energy costs are one of the fastest-growing expenses for data center managers. The holy grail of data center efficiency is reliable, consistent metrics. Recent changes to a well-established metric, along with other measures, may help data centers curb power consumption. This expert e-book provides strategies to reliably measure the energy efficiency of your data center. Learn how your organization can apply metrics in a consistent way allowing for improved power consumption, and get data center efficiency metrics, and more.

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      • Data Center Energy Efficiency Handbook

        Data center managers used to describe their facilities in terms of square footage. All of this has changed, however, and power consumption is now the reference of choice. Data centers consume more power now than ever before. This e-book chapter gives you the tools you need to work with local utility providers and some ways to benefit from utility service providers. Learn the best data center energy efficiency strategies, time-saving tips, and data center facilities pitfalls to avoid in this tutorial presented by SearchDataCenter.com.

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      • To converge or not: Drama-free infrastructure solutions for IT

        Some IT pros look at mainframes as converged infrastructure. Some see the flexibility and scalability of server farms, or outsourcing to MSPs and CSPs, and ask, why bother investing in more data center infrastructure? What are the use cases for a converged infrastructure product, and what does the ROI look like today?

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      • Hold on loosely: Data center outsourcing in the modern age

        Wholesale colocation solutions often provide organizations with a number of financial and logistical benefits. But data center outsourcing, though a potential boon for companies, is a complicated matter for IT. Understanding the outsourcing process, especially with regard to colocation and cloud-hosted infrastructure, is essential for any organization. What does this process entail, and how can IT help to maximize the ROI for such an endeavor?

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      • Which outsourcing approach is best?

        There was a day when all IT was done on-premises, in the company's dedicated data center or server rooms. Today, we have a dizzying array of outsourced IT options: hosting, co-location, managed services, cloud, and various hybrids, either shared or dedicated.

        This handbook educates the reader on the variety of their outsourced IT options, and explores the pros and cons of each approach in terms of cost, availability, service levels, security and compliance and interoperability. The end goal is to arm IT managers with a nuanced understanding of on-premises vs. outsourced IT. Readers will learn the pros and cons of running IT in-house and on-premises vs. outsourcing it to any number of providers and platforms: hosting, co-location, managed service provides, public cloud and hybrids thereof.

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      • Keep outsourcing decisions in-house

        Outsourcing data center operations can simplify IT’s job, save on the cost of power, cooling and space, and provide a company with greater flexibility. However, with all the outsourcing models and providers out there, it can be easy to make expensive mistakes. To maintain the benefits of IT outsourcing, IT managers who are moving tasks off-site need advice on negotiating SLAs, understanding pricing considerations and maintaining useful communication with service providers. Measuring the success of an outsourcing initiative is also important, so that problems can be detected and resolved by switching providers or bringing functions back in-house as needed.

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      • Data center infrastructure can make or break a big data strategy

        The amount of data available to modern businesses is skyrocketing, and it is quickly becoming unmanageable. To tap into big data as a business resource, IT professionals need to understand the computing, networking and storage demands of a big data environment, as well as the analytics software available to process and report on data.

        This handbook provides an overview of how big data affects data center infrastructure, with discussion of loosely coupled data marts, SSDs, storage tiering and analytics tools. It also looks at how Hadoop affects infrastructure considerations.

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      • For savings, IT must recharge its approach to power usage

        Power consumption accounts for a large portion of data center operating costs, so it's important to understand power usage and efficiency when planning a new build or updating an existing facility. While you cannot eliminate power use, there are some smart choices that can increase energy efficiency, reduce computing hardware and cooling needs, improve energy efficiency and even take advantage of alternate energy sources.

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      • The Data Center Facilities: Effective IT and Facilities Communication Handbook

        Communication failures between IT staff and facilities managers have cost companies enormous amounts of money in lost revenue. Fostering this relationship can benefit the company’s overall health. This e-book discusses the importance of open communication between both groups, and also serves as a guide for IT pros looking for information on ensuring that their physical infrastructures support the data center. Learn best practices, time-saving tips, and data center facilities pitfalls to avoid in this tutorial presented by SearchDataCenter.com.

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      • DevOps tools for workload management

        Workload automation and streamlined management are essential to support fast-changing business applications and a hybrid or private cloud computing environment. Choosing appropriate DevOps tools is as important to application performance as the underlying hardware. Understanding the changing nature of these tools is important in making the right choice, especially given the increasing importance of operations in DevOps.

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      • The processor problem: One size doesn't fit

        Conventional x86 processors try to do everything, but they are power hungry and performance inefficient. Stripping down processors to get the necessary functions for the required tasks saves power and speeds performance. This is the new emphasis in the emerging Atom variants (one for servers, another for storage, another for networks, etc.). It's about systems vendors using the best hardware for particular jobs -- the driver is the need for more speed and less power. Also, for tasks involving big data, scientific modeling and engineering design, special graphics processing units might be justified.

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