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      • Bracing yourself for big data

        March 2013, Volume 2, Number 3

        Includes:
        • Comparing popular converged infrastructure products
        • Big data projects require big changes in hardware and software
        • Hybrid cloud architecture is goal for IT in public-private debate
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      • Open Group technical document: IT Specialist Certification Accreditation Policy

        Clearly “book learning” is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to “know” a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group IT Specialist Certification (ITSC) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge.

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      • Data center optimization: Balancing server consolidation

        For IT organizations seeking to optimize their data center environments, it’s easy to squeeze an ever-increasing number of virtual machines onto your virtual hosts. It’s far more difficult to do that while ensuring their availability and performance. This e-book explores the careful art of server consolidation and guides you in how to establish reasonable consolidation ratios based on your day-to-day tasks while still allowing you to maximize resource efficiency. Get your toughest server consolidation questions answers from our experts in this e-book.

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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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      • 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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      • What you need to know when buying your next physical servers

        Midmarket organizations considering physical server upgrades must evaluate their environments, sift through offerings and integrate the physical servers with existing tools. This e-book will guide you through these complex efforts by covering three components: determining needs and requirements, understanding your options, and putting it all together.

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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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      • Tuning performance and capacity management

        As data centers virtualize a greater number of resources and scale for more workloads, two tasks become critical to ensure application performance: performance monitoring and capacity planning. Whether these servers are physical or virtual, performance monitoring is crucial to ensure that hardware can handle the workload, and capacity planning tools and techniques enable you to plan for peak loads and adjust for predicted changes in demand. In this series on monitoring and capacity planning, we explore the tools and best practices available to optimize a data center/private cloud environment and forestall performance issues.

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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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      • Tips for mastering data center climate control

        This SearchDataCenter.com e-book takes a look at how to master climate control for the data center. Organizations are creating more heat in smaller places which in turn requires efficient and effective climate control. Read this paper to learn more about how to properly cool your data center.

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      • Software-defined networking (SDN) may face obstacles in data center adoption

        November Volume 1, Issue 2

        Includes:
        • Is the public cloud the best place for legacy applications?
        • Business continuity moves to the cloud as applications become resilient
        • Software-defined networking could drastically change today's network infrastructure
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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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      • For DR, cloud is the great equalizer

        March 2014, Volume 3, Issue 3

        Includes:
        • DRaaS means disaster recovery doesn't have to break the bank
        • RTO, RPO metrics find the true value of a cloud DR strategy
        • Cloud computing advantages bring disaster recovery to the masses
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      • Data protection strategies for the modern data center

        Data is now the fuel that drives business, so a natural disaster, a malicious hacking attempt, a systems failure or even an inadvertent it error can bring business operations to a grinding halt if critical information is lost or in a holding pattern awaiting restoration. Access this expert e-book to discover a group of tactics that can provide a well-rounded way to protect data. Learn more about remote data protection strategies, storage management, disaster recovery and how your organization can meet compliance requirements.

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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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      • 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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      • As SaaS outsourcing takes away data center tasks, what's left for IT teams?

        February 2014, Volume 3, Issue 2

        Includes:
        • Reducing network latency means focusing on location, location, location
        • As BYOD management and cost realities set in, its luster fades
        • What do SaaS implementations mean for IT?
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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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      • 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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      • The problem with private cloud

        July 2013, Volume 2, Number 7

        Includes:
        • Data center SDN still in its infancy, says expert
        • Data center size, infrastructure determined by type of enterprise
        • Apple iOS 7: First look from an IT perspective
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      • Bracing yourself for big data

        March 2013, Volume 2, Number 3

        Includes:
        • Comparing popular converged infrastructure products
        • Big data projects require big changes in hardware and software
        • Hybrid cloud architecture is goal for IT in public-private debate
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      • Virtualizing your infrastructure

        The rewards of virtualizing an IT infrastructure can be enormous, but the challenges of doing so can be equally great. In this e-book, learn best practices for selecting the right systems management tools, and for removing barriers to virtualization from within your existing infrastructure.

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      • IT handbook: Getting a handle on virtual machine sprawl

        Virtual machine sprawl can creep up on a data center and sap resources. You can learn to spot it, control it and prevent VM sprawl altogether with tips and tricks from this expert e-book.

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      • Production workloads go boldly to the cloud

        April 2014, Volume 3, Issue 4

        Includes:
        • Ditching command-and-control policies can help IT cope with mobility
        • Employee mobility shifts IT's focus to data security and delivery
        • Scripted automation saves the day in cloud-first IT approach
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      • The new automation imperative

        January 2014, Volume 3, Number 1

        Includes:
        • Data center network design moves from tree to leaf
        • The new IT automation imperative
        • What virtualized GPU technology is doing for VDI
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      • Modern Mainframe Management Challenges

        Discover how your organization can implement the mainframe component of a service-oriented architecture. Inside, you’ll learn key tactics to incorporate into your mainframe management strategy, including how to convert mainframe applications into web services and achieve benefits like increased architectural flexibility, reduced administrative costs and more.

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      • Modern Infrastructure Impact Award winners

        December 2013, Special Edition

        Includes:
        • Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards 2013
        • MI Impact Awards voting: The wisdom of crowds
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      • Cloud storage at your service

        November 2013, Volume 2, Number 10

        Includes:
        • Modern processor design means integration, efficiency
        • Enterprises turn to private storage clouds in light of Amazon EBS weaknesses
        • What is object storage and why do cloud providers rely heavily on it?
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      • Selecting data center servers for virtualization needs

        Selecting a new data center server is always a crucial call, but virtualization adds some wrinkles that administrators must be aware of. In this e-book, learn more about the criteria for selecting a server for virtualization, and how to ensure that your server will meet your virtualization and storage needs. Plus, learn about hardware attributes that demand serious consideration in a virtual environment.

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      • Can HP, IBM and Dell survive the cloud?

        May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5

        Includes:
        • Get to know SoMoClo: Social, mobile and cloud technologies
        • Server vendors must innovate to stem bleeding
        • Looking to the future of legacy applications in the cloud
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  • Selecting data center servers for virtualization needs

    Selecting a new data center server is always a crucial call, but virtualization adds some wrinkles that administrators must be aware of. In this e-book, learn more about the criteria for selecting a server for virtualization, and how to ensure that your server will meet your virtualization and storage needs. Plus, learn about hardware attributes that demand serious consideration in a virtual environment.

  • Pros and cons of BYOD: The desktop admin's guide

    Despite the fact that BYOD and BYOPC can reduce costs, add IT flexibility, and keep employees happy, they are not without issues.

    Check out this e-book to learn the pros and cons of BYOD and BYOPC and discover how to avoid pitfalls and successfully embrace them in your organization.

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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.

  • 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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