Issue OverviewModern Infrastructure - January 2014, Volume 3, Number 1
Automating IT processes is a complex and sometimes messy process -- but the rewards can be well worth the effort. In this January 2014 issue of the Modern Infrastructure e-zine, find an exploration of data center automation. Tight budgets and increasing demands mean that interest in IT automation is high. And, in a cloud world, automation can be used in interesting ways to provision and manage cloud systems and data. As part of automating IT processes, IT teams must also consider which automation tools to use. Some are free, some are pricey, but either way, there will likely be more than one tool in any environment.
In other e-zine stories, multi-hypervisor environments have become more common -- and easier to manage -- but is this a final destination or just a stop along the way to a truly one-hypervisor state? And data center uptime is the IT team's holy grail, but it can be difficult to achieve. Access >>>
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The new IT automation imperative
by Alex Barrett
Automating IT is a brass ring data centers are reaching for. It offers cost savings and efficiency. But beware: The ring may be tough to grab.
Tenets of modern server uptime and data center availability
by Clive Longbottom
Server uptime and downtime can't be pinned to just automation, just application modularity or just redundancy. In a modern data center, availability relies on comprehensive uptime awareness.
Is more better? Heterogeneous hypervisor environments have pros, cons
by Beth Pariseau
Heterogeneous hypervisor environments offer a financial advantage, but is this just a transitional phase that will lead back to homogeneity?
What virtualized GPU technology is doing for VDI
by Alyssa Wood
Virtualized GPU technology brings VDI to more users than ever before, which could spur desktop virtualization adoption.
- The new IT automation imperative by Alex Barrett
Are IT automation tools your ladder to the cloud?
by Alex Barrett
Automating your data center infrastructure gives you a leg up to cloud. Choosing the wrong automation tool, however, can create unwanted hurdles.
Data center network design moves from tree to leaf
by Ethan Banks
Leaf-spine designs are pushing out the hierarchical tree data center networking model, thanks to the popularity of Ethernet fabric networks.
First look: Five new smartphones and tablets you should know
by Colin Steele
Check out the top five devices you need to know about this year before they access your corporate network.
- Are IT automation tools your ladder to the cloud? by Alex Barrett
Could the end of Nirvanix storage mean the end of cloud nirvana?
by Jonathan Eunice
Nirvanix's collapse along with recent data privacy news should make enterprise IT wary of going all-in with cloud computing services.
What’s the true cost of helium disk drives?
by Bob Plankers
The IT industry talks the talk on green computing, but talk is cheap. New helium disk drives promise better capacity, but at what environmental cost?
New endpoint management tools make unified device management a reality
by Brian Madden
The elusive goal of unified device management is getting easier in 2014 with Windows 8.1 Workplace Join and Android thin clients, says our columnist.
- Could the end of Nirvanix storage mean the end of cloud nirvana? by Jonathan Eunice
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