HP Moonshot Gives Data Center Workloads a Lift

In card games, someone who makes an unconventional or unexpected play in order to dramatically alter the game is said to be “shooting the moon.” In a similar way, HP has taken a game-changing approach to data center workloads with

Converged Storage: The Next Frontier?

The amount of data produced doubles every two years. In fact, HP predicts 300,000 petabytes of data will be archived by 2015. The first challenge faced by organizations is how to efficiently store and secure this data. The second challenge

Continuous Data Protection: Closing the Backup Window

Traditionally, data backups are performed according to a predefined schedule, often once a day, sometimes supplemented by snapshots taken every four hours or so. At one time, such backup processes provided adequate data protection for physical data center environments. Today,

The Shift to Software-Defined Networking & IPv6: Better Together?

In a previous post, we discussed how software-defined networking (SDN) promises to deliver greater efficiency and flexibility by enabling administrators to centrally program the delivery of all network applications and services according to business requirements. Because SDN separates the control

The Promise of Software-Defined Networking

Become more efficient. Simplify the complex. Automate as much as possible. Make better use of resources. Enable greater productivity. Respond more quickly to business needs and customer demands. Do all of these things without sacrificing performance. These are the expectations

Keep an Eye on Software-Defined Storage

Software-defined storage (SDS) is emerging as a potential game-changer for the modern data center, but there is considerable confusion about the technology. After all, data storage infrastructures have always used software to administer hardware — so what makes SDS different?

How to Complete Your Win7/8 Migration in Days

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for the Windows XP operating system. Although the sunset date has been publicized for almost six years, many organizations still have XP systems in their IT infrastructure. In

Primary Storage De-Duplication Gains Momentum

There’s lots of industry buzz about Big Data and its impact on enterprise storage. By every measure, the amount of data generated and stored will continue to grow at an astronomical rate for the foreseeable future, placing mounting pressure on

Why Automation and Orchestration Are Vital to Virtualization

Like most new technological initiatives, virtualization was initially embraced as a way to reduce capital and operational expenses. After all, having less equipment means lower heating and cooling costs, and fewer in-house resources needed for IT management and administration. Virtualization

Benefits of Converged Infrastructure Solutions

There’s no question that the pace of technology change has accelerated. Organizations are asking IT to deliver new applications in days or weeks rather than months or years — and without hiring additional staff. One way to do that is