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Use Virtualization to Free Yourself from the Energy Market

Posted on July 26th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

When power becomes more expensive, you feel it. For the months when there’s a spike in oil pricing, “green IT” becomes a priority, only to fade when the cost to run your datacenter comes down again. Even if the ups and downs average out to a tolerable price, the fluctuations make IT budgeting a vexing endeavor, leaving you unable to forecast your costs effectively … and ultimately forcing uncomfortable conversations with the executive team.

Implement a virtual infrastructure, and you’ll gain energy cost containment and better budget predictability along with a more agile datacenter.

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Simplify Your Datacenter with Cisco UCS

Posted on July 19th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

Are you spending too much time managing your infrastructure? It’s not like you have a choice, of course. When you need to tend to your datacenter, you do it, and it’s your other IT initiatives that suffer. A simplified, straightforward approach not only cures the headaches associated with IT management, it frees up your team to focus on the projects that will drive ROI and company growth.

Chances are you’re overspending on your infrastructure. Research from Cisco estimates that infrastructure management ties up 70 percent of your budget. So, that only gives you 30 percent to allocate for the future. Simplifying your infrastructure could tip those scales a bit – making your department far more effective.

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Could Managed Services Give You Better Disaster Recovery?

Posted on July 14th, 2010 by Chris Chrobocinski | No Comments » |

Disaster recovery and business continuity can be a challenge to manage effectively. In addition to investing considerable amounts of capital into robust, reliable solutions, you’re stuck with the nagging thought that you’re putting your budget into something you hope you never actually have to use. Anything you can do to simplify your D/R framework comes with an inherent cost advantage, particularly through a reduction in complexity and resource-hours committed to planning and managing the environment.

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What to Look for in a Managed Services Environment

Posted on July 12th, 2010 by Chris Chrobocinski | No Comments » |

Once you’ve made the decision to adopt a managed infrastructure, you need to identify the factors that matter most to your company. Quite simply, you want to know that your infrastructure will be there for you when you need it.

While service-level agreements (SLAs) provide procedures and remedies for downtime, performance degradation and other potential problems, they are inherently retrospective: SLAs talk about how a problem can be fixed. When choosing a managed services provider, you should take a look at the measures in place that will keep problems from arising.

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When Do Managed Services Make Sense?

Posted on June 30th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

The in-house versus outsourcing decision shouldn’t be an easy one. After all, you’re infrastructure is at stake … which puts your company’s ability to operate in play. The risks don’t mean that you should choose one option over another, but they do suggest that you should treat this decision with the appropriate gravity.

If you’re thinking about moving to a managed infrastructure, which can come with many advantages, think about the IT resources that your company consumes, as well as how heavily you want to commit to operating and maintaining your own infrastructure. Variable system demand and a desire to focus on your core business while maintaining a lean IT department usually indicate that a managed services approach to your IT infrastructure is prudent.

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“Best of Breed” Just Got More Effective

Posted on June 14th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

The problem with “best of breed” platform selections is that you wind up with a heterogeneous infrastructure that can be difficult and costly to manage. When it’s time to add to a particular platform’s footprint, you need to write another check, even if there are under-utilized solutions elsewhere in your environment. Unless you have commensurate equipment available, there’s no choice but to invest more. With server and storage virtualization technologies, you can break out of this rut, and extract more value from investments you’ve already made.

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AppSense and Citrix Manage All User Details

Posted on June 10th, 2010 by admin | No Comments » |

There’s a reason why AppSense was named the Citrix Ready Solution Partner of the Year back at Citrix Synergy. The solution drives end-user adoption and satisfaction in XenDesktop and XenApp environments, ultimately driving more ROI for your investment in desktop and application virtualization.

Specifically, according to a recent article in InfoWorld:

“The AppSense solution provides what is known as user virtualization, a technology that is still in its infancy; because of that, it doesn’t get a lot of airplay in the media. User virtualization isn’t discussed very often, so people may not have heard of the technology yet, let alone fully understand it or how it is used.”

With the AppSense Virtualized User Infrastructure, you can manage “everything specific to a user” – from user-based corporate policies to rights management and user-introduced applications.

Read the original article for a substantial review of how AppSense can help.

[Source: InfoWorld]

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