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  • SD-WAN technology: A primer for what you need to know

    Software-defined WAN is poised to take the wide area network by storm, simplifying operations and reducing costs. Here's what you should know about the new SDN-based approach.Continue Reading

  • What's to gain by adopting all-flash arrays?

    All-flash arrays increase the number of VMs allowed per physical host. This affects the configuration, performance and even spending decisions in a virtualized data center. Powerful all-flash arrays compress data at impressive levels. As a result, admins who put flash into action in a data center can improve storage performance and at the same time increase the number of VMs per physical host.

    This has effects on server selection, VM configuration and overall performance of an IT infrastructure. While there'll be reasonable concerns about the purchase costs, there are factors that can make calculating the ROI for an all-flash array less daunting. This three-part guide explores these issues and considers why an organization might consider adopting all-flash arrays.

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  • Purging zombie servers saves AOL money, energy

    AOL shares the lessons it learned from a project to rid its data centers of 14,805 zombie servers that saved the company about $10 million.Continue Reading

  • The evolution of Carrier Ethernet service chaining offers new options

    Operators looking to service chaining for Carrier Ethernet must assess both the issues and opportunities for use via NFV or as hosted network edge services.Continue Reading

  • A glimpse into the future reveals business apps in the cloud

    Not too long ago, few organizations considered putting all their business apps in the cloud. Moving applications off-premises was an innovative tech experiment only the most adventurous undertook. Today it's a different story. Cloud computing is practically a mainstream option, with more and more organizations placing more and more of their business apps in the cloud.

    What they're not doing is doing it wholesale. They're moving applications bit by bit, and these gradual rollouts often turn into enterprisewide cloud deployments. "They are picking where they start, and they're figuring out what's an area of low risk or saying, 'I've got to automate this process that we've done on spreadsheets, ' " said Christine Dover, an IDC analyst, in the cover story of this issue of Business Information.

    Tony Kontzer's story explores cloud projects at chain restaurant operator Ovation Brand and One Call Now, a provider of mass-messaging services. Ovation turned to software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps to replace its aging Oracle system, putting business apps in the cloud one by one. One Call Now started using SaaS applications after outgrowing on-premises software.

    Such is the state of business applications today -- and tomorrow. Another story looks at another side of that future: organizations juggling lots and lots of apps. James Denman talks to folks at Arizona State University and Canadian phone directory publisher Yellow Pages about their project portfolio management (PPM) initiatives. One is far ahead in the practice, which centralizes the handling of processes and technologies; the other has work to do.

    Also in the issue, columnist Mary Driscoll looks to surveys to figure out who is likely to put financial software in the cloud, Jan Stafford tells why many developers won't be sheepish about Amazon's AWS Lambda and Ed Burns closes with a word of warning: Use security analytics to protect your sensitive data -- or else.Continue Reading

  • Top benefits of an integrated endpoint security suite

    When implementing endpoint security, is it better to buy standalone products or an endpoint security suite? Expert Karen Scarfone discusses the top benefits of integrated endpoint protection.Continue Reading

  • How a Hyper-V shared virtual hard disk can save you money

    The new shared virtual hard disk feature in Hyper-V 2012 R2 allows you to improve availability without expensive shared storage hardware.Continue Reading

  • Proper resource utilization can optimize performance

    Optimizing performance on a virtual server can maximize efficiency and savings. Microsoft System Center is an example of one tool that can automate and adjust settings as needs change.Continue Reading

  • Asigra aims to cut storage costs for cloud backup software partners

    Asigra is offering a free software-defined architecture designed to lower cloud service providers' back-end storage infrastructure costs.Continue Reading