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Oracle Re-engineers Big Boxes for the Data Center

Posted: January 23, 2015   /   By: Nik Rouda   /   Tags: Big Data, data center

Announced at a live event at the Oracle headquarters this week was a complete overhaul of the company's high-end engineered systems for the data center. These pre-integrated appliances have always been big and fast, with a big starting price to match, so it wasn't surprising to see them get bigger and faster. The interesting bit was how they also got cheaper. Or offer more price/performance value, if you prefer the spin.

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The Future of Network Security in the Data Center – Flexible, Distributed, and Virtual

Posted: April 17, 2014   /   By: Jon Oltsik   /   Tags: Network Security, Endpoint & Application Virtualization, IT Infrastructure, Networking, Security and Privacy, data center, migration

Think of a modern enterprise data center. There are likely hundreds of physical servers hosting thousands of VMs. Individual systems are connected via 10gbE links that likely feed 40gb cores. Local data centers connect over DWDM, remote data centers use MPLS, and cloud data centers chat amongst each other over high-speed VPNs.

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The Data Center of Tomorrow

Posted: March 03, 2014   /   By: Steve Duplessie   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, data center, Virtualization

In this video blog, I discuss considerations and requirements for the Data Center of Tomorrow, and how we make the leap from the Data Center of Today (well, really, Yesterday) to the Data Center of Tomorrow.

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How Long Before Virtualization Teams Control Network Decisions?

Posted: January 15, 2014   /   By: ESG   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, IT Infrastructure, cloud, Networking, data center, Virtualization

As virtualization and cloud technologies become more pervasive in enterprise data centers, it has become clear that the network needs to change to better enable the business. For years large complex environments have struggled to overcome lengthy network and network services provisioning times. Software-defined networks (including network virtualization) have become a beacon of hope to enable organizations to overcome these issues with legacy networks and become an active enabler for modern data center environments.

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Microsoft Surface Server for Your Data Center?

Posted: August 08, 2013   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Storage, Microsoft, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Compute, data center

ESG has been tracking and monitoring the integrated computing platform (ICP) market extensively, as major system vendors like Hitachi, HP, Dell and IBM align their server, networking, and storage products into a single turnkey solution or companies like VCE, NetApp, and Cisco partner and execute through a best of breed approach. We also have a number of emerging companies like Nutanix, Scale Computing, Simplivity, and Pivot3 that are taking more of a bottom up approach and have the potential to cause some disruption with their ‘hyper-converged’ solutions. ESG covers all these ICPs and the benefits to IT organizations in greater detail in its recently published Market Landscape Report: Integrated Computing Platforms. But, where does Microsoft fit into the mix and why should you care?

Microsoft has its Private Cloud Fast Track program with a number of vendors providing joint reference architectures (RAs) for building private cloud platforms. Integrated with Microsoft System Center for management and orchestration, these RAs combine Microsoft software and guidance with OEM partner technology to deliver validated, turnkey solutions. They are designed around several key tenets of cloud computing: resource pooling, elasticity, continuous availability, predictability, metering and chargeback, multi-tenancy, and security and identity. Participating vendors include Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Huawei, IBM, NEC, NetApp, and Nimble Storage.

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