As IT groups expand their server virtualization initiatives, central storage performance can become the bottleneck and create poor end user experience. ESG talks about how...
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There was a time when virtualization reduced hardware demands. While that's still true, we now realize an unforeseen danger: the performance trap. vExpert David Davis weights in...
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Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examined the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by replatforming SAP on...
According to Forrester, "Google is setting a new price floor on email and archiving costs." (Should Your Email Live in the Cloud? Jan 2009) Download the independent research report comparing the costs of email from Google and other providers.
Just what is cloud computing anyway? Skeptics might say it is nothing but industry hyperbole, visionaries might say it is the future of IT. In reality, both statements are true-cloud computing has been embellished by the tech industry, but it does hold real potential for new types of on--demand dynamic IT services. This paper seeks to clarify the definition of cloud computing, identify how far along users are in terms of cloud deployment, and examine the role of the network in the cloud computing model.
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Learn how Southwestern/Great American has successfully run their SAP ERP on VMware solutions for several years. It all started when the company decided to transition its IT systems from a dual environment in which its SAP ERP ran off of a legacy IBM AS/400, while most of the company's other applications were running on Windows-based hardware. Southwestern/Great American chose to swap this dual environment for a leaner infrastructure based on VMware ESX and IBM blade servers with Intel Xeon processors that could run both SAP ERP and its Windows applications.
Virtualization has evolved rapidly since it first began to be used on x86 servers in 2003, mainly for test and development. By 2007, the second generation, Virtualization 2.0, was under way, and the focus was consolidating production applications. Today, we are transitioning to the third era of virtualization deployment (3.0), which is taking on cloudlike attributes for highly virtualized and automatically managed internal deployments. The transition to adopting cloud-like deployments shifts the focus from early capex savings drivers to transforming IT into a service and delivering operational efficiencies. Crucial to the success of this transition to the cloud computing deployment model is the inclusion of tier 1 applications, the most complex and often business critical in nature to an enterprise. This IDC white paper includes two case studies and a sidebar highlighting the experiences of three enterprises with virtualizing their tier 1 applications, which include Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases and a Microsoft Exchange email system.
Read this IDC white paper to compare the cost advantages of buying an IBM WebSphere Portal versus developing an in-house portal.
Cloud computing is making significant changes to IT, from its infrastructure to corporate culture. Making the move to the cloud doesn't mean an organization must start from scratch though, as many already have the technological tools they need in place.
Learn why BMC Software's chief information officer foresees a future in which organizations realize how secure the public cloud is, underutilization of hardware is a thing of the past and daily business operations are more productive.
Cloud computing is revolutionizing the way companies can deliver or access data. Moreover, the cloud model provides flexible pricing options that are designed to align costs with your specific IT requirements. Over the long term, your transition to a cloud computing model can be a wise business strategy and a cost-effective means to optimize your Dynamic Infrastructure. But in the short term, you will still need a way to pay for it.