Connecting Low-cost Servers to SAN

Most IT managers have proven, cost-effective ways to increase the return on investment (ROI) of existing infrastructures—that is, storage area networks (SANs). SANs provide high-availability storage to servers within corporate infrastructures. Connecting low-cost servers to SANs makes business sense, as it dramatically reduces the cost-per-server connection to well below $100 (USD).

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Enabling Real-Time Big Data Movement in the Constantly Connected World

Many forces in today's world of big data are driving applications to become more real-time. Data needs to go many places, be sorted and stored in different formats, and used in a wide variety of ways. Capturing high volume data streams inside and outside datacenters can be complicated and expensive using traditional software messaging middleware on general purpose servers. In order to realize the full value of “big data” some organizations are switching to real-time message-oriented middleware appliances that excel at the high-speed distribution of large volumes of data. Read More

Capturing Project Cost in Project ERP

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Most enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is not designed to effectively capture cost in a project-based environment, such as engineer to order, engineer procure construct, or services. This white paper covers organizational and technology barriers to capturing project cost, along with criteria for selecting the ideal ERP for effective project costing for your organization. Read More

Guide to IT Best Practices in Application-Aware Network Performance Management

Businesses are constantly striving to do more with fewer resources, and information technology (IT) departments are subject to the same pressures. They must contend with a growing number of applications and an increasingly complex infrastructure. The IT department’s arsenal includes tools for monitoring network, application, server, database, and end user performance, but typically they are not integrated with each other. That means that it’s end users who are detecting poor application performance, and the role of the IT team is reactive.

A modern performance management solution must be easy to use, include comprehensive alerting, and offer reporting that correlates data from each component of an application and the underlying infrastructure. Application-aware network performance management (AANPM) tools aim to provide a holistic view of the performance of interdependent applications, servers, and networks. Such cross-platform visibility enables the IT department to ensure high-performance delivery of critical business applications.

This white paper describes the trends in application performance and network diagnostic tools and the drivers of AANPM. You’ll learn about best practices for implementing AANPM and discover some enterprise use cases. Read More

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SQL Server Technical Briefing

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