High-performance SAN Connections for HPCC Systems

The network attached storage (NAS) model, based on network file systems (NFSs), creates a number of issues for high-performance computing clusters (HPCC) systems. NFS is oriented toward access, not performance—which means that it does not scale as needed for growing HPCC systems. It also adds another layer of latency between the storage and the computing systems. In this white paper, we outline a new model for storage.

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Why Performance Management? A Guide for the Midsize Organization

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Midsize companies must rapidly grasp the issues influencing business performance, and secure the resources to deal with them efficiently and effectively. Managers need to access the data that can give them the insight to grow revenue, reduce operating costs, and improve processes. But data is often siloed in disconnected systems. Learn how to break your dependence on spreadsheets and attain better insight and performance. 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

The Guide to Google Apps Training: Part Two: How to Secure a Google Apps Domain

You don’t have control over attempted attacks on your domain, but putting the right security systems in place means you can block access to your data and your domain. Google Apps provides users with a wide variety of customizable options to ensure that a domain is secure. Google Apps features stringent user access controls, governing how and when selected users gain access to the domain, and a disaster recovery system in order to retrieve any data compromised due to a security breach.

In this white paper, learn the basic systems and settings for a variety of security features, including development of domain recovery options, enforcement of secure sockets layer (SSL) connections, how to configure two-factor authorization for maximum mobile security, and the importance of auditing and setting long minimums for passwords. You’ll also read how the Google Apps system works to create the best mobile security for your domain, and how installation of a Google Apps Device Policy can further protect your domain in case of device theft. Get information on the disaster recovery features included in the core Google Apps, and how third-party systems such as Backupify can be added to further strengthen data recovery options, ensuring that duplicate copies of documents are available. Through these controls, users can be assured that their domain data is secure.  Read More

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SQL Server Technical Briefing

iSCSI storage area networks (SANs) offer an alternative for building SANs. Consolidating storage in a SAN offers storage management and scaling benefits for data centers, and iSCSI support in Windows Server 2003 makes connecting servers to an iSCSI SAN easier and more affordable. Read this technical briefing to understand best practices and the benefits of using an iSCSI SAN with SQL Server 2005. Read More

Integrating SAN Fabrics via N_Port Bridging

One of the main concerns now facing IT managers is how to keep the interoperability of their service area networks (SANs), without sacrificing functionality. What can you do to make your SAN “share everything and play nice”? In fact, there are many options available for extending SAN fabrics. The result: independent routing, improved interoperability, high performance routing, and universal SAN bridging. Read More
 
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