Replication made easy.
Sounds good, but what does it mean? How can something as important as data replication in the data center be easy?
Well, the need to do more with less has led to a demand for solutions that tend to be complex in the technology used, sophisticated in the job they get done, and easy-to-use in what it takes to install and work with them.
This has been going on for some time but seems to be gaining momentum as software management interfaces move from software-specific GUIs to unified management frameworks.
It all makes sense given what I’ve heard from customers who are looking for one-stop provisioning of infrastructure (e.g. storage, network, and compute) resources and end-user services. Continue reading
How does virtualization and Cloud impact disaster recovery?
Well, in many ways, it doesn’t. Across town or across clouds, disaster recovery is still about recovery time.
If you have responsibility for a business, you’re concerned with being operational to meet your customers’ needs. This responsibility includes contingencies for unplanned outages.
Depending on your business, the required recovery time will vary regardless of whether you run your data center in a physical, virtual, or cloud environment.
Recovery times will determine the right solution and since many technologies now support physical and virtual environments you are likely to find an appropriate solution for your specific needs. Continue reading
What if you could deliver IT-as-a-Service?
Last time around, I discussed the challenge facing data center managers when it comes to responding to internal customers and standing up new services in virtual environments and cloud deployments.
The key takeaway being that IT departments need solutions that provide speed to service, service assurance, and compliance.
Address these areas and you solve the IT management challenge to delivering IT-as-a-service (ITaaS). Continue reading