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  • Dealing with key trends during an IT disaster recovery

    Cloud services, virtualisation, BYOD and social CRM are key factors influencing disaster recovery. Because earthquakes, hurricanes, snow storms or other events can put data centers and other corporate facilities out of commission for a while, it's vital that companies have in place a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

  • Can Fibre Channel survive Ethernet's assault?

    Expensive and specialised Fibre Channel SANs have been under assault as companies consolidate data traffic over Ethernet. With Fibre Channel disks already largely eliminated from the market by SAS, can networking gear be far behind?

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 switch simplifies virtual systems management duties

    Switching from VMware to Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation environment is saving money for two businesses that are also using Microsoft's System Center 2012 to manage and monitor applications and the infrastructure that supports them.

  • Storage virtualisation

    Server virtualisation places significant new demands on traditional storage, says Terri McClure, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. ?The standard storage architecture was originally designed for monolithic mainframes?not the abstraction and pooling of resources.?

  • The solution to legacy application woes

    Legacy applications are one of the most difficult issues to face within IT. A rip-and-replace approach is expensive and thus difficult to justify; plus, it tends to interrupt operations. Meanwhile, the ageing software lingers in accounting's ledgers, overstays its welcome in sales and causes poor network performance throughout the organisation.

  • Fabric wars: Cisco vs. Brocade vs. Juniper

    The past three years have been very noisy on the data center fabric and architecture front. Every quarter seems to bring about a new convergence blueprint from another vendor - and a variety from one or two.

  • Why is converged I/O in data centres taking so long?

    So if converging the I/O infrastructure in data centres is all the rage, what's taking IT shops so long to do it?

  • Red Hat - The virtualisation path less travelled

    To update an old IT saying about IBM and job security, few IT managers may get fired for choosing VMware to virtualise their infrastructure. VMware, after all, is the safe bet: the company currently enjoys 80% of the server-side virtualisation market, according to IDC.

  • Cisco reaches a financial milestone

    Cisco achieved a milestone in its most recent fiscal quarter, one with profound implications for the future of the company: Cisco made more money from its new products and services than it did from routers and switches.

  • How Fibre Channel over Ethernet went from fee to free

    With demand for FCoE more sluggish than vendors had hoped, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and adapter makers are making it available for free.

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