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Google announced last week the end of the "experimental" availability of its high-replication data store; it's now a "real" part of the Google App Engine SDK. This is part of a key 2012 trend: Cloud providers will rush to address cloud computing concerns from enterprise IT -- including security, performance, and availability -- through the addition of features taken from existing private enterprise computing environments. In the past, many cloud providers dismissed requests that features be added to replicate what existed in enterprise data centers. Typically, they referred to traditional enterprise computing methods as overly complex, convoluted, and costly. Indeed, many even gave this criticism a name: "enterprisey." Now, Google App Engine can replicate data across multiple data centers, and thus work around availability issues in the case of maintenance and outag... (more)

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and HP Servers

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) is proving itself to be a major player in the virtualization marketplace. With each new release, the technology offers more robust features, greater control, increased flexibility and more. One of the key factors in how well Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization meets your organization’s needs is the physical platform on which it runs. HP’s line of ProLiant servers are particularly well-suited to running Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Here are some facts you need to know as you make your decisions about whether to implement this open sour... (more)

Cloud Computing and Virtualized Data Center

Virtualization at Cloud Expo Virtualization can significantly reduce IT hardware costs and improve data center efficiencies. Combining technologies like VMware and Pillar Axiom provides the benefits of virtualization at both the server and storage level, resulting in a compelling solution. Benefits of such a virtualized infrastructure allow: Consolidation - Optimizing your Infrastructure Why build multiple systems with low utilization at high costs? The solution in a server world is virtualization. Consolidating multiple servers that provide different services onto a few high per... (more)

Hitachi's Agile Cloud Computing and Storage Management

Download FREE eBook Now! 6 Essential Strategies For Economizing Your Storage Difficult economic times require new strategies. Years of traditional IT procurement have left many organizations with underutilized and oversubscribed storage capacity. With today’s tightening budgets, many organizations are faced with demands to do more with less and tough decisions on where to invest available funds. The good news is, there are technologies and strategies proven to reduce storage infrastructure costs – simply put, they make storage cheaper to own. The technologies and strategies discus... (more)

How to Lower Data Center Costs Without Impacting Service Levels

Datacenter Automation on Ulitzer Down economy or not, IT managers have never had a blank check with which to meet an organization’s needs. As time goes on, IT managers have to deal with increased demand for computing and information services, all while being asked to cut costs and create grater justification for expenditures. One of the areas IT departments are asked to cut back in is operational costs for their data centers. There are a few steps involved in reducing data center costs while maintaining the kinds of service levels your organziation has come to know and expect: 1... (more)