August 03, 2015
Storing important data in the cloud is a non-starter for many organizations. There are number of reasons for this, including legislation, risk and compliance. Oh, and of course, cost. For those organizations, an on-premises cloud could be a promising alternative. In other words, building a storage system that offers the key attributes of cloud storage while avoiding all that scary stuff. In our cover story, you'll find out what it takes to build an on-premises cloud system, the technologies required and what an on-prem cloud offers that traditional storage does not.
Backup is no longer simply copying data in case something goes wrong. Nowadays, the bleeding edge of backup is about meeting the demands of the "always-on" data center. It wasn't too long ago that meeting these types of demands seemed impossible, but that is changing. You'll find out about the new technologies and approaches that are addressing modern data protection challenges.
Building an effective disaster recovery (DR) plan requires a detailed analysis of the types of risks it will need to protect against and the impact those risks represent. With our step-by-step roadmap, learn where to focus DR resources and how much to invest in building and maintaining those resources.
July 20, 2015
Free Windows 10 upgrades may prompt users to move before IT is ready. VDI and other strategies can prevent app compatibility issues and helpdesk calls.
June 15, 2015
VMware and Citrix have acquired UEM tools that leave providers like RES Software with little choice but to take their software to the next level.
June 10, 2015
Panzura's DaaS-cloud storage combo one-ups VDI for one firm that needs to make geographically separate employees seem like they work in the same zip code.
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Delivering a full desktop can be excessive if users only need access to a few legacy applications. VMware Horizon View 6 allows IT to publish individual apps through an RDSH farm. Continue Reading
The vSphere platform is solid but operations teams still have to persuade in-house clients from requesting physical servers to run applications. Continue Reading
EVO:RAIL and EVO:RACK mark VMware’s entrance into the hyper-converged infrastructure market. The question now is whether or not either can separate from the competition. Also, what does this mean for VDI shops? Continue Reading
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Tiering and caching can both improve performance in VDI, but a storage cache may be the better option for write-heavy environments. Continue Reading
Caching software and the hyper-converged trend has renewed interest in local storage, but you don't need an expensive appliance to see the advantages. Continue Reading
Converged infrastructure, or CI, products are gaining notice, thanks in large part to the consolidation benefits they provide. Organizations can upgrade their data center technologies without having to select and install the specific components -- the vendor does the configuring on the customer's behalf. Vendors are going to bolster their offerings, and Gartner Inc. has noted that the maturing CI market is leading to increased competition.
Since the market is expanding, and thus the CI vendor options for organizations are increasing, IT needs to be sure if the "simple" approach is right for their company. If converged infrastructure is the right way forward, the bundling options should be examined carefully. Since CI products arrive integrated and optimized, there isn't much wiggle room once the hardware is purchased. It's a significant upfront investment, so it’s imperative to vet the various -- and ever-increasing -- options offered by a rising number of vendors.
This chapter of "How virtualization changes hardware purchases" details the shifting market, where it is and where it could be headed. What are the differences between converged and hyper-converged products? How will CI interact with existing hardware? What should be replaced and what should remain? Which organizations will see significant ROI and which ones will be questioning their purchase? Converged infrastructure simplifies an IT operation, but it is not a simple commitment to make. Nor is it an inexpensive way to go.Continue Reading
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HCI comes packaged together so IT shops can manage the entire system at once. That sounds convenient, but it can also create department organization issues. Continue Reading
Don't underestimate the security hazards associated with desktop virtualization. IT shops still need to protect all aspects of their VDI environment against malware. Continue Reading
Virtual mobile infrastructure allows IT to retake control of mobile apps by keeping them housed in the data center rather than on users' devices. Continue Reading
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Successful implementations of mobile technology in healthcare organizations depend on strong IT management, from security hardware and best practices, to protect patient data. This edition of Pulse addresses the challenges healthcare IT professionals face when deploying mobile healthcare applications.
In the cover story, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a look at trends in healthcare mobile security, and how IT professionals deal with the specter of a data breach. "It's not a matter of if it's going to happen, but when," explains one CISO.
Also in this issue: SearchHealthIT news writer Kristen Lee checks in with IT professionals, who tell her "we are absolutely terrified" by the breadth of the threats facing healthcare organizations. Find out what steps they're taking to overcome that fear in this issue of Pulse. Continue Reading
VDI has many benefits, but it will also open the flood gates for help desk questions from users: Why can't I login? Where am I printing? IT better have the answers. Continue Reading
Protecting corporate data is a big job, but IT has a wide variety of tools at its disposal when it comes to data loss prevention. Continue Reading