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      • Understanding data storage requirements in a virtual environment

        Even though virtualization has become commonplace in today's data centers, provisioning storage for applications on virtual machines (VMs) often remains a pain point for IT professionals. Random I/O processes unique to virtual environments often put a strain on storage hardware and it's common for one, or even several, VMs to eat up bandwidth, leaving others without the power they need. In addition, configuring logical unit numbers and volumes when provisioning storage for virtual environments can be extremely complicated.

        Today, vendors of emerging storage technologies are attempting to pave a smoother path toward better performance and capacity in virtual environments. Technologies such as hyper-converged storage aim to create a simpler configuration by shipping the hypervisor and storage in one box. Other products, deemed "software-defined storage," often pool storage to better utilize capacity and performance. But that doesn't mean managers don't still need to understand the unique set of challenges VMs place on storage. In this e-book, readers will learn how to cope with these challenges by understanding how virtualization changes the way storage should be provisioned and monitored. They will also learn how new technologies in the storage for virtual environment space can help and what types of applications they are most beneficial for, and how once murky technologies such as software-defined storage have grown to be more clearly defined as viable options for storing VMs.

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      • The 4-1-1 on DR testing technologies and best practices

        Experts agree that testing is one of the most important aspects of disaster recovery planning. It is the only way to ensure that you are able to bring systems back online to meet recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives.

        But, historically, IT teams have struggled with DR testing because it can be disruptive to employees that need access to essential applications. That is changing. Advancements in server virtualization, cloud computing and DR software have made DR testing more practical and much more affordable. This Drill Down on DR testing offers in-depth information on these technologies, DR testing best practices and advice on how to create DR test scenarios for your environment. If you are planning a DR test -- or you haven't run a DR test in a while -- you need to read this guide.

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      • The digital effect on BPM systems

        Business processes have changed radically in the past decade, with rapid developments in cloud, social networking, mobile and analytics driving today's businesses to transform into digital companies. This requires just as radical a transformation in these companies' IT systems, a reality reflected in today's modernized breed of business process management (BPM) systems and tools.

        In this SearchCIO handbook, CIO expert Harvey Koeppel explains how the "whole new deal" of BPM really lies in the shift from traditional to digital processes itself, and while BPM technologies have been incrementally improved to adapt to this shift, the BPM lifecycle itself remains relatively unchanged. In our second story, CTO Niel Nickolaisen warns about the temptation of defaulting to BPM to deal with complex workflows – at least not until you simply standardize your processes and systems first. And in our last piece, Executive Editor Linda Tucci explores how a new generation of BPM systems has arisen to help companies make the transition into digital and tailor their applications to the customer experience.

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      • Is your network ready for the SDN WAN?

        The data center is no longer the only place to think about software-defined networking (SDN). The wide area network (WAN) is the latest focus for system administrations. SDN promises to bring many advantages to the WAN, in no small part because WANs can take up to 60% of IT budgets. This handbook will look at the sea change SDN brings to the WAN, in terms of changes to job functions and to how network teams can be organized (with a special focus on exactly what type of skills networking professionals most need in an SDN future). It looks specifically at how sys admins can apply SDN to their own networks, and devotes one chapter to how SDN addresses the demands that new technological developments -- specifically, cloud technology, software as a service (SaaS) and bring your own device (BYOD) -- bring to the network. SDN promises to change the enterprise WAN, transforming it from inflexible and expensive to automated, agile and quickly programmable. This Technical Guide shows system administrators how they can make all this happen in their enterprise network.

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  • Understanding data storage requirements in a virtual environment

    Even though virtualization has become commonplace in today's data centers, provisioning storage for applications on virtual machines (VMs) often remains a pain point for IT professionals. Random I/O processes unique to virtual environments often put a strain on storage hardware and it's common for one, or even several, VMs to eat up bandwidth, leaving others without the power they need. In addition, configuring logical unit numbers and volumes when provisioning storage for virtual environments can be extremely complicated.

    Today, vendors of emerging storage technologies are attempting to pave a smoother path toward better performance and capacity in virtual environments. Technologies such as hyper-converged storage aim to create a simpler configuration by shipping the hypervisor and storage in one box. Other products, deemed "software-defined storage," often pool storage to better utilize capacity and performance. But that doesn't mean managers don't still need to understand the unique set of challenges VMs place on storage. In this e-book, readers will learn how to cope with these challenges by understanding how virtualization changes the way storage should be provisioned and monitored. They will also learn how new technologies in the storage for virtual environment space can help and what types of applications they are most beneficial for, and how once murky technologies such as software-defined storage have grown to be more clearly defined as viable options for storing VMs.

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  • The 4-1-1 on DR testing technologies and best practices

    Experts agree that testing is one of the most important aspects of disaster recovery planning. It is the only way to ensure that you are able to bring systems back online to meet recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives.

    But, historically, IT teams have struggled with DR testing because it can be disruptive to employees that need access to essential applications. That is changing. Advancements in server virtualization, cloud computing and DR software have made DR testing more practical and much more affordable. This Drill Down on DR testing offers in-depth information on these technologies, DR testing best practices and advice on how to create DR test scenarios for your environment. If you are planning a DR test -- or you haven't run a DR test in a while -- you need to read this guide.

  • The digital effect on BPM systems

    Business processes have changed radically in the past decade, with rapid developments in cloud, social networking, mobile and analytics driving today's businesses to transform into digital companies. This requires just as radical a transformation in these companies' IT systems, a reality reflected in today's modernized breed of business process management (BPM) systems and tools.

    In this SearchCIO handbook, CIO expert Harvey Koeppel explains how the "whole new deal" of BPM really lies in the shift from traditional to digital processes itself, and while BPM technologies have been incrementally improved to adapt to this shift, the BPM lifecycle itself remains relatively unchanged. In our second story, CTO Niel Nickolaisen warns about the temptation of defaulting to BPM to deal with complex workflows – at least not until you simply standardize your processes and systems first. And in our last piece, Executive Editor Linda Tucci explores how a new generation of BPM systems has arisen to help companies make the transition into digital and tailor their applications to the customer experience.

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