Published By: Black Box
Published Date: Nov 24, 2015
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This case study highlights how one of the world's leading manufacturing companies employed a Mission Critical architecture to protect their most important systems. Learn how this customer achieved 99.99% availability of their systems for 4 straight years. As a result of adopting a high availability strategy, this HP customer saved 97 million Euros, by avoiding lost downtime.
This case study highlights how a leading transportation firm uses executive financial incentives to insure the highest system uptime for its customers. With the need to keep thousands of vehicles and employees on the move and process millions of daily transactions, keeping mission critical systems running is essential for financial performance.
Join Forrester Research and HP in this webinar which explores common myths about IT disasters and analyzes different strategies to protect a company's information assets based on risk and cost. Stephanie Balaouras of Forrester analyzes 5 common myths around IT disasters e.g. disasters and loss of a data centers are rare.
Join this informative web event to hear from experts at Forrester Research and HP discuss the top ten challenges for effective disaster recovery planning, how to quantify the cost of downtime as well as tips on selecting and implementing disaster recovery solutions.
"Power and Cooling", a video presentation, uses vivid computer modeling to illustrate why traditional trial-and-error approaches are inadequate for effective thermal management . Data center cooling costs now account for half of all power-related outlays. And they continue to soar. But cutting these costs - while at the same time improving availability and capacity - is achievable. The trick is knowing how.
Despite its six syllables, 'virtualization' is a straight - forward concept. It can enable your organization to get more value not only from computer and storage hardware but also from the labor required to keep your systems up and running. Virtualization is an approach to pooling and sharing IT resources so the supply of resources—processing power, storage, networking and so on—can flexibly and automatically meet fluctuating business demand. Virtualization can improve the quality of your IT services, enabling more consistency and predictability of operational availability.
Increasing power demands and space limitations in the data center have begun to transition server virtualization technologies from luxuries to necessities. Server virtualization provides a path toward server consolidation that results in significant power and space savings, while also offering high availability and system portability. Today, vendors are building hardware and software platforms that can deliver virtualization solutions at near-native performance.
To ensure the full potential of your virtual platform solution, you need to make sure your application and storage network is prepared to handle the added stresses of a virtual machine (VM) infrastructure. F5® technology enables your network to adapt to virtualization needs, ensure high availability (HA), maximize resources, and improve performance so you can get the most out of your investment.
Hundreds of organizations around the world use Microsoft® SharePoint® with over 80 million implementations, allowing them to develop intelligent portals that seamlessly connect users, teams, and knowledge. With the release of Microsoft Offi ce SharePoint Server 2007, F5 has specifi cally developed and tested a comprehensive Application Ready infrastructure that enhances the security, availability and performance of SharePoint deployments, whether it’s over the LAN or across a global WAN.
Microsoft® Exchange® Server is the undisputed industry leader in corporate messaging. With the release of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, not only does Exchange continue to provide rich, effi cient access to e-mail, calendars, attachments, contacts, and more, but Exchange Server 2007 adds some exciting infrastructure and performance improvements as well. F5’s comprehensive Application Ready infrastructure for Exchange Server 2007 allows organizations to easily provide additional performance, security and availability, to ensure maximum ROI with the minimum amount of work.
F5 has worked with Microsoft during the beta cycle and beyond to ensure a high level of interoperability and optimization with the entire Windows Server 2008 platform. F5’s Application Ready Network for Windows Server 2008 not only helps optimize end-to-end performance, availability, and scalability for Windows Server 2008 deployments, but reduces the costs associated with deployment, management, and operation.
F5 is a worldwide Oracle Certified Partner, a proud member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN), and works closely with Oracle on the development and refinement of joint solutions including their Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA). By taking advantage of F5’s Application Ready Network for Oracle Application Server 10g, an integral part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, organizations can achieve an secure and optimized platform for delivering Oracle applications across the LAN and WAN.
F5 is a worldwide Oracle Certified Partner, a proud member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN), and works closely with Oracle on the development and refinement of their Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA). Oracle E-Business Suite is a fully integrated, comprehensive suite of business applications for the enterprise. In fact, Oracle is one of F5’s largest customers, providing application delivery networking to Oracle.com, and all of their internal and external enterprise applications for Oracle employees worldwide.
F5 has designed and painstakingly tested a comprehensive Application Ready Network infrastructure for PeopleSoft Enterprise applications, ensuring your organization achieves maximum ROI with the minimum amount of work. F5 provides all of the tools to help organizations optimize, secure, and deliver PeopleSoft Enterprise applications across the LAN and WAN.
This white paper is focused on the design and architecture of an OCS 2007 environment in an HP BladeSystem infrastructure. The document outlines a building block approach to deploying OCS on the HP BladeSystem and focuses on how the design decisions around levels of availability, scalability, and the OCS 2007 feature set impact the hardware that is deployed and the version of OCS that is used. The white paper also covers a brief overview of the Microsoft Unified Communications framework including Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Office Communications Server 2007 and an overview of the HP BladeSystem architecture and how the HP BladeSystem can help lower the total cost of ownership (TCO).
NetApp® SnapManager® for Oracle (SMO) is designed to significantly simplify all these tasks and more. In this article, we examine how you can deploy SMO to simplify and even automate data protection, recovery, and cloning across both primary and secondary storage. Learn more today!
This paper focuses generally on optimal storage and storage management for SharePoint and specifically evaluates NetApp's approach, detailing how the capabilities in NetApp's DataONTAP and SnapManager for SharePoint Server offerings help to drive storage efficiency, reduce cost, and exclude complexity in a comprehensive SharePoint implementation. It is not so much a "how to" guide, but rather a "why to" explanation. Learn more today!
Today's IT executives are not only expected to create and maintain high-availability IT environments, but they are also expected to implement green initiatives to satisfy customers, analysts, and government agencies that are worried about the impact of modern, energy-thirsty data centers on the environment. Is such a dual mandate reasonable? Can companies be expected to maintain service levels and reduce their carbon footprints at the same time? The White Paper offers a description of the different types of services available to improved energy efficiency data center design and a prescription for successful implementation.
Data centers are large, important investments that, when properly designed, built, and operated, are an integral part of the business strategy driving the success of any enterprise. Yet the central focus of organizations is often the acquisition and deployment of the IT architecture equipment and systems with little thought given to the structure and space in which it is to be housed, serviced, and maintained.
To accommodate increasingly dense technology environments, increasingly critical business applications, and increasingly stringent service level demands, data centers are typically engineered to deliver the highest-affordable availability levels facility-wide. Within this monolithic design approach, the same levels of mechanical, electrical, and IT infrastructure are installed to support systems and applications regardless of their criticality or business risk if unplanned downtime occurs. Typically, high redundancy designs are deployed in order to provide for all eventualities. The result, in many instances, is to unnecessarily drive up both upfront construction or retro-fitting costs and ongoing operating expenses.
The need for reliable data centers is growing, especially in the small to medium sized business market. So too is the price of data centers -- both in terms of initial cost and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) -- as equipment, service and utility costs continue to escalate. How is a data center manager going to support an IT-based business strategy that hinges on high availability, at a reasonable business cost? Insource? Outsource? Build? Lease? This presentation looks at the factors driving data centers costs, their impact, how they can be controlled, and how to justify the data center you need.