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A Pragmatic Approach to Server and Data Center Consolidation
Server and data center consolidation has never been more important. Issues such as server sprawl and increasing costs have made consolidation the number one

data center consolidation  Approach to Server and Data Center Consolidation Server and data center consolidation has never been more important. Issues such as server sprawl and increasing costs have made consolidation the number one priority among IT managers. New virtualization technologies, however, are helping data centers combat these problems. Learn about the factors that are driving consolidation initiatives today, and find out what best practices can be used for ensuring its success.

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Outsourcing, IT Infrastructure

The IT Infrastructure Outsourcing knowledge base focuses on the selection of companies who provide outsource services in the areas of information technology (IT) infrastructure. The typical types of activities that these providers perform include data center operations; network operations; backup/recovery services, data storage management services; system administration services; end user support of desktop PCs, laptops, and handheld devices; web site, or application hosting, etc.  

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Avoiding the Hazards of IT Consolidation


Research shows widespread IT spending on data center transformation, IT consolidation, and server virtualization. This reduces costs and streamlines operations, right? In theory, yes. But many consolidation projects suffer planning and implementation issues that ultimately impact application performance and user productivity—especially for remote and mobile users. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of IT consolidation.

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Automation for the New Data Center


Data centers are squeezed by a variety of pressures, such as power consumption, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) requirements, new servers, human error, patching, asset tracking, and more. On top of this, you have to keep up with dynamically changing business requirements. One of the key ways you can address these dilemmas, however, is through server consolidation using virtualization.

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The Modern Virtualized Data Center


Data center resources are often underused while drawing enormous amounts of power and taking up valuable floor space. Virtualization has been a positive evolutionary step in the data center, driving consolidation of resources to maximize power saving and to simplify management and maintenance. Learn more about the benefits of virtualization, and the issues you need to consider when planning a consolidation project.

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Guidelines for Specification of Data Center Power Density


Conventional methods for specifying data center density don’t provide the guidance to assure predictable power and cooling performance for the latest IT equipment. Discover an improved method that can help assure compatibility with anticipated high-density loads, provide unambiguous instruction for design and installation of power and cooling equipment, prevent oversizing, and maximize electrical efficiency.

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Big Data, Little Data, and Everything in Between—IBM SPSS Solutions Help You Bring Analytics to Everyone


Regardless of the type or scale of business data your users need to harness and analyze, they need a straightforward, visual solution that is easy to use on the front end and highly scalable on the back end. Fortunately, IBM SPSS solutions provide just such an ecosystem that can make different kinds of data stores—from Hadoop to those proverbial spreadsheets—useful sources of business insight and decision support.

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The Path to Healthy Data Governance


Many companies are finally treating their data with all the necessary data quality processes, but they also need to align their data with a more complex corporate view. A framework of policies concerning its management and usage will help exploit the data’s usefulness. TEC research analyst Jorge Garcia explains why for a data governance initiative to be successful, it must be understood as a key business driver, not merely a technological enhancement.

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The Operational Data Lake: Your On Ramp to Big Data


Companies recognize the need to integrate big data into their real-time analytics and operations, but this poses a lot of technical and resource challenges. Meanwhile, those organizations that have operational data stores (ODSs) in place find that, while useful, they are expensive to scale. The ODS gives real-time visibility into operational data. While more cost-effective than a data warehouse, it uses outdated scaling technology, and performance upgrades require very specialized hardware. Plus, ODSs just can't handle the volume of data that has become a matter of fact for businesses today.

This white paper discusses the concept of the operational data lake, and its potential as an on-ramp to big data by upgrading outdated ODSs. Companies that are building a use case for big data, or those considering an upgrade to their ODS, may benefit from this stepping stone. With a Hadoop relational database management system (RDBMS), companies can expand their big data practices at their own pace.

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Big Data: Operationalizing the Buzz


Integrating big data initiatives into the fabric of everyday business operations is growing in importance. The types of projects being implemented overwhelmingly favor operational analytics. Operational analytics workloads are the integration of advanced analytics such as customer segmentation, predictive analytics, and graph analysis into operational workflows to provide real-time enhancements to business processes. Read this report to learn more.

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Data Blending for Dummies


Data analysts support their organization’s decision makers by providing timely key information and answers to key business questions. Data analysts strive to use the best and most complete information possible, but as data increases over time, so does the time required to identify and combine all data sources that might be relevant.

Data blending allows data analysts a way to access data from all data sources, including big data, the cloud, social media sources, third-party data providers, department data stores, in-house databases, and more, and become faster at delivering better information and results to their organizations. In the past, the challenge for data analysts has been accessing this data and cleansing and preparing the data for analysis. The access, cleansing, and preparing data stages are complex and time intensive. These days, however, software tools can help reduce the burden of data preparation, and turn data blending into an asset.

Read this e-book to understand why data blending is important, and learn how combining data means that you can get answers to your business questions and better meet your business needs. Also learn how to identify what features to look for in data blending software solutions, and how to successfully deploy these tools within your business. Data Blending for Dummies breaks the subject down into digestible sections, from understanding data blending to using data blending in the real world. Read on to discover how data blending can help your organization use its data sources to the utmost.

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Distilling Data: The Importance of Data Quality in Business Intelligence


As an enterprise’s data grows in volume and complexity, a comprehensive data quality strategy is imperative to providing a reliable business intelligence environment. This article looks at issues in data quality and how they can be addressed.

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