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ALSO CALLED: Computer Rooms, Datacentres, Datacenters, Computer Centers, Internet Data Centers, Data Centres
DEFINITION: A data center (sometimes spelled datacenter) is a centralized repository, either physical or virtual, for the storage, management, and dissemination of data and information organized around a particular body of knowledge or pertaining to a particular business. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), for example, is a public data center that maintains the world's largest archive of weather information.  … 
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A Service Provider’s Perspective: Designing the Next Generation Data Center
sponsored by NetApp
WHITE PAPER: In this educational white paper, will help you navigate a go-forward strategy providing a next generation data center trend and business strategies that examine key marketing influences fueling IT transformation in the SP market and technological trends
Posted: 05 Oct 2016 | Published: 01 Jul 2016

NetApp

Enterprise Applications on Hyperconverged Infrastructure
sponsored by Nutanix
WHITE PAPER: Access this extensive guide to discover how a hyperconverged infrastructure can meet application needs while eliminating silos and increasing resource utilization.
Posted: 28 Sep 2016 | Published: 28 Sep 2016

Nutanix

Intelligent Bursting to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure - The Path to Hybrid Cloud
sponsored by Turbonomic
WHITE PAPER: Cloud computing offers numerous benefits to enterprises but the question of what, when and where to run workloads to assure performance while maximizing efficiency still remains. Learn about the challenges surrounding effective implementation, how to identify and time the bursting of appropriate workloads, and more.
Posted: 01 Sep 2016 | Published: 01 Sep 2016

Turbonomic

How to Prepare and Respond to Data Center Emergencies
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes a framework for an effective emergency preparedness and response strategy for mission critical facilities by breaking it down into seven elements arranged across the three categories. Access now to engage in the practical advice for implementing this strategy
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Jan 2016

Schneider Electric

Performance and Load Testing
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This informational white paper, analyses an integrated solution for your data center that will allow you to keep up with the most demanding applications. Also, see the results of multiple real world workload tests and how this platform was able to operate efficiently and overcome common data center challenges.
Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Aug 2015

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cost, Speed, and Reliability Tradeoffs between N+1 UPS Configurations
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: Data center downtime isn't an option anymore; today's always-on economy simply demands too much. You need a fault tolerance strategy in place that lets you stay competitive at all times. Access this white paper to learn why many are turning to N+1 redundancy of physical infrastructure to improve availability rather than their data centers.
Posted: 26 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Jul 2016

Schneider Electric

The Total Economic Impact of NetApp’s FlexPod Datacenter Platform
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This expert analysis introduces a platform that focuses on a converged infrastructure solution which can accelerate your transition to cloud computing. This platform offers a single, flexible architecture, increasing efficiency and risk reducing solution.
Posted: 25 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Jan 2015

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Hybrid Multi-Cloud Architecture and the Vendors Aiming to Enable and Manage It
sponsored by Embotics
WHITE PAPER: Nearly all enterprise IT infrastructures are multi-clouds but the middleware used to connect and integrate apps and systems is ill-equipped to deal with hybrid architecture. Vendors must offer better services but what exactly? In this report, use the reference architecture to discover which services and capabilities you should demand from vendors.
Posted: 25 Aug 2016 | Published: 25 Aug 2016

Embotics

Your Top Reasons To Use VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Migration to the cloud is inevitable and to prepare, it may be worth using a cloud service provider network to handle your critical workloads and applications. In this white paper, learn how a global network of cloud service providers can minimize risk and cost of ownership and facilitate a smoother transition to the cloud.
Posted: 24 Aug 2016 | Published: 24 Aug 2016

VMware

Shadow IT, And What To Do About It.
sponsored by Embotics
WHITE PAPER: This insightful blog entry introduces a cloud management platform that will allow you to create a service catalog of standardized, approved systems, whether in the private, public or hybrid cloud allowing you to deliver business requirements quickly and cost effectively.
Posted: 22 Aug 2016 | Published: 08 Jul 2016

Embotics

Streaming Cloud Deployments
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: Cloud computing has evolved into a mandatory strategy for an agile, mobile and global business. Is there a way for organizations to seamlessly migrate workloads and create VMs in the cloud? Access this white paper to learn about a cloud network program that enables rapid, cost effective delivery of hybrid cloud services.
Posted: 19 Aug 2016 | Published: 19 Aug 2016

VMware

Data Sovereignty Challenges
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: As countries adopt their own unique data sovereignty laws, its important companies remain cognizant of where their data is stored to avoid international ramifications. In this brief infographic, learn about the projected growth of cloud, international data flow and key steps countries have taken to instate compliance measures for data access.
Posted: 17 Aug 2016 | Published: 17 Aug 2016

VMware

Compliance - The New Hot Button for CIOs
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: This informational white paper identifies the main purpose of compliance regulations, some of the risks that accompany enterprises who fail compliance audits, and reviews the best practices to ensure you have the right partner to meet your compliance requirements.
Posted: 16 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Jan 2016

VMware

A Proactive Approach to Avoiding Chaos in the Data Center
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover the ways a cloud management platform can take the pressure off of your data center, enabling seamless hybrid cloud performance. Learn how you can speed IT service delivery, improve efficiency, and more—all on one affordable unified platform.
Posted: 16 Aug 2016 | Published: 29 Apr 2016

VMware

The Benefits of Agentless Architecture
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: Discover in this white paper the top 12 benefits of implementing agentless IT architecture, utilizing an open source orchestration tool. Read on to learn to effectively manage systems by connecting to them over SSH, and employ a management tool that doesn't impose additional demands on your environment.
Posted: 10 Aug 2016 | Published: 10 Aug 2016

Red Hat

Cloud Adoption for Retail and Industry Verticals
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Cloud computing offers retailers the ability to accelerate time-to-market and enhancements that differentiate the customer experience. Access this white paper to discover why retailers are choosing cloud, and how you can pave the path to cloud adoption with 8 action items.
Posted: 30 Jun 2016 | Published: 31 Jul 2015

IBM

Lower TCO with VxRail Hyper-Converged
sponsored by Dell EMC Intel®
WHITE PAPER: This descriptive resource offers information on a new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance that provides a simple and cost effective solution for a wide variety of applications and workloads
Posted: 26 Sep 2016 | Published: 01 Aug 2016

Dell EMC Intel®

VCE VxRail ™ Appliance Cost and Maintenance Advantages
sponsored by Dell EMC Intel®
WHITE PAPER: This white paper breaks down eight key reasons for the move to hyper-converged appliances, how they can benefit your data center, as well as a comparison between this new system versus the benefits of older BYO systems. Also, engage in the results from a cost analyses and management complexity evaluation aimed to make the decision process easier.
Posted: 23 Sep 2016 | Published: 01 May 2016

Dell EMC Intel®

Unified Infrastructure Management for Databases: An Overview
sponsored by CA Technologies
WHITE PAPER: Discover unified database infrastructure management that delivers comprehensive monitoring across multiple database servers, as well as will uncover performance bottlenecks. Access now to ensure database integrity with a solution that supports Oracle, IBM DB2, SQL Server, Sybase, and IBM Informix.
Posted: 23 Sep 2016 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

CA Technologies

EMC Converged Platforms: VxRail Appliance
sponsored by Dell EMC Intel®
WHITE PAPER: This informational white paper identifies the top ten factors driving the deployment of hyper-converged technology solutions, as well as introduces an appliance that brings together compute, storage, and virtualization in a single infrastructure. Read on to learn more about this fundamental industry solution.
Posted: 22 Sep 2016 | Published: 01 Aug 2016

Dell EMC Intel®

Deepen Visibility into Cloud and Hybrid IT with Unified Infrastructure Management
sponsored by CA Technologies
WHITE PAPER: Learn why it's recommended your organization extends the visibility of existing infrastructure tools with a unified, hybrid IT monitoring platform—providing visibility into traditional and next-generation technologies. Read on to take a unified approach to IT ops, and monitor all hybrid cloud, software-defined, and converged environments.
Posted: 07 Sep 2016 | Published: 30 Jun 2016

CA Technologies

Selecting a Building Management System (BMS) for Sites with a Data Center or IT Room
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides guidance for IT professionals who are selecting software tools to manage the power and cooling infrastructure at sites with mission critical IT. Also, read on to learn the importance of cooperation, information sharing, and integration with other management systems within the data center.
Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Aug 2016

Schneider Electric

Digital Remote Monitoring and How it Changes Data Center Operations and Maintenance
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: This informational white paper explains seven trends that are describing next-gen data center monitoring, its benefits, and the requirements to attain these benefits in the future.
Posted: 29 Aug 2016 | Published: 01 Aug 2016

Schneider Electric

Massive Data Sets Are No Match for Powered-Up Data Centers
sponsored by Intel Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Deriving insight from big data is growing as a success factor. Access this white paper to discover how to speed up your data center's analysis. Learn how three big name companies came together to provide a tool, find out what they came up with, and see whether it's a good fit for your organization.
Posted: 26 Aug 2016 | Published: 26 Aug 2016

Intel Corporation

Delivering Enterprise Value with Service Management
sponsored by ServiceNow
WHITE PAPER: This IDC Research report provides an analysis of the business value that 10 businesses are achieving with cloud-based IT service management services. Read on to increase service management productivity across your business by automating repeatable processes, and more.
Posted: 20 Jun 2016 | Published: 31 Mar 2015

ServiceNow
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DATA CENTERS DEFINITION (continued): … A data center (sometimes spelled datacenter) is a centralized repository, either physical or virtual, for the storage, management, and dissemination of data and information organized around a particular body of knowledge or pertaining to a particular business. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), for example, is a public data center that maintains the world's largest archive of weather information. A private data center may exist within an organization's facilities or may be maintained as a specialized facility. According to Carrie Higbie, of Global Network Applications, every organization has a data center, although it might be referred to as a server room or even a computer closet. In that sense, data center may be synonymous with network operations center (NOC), a restricted access area containing automated systems that constantly monitor server activity, Web traffic, and network performance.
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