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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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TechTips: How to Get Started with VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery
sponsored by CDW Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Download this exclusive whitepaper now for 10 tech tips for setting up a successful disaster recovery service.
Posted: 06 Nov 2014 | Published: 06 Nov 2014

CDW Corporation

Scaling SaaS Delivery for Long-Term Success
sponsored by Equinix
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines the key considerations for choosing a data center provider. You'll get tips on finding a partner that offers multi-cloud capabilities to meet your mission-critical service needs. It's time to explore your alternatives for service delivery and start to capitalize on today's market opportunities. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 06 Nov 2014 | Published: 06 Nov 2014

Equinix

Starting the Journey to Managed Infrastructure Services - A Guide to Selecting Initial Workloads for Migration
sponsored by Rackspace
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive whitepaper details how managed infrastructure services can help IT keep up with the next-generation IT models organizations are adopting.
Posted: 05 Nov 2014 | Published: 19 Jun 2014

Rackspace

BlueMix represents the next step in the transformation of IBM’s cloud offering
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Get expert analysis of IBM Bluemix, the next-generation cloud platform based on Open Cloud Architecture.
Posted: 05 Nov 2014 | Published: 16 Jun 2014

IBM

Top 10 Key Elements for Leading Edge Service Management
sponsored by Monitor 24-7
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to get the top 10 key elements required from your application which will provide a flexible service management framework capable of operating your way. You'll learn how you can improve your customer-facing functions with a simple set of service management tools.
Posted: 04 Nov 2014 | Published: 15 Oct 2014

Monitor 24-7

Bringing Automation to the Datacenter
sponsored by Veeam Software
WHITE PAPER: Explore this in-depth white paper to find out how automation in the data center addresses common problems and brings many advantages, like efficiency.
Posted: 03 Nov 2014 | Published: 03 Nov 2014

Veeam Software

Data Centre Projects: System Planning
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to examine a methodology for planning your data center project that's designed to improve the quality and speed of the results. You'll learn how basing your planning around 4 tasks will allow you to ensure that the right people are able to make the right decisions in the right order to maximize efficiency.
Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Oct 2014

Schneider Electric

Types of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers
sponsored by APC by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: This white paper classifies the different types of prefabricated data centres to inform you what components are included in each. Download this informative guide to gain insight into which modular data centre may be right for your business.
Posted: 30 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Sep 2014

APC by Schneider Electric

Why cloud backup? Top 10 reasons
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Limited
WHITE PAPER: Access this whitepaper for 10 reasons to move to the cloud for data backup and storage.
Posted: 29 Oct 2014 | Published: 01 Apr 2013

Hewlett-Packard Limited

Why Simplivity OmniCube for Microsoft Exchange
sponsored by SimpliVity
WHITE PAPER: Access this concise resource that unveils the common challenges with Microsoft Exchange, and how you can overcome them with a hyperconverged infrastructure that delivers the economies of scale of a cloud computing model while still ensuring enterprise IT performance and resiliency for virtual workloads.
Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | Published: 23 Oct 2014

SimpliVity

How to virtualize business critical applications
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Business-critical applications that need to be up and running require greater levels of resilience and recoverability. Symantec ApplicationHA helps you create a resilient VMware environment to deliver effective business services to your end users with virtual machine restart as well as application level monitoring and restart.
Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | Published: 11 Oct 2012

Symantec Corporation

Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service
sponsored by CenturyLink Technology Solutions
WHITE PAPER: The market for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (a virtual data center of compute, storage and network resources delivered as a service) is still maturing and evolving. Get insights from Gartner's Magic Quadrant.
Posted: 23 Oct 2014 | Published: 28 May 2014

CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Symantec NetBackup 7.6 Benchmark Comparison
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In this report, we'll present the results of a 3rd party benchmark test that looks into how a few of the most respected solutions out there fared across five very real-world test scenarios to determine who really is the King of Scale. Read the benchmark report to learn more.
Posted: 22 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

Symantec Corporation

HP Answers SMBs’ Data Protection Needs Through Simply StoreIT Offerings
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Limited
WHITE PAPER: View this white paper to learn more about the needs of small and medium sized businesses for enterprise-quality data protection. It also examines the Hewlett-Packard data protection portfolio desiged to address those needs.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 21 Oct 2014

Hewlett-Packard Limited

Assessing Trends In the Collaboration Services Market
sponsored by Cisco & Fujitsu
WHITE PAPER: Access this in-depth survey of 631 senior IT decision-makers to get an evaluation of the global collaboration services market. Read on to learn how cloud computing will affect collaboration services adoption and how collaboration services can accelerate your business results.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

Cisco & Fujitsu

Executive Brief: Putting Big Data to Work in the Cloud - 5 Key Success Factors
sponsored by CenturyLink Technology Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive whitepaper explores five key factors for running Big Data in the cloud.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 21 Oct 2014

CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Enterprise Cloud Provider Checklist
sponsored by CenturyLink Technology Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive checklist explores what you should look for in an enterprise-class cloud provider.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 21 Oct 2014

CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Getting Real about Performance in the Cloud
sponsored by CenturyLink Technology Solutions
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive whitepaper explores how to ensure that your cloud performance is up to your needs.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 21 Oct 2014

CenturyLink Technology Solutions

Time for a New Colocation Provider? 5 Ways to Know for Sure
sponsored by Iron Mountain
WHITE PAPER: Your data center colocation choices are of the utmost importance. The wrong choice can put you at risk of downtime, exceeding capacity, unsuccessful disaster recovery, or regulatory noncompliance. Access this resource to learn the 5 ways to know if it's time to search for a new colocation provider.
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 | Published: 20 Oct 2014

Iron Mountain

ATC Test Labs - Multi-Vendor Showcase Designed to Simplify the Complex
sponsored by NetApp and WWT
WHITE PAPER: This multi-vendor showcase is designed to offload expensive and time-consuming internal test processes and assist in solution development. Read on to find out more about flash storage use cases and benefits.
Posted: 20 Oct 2014 | Published: 20 Oct 2014

NetApp and WWT

Making the Right Flash Memory Storage Array Buying Decision: HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This resource highlights a next-gen, all-flash storage array architecture that delivers the performance that flash has to offer and facilitates the non-disruptive introduction of real-time, inline deduplication into production environments as well other necessary storage management technologies to optimize available flash capacity.
Posted: 17 Oct 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

Hewlett-Packard Company

OpenStack: The Platform of Choice for Cloud
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: This infographic is the outcome of an IDG Connect survey of 200 US enterprise decision makers that includes adoption plans for OpenStack, the platform of choice for private cloud development and deployment.
Posted: 17 Oct 2014 | Published: 06 Jun 2014

Red Hat

IBM System x x86 servers: Earning consistently high customer satisfaction through strength in hardware and support services
sponsored by Lenovo and Intel
WHITE PAPER: This white paper details the value of an exceptional support team.
Posted: 17 Oct 2014 | Published: 01 Aug 2013

Lenovo and Intel

IBM System x3650 M4 HD Optimized for High-Density Storage, Reliability, Availability
sponsored by Lenovo and Intel
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper covers a server solution to help you stay up with the demands that are coming from many industry trends.
Posted: 17 Oct 2014 | Published: 16 Oct 2013

Lenovo and Intel

Desktop as a Service is Gaining Ground
sponsored by NaviSite
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores the top reasons to migrate to a DaaS or VDI environment center around data security and BYOD, and reveals the lasting impact on security.
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 | Published: 01 Jul 2014

NaviSite
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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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