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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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IT Project ANZ: Managing datacentre growth
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
EGUIDE: The datacentre market is in the midst of an unprecedented period of growth, driven by enterprise and consumer demand for cloud, internet-based services and connected devices. We explore the strategies organisations in Australia/New Zealand are adopting to meet this demand including software-defined environments, cloud bursting and cloud storage.
Posted: 14 Dec 2016 | Published: 15 Dec 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

Is Your Business Keeping up with Key Technology Needs?
sponsored by Pluralsight
WHITE PAPER: This white paper focuses on key factors - cloud, mobile, security, networking, data communications, and data center infrastructures – that can be uniquely positioned to help your organization. Access now and learn about an on online training library that strongly support Gartner's top investment priorities for information technology.
Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | Published: 01 Oct 2016

Pluralsight

How Unilever Spreads IT Innovation
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
EZINE: In this week's Computer Weekly, we find out how consumer goods giant Unilever has changed its thinking about IT to support a global digital transformation. The UK boss of Hewlett Packard Enterprise assesses progress after the first year since HP split in two. And we examine how software development is changing in the enterprise. Read the issue now.
Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | Published: 22 Nov 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

Demystifying storage performance metrics
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
EGUIDE: We walk you through the key storage metrics you need to know about, look at how storage array makers present them in their product literature, and how to decode IOPS, latency and read/write performance figures.
Posted: 16 Nov 2016 | Published: 16 Nov 2016

ComputerWeekly.com

FlexPod: The Ideal Architecture for the Modern Data Center
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
EBOOK: This eBook not only addresses an infrastructure solution that has the ability to accelerate application deployment, permit challenging workloads to reach their full potential, enable mission-critical applications to scale easily and cost effectively, and deliver pre-valitdated architectures that are optimized for core business applications.
Posted: 11 Nov 2016 | Published: 01 Oct 2016

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Converged vs Hyperconverged Infrastructure: Why Convergence Is Right for You
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper reveals the nature of these two factors and how each one holds up with both converged and hyperconverged systems in order for you to make an educated decision about which one should be implemented in your data center.
Posted: 11 Nov 2016 | Published: 01 Oct 2016

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Ten Reasons to Consider a Hyper-Converged Data Center
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, learn the top 10 reasons why it's time to upgrade to a hyper-converged data center. Stop dealing with the limits of antiquated data center infrastructure now.
Posted: 30 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Disaster Recovery Policies for Hyper-Converged Infrastructures
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: Disaster recovery is essential for mission-critical workload, and a hyper-converged infrastructure can simplify this requirement. Discover three fundamental tasks you must consider when planning, implementing and executing your hyper-converged disaster recovery policy and business continuity plans.
Posted: 29 Dec 2016 | Published: 28 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

6 Ways to Class Up Your Data Center Switches
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, experts point out the differences between the best data center-class switch products to give you an idea of which option is best for you. Learn about six key criteria to consider when purchasing data center-class switches, including physical requirements, converging networks, and more.
Posted: 29 Dec 2016 | Published: 28 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

SDDC planning should focus on scalability, integration
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: Software-defined data centers rarely come together in an ideal manner: planning for achievable results is necessary for success. In this e-guide learn why scalability and integration are key to planning your SDDC and what building one customized to your needs will take.
Posted: 29 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Manage Your Data Center Operations More Efficiently
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide offers 10 professional tips to improve the management process of IT assets and IT support in your data center. Walk through these tips and see first-hand how they can improve upon the strategies you already have in your data center while also offering a fresh new perspective.
Posted: 28 Dec 2016 | Published: 18 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Software-defined Storage Enables Converged Data Center
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: In this eGuide, learn how software-defined storage (SDS) is impacting data center convergence, recommendations for IT leaders and find a list of SDS suppliers.
Posted: 27 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

How To Assess Contemporary Hyper-Converged Infrastructures
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, we help you evaluate the variety of configurations, features, and compatibility options offered by hyper-converged systems. Discover how contemporary hyper-converged systems have changed and explore their key features, like level of scalable performance, data protection, and more.
Posted: 27 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Are Software-Defined Data Centers the Next Frontier of Virtualization?
sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
EGUIDE: The word is out about software-defined data centers, but awareness isn't the same as understanding or acceptance. In this e-guide, Dan Kusnetzky, founder and principal analyst of market research firm Kusnetzky Group LLC, explores the new frontier that is SDDC and prepares you for your potential future.
Posted: 27 Dec 2016 | Published: 23 Dec 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Is It Time to Update Your Virtual Desktop Software?
sponsored by Citrix
EGUIDE: This informative e-guide helps to identify the fine line between keeping your organization's VDI software properly up to date and overzealously jumping on every chance to upgrade your technology. It offers a five step checklist to help uncover areas in which your organization is lacking, and how and if you can benefit from a VDI software update.
Posted: 16 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

Citrix

Recovering from Ransomware: Data Protection Strategy Guide
sponsored by Citrix
EGUIDE: With a constantly evolving IT landscape, the nature of disaster recovery planning is changing rapidly. Now, rather than just preparing for a natural disaster or manmade event, IT professionals must also be prepared to recover from ransomware and other cyberattacks. In this e-guide you will learn 2 quick steps for recovering from ransomware.
Posted: 12 Dec 2016 | Published: 07 Dec 2016

Citrix

Storage Networking Technology Steps Up to Performance Challenges
sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®
EGUIDE: Storage network technology is changing and speed is the name of the game. To handle the burgeoning data growth, organizations require technology that can circumvent performance bottlenecks. This eguide discusses new storage technologies, such as fibre channel (FC) and NVM express (NVMe), designed to increase connectivity and minimize latency.
Posted: 12 Dec 2016 | Published: 06 Dec 2016

Dell EMC and Intel®

Why You Should Be Ready to Expand Your Current Virtual Environment to Adopt Hyperconvergence
sponsored by Lenovo
EGUIDE: This expert e-guide analyzes the main benefits that accompany a hyperconverged environment, as well as how to perform a solid business case by calculating the costs of migrating or integrating with your existing compute, storage and network facilities.See if you are ready to hyperconverge your architecture by answering these simple questions.
Posted: 09 Dec 2016 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

Lenovo

Picking the Best Approach for Hyperconverged Success
sponsored by SimpliVity
WHITE PAPER: This white paper provides an overview of two of the most popular approaches IT professionals should use to choosing the right service provider for their enterprises environment. Also, check out some of the main aspects to look for in an HCI solution.
Posted: 08 Dec 2016 | Published: 01 Nov 2016

SimpliVity

2016 State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure
sponsored by SimpliVity
WHITE PAPER: This white paper identifies the outcome that customers expect to see from a hyperconverged infrastructure solution, some of the expectations they may have, and how the reality of this solution might live up to them. Also, check out some of the reasons why customers are not considering hyperconverged infrastructures yet.
Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | Published: 01 Oct 2016

SimpliVity

Modern Infrastructure E-zine – November/December 2016
sponsored by SearchDataCenter.com
EZINE: In this month's Modern Infrastructure e-zine, take a look at the data management market and how you can equip your management infrastructure for the big data trend, how to prevent kernel breakouts and ensure the security of container-based workloads, strategies for simplifying today's data center networks, and more.
Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | Published: 17 Nov 2016

SearchDataCenter.com

How Data Center Infrastructure Management Software Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs
sponsored by Schneider Electric
WHITE PAPER: This white paper demonstrates, through a series of examples, how data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software tools can simplify operational processes, cut costs, and speed up information delivery. Read on to learn more and how to increase your data center's overall business value.
Posted: 15 Nov 2016 | Published: 01 Oct 2012

Schneider Electric

Top 10 Best Practises for Data Center Operations
sponsored by Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
EGUIDE: In this e-guide discover 10 best practices for managing your data center to keep it running in top-condition. Learn how to optimize your datacenter by regulating rack level capacity, working with the IT infrastructure tools you have, focusing on configuration management, and more by clicking inside.
Posted: 15 Nov 2016 | Published: 15 Nov 2016

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd

The SDN Charge and the New Role in Mobile Security
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
EGUIDE: Take a closer look at the benefits and challenges of an SDN-WAN and network function virtualization (NFV) deployment. Additionally, this guide illustrates SDN's new security methodologies, which are reshaping mobile security today.
Posted: 14 Nov 2016 | Published: 11 Nov 2016

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Determine Which Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Service Provider is right for your SDDC
sponsored by Stratoscale
EGUIDE: This expert eGuide focuses on some of the main features an effective HCI should have including simplicity, intelligibility, as well as the costs and support capabilities to look for from service providers. It also introduces a HCI that offer compute, storage and network virtualization, along with a database management system.
Posted: 11 Nov 2016 | Published: 06 Nov 2016

Stratoscale
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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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