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ALSO CALLED: Service Level Agreements, SLAs
DEFINITION: A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract between a network service provider and a customer that specifies, usually in measurable terms, what services the network service provider will furnish. Many Internet service providers (ISP)s provide their customers with an SLA. More recently, IS departments in major enterprises have adopted the idea of writing a service level agreement so that services  … 
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Presentation Transcript: Backing Up Virtual Servers
sponsored by Dell Compellent
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: The implementation of server virtualization has strongly impacted the backup process. Read this transcript of a Q & A with backup expert Mark Bowker to learn more.
Posted: 20 May 2011 | Published: 20 May 2011

Dell Compellent

Integrated service management and cloud computing:More than just technology best friends
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This paper defines key aspects of integrated service management and cloud computing and describes their symbiotic relationship.
Posted: 19 May 2011 | Published: 01 Sep 2010

IBM

VMware vFabric™ Hyperic® Flexible Monitoring Helps High-Growth Managed Hosting Provider Meet Tough Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
sponsored by VMware, Inc.
CASE STUDY: Read this case study to learn how VMware vFabric Hyperic helped managed hosting provider Contegix, manage infrastructure from an application point of view, improve the service level of its infrastructure, exceed customer expectations, and more.
Posted: 21 Apr 2011 | Published: 21 Apr 2011

VMware, Inc.

The Five Essential Elements of Application Performance Monitoring
sponsored by Dell Software
EBOOK: In The Five Essential Elements of Application Performance Monitoring, author and renowned business technology expert Don Jones discusses an Application Performance Monitoring (APM) approach that helps businesses improve application performance from the perspective of the business and the end user.
Posted: 13 Apr 2011 | Published: 13 Apr 2011

Dell Software

Getting the Most Out of ERP: Cost reduction tips and fast payback projects
sponsored by IQMS
EGUIDE: In this eGuide, get expert tips for reducing support and maintenance costs, and read about fast payback projects to help you get the most you can out of your ERP applications.
Posted: 08 Apr 2011 | Published: 08 Apr 2011

IQMS

Solution Brief: IBM InfoSphere Optim solutions for custom and packaged applications
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: IBMInfoSphere Optim solutions for custom and packaged applications help companies align application data management with critical business objectives. With a single, consistent technology you can manage, retain and control enterprise application data.
Posted: 05 Apr 2011 | Published: 05 Apr 2011

IBM

Solution Brief: IBM InfoSphere Optim Data Growth Solution Solution Brief
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Manage continued data growth to drive business results: Align application performance with business processes to meet service levels Segregate inactive application data from current activity and safely move it to a secure archive Archive, manage and retail.
Posted: 05 Apr 2011 | Published: 05 Apr 2011

IBM

Overcoming Five Key Challenges to Successful Virtualization
sponsored by Dell Software
WHITE PAPER: In this new Quest Software white paper, learn about the five common challenges to a successful virtualization project – and how to solve each one. See how to ensure your company’s virtualization project is successful before AND after implementation. Read this white paper today.
Posted: 29 Mar 2011 | Published: 29 Mar 2011

Dell Software

Hybrid Cloud Scenarios for Backup and Recovery
sponsored by i365, makers of Evault
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: In this presentation transcript, Lauren Whitehouse will discuss and answer the toughest questions for storage pros considering a strategy. She will also talk about cloud infrastructure and how it impacts on backup and recovery. Continue reading to learn how organizations are using the cloud for backup and recovery.
Posted: 21 Mar 2011 | Published: 21 Mar 2011

i365, makers of Evault

New Intelligence for a Smarter Planet: Driving Business Optimization with IBM Analytic Solutions ebook
sponsored by IBM
EBOOK: On a Smarter Planet, Leveraging Information is critical to achieve the insights needed in today's businesses.  This book was written to describe New Intelligence for our customers and how IBM InfoSphere Warehousing and Smart System Analytics solutions contribute to a Smarter Planet.
Posted: 17 Mar 2011 | Published: 17 Mar 2011

IBM

E-Guide: Managed Services FAQ
sponsored by Pillar Data Systems
EGUIDE: In this FAQ guide Erick Simpson, managed services expert, vice president and CIO of Intelligent Enterprise and MSP University, examines what should be included in a managed services agreement, popular pricing models for managed services providers, how to market managed services, and more.
Posted: 07 Mar 2011 | Published: 07 Mar 2011

Pillar Data Systems

What Every Enterprise Should Know About Cloud Computing and eDiscovery
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper offers guidelines for evaluating cloud service providers and for defining SLAs that meet the business and IT goals of cloud computing as well as the legal re­quirements for eDiscovery.
Posted: 25 Feb 2011 | Published: 25 Feb 2011

Proofpoint, Inc.

The Five Critical SLA Questions
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: SLAs are critical tools that can help ensure appropriate performance. And the use of SLAs as part of the service delivery management process is on the rise. If you’re going to succeed, you’ll have to do your homework. This paper identifies the five critical steps you should take before you define your Service Level Agreements.
Posted: 24 Feb 2011 | Published: 24 Feb 2011

IBM

Taking a Business Centric Approach to Service Level Compliance
sponsored by Neverfail Group Limited
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses why it is imperative that Service Level Agreements (SLA) are defined from a business centric perspective and that the most appropriate solution is employed, to ensure that service availability can be delivered enabling compliance with the SLA.
Posted: 14 Feb 2011 | Published: 14 Feb 2011

Neverfail Group Limited

Skip the Disk
sponsored by Iron Mountain
WHITE PAPER: The demand for data storage is exploding, which is driving up costs, amplifying the risks of data loss or exposure, and complicating plans for disaster recovery. At the same time, mid-sized enterprises are migrating away from tape backup. They are learning to skip the disk. Read on to learn how skipping the disk can help you.
Posted: 27 Jan 2011 | Published: 27 Jan 2011

Iron Mountain

Web User Experience: Common Indicators for Business and IT Collaboration
sponsored by Dell Software
WHITE PAPER: This paper discusses how to bridge the gap in user experience management (UEM) between business stakeholders and IT by helping each group better understand both perspectives on the user experience. It describes the most common UEM indicators and what they mean to both the business and IT. 
Posted: 29 Dec 2010 | Published: 27 Dec 2010

Dell Software

Your Backup Is Not an Archive
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Data growth, budget pressure, rising service-level requirements, and new technologies like virtualization strain the capabilities of traditional backup and recovery processes, but recent advances in data protection and management unlock an optimized strategy. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 27 Dec 2010 | Published: 27 Dec 2010

Symantec Corporation

Realize Comprehensive Benefits of Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
DATA SHEET: Hitachi Data Systems Global Services can help transform your data center and experience the maximum value of your Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform. Read on to learn about the ability to increase value and service levels to business, as well as reduce costs and risks with Hitachi Data Systems Global Services.
Posted: 22 Dec 2010 | Published: 21 Dec 2010

Hitachi Data Systems

The Evolution of the Data Center and the Role of Virtualized Infrastructure and Unified 3D Management
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
ANALYST REPORT: In this paper IDC examines Hitachi's new Virtual Storage Platform and Command Suite management software and explains how they speed the benefits of virtualization and dramatically improve the management of the infrastructure while modernizing the storage architecture.
Posted: 22 Dec 2010 | Published: 21 Dec 2010

Hitachi Data Systems

Why Service Level Management is Mission Critical for all IT Service Providers
sponsored by Autotask Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Service Level Management is the process of setting benchmarks for service level performance, measuring that performance and ensuring compliance with your service goals and your customers' expectations. Read this whitepaper to learn how to make the most of your Service Level Management (SLM) tools.
Posted: 10 Dec 2010 | Published: 10 Dec 2010

Autotask Corporation

Virtualization eGuide
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
EGUIDE: 76 of the Fortune 100 trust their data to Hitachi Data Systems, shouldn’t you? The following e-guide showcases how easy it can be to implement virtualization, tiered storage and software to deliver significant economic benefits to the organization.
Posted: 02 Dec 2010 | Published: 02 Dec 2010

Hitachi Data Systems

A Practical Guide to Understanding and Deploying Cloud for the Enterprise
sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems
WHITE PAPER: While the promise of cloud is heady, there is confusion about the different types of cloud, what they actually offer, and which will meet stringent business requirements. Knowing when and how best to deploy cloud is critical. This paper focuses on separating the hype of cloud from the “how to”.
Posted: 01 Dec 2010 | Published: 01 Dec 2010

Hitachi Data Systems

IBM Tivoli System Automation Application Manager
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: IBM Tivoli® System Automation Application Manager offers unsurpassed capabilities designed to help meet high levels of availability for mission-critical composite business applications, reduce unplanned downtime, improve business flexibility, and meet strict SLAs across complex heterogeneous environments. Read on to learn more.
Posted: 25 Oct 2010 | Published: 24 Jun 2010

IBM

Is Your Load Balancer Cloud-Ready?
sponsored by Citrix
WHITE PAPER: Build a Cloud computing infrastructure with maximum availability, performance and security. This white paper shows how you can support public, private or hybrid Cloud configurations, scale app delivery, and support multi-tenant environments with the best load balancing technology.
Posted: 14 Oct 2010 | Published: 14 Oct 2010

Citrix

BSM in the Cloud with Forrester Research, Part 1: Managing an End-to-End View Made Simple
sponsored by Novell, Inc.
WEBCAST: Take advantage of the flexibility and cost reductions virtualizing your environment brings. Remove the risk of a service impacting event and enjoy further cost reductions in management of your virtualized environment. Watch this Novell webcast to learn more.
Posted: 12 Oct 2010 | Premiered: Oct 12, 2010

Novell, Inc.
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SLA DEFINITION (continued): …  for their customers (users in other departments within the enterprise) can be measured, justified, and perhaps compared with those of outsourcing network providers.Some metrics that SLAs may specify include: What percentage of the time services will be available The number of users that can be served simultaneouslySpecific performance benchmarks to which actual performance will be periodically comparedThe schedule for notification in advance of network changes that may affect usersHelp desk response time for various classes of problemsDial-in access availabilityUsage statistics that will be provided. … 
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