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User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity
This whitepaper has been authored by experts at Liquidware Labs in order to provide guidance to adopters of desktop virtualization technologies. In this paper, we outline how ProfileUnity was designed to address many of the shortcomings of Roaming Profiles, and basic profile management tools that are just a step away from roaming profiles, in managing user profiles and user-authored data over multiple desktop platforms, including physical upgrades and refreshes, Windows migrations and more.
User Profile Management on Microsoft Windows desktops continues to provide challenges.  Most Administrators find that Roaming Profiles and even Microsoft UEV generally fall short due to several factors. Profile Corruption, Lack of Customization, and lack of Enterprise Features are just some of the top shortcomings of Microsoft Windows profile management with these options.

Basic tools such as roaming profiles do not support a mixed operating environment, therefore it does not allow users to move among desktops with mixed profile versions, e.g. Windows 7, Windows 10, Server2008, 2012 r2, etc.

The lack of support of mixed OS versions makes Microsoft profile management methods a serious hindrance when upgrading/migrating operating systems. Microsoft profile management tools also only support very limited granular management, so admins do not have the ability to exclude bloated areas of a user profile or to include files and registry keys outside of the profile. Profile bloat is one of the number one reasons for long logon times on Windows desktops.

Most organizations who will upgrade from a previous Windows® OS, such as Windows 7, to Windows 10, will want the flexibility to move at their own pace and upgrade machines on a departmental or ‘as needed’ basis.  As a result, management of Microsoft profiles and migration become a huge challenge for these environments because neither operation is seamlessly supported or functional between the two operating systems.  

A user’s profile consists of nearly everything needed to provide a personalized user experience within Windows.  If one could separate out the user profile from Windows and enable dynamic profiles that can adapt to any Windows OS version, several advantages can be realized:
  • User state can be stored separately and delivered just-in-time to enable workers to roam from workspace to workspace
  • Users’ profiles can co-exist in mixed OS environments or automatically migrate from one OS to the next, making OS upgrades easy and essentially irrelevant during a point-in-time upgrade
  • Integral policies and self-managed settings, such as local and network printer management, as well as security policies, can be readily restored in the event of a PC failure or loss (disaster recovery)
Given the growing complexity and diversity of Windows desktops technologies, today’s desktop administrators are looking for better ways to manage user profiles across the ever-increasing spectrum of desktop platforms available. In this whitepaper, we will cover the issues inherent with Roaming Profiles and how ProfileUnity addresses these issues.
Performance Monitoring for Your Citrix Infrastructure - Considerations & Checklist
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures
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Numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items comprise today’s complex Citrix infrastructures and all can affect the user experience. At any given time, one or more of these components may fail or experience an issue and service organizations spend a significant amount of time and effort diving into each of the various components in order to properly address and resolve problems.

Download this white paper to get a comprehensive checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures. Jo Harder, Application and Desktop Virtualization Analyst, details a checklist for importance level and vendor consideration broken out into the following categories:

  • Monitoring of all Datacenter Components
  • Monitoring of User Experience
  • Monitoring of Citrix Key Performance Indicators
  • Administration and Reporting
  • Monitoring System Functionality
  • Vendor Support and Product Development
FSLogix Lab Installation Guide for Azure
This document contains the steps required to install a Proof-of-Concept (POC) environment for RDSH Full Desktop with FSLogix Apps. POC environments created according to this install guide can be used to test applications controlled by FSLogix Apps in a reproducible way. We build the environment in the cloud in order to minimize costs associated with required hardware, and to streamline the build process. The testing environment is built entirely in Azure and contains an IaaS RDSH deployment incl

This document contains the steps required to install a Proof-of-Concept (POC) environment for RDSH Full Desktop with FSLogix Apps.  POC environments created according to this install guide can be used to test applications controlled by FSLogix Apps in a reproducible way.  We build the environment in the cloud in order to minimize costs associated with required hardware, and to streamline the build process.

The testing environment is built entirely in Azure and contains an IaaS RDSH deployment including the supporting network and domain infrastructure.  A non-Azure based client component accesses the RDSH deployment.

The Definitive Guide to Monitoring Virtual Environments
The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual env

OVERVIEW

The virtualization of physical computers has become the backbone of public and private cloud computing from desktops to data centers, enabling organizations to optimize hardware utilization, enhance security, support multi-tenancy and more. These environments are complex and ephemeral, creating requirements and challenges beyond the capability of traditional monitoring tools that were originally designed for static physical environments. But modern solutions exist, and can bring your virtual environment to new levels of efficiency, performance and scale.

This guide explains the pervasiveness of virtualized environments in modern data centers, the demand these environments create for more robust monitoring and analytics solutions, and the keys to getting the most out of virtualization deployments.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

·        History and Expansion of Virtualized Environments

·        Monitoring Virtual Environments

·        Approaches to Monitoring

·        Why Effective Virtualization Monitoring Matters

·        A Unified Approach to Monitoring Virtualized Environments

·        5 Key Capabilities for Virtualization Monitoring

o   Real-Time Awareness

o   Rapid Root-Cause Analytics

o   End-to-End Visibility

o   Complete Flexibility

o   Hypervisor Agnosticism

·        Evaluating a Monitoring Solution

o   Unified View

o   Scalability

o   CMDB Support

o   Converged Infrastructure

o   Licensing

·        Zenoss for Virtualization Monitoring

App-V and FSLogix File Type Association Management
Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, provides a concise, visual guide in order to show the precise steps for managing file type associations (FTAs) when using App-V with FSLogix.

A concise, visual guide to implementing file type associations when using App-V with FSLogix. Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses this white paper to show the precise steps for managing file type associations (FTAs) when using App-V with FSLogix. As an example for managing the file type associations for App-V packages, Duncan Murdoch demonstrates the ease of this process with Adobe DC and FOX-IT Reader as published applications. With a couple quick steps and a single FSLogix rule, the proper FTAs are put in place for the desired default .pdf application.

UNC Health Care Leverages IGEL in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Deployment
UNC Health Care selected IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) for simplicity, cost-savings and security. This document outlines key findings on how IGEL helps organizations manage entire fleets of thin clients from a single console. In addition, you will see how IGEL Universal Desktop Converter provides IT organizations with the flexibility they need to convert any compatible thin client, desktop or laptop computer into an IGEL thin client solution, wi

UNC Health Care selects IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC) and IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) for simplicity, cost-savings and security.

“The need to provide users with access to their desktops from any device anywhere, anytime is driving a growing number of IT organizations to migrate toward VDI environments,” said Simon Clephan, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, IGEL. “One of the key advantages that IGEL brings to the table is the simplicity that comes from being able to manage an entire fleet of thin clients from a single console. Additionally, the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter provides IT organizations with the flexibility they need to convert any compatible thin client, desktop or laptop computer into an IGEL thin client solution, without having to make an upfront investment in new hardware to support their virtualized infrastructures.” 

UNC Health Care selected the IGEL UDC and UMS software for its Citrix VDI deployment following a “bake-off” between thin client solutions. “IGEL won hands down due the simplicity and superiority of its management capabilities,” said James Cole, Technical Architect, UNC Health Care. “And, because the IGEL UDC software is designed to quickly and efficiently convert existing endpoint hardware into IGEL Linux OS-powered thin clients, we knew that by selecting the IGEL solution we would also realize a significant reduction in our capital expenditures.”

Since initiating the deployment of the IGEL UDC and UMS software, UNC Health Care has also experienced significant time savings. “Prior to deploying the IGEL UDC and UMS software, it took our team 25-30 minutes to create a virtual image on each system, not counting the personalization of the system for each use case, now that process takes less than 10 minutes, and even less time when converting the system to VDI roaming,” added Cole.

Additionally, the ease of integration between the IGEL UDC and IGEL UMS with Citrix XenDesktop and other solutions offered by Citrix Ecosystem partners, including Imprivata, has enabled secure access to the health care network’s Epic Systems’ Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.

The Cloudistics Composable Cloud Platform
Cloudistics delivers the 4th era of IT infrastructures, composable systems, that delivers the agility, scalability and ease of use of the public cloud, with the performance and control of on-premises infrastructure. Learn more from the expert Dr. Jai Menon, IBM Fellow, Dell CTO Emeritus, and Chief Scientist at Cloudistics – on the evolution of infrastructures and how Cloudistics delivers the next generation on-premises cloud.
From hyperconverged infrastructures to the public cloud, IT solutions continue to strive to simplify management and avoid the complexities and headaches of traditional infrastructures. However, infrastructures haven't been able to match the simplicity offered by the public cloud, and the public cloud haven't been able to match the performance of on-premises infrastructures.

Cloudistics delivers the 4th era of IT infrastructures, composable systems, that delivers the agility, scalability and ease of use of the public cloud, with the performance and control of on-premises infrastructure. Learn more from the expert Dr. Jai Menon, IBM Fellow, Dell CTO Emeritus, and Chief Scientist at Cloudistics - on the evolution of infrastructures and how Cloudistics delivers the next generation on-premises cloud.
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the SDDC solutions available today forgot about the most complex part of your infrastructure — the network. Network virtualization is critical to simplify application scaling and improve application performance without lengthy maintenance windows and potential security risks.

Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the SDDC solutions available today forgot about the most complex part of your infrastructure—the network.

Network virtualization is critical to simplify application scaling and improve application performance without lengthy maintenance windows and potential security risks.
 
In this whitepaper you will be introduced to Cloudistics Ignite’s Adaptive Overlay Network (AON) technology that provides the following benefits:
◦    Simplifies and automates network provisioning, avoiding manual errors common when dealing with physical networks, VLANs, etc.

  • Enables you to scale your business to multi-site locations without unnecessary costly hardware purchases and lengthy maintenance windows
  • Enables you to fine-tune your application’s performance and security through dedicated virtual networks that can be deployed in minutes

Natively built-into the Ignite platform, lowering costs by eliminating the need for 3rd party software and hardware

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Composable Systems
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th generation of IT infrastructure can transform your business.

Learn the benefits and limitations of  the 3 generations of IT infrastructure  – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th generation of IT infrastructure  – composable –  can transform your business. 

The composable infrastructure enables you to:

  • Tightly integrate server, storage, networking, virtualization, VM/container centric management and an application marketplace to create a high-speed infrastructure platform that includes everything needed to run applications out of the box – a single silo platform
  • Easily and independently scale network, storage, and compute resources on-demand, making it possible to run a wide diversity of workloads

Manage your infrastructure from anywhere through a single SaaS management portal

Outlook Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix's Office 365 Containers
An Independent Remote End-User Experience Performance Benchmark. Published on: http://www.rdsgurus.com/outlook-performance-in-non-persistentenvironments-using-fslogixs-office-365-containers
RDS Gurus decided to run performance tests on Outlook in non-persistent environments using FSLogix’s Office 365 Container solution. The purpose was to illustrate the user experience of remote desktop users working in a Remote Desktop Services environment configured to use FSLogix Office 365 Containers relative to the typical user experience when using native RDS User Profile Disk technology. Their primary focus was to measure how performance degrades when multiple users are simultaneously working with Outlook (“noisy neighbor effect”).
OneDrive for Business Performance in Non-Persistent Environments Using FSLogix's Office 365 Containe
An Independent Remote End-User Experience Performance Benchmark. Published on: http://www.rdsgurus.com/onedrive-for-business-performance-in-nonpersistent-environments-using-fslogixs-office-365-containers/
This whitepaper addresses the issue described in Microsoft’s knowledge base article “OneDrive for Business sync app isn’t supported for client sessions that are hosted on Windows 2008 Terminal Services or Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)“, published at https://support.microsoft.com/enus/kb/2965687. This is also true for RDS running on Windows Server 2016. To gain access to OneDrive for Business files, the officially supported solution for Remote Desktop users is to utilize a web browser. But most remote desktop users want to be able to use OneDrive for Business like they do on local Windows desktops.
Austin Solution Provider Powers DaaS Offering with IGEL and Parallels
In 2014, Austin-based Trinsic Technologies introduced Anytime Cloud. Anytime Cloud is a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution designed to help SMB clients improve the end user computing experience and streamline business operations. Through Anytime Cloud, customers gain access to the latest cloud and virtualization technologies using IGEL thin clients with Parallels, a virtual application and desktop delivery software application.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Trinsic Technologies is a technology solutions provider focused on delivering managed IT and cloud solutions to SMBs since 2005.

In 2014, Trinsic introduced Anytime Cloud, a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) designed to help SMB clients improve the end user computing experience and streamline business operations. To support Anytime Cloud, the solution provider was looking for a desktop delivery and endpoint management solution that would fulfill a variety of different end user needs and requirements across the multiple industries it serves. Trinsic also wanted a solution that provided ease of management and robust security features for clients operating within regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services.

The solution provider selected the IGEL Universal Desktop (UD) thin clients, the IGEL Universal Desktop Converter (UDC), the IGEL OS and the IGEL Universal Management Suite. As a result, some of the key benefits Trinsic has experienced include ease of management and configuration, security and data protection, improved resource allocation and cost savings.

Secure Printing Using ThinPrint, Citrix and IGEL: Solution Guide
This solution guide outlines some of the regulatory issues any business faces when it prints sensitive material. It discusses how a Citrix-IGEL-ThinPrint bundled solution meets regulation criteria such as HIPAA standards and the EU’s soon-to-be-enacted General Data Protection Regulations without diminishing user convenience and productivity.

Print data is generally unencrypted and almost always contains personal, proprietary or sensitive information. Even a simple print request sent from an employee may potentially pose a high security risk for an organization if not adequately monitored and managed. To put it bluntly, the printing processes that are repeated countless times every day at many organizations are great ways for proprietary data to end up in the wrong hands.

Mitigating this risk, however, should not impact the workforce flexibility and productivity print-anywhere capabilities deliver. Organizations seek to adopt print solutions that satisfy government-mandated regulations for protecting end users and that protect proprietary organizational data — all while providing a first-class desktop and application experience for users.

This solution guide outlines some of the regulatory issues any business faces when it prints sensitive material. It discusses how a Citrix-IGEL-ThinPrint bundled solution meets regulation criteria such as HIPAA standards and the EU’s soon-to-be-enacted General Data Protection Regulations without diminishing user convenience and productivity.

Finally, this guide provides high-level directions and recommendations for the deployment of the bundled solution.

Solution Guide for Sennheiser Headsets, IGEL Endpoints and Skype for Business on Citrix VDI
Topics: IGEL, Citrix, skype, VDI
Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

Virtualizing Windows applications and desktops in the data center or cloud has compelling security, mobility and management benefits, but delivering real-time voice and video in a virtual environment is a challenge. A poorly optimized implementation can increase costs and compromise user experience. Server scalability and bandwidth efficiency may be less than optimal, and audio-video quality may be degraded.

Enabling voice and video with a bundled solution in an existing Citrix environment delivers clearer and crisper voice and video than legacy phone systems. This solution guide describes how Sennheiser headsets combine with Citrix infrastructure and IGEL endpoints to provide a better, more secure user experience. It also describes how to deploy the bundled Citrix-Sennheiser-IGEL solution.

IGEL Software Platform Step by Step Getting Started Guide
Welcome to the IGEL Software Platform: Step-by-Step Getting Started Guide. The goal for this project is to provide you with the tools, knowledge, and understanding to download the IGEL Platform trial software and perform basic installation and configuration without being forced to read many manuals and numerous web support articles.

Welcome to the IGEL Software Platform: Step-by-Step Getting Started Guide. My goal for this project is to provide you with the tools, knowledge, and understanding to download the IGEL Platform trial software and perform basic installation and configuration without being forced to read many manuals and numerous web support articles.

This document will walk you, step-by-step, through what is required for you to get up and running in a proof-of-concept or lab scenario. When finished, you will have a fully working IGEL End-Point Management Platform consisting of the IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS), IGEL Cloud Gateway (ICG) and at least one IGEL OS installed, connected and centrally managed! 

Ovum: Igel's Security Enhancements for Thin Clients
Thin client vendor Igel is enhancing the security capabilities of its products, both under its own steam and in collaboration with technology partners. Ovum sees these developments as important for the next wave of thin client computing, which will be software-based – particularly if the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) market is to take off.

With hardware-based thin client shipments in the region of 4–5 million units annually, this market is still a drop in the ocean compared to the 270 million PCs shipping each year, though the latter figure has been declining since 2011. And within the thin client market, Igel is in fourth place behind Dell and HP (each at around 1.2 million units annually) and China’s Centerm, which only sells into its home market.

However, the future for thin clients looks bright, in that the software-based segment of the market  (which some analyst houses refuse to acknowledge) is expanding, particularly for Igel. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology has stimulated this growth, but the greatest promise is probably in the embryonic DaaS market, whereby enterprises will have standard images for their workforce hosted by service providers.

The Next Generation Clusterless Federation Design in the Cloudistics Cloud Platform
Is there another way to manage your VMs? Yes, the introduction of the Cloudistics Cloud Platform has an innovative approach – non-clustered (or clusterless) federated design.The clusterless federation of the Cloudistics Cloud platform uses categories and tags to characterize computer nodes, migration zones, and storage groups (or blocks). With these benefits: ⦁ Node Limits Are A Thing of the Past. ⦁ Locking limitations are removed. ⦁ Flexibility is Enhanced. ⦁ Ladders of Latency are Removed. ⦁

This paper is written in the context of modern virtualized infrastructures, such as VMware or Nutanix. In such systems, a hypervisor runs on each compute node creating multiple virtual machines (VMs) per compute node. A guest OS runs inside each VM.

Data associated with each VM is stored in one or more virtual disks (vDisks). A virtual disk appears like a local disk, but can be mapped to physical storage in many ways as we will discuss.

Virtualized infrastructures use clustering to provide for non-disruptive VM migration between compute nodes, for load balancing across the nodes, for sharing storage, and for high availability and failover. Clustering is well known and has been used to build
computer systems for a long time. However, in the context of virtualized infrastructures, clustering has a number of significant limitations. Specifically, as we explain below, clusters limit scalability, decrease resource efficiency, hurt performance, reduce flexibility and impair manageability.

In this paper, we will present an innovative alternative architecture that does not have these limitations of clustering. We call our new approach clusterless federation and it is the approach used in the Cloudistics platform.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we describe the limitations of clustering and in Section 3, we drive the point home by using the specific example of VMware; other virtualized systems are similar. In Section 4, we present the clusterless federated approach and show how it avoids the limitations of clustering. We summarize in Section 5.

Key Considerations for a Performance Monitoring Solution for your Citrix Infrastructure
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures.
Citrix environments incorporate numerous components as well as diverse back-end application elements and user-specific items – all complex variables that can affect the user experience. This white paper provides a checklist of monitoring-related criteria that should be considered as part of due diligence by enterprises and service providers to effectively manage the performance of their complex Citrix infrastructures.
5 Best Practices to Achieve Successful Migration to Citrix XenApp & XenDesktop 7.x
Citrix XenApp 6.5 is nearing its end-of-life and end-of-maintenance period. As organizations look to migrate to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x, they will be encountering many architectural, configuration, platform, and functionality changes. Read this eG Innovations white paper to learn five best practices that Citrix administration teams can use to ensure peak performance of the Citrix infrastructure during and after the migration to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x.
Citrix XenApp 6.5 is nearing its end-of-life and end-of-maintenance period. As organizations look to migrate to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x, they will be encountering many architectural, configuration, platform, and functionality changes. While many new features and enhancements have been introduced in 7.x, there are also some capabilities that were available in XenApp 6.5 and are no longer supported in 7.x (such as Citrix EdgeSight for performance monitoring). Despite all these changes, the success of the migration, ultimately, depends on ensuring outstanding performance and end-user experience in the new 7.x environment.

Read this eG Innovations white paper to learn five best practices that Citrix administration teams can use to ensure peak performance of the Citrix infrastructure during and after the migration to XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x.
Does Deploying Citrix in the Cloud Make Performance Monitoring Easier?
Organizations now have a variety of cloud-based options for delivering virtualized applications and desktops. Cloud deployments are fast, involve lower hardware footprint and simplify IT operations. A key question to answer in this context is whether Citrix Cloud services make performance monitoring easier than it was for on-premises deployments. Read this white paper and find out how to implement monitoring for Citrix Cloud environments.

The technology of cloud computing has caught up with virtual desktop infrastructures. Tapping into the agility and flexibility of cloud-hosted infrastructures, Citrix Cloud enables organizations to simplify digital workspace delivery. With many of the critical components of the Citrix delivery infrastructure hosted in the cloud and managed by Citrix, organizations can speed up deployment, lower hardware footprint, increase ROI, simplify IT operations. Despite the many benefits of Citrix Cloud, the performance management challenges still persist, just as they do in traditional on-premises Citrix deployments.

Read this eG Innovations white paper, and understand:

  • The two popular Citrix Cloud deployment options
  • Performance monitoring challenges in Citrix Cloud infrastructures
  • Stakeholders involved and their respective domains of responsibility
  • The various monitoring tools and options available
  • Best practices to set up performance monitoring
FlexApp Application Layering for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop
Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp delivers full Windows VDI, hosted session desktops, as well as applications to meet the demands of an expansive variety of use cases, allowing employees to access their apps, desktops and data without the limitations of traditional Windows desktop solutions.
Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp delivers full Windows VDI, hosted session desktops, as well as applications to meet the demands of an expansive variety of use cases, allowing employees to access their apps, desktops and data without the limitations of traditional Windows® desktop solutions. Citrix is known all over the world for its leading desktop solutions — for good reason: Citrix expertly solves Windows delivery and desktop challenges for customers. In order to make the Citrix desktop experience seamless for end users and desktop administrators, Citrix currently provides basic solutions that solve some longstanding Windows challenges in two key areas – User Profile Management and Application Layering. Liquidware Labs – a Citrix Ready Premier partner – also offers solutions that address the challenges of User Profile Management and Application Layering in Windows desktop environments. Our ProfileUnity solution offers full-featured User Environment Management (which encompasses User Profile Management). FlexApp, which can be integrated with ProfileUnity or used as a stand-alone solution, addresses the area of application layering. This paper initially covers the topics of profile management and user environment management, and then shifts focus to Application Layering. The purpose of this document is to outline the typical uses cases for the Citrix solutions, and then go on to explain when it is more appropriate to utilize the more sophisticated ProfileUnity with FlexApp solution to more completely address gaps in the desktop environment.
Citrix UPM and AppDisk Comparison to ProfileUnity and FlexApp
Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp delivers full Windows VDI, hosted session desktops, as well as applications to meet the demands of an expansive variety of use cases, allowing employees to access their apps, desktops and data without the limitations of traditional Windows desktop solutions.
Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp delivers full Windows VDI, hosted session desktops, as well as applications to meet the demands of an expansive variety of use cases, allowing employees to access their apps, desktops and data without the limitations of traditional Windows desktop solutions. Citrix is known all over the world for its leading desktop solutions — for good reason: Citrix expertly solves Windows delivery and desktop challenges for customers. In order to make the Citrix desktop experience seamless for end users and desktop administrators, Citrix currently provides basic solutions that solve some longstanding Windows challenges in two key areas – User Profile Management and Application Layering. Liquidware Labs – a Citrix Ready Premier partner – also offers solutions that address the challenges of User Profile Management and Application Layering in Windows desktop environments. Our ProfileUnity solution offers full-featured User Environment Management (which encompasses User Profile Management). FlexApp, which can be integrated with ProfileUnity or used as a stand-alone solution, addresses the area of application layering. This paper initially covers the topics of profile management and user environment management, and then shifts focus to Application Layering. The purpose of this document is to outline the typical uses cases for the Citrix solutions, and then go on to explain when it is more appropriate to utilize the more sophisticated ProfileUnity with FlexApp solution to more completely address gaps in the desktop environment.
Optimizing Performance for Office 365 and Large Profiles with ProfileUnity ProfileDisk
Managing Windows user profiles can be a complex and challenging process. Better profile management is usually sought by organizations looking to reduce Windows login times, accommodate applications that do not adhere to best practice application data storage, and to give users the flexibility to login to any Windows Operating System (OS) and have their profile follow them.

Managing Windows user profiles can be a complex and challenging process. Better profile management is usually sought by organizations looking to reduce Windows login times, accommodate applications that do not adhere to best practice application data storage, and to give users the flexibility to login to any Windows Operating System (OS) and have their profile follow them. Note that additional profile challenges and solutions are covered in a related ProfileUnity whitepaper entitled “User Profile and Environment Management with ProfileUnity.” To efficiently manage the complex challenges of today’s diverse Windows profile environments, Liquidware ProfileUnity exclusively features two user profile technologies that can be used together or separately depending on the use case.

These include:

1. ProfileDisk, a virtual disk based profile that delivers the entire profile as a layer from an attached user VHD or VMDK, and

2. Profile Portability, a file and registry based profile solution that restores files at login, post login, or based on environment triggers.

2018 Citrix Migration Trends - Industry Insights Report
With the end of maintenance of Citrix XenApp 6.5 approaching quickly (June 30, 2018), there is increased adoption of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x. eG Innovations and DABCC have conducted a joint survey across 795 Citrix professionals to understand this migration trend, challenges involved, and performance expectations. Read this survey analysis report to learn how organizations are gearing up for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x migration.

With the end of maintenance of Citrix XenApp 6.5 approaching quickly (June 30, 2018), there is increased adoption of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x. eG Innovations and DABCC have conducted a joint survey across 795 Citrix professionals to understand this migration trend, challenges involved, and performance expectations.

Read this survey analysis report and understand how the industry is gearing up for Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.x adoption:

  • The expectations from Citrix admins about the migration to XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x
  • Key factors driving adoption of 7.x
  • Challenges expected before, during and after migration
  • Citrix Cloud adoption trends
  • Performance management needs and concerns
How HC3 Lowers the Total Cost of Ownership
When considering a new IT infrastructure solution, the acquisition cost of the hardware and software to standup the infrastructure is only the starting point for cost analysis. It is important to look into the operational costs of deployment, training, licensing, scale out, downtime, and management. All of these considerations contribute to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the solution.
When considering a new IT infrastructure solution, the acquisition cost of the hardware and software to standup the infrastructure is only the starting point for cost analysis. It is important to look into the operational costs of deployment, training, licensing, scale out, downtime, and management. All of these considerations contribute to the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the solution.

This document will dive into the TCO of the Scale Computing HC3 infrastructure solution and discuss how it compares to traditional architecture models. The combined considerations of different areas of costs will give a broader and more complete picture of how HC3 affects IT costs. With a focus on serving small and midmarket IT, Scale Computing is committed to making virtualization infrastructure both accessible and affordable for any size organization.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure: A Brief Introduction
The term hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has become an industry buzzword that has been applied to a number of different new computing technologies. The misuse of the term has caused confusion for many IT professionals looking at HCI as an infrastructure solution. In this document we will shed some light on what HCI really means and why it might be the right IT solution for you.
The term hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has become an industry buzzword that has been applied to a number of different new computing technologies. The misuse of the term has caused confusion for many IT professionals looking at HCI as an infrastructure solution. In this document we will shed some light on what HCI really means and why it might be the right IT solution for you.
Disaster Recovery Strategies with Scale Computing
Disaster recovery is a concept that asks the question, “How can an organization survive and respond to a wide variety of threats ranging from small hiccups to catastrophic destruction?” The threats to ongoing operations range from human error to malicious attacks to natural disasters. Organizations need to prepare in ways that involve both human and technological response. Technology is an important part of any organization. At Scale Computing, we recognize that in today’s 24/7 marketplace, IT i
Disaster recovery is a concept that asks the question, “How can an organization survive and respond to a wide variety of threats ranging from small hiccups to catastrophic destruction?” The threats to ongoing operations range from human error to malicious attacks to natural disasters. Organizations need to prepare in ways that involve both human and technological response. Technology is an important part of any organization. At Scale Computing, we recognize that in today’s 24/7 marketplace, IT infrastructure must be both resilient and highly available to keep organizations operational.

In our HC3 architecture, keeping in mind our typical simplicity and ease of use, we have built-in a number of disaster recovery capabilities. These allow our users to recover quickly from a variety of disasters that may affect anywhere from a single file to an entire site. Disaster recovery is often planned for and measured in terms of recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). HC3 provides features to achieve both RPO and RTO measured in minutes to minimize both downtime and data loss.
High Availability Clusters in VMware vSphere without Sacrificing Features or Flexibility
This paper explains the challenges of moving important applications from traditional physical servers to virtualized environments, such as VMware vSphere in order to take advantage of key benefits such as configuration flexibility, data and application mobility, and efficient use of IT resources and highlights six key facts you should know about HA protection in VMware vSphere environments that can save you money.

Many large enterprises are moving important applications from traditional physical servers to virtualized environments, such as VMware vSphere in order to take advantage of key benefits such as configuration flexibility, data and application mobility, and efficient use of IT resources.

Realizing these benefits with business critical applications, such as SQL Server or SAP can pose several challenges. Because these applications need high availability and disaster recovery protection, the move to a virtual environment can mean adding cost and complexity and limiting the use of important VMware features. This paper explains these challenges and highlights six key facts you should know about HA protection in VMware vSphere environments that can save you money.

Security Analytics and Change Control in the Modern Data Center
In this Uila sponsored white paper, Nick Howell and James Green talks about challenges in security and change control in a modern data center environment.

Security is the No. 1 concern on many IT executives’ minds these days. With the rampant data leaks, breaches, and ransomware attacks in recent years, it’s no wonder that IT leaders walk on eggshells when it comes to changing anything regarding infrastructure, access, or security.

Infrastructure sprawl and complexity has made the challenge of security and managing changes to the environment more difficult to stay on top of than ever.

Read this white paper to get insights into the security and change control issues of the Modern Data Center.

How to Simplify Application-Centric Workload and Resource Planning
In this Uila sponsored white paper, Nick Howell and James Green talks about top challenges with Application-Centric Workload and Resource Planning and how you can solve them.
Transparency among teams, departments, and leaders is something many companies could improve on. IT teams are almost always oversubscribed, have a never-ending task list, and are constantly being asked to move mountains. While the things they’re asked to do are not impossible, they can be very daunting when not properly planned for or when the necessary resources are not available due to budget constraints.

You’ll never save your job in a failure scenario by blaming the company for not giving you enough money to do something required to facilitate successful business continuity. This makes planning and resource evaluation one of the (if not the) most important considerations to help you avoid landing yourself in hot water when the inevitable occurs

Read about the top challenges with Application-Centric Workload and Resource Planning and how you can solve them.
Solving the Top 5 Virtualized Application and Infrastructure Problems
In this Uila sponsored white paper, David Davis talks about the Top 5 Virtualized Application and Infrastructure Problems and how to solve them.

You’ve virtualized your company’s most critical applications (or are about to) but you might have found that the virtual world is much more complicated than the physical world when the unexpected inevitably happens. So how do you prevent application performance problems and how do you troubleshoot application performance issues when they do happen? 

Learn the solutions to the top virtualization application problems BEFORE your critical applications go down in this white paper by David Davis from ActualTech Media.

Essential Guide for Application-Centric Workload Migrations to Hybrid Cloud
Essential guide on migrating from the Private to the Hybrid Cloud environment.

IT leaders turn an eye toward the cloud when they’re looking to solve elasticity and scalability issues. One of the key differentiators of the cloud as compared to traditional infrastructure is that it’s inherently flexible.

Migrating workloads, especially complex, multi-tiered applications, can be a harrowing process. Undertaking the migration without a solid understanding of the interdependencies of applications and the exact resource requirements means almost certain failure. In today’s world, it’s understandable that failures can, do, and will happen; what’s not acceptable today is downtime. Cutovers of migrations need to be instant, or an hour at most.

Read this essential guide on Workload Migrations to learn about:

  • Availability Service Level Agreements
  • On-Premises to Public Cloud Migrations
  • Data Center to Data Center Migrations
  • Workload Migration Challenges
  • Migrate Successfully with Application-Centric Workload Visibility
Parallels RAS and Microsoft Office 365: Deliver a Superior, Cloud-Optimized Employee Experience
When used together, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and Microsoft deliver an enhanced method for employees to access Office 365. With increased security and management options, Parallels RAS delivers a superior employee experience on any device or platform—anywhere.
Microsoft Office 365 is fast becoming the industry standard, with companies rushing to adopt the solution to maximize flexibility and bring down budget costs. However, the online version lacks certain features to maximize the end-user experience and improve employee productivity. This is where a comprehensive, affordable virtualization can be useful. When used together, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) and Microsoft deliver an enhanced method for employees to access Office 365. With increased security and management options, Parallels RAS delivers a superior employee experience on any device or platform—anywhere.
Application & Desktop Delivery for Dummies
In this book, you learn how solutions, such as Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), replace traditional application deployment with on-demand application delivery, and why it's right for your organization.
Applications are essential to the businesses and organizations of all sizes and in all industries. End-users need to have continuous and reliable access to their applications whether working in the office or remotely, at any time of the day or night, and from any device. With the advent of cloud computing, office desktops with installed applications (that had to be constantly updated) have become a thing of the past — application streaming, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and hosted applications are the future (and the present, for that matter). Application virtualization is an easy way to manage, distribute, and maintain business applications. Virtualized applications run on a server, while end-users view and interact with their applications over a network via a remote display protocol. Remote applications can be completely integrated with the user’s desktop so that they appear and behave like local applications. Today, you can dynamically publish applications to remote users in several ways. The server-based operating system (OS) instances that run remote applications can be shared with other users (a terminal services desktop), or the application can be running on its own OS instance on the server (a VDI desktop).
Switch to Parallels Remote Application Server and Save 60% Compared to Citrix XenApp
This article will explain how Parallels Remote Application Server can easily act as a business’s desktop and application delivery solution, offering the same qualities as other leading solutions such as Citrix XenApp, but at an entirely different and affordable price. As a result, companies who opt to use Parallels Remote Application Server could save up to 60%, while gaining added flexibility and maneuverability for their devices.
A few years ago, Citrix had two separate products for its virtualization solutions: XenApp and XenDesktop. In 2016, Citrix merged them into a single product; XenDesktop 7. The change was not well received by Citrix customers, and Citrix has split them again into XenApp and XenDesktop from version 7.5 onward. The major difference between XenApp and XenDesktop is the type of virtual desktop delivered to the user. XenDesktop includes all XenApp features and also has a VDI solution, so from this point on we will use the XenDesktop term in this document to refer to Citrix virtualization solution: published applications and virtual desktop infrastructure. Although XenDesktop is the most popular solution in the industry, it has several shortcomings coupled with a very expensive price tag. Due to migration from Independent Management Architecture (IMA) to Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA), there is no option in place to upgrade to XenDesktop 7.x from previous versions of XenApp (5 or 6.X). Therefore, now is the right time to jump ship. In this white paper, we examine how migrating to Parallels Remote Application Server can reduce the costs of an application and virtual desktop delivery solution by more than 60%. Parallels RAS is an easy-to-use, scalable application and desktop delivery solution which has the lowest total cost of ownership amongst its competitors. Considered an industry underdog by many, Parallels Remote Application Server has been in the industry since 2005, and many Citrix customers have already switched to Parallels RAS.
HyperCore-Direct: NVMe Optimized Hyperconvergence
Scale Computing’s award winning HC3 solution has long been a leader in the hyperconverged infrastructure space. Now targeting even higher performing workloads, Scale Computing is announcing HyperCore-Direct, the first hyperconverged solution to provide software defined block storage utilizing NVMe over fabrics at near bare-metal performance.
Scale Computing’s award winning HC3 solution has long been a leader in the hyperconverged infrastructure space. Now targeting even higher performing workloads, Scale Computing is announcing HyperCore-Direct, the first hyperconverged solution to provide software defined block storage utilizing NVMe over fabrics at near bare-metal performance. In this whitepaper, we will showcase the performance of a Scale HyperCore-Direct cluster which has been equipped with Intel P3700 NVMe drives, as well as a single-node HyperCore-Direct system with Intel Optane P4800X NVMe drives. Various workloads have been tested using off-the-shelf Linux and Windows virtual machine instances. The results show that HyperCore-Direct’s new NVMe optimized version of SCRIBE, the same software-defined- storage powering every HC3 cluster in production today, is able to offer the lowest latency per IO delivered to virtual machines.
A Journey Through Hybrid IT and the Cloud
How to navigate between the trenches Hybrid IT has moved from buzzword status to reality and organizations are realizing its potential impact. Some aspects of your infrastructure may remain in a traditional setting, while another part runs on cloud infrastructure—causing great complexity. So, what does this mean for you?

How to navigate between the trenches

Hybrid IT has moved from buzzword status to reality and organizations are realizing its potential impact. Some aspects of your infrastructure may remain in a traditional setting, while another part runs on cloud infrastructure—causing great complexity. So, what does this mean for you?
 
“A Journey Through Hybrid IT and the Cloud” provides insight on:

  • What Hybrid IT means for the network, storage, compute, monitoringand your staff
  • Real world examples that can occur along your journey (what did vs. didn’t work)
  • How to educate employees on Hybrid IT and the Cloud
  • Proactively searching out technical solutions to real business challenges
Monitoring 201: Moving Beyond Simplistic Monitoring and Alerts to Monitoring Glory
Are you ready to achieve #monitoringglory?

Are you ready to achieve #monitoringglory?

After reading this e-book, "Monitoring 201", you will:

  • Be able to imagine and create meaningful and actionable monitors and alerts
  • Understand how to explain the value of monitoring to non-technical coworkers
  • Focus on productive work because you will not be interrupted by spurious alerts
Top 5 Backup and DRaaS Considerations to Strengthen Your Multi-Cloud Strategy
Enterprise IT is embracing multi-cloud as the go-to model for cloud deployments. By 2019, nearly 81% of enterprises will have adopted a multi-cloud strategy. While this trend gives organizations more flexibility overall, it puts added pressure on IT teams to manage backup and recovery in a more complex environment.

Enterprise IT is embracing multi-cloud as the go-to model for cloud deployments. By 2019, nearly 81% of enterprises will have adopted a multi-cloud strategy. While this trend gives organizations more flexibility overall, it puts added pressure on IT teams to manage backup and recovery in a more complex environment.

To reduce complexity and lower costs, it is imperative to deploy a single platform that consolidates management for all of your needs - including both on-premises infrastructure and any public cloud platform you choose.

Which features and functions give you the best opportunity for multi-cloud success?

This special white paper, developed in conjunction with TechTarget, outlines the key factors to consider in maximizing your multi-cloud strategy to achieve:

  • Non-stop business continuity
  • Digital transformation agility
  • Analytics and visibility
  • And more!
Become an Always-On Enterprise: How 6 Companies Revolutionized Ops to Achieve 24/7 Availability
Digital transformation is dramatically changing how the world interacts. Ensuring your services and applications are always available to employees - and customers - is essential to becoming a digital leader.
Digital transformation is dramatically changing how the world interacts. Ensuring your services and applications are always available to employees - and customers - is essential to becoming a digital leader.

The journey to Always-On application Availability begins with a close examination of your current infrastructure to determine the cause of unwanted downtime. From eliminating data loss and slow data recovery to minimizing risk and decreasing downtime, you can leverage Availability initiatives to jumpstart digital transformation, rapidly adapt to business changes and become an industry leader.

Read this eBook to learn how six companies achieved 24/7 Availability with help from Cisco and Veeam.
Five Steps to GDPR Success
Is your business prepared to meet the May 25, 2018 deadline for compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? According to a recent report by Crowd Research Partners, most organizations aren’t, but it’s not too late to take steps to prepare for GDPR and avoid huge penalties.
Is your business prepared to meet the May 25, 2018 deadline for compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? According to a recent report by Crowd Research Partners, most organizations aren’t, but it’s not too late to take steps to prepare for GDPR and avoid huge penalties.

Read this new white paper based on a Redmond Fireside Chat, Veeam’s Road to GDPR Compliancy, and learn:
  • What changes GDPR brings to the global business
  • How to prepare your organization for GDPR
  • What are the five main steps for GDPR compliancy
  • And more!
vExpert Recommendations on Hybrid Cloud Migration
This white paper focusses on recommendations on Hybrid Cloud Migration VMware vExpert's.
Uila recently conducted the first of its kind Survey Panel with VMware vExperts on the state of the Hybrid Cloud initiative. The Survey is focused on Hybrid Cloud Migration and Monitoring challenges and techniques. The survey reveals the realities of the challenges with migrating to the Hybrid World.

Read this white paper to get opinion from the vExperts on:
  • State of the Hybrid Cloud World
  • Hybrid Cloud Migration Strategies
  • Hybrid Cloud Migration Planning Efforts
  • Reasons behind roll-backs or failures of the Hybrid Cloud Migration
  • Pre-assessing the Data Center for Hybrid Cloud Migration Readiness
How to Build a SANless SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance in Google Cloud Platform
This white paper walks through the steps to build a two-node failover cluster between two instances in the same region, but in different Zones, within the Google Cloud Platform (GCP)
If you are going to host SQL Server on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) you will want to make sure it is highly available with a SQL Failover Cluster. One of the best and most economical ways to do that is to build a SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI). In this guide, we will walk through the steps to build a two-node failover cluster between two instances in the same region, but in different Zones, within the GCP.
Four Steps to Cloud Migration
Learn how to migrate with confidence and ease using automated capacity assessment and cost forecasting
Migrations of applications and workloads can be complex. Failure rates are high and cost overruns are common. This brief explains how you can:
  • Auto discover existing resources
  • Plan capacity and right-size your workloads,
  • Instantly run TCO analysis across multiple clouds, and
  • Reduce your time to complete migration
IDC: Delivering on the Value of Managed Cloud Services
Managed cloud services are growing rapidly. This IDC report takes an in-depth look at the not only the value of managed services to enterprise buyers but also critical considerations that providers competing in this market need to make to ensure success. This report will assist providers in developing their market and competitive position, brand perception, potential investments, and selecting ecosystem partners.
Managed cloud services are growing rapidly.  This IDC report takes an in-depth look at the not only  the value of managed services to enterprise buyers but also critical considerations that providers competing in this market need to make to ensure success.  This report will assist providers in developing their market and competitive position, brand perception, potential investments, and selecting ecosystem partners.

Get the free report and learn:
  • Three approaches to position your offerings in the market
  • How to align your brand with the value of managed cloud services
  • How to navigate the ecosystem of partners who can help you deliver services
  • Critical investment areas including service integration and DevOps
  • Steps for building a cloud service provider business model blueprint
Top 10 Reasons to Adopt Software-Defined Storage
In this brief, learn about the top ten reasons why businesses are adopting software-defined storage to empower their existing and new storage investments with greater performance, availability and functionality.
DataCore delivers a software-defined architecture that empowers existing and new storage investments with greater performance, availability and functionality. But don’t take our word for it. We decided to poll our customers to learn what motivated them to adopt software-defined storage. As a result, we came up with the top 10 reasons our customers have adopted software-defined storage.
Download this white paper to learn about:
•    How software-defined storage protects investments, reduces costs, and enables greater buying power
•    How you can protect critical data, increase application performance, and ensure high-availability
•    Why 10,000 customers have chosen DataCore’s software-defined storage solution
Solving Healthcare IT Challenges with DataCore Software-Defined Storage
In this solution brief, learn how software-defined storage can help solve the most pressing challenges in Healthcare IT: (1) consolidating and managing data from disparate systems, (2) safeguarding data and applications from cyberattacks, system outages, natural disaster, and human error, (3) ensuring fast application response times and real-time data availability for life-critical applications, and (4) scaling storage as needed — easily, instantaneously, inexpensively, and non-disruptively.

Today’s hospitals are benefitting from an explosion of information technologies that is ushering in a new era of healthcare. With these advanced technologies, significantly more data is being generated, from a much wider variety of sources, and at a more frequent pace. All of this data must be stored, shared, and protected.

With data the lifeblood of healthcare, IT departments are challenged to adopt new storage and management strategies to handle the deluge of data. The skyrocketing costs to achieve continuous data availability, cope with exponential data growth, and provide timely data access rank among the most pressing challenges facing healthcare IT organizations today.

That is why a growing number of healthcare institutions are deploying DataCore’s software-defined storage platform. Only DataCore enables today’s hospitals and health systems to address mission-critical healthcare IT challenges while maximizing the availability, performance, and utilization of IT resources – allowing them to enhance patient outcomes while keeping costs low. Learn more in this solution brief.

Dynamic Hyper-Converged Infrastructure: Future-Proof Your Data Center
A simplified, more flexible, expandable data center is a big part of what a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) promises. In this white paper, learn about the real advantages of HCI to help future-proof your data center, including: (1) rapid, flexible deployment that lets you leverage existing data center investment, (2) scalability, with no impact to performance and reliability, and (3) an integrated, open, software-centric approach that simplifies resource management.
As IT professionals and leaders in lines of business make technology decisions, they must thoughtfully balance those decisions against competing needs. This is especially true when it comes to weighing data center technology resources against allocation of IT resources for the operational parts of the business. It’s also imperative for organizations to move away from managing resources and IT engineering skills – including data centers and remote offices – in silos. This white paper explores how emerging data center technology – particularly purpose-built hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) – can help address these challenges while driving additional benefits across the enterprise.
Leveraging Hyperconvergence for Databases and Tier 1 Enterprise Applications
In this white paper, vExpert Scott Lowe, discusses: (1) why organizations are implementing hyperconverged infrastructures, (2) how to move forward with hyperconverged infrastructure plans while ensuring your database applications continue to grow, (3) how to boost hyperconvergence performance, (4) what is the performance metric that rules them all, and (5) what are the business benefits of leveraging hyperconvergence.

We live in a data-driven world. The quantity of and need for increasing amounts of data will skyrocket in the coming years, and behind it all are databases intended to help organizations maintain the madness. At the same time, the infrastructure that powers these databases is undergoing a massive transformation as organizations seek to simplify complex IT systems to reduce the cost of such systems and to improve the speed of the business.

Hyperconverged infrastructure has emerged in recent years as an incredibly powerful way for organizations to rein in data center madness. Adoption of this technology has been explosive—in a good way!—and organizations are enjoying significant operational efficiency and cost benefits to such adoption. How do you forge? Learn more from vExpert, Scott Lowe in this white paper.

The Gorilla Guide to Moving Beyond Disaster Recovery to IT Resilience
Does your business require you to modernize IT while you’re struggling to manage the day to day? Sound familiar? Use this e-book to help move beyond the day to day challenges of protecting your business and start shifting to an IT resilience strategy. With IT resilience you can focus your efforts where they matter: on successfully completing those projects which mean the most to the progress of the business - the ones that help you increase market share, decrease costs and innovate faster than y
Does your business require you to modernize IT while you’re struggling to manage the day to day. Sound familiar?

Use this e-book to help move beyond the day to day challenges of protecting your business and start shifting to an IT resilience strategy. IT resilience is an emerging term that describes a stated goal for businesses to accelerate transformation and easily adapt to change while protecting the business from disruption.

With IT resilience you can focus your efforts where they matter: on successfully completing those projects which mean the most to the progress of the business – the ones that help you increase market share, decrease costs and innovate faster than your competitors.

With this guide you will learn…
  • How to prepare for both unplanned and planned disruptions to ensure continuous availability
  • Actionable steps to remove the complexity of moving and migrating workloads across disparate infrastructures
  • Guidance on hybrid and multi-cloud IT: gain the flexibility to move applications in and out of the cloud
The State of IT Resilience
Over 90% of business don’t consider themselves IT resilient, however the majority of these businesses view IT resilience to be foundational to successfully achieve digital transformation. Zerto has partnered with industry-leading research analyst firm, IDC, to get the pulse of the state of IT resilience and its correlation to business and digital transformation. Download the report to learn the key tenets of IT resilience, the challenges, opportunities and the 5 stages of maturity. Benchmark yo
Without IT Resilience, Digital Transformation (and Competitors) Will Pass You By

Over 90% of business don’t consider themselves IT resilient, however the majority of these businesses view IT resilience to be foundational to successfully achieve digital transformation.  Zerto has partnered with industry-leading research analyst firm, IDC, to get the pulse of the state of IT resilience and its correlation to business and digital transformation.

“IT resilience needs to be a key strategic priority for any forward-thinking organization and data protection needs to be top of mind for organizations in this resilience effort.” – IDC

Download the report to learn the key tenets of IT resilience, the challenges, opportunities and the 5 stages of maturity. Benchmark your IT organization and map your steps forward to achieve resilience and accelerate IT and digital transformation.
Disaster Recovery Guide: DR in Virtualized Environments
In this guide you will learn about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning with Zerto's Disaster Recovery Solutions for Virtualized Environments. In today’s always-on, information-driven organizations, business continuity depends completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. Being prepared for any data related disaster is key!

In this guide you will learn about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning with Zerto's Disaster Recovery Solutions for Virtualized Environments.

In today’s always-on, information-driven organizations, business continuity depends completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. Being prepared for any data related disaster is key!

  • The cost and business impact of downtime and data loss can be immenseUtilizing Zerto’s Disaster Recovery solutions can greatly mitigate downtime and data loss with RTO’s of minutes and RPO’s of seconds
  • Data loss is not only caused by natural disasters, power outages, hardware failure and user errors, but more and more by software problems and cyber security related disasters
  • Zerto’s DR solutions are applicable for both on-premise and cloud (DRaaS) virtual environments
  • Having a plan and process in place will help you mitigate the impact of an outage on your business

In this booklet we provide insights into the challenges, needs, strategies, and solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity, especially in modern, virtualized environments and the public cloud.

Download this white paper and learn more about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery preparedness and how Zerto can help!

The Hybrid Cloud Guide
With so many organizations looking to find ways to embrace the public cloud without compromising the security of their data and applications, a hybrid cloud strategy is rapidly becoming the preferred method of efficiently delivering IT services. This guide aims to provide you with an understanding of the driving factors behind why the cloud is being adopted en-masse, as well as advice on how to begin building your own cloud strategy.

With so many organizations looking to find ways to embrace the public cloud without compromising the security of their data and applications, a hybrid cloud strategy is rapidly becoming the preferred method of efficiently delivering IT services.

This guide aims to provide you with an understanding of the driving factors behind why the cloud is being adopted en-masse, as well as advice on how to begin building your own cloud strategy.

Topics discussed include:
•    Why Cloud?
•    Getting There Safely
•    IT Resilience in the Hybrid Cloud
•    The Power of Microsoft Azure and Zerto

You’ll find out how, by embracing the cloud, organizations can achieve true IT Resilience – the ability to withstand any disruption, confidently embrace change and focus on business.

Download the guide today to begin your journey to the cloud!

How Parallels RAS Enhances Microsoft RDS
In 2001, Microsoft introduced the RDP protocol that allowed users to access an operating system’s desktop remotely. Since then, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to facilitate remote desktop access. However, Microsoft RDS leaves a lot to be desired. This white paper highlights the pain points of RDS solutions, and how systems administrators can use Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS) to enhance their Microsoft RDS infrastructure.

In 2001, Microsoft introduced the RDP protocol that allowed users to access an operating system’s desktop remotely. Since then, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to facilitate remote desktop access.

However, Microsoft RDS leaves a lot to be desired. This white paper highlights the pain points of RDS solutions, and how systems administrators can use Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) to enhance their Microsoft RDS infrastructure.

Microsoft RDS Pain Points:
•    Limited Load Balancing Functionality
•    Limited Client Device Support
•    Difficult to Install, Set Up, and Update

Parallels RAS is an application and virtual desktop delivery solution that allows systems administrators to create a private cloud from which they can centrally manage the delivery of applications, virtual desktops, and business-critical data. This comprehensive VDI solution is well known for its ease of use, low license costs, and feature list.

How Parallels RAS Enhances Your Microsoft RDS Infrastructure:
•    Easy to Install and Set Up
•    Centralized Configuration Console
•    Auto-Configuration of Remote Desktop Session Hosts
•    High Availability Load Balancing (HALB)
•    Superior user experience on mobile devices
•    Supports hypervisors from Citrix, VMware, Microsoft’s own Hyper-V, Nutanix Acropolis, and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)

As this white paper highlights, Parallels RAS allows you to enhance your Microsoft Remote Desktop Services infrastructure, enabling you to offer a superior application and virtual desktop delivery solution.

Built around Microsoft’s RDP protocol, Parallels RAS allows systems administrators to do more in less time with fewer resources. Since it is easier to implement and use, systems administrators can manage and easily scale up the Parallels RAS farm without requiring any specialized training. Because of its extensive feature list and multisite support, they can build solutions that meet the requirements of any enterprise, regardless of its size and scale.

From... to cloud ready in less than one day with Parallels and ThinPrint
Mobility, security and compliance, automation, and the demand for “the workspace of the future” are just some of the challenges that businesses face today. The cloud is best positioned to support these challenges, but it can be hard to pick the right kind of cloud and find the right balance between cost and benefits. Together, Parallels and ThinPrint allow an organization to become a cloud-ready business on its own terms, with unprecedented ease and cost-effectiveness.

Mobility, security and compliance, automation, and the demand for “the workspace of the future” are just some of the challenges that businesses face today.

The cloud is best positioned to support these challenges, but it can be hard to pick the right kind of cloud and find the right balance between cost and benefits.

Parallels Introduction
Parallels is a global leader in cross-platform technologies and is renowned for its award-winning software solutions that cut complexity and lower costs for a wide range of industries, including healthcare, education, banking and finance, manufacturing, the public sector, and many others.

Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) provides easy-to-use, comprehensive application and desktop delivery that enables business and public-sector organizations to seamlessly integrate virtual Windows applications and desktops on nearly any device or operating system.

ThinPrint Introduction
ThinPrint is a global leader in solutions that support an organization’s digital transformation, helping ensure users can draw on highly reliable and innovative print solutions that support today’s and tomorrow’s requirements.

Joint Value Statement

Together, Parallels and ThinPrint allow an organization to become a cloud-ready business on its own terms, with unprecedented ease and cost-effectiveness.

We support any endpoint device from a desktop PC to a smartphone or tablet, can deploy on-premise or in the cloud, and follow your business as it completes its digital transformation.

You may decide to start digitally transforming your business by delivering applications or desktops from an existing server in your datacenter and move to Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure later. You can also replace user workstations with newer, more mobile devices, or expand from an initial pilot group to new use cases for the entire company.

Whatever your plans are, Parallels and ThinPrint will help you implement them with easy, cost-effective solutions and the ability to adapt to future challenges.

The Gorilla Guide to Fully-Composable Software-Defined Private Cloud
Read "The Gorilla Guide to Fully-Composable Software-Defined Private Cloud" to learn more about how you can deliver a premium experience to administrators, developers, tenants and end-users.
Read "The Gorilla Guide to Fully-Composable Software-Defined Private Cloud" to learn more about how you can deliver a premium experience to administrators, developers, tenants and end-users.

Things we cover in-depth:
  • The Cloud Journey
  • The 7 Barriers to successful Cloud Adoption
  • The Advantages of Cloud Computing
  • The Different Cloud Models
  • Cloud Myths
  • Private Cloud Success
  • The Cloudistics Approach, Differentiation and Benefits.
Cloud Migration Planning Guide
Effective migration planning needs to start with evaluating current footprint to determine how the move will affect all functional and non-functional areas of the organization. Having a framework for assessment will streamline migration efforts, whether an enterprise plans to undertake this project on its own or with the help of a cloud service provider. HyperCloud helps enterprises navigate the complex, cloud ecosystem, to help them build an assessment that is precise and accurate. The platfo

Most enterprises underestimate the planning process; they do not spend sufficient time understanding the cloud landscape and the different options available. While there are tools at hand to assist the implementation and the validation phases of the migration, planning is where all the crucial decisions need to be made.

Bad planning will lead to failed migrations. Challenges that enterprises often grapple with include:

  • Visibility and the ability to compile an inventory of their existing on-premises VMware  resources
  • Cherry-picking workloads and applications that are cloud-ready
  • Right-sizing for the public cloud
  • A financial assessment of what the end state will look like

HyperCloud Analytics provides intelligence backed by 400+ million benchmarked data-points to enable enterprises to make the right choices for the organization. HyperCloud’s cloud planning framework provides automation for four key stages that enterprises should consider as they plan their migration projects.

They get automated instance recommendations and accurate cost forecasts made with careful considerations of their application requirements (bandwidth, storage, security etc). Multiple assessments can be run across the different cloud providers to understand application costs post-migration.

Download our whitepaper to learn more about how you can build high-confidence, accurate plans with detailed cloud bills and cost forecasts, while expediting your cloud migrations.

Is Your Citrix Monitoring Ready for Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.x?
Read this white paper by George Spiers, Citrix CTP and EUC Architect, where you will understand the changes in Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.x in detail and what types of monitoring best practices to adopt for ensuring top performance of your virtualized environment and outstanding user experience.

With XenApp 6.5 going EOL on June 30, 2018, organizations across the world are migrating to the latest version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.x. This upgrade comes with radical changes to Citrix architecture, configuration, policy settings, protocols and deployment models. There are many components in the Citrix architecture that have been replaced with new ones. And many have also been newly introduced. With such a strategic change in the Citrix environment, traditional methods of monitoring won't hold good.

Read this white paper by George Spiers, Citrix CTP and EUC Architect, where you will understand the changes in Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.x in detail and what types of monitoring best practices to adopt for ensuring top performance of your virtualized environment and outstanding user experience.

The Case for Converged Application & Infrastructure Performance Monitoring
Read this white paper and learn how you can combine and correlate performance insights from the application (code, SQL, logs) and the underlying hardware infrastructure (server, network, virtualization, storage, etc.)

One of the toughest problems facing enterprise IT teams today is troubleshooting slow applications. When a user complains of slowness in application access, all hell breaks loose, and the blame game begins: app owners, developers and IT ops teams enter into endless war room sessions to figure out what went wrong and where. Have you also been in this situation before?

Read this white paper by Larry Dragich, and learn how you can combine and correlate performance insights from the application (code, SQL, logs) and the underlying hardware infrastructure (server, network, virtualization, storage, etc.) in order to:

  • Proactively detect user experience issues before your customers are impacted
  • Trace business transactions and isolate the cause of application slowness
  • Get code-level visibility to identify inefficient application code and slow database queries
  • Automatically map application dependencies within the infrastructure to pinpoint the root cause of the problem
Achieve centralized visibility of all your applications and infrastructure and easily diagnose the root cause of performance slowdowns.
PrinterLogic and IGEL Enable Healthcare Organizations to Deliver Better Patient Outcomes
Healthcare professionals need to print effortlessly and reliably to nearby or appropriate printers within virtual environments, and PrinterLogic and IGEL can help make that an easy, reliable process—all while efficiently maintaining the protection of confidential patient information.

Many organizations have turned to virtualizing user endpoints to help reduce capital and operational expenses while increasing security. This is especially true within healthcare, where hospitals, clinics, and urgent care centers seek to offer the best possible patient outcomes while adhering to a variety of mandated patient security and information privacy requirements.

With the movement of desktops and applications into the secure data center or cloud, the need for reliable printing of documents, some very sensitive in nature, remains a constant that can be challenging when desktops are virtual but the printing process remains physical. Directing print jobs to the correct printer with the correct physical access rights in the correct location while ensuring compliance with key healthcare mandates like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is critical.

Healthcare IT needs to keep pace with these requirements and the ongoing printing demands of healthcare. Medical professionals need to print effortlessly and reliably to nearby or appropriate printers within virtual environments, and PrinterLogic and IGEL can help make that an easy, reliable process—all while efficiently maintaining the protection of confidential patient information. By combining PrinterLogic’s enterprise print management software with centrally managed direct IP printing and IGEL’s software-defined thin client endpoint management, healthcare organizations can:

  • Reduce capital and operational costs
  • Support virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and electronic medical records (EMR) systems effectively
  • Centralize and simplify print management
  • Add an essential layer of security from the target printer all the way to the network edge
Modernized Backup for Open VMs
Catalogic vProtect is an agentless enterprise backup solution for Open VM environments such as RedHat Virtualization, Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix XenServer, KVM, Oracle VM, PowerKVM, KVM for IBM z, oVirt, Proxmox and Xen. vProtect enables VM-level protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software such as IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup or Dell-EMC Networker. It is easy to use and affordable.
Catalogic vProtect is an agentless enterprise backup solution for Open VM environments such as RedHat Virtualization, Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix XenServer, KVM, Oracle VM, PowerKVM, KVM for IBM z, oVirt, Proxmox and Xen.  vProtect enables VM-level protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software such as IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup or Dell-EMC Networker. It is easy to use and affordable.
Modernized Backup for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor
Catalogic vProtect is an agentless enterprise backup solution for Nutanix Acropolis. vProtect enables VM-level protection with incremental backups, and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software such as IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup or Dell-EMC Networker. It is easy to use and affordable. It also supports Open VM environments such as RedHat Virtualization, Citrix XenServer, KVM, Oracle VM, and Proxmox.
Catalogic vProtect is an agentless enterprise backup solution for Nutanix Acropolis. vProtect enables VM-level protection with incremental backups, and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software such as IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup or Dell-EMC Networker. It is easy to use and affordable.  It also supports Open VM environments such as RedHat Virtualization, Citrix XenServer, KVM, Oracle VM, and Proxmox.
Data Protection and File Sharing for the Mobile Workforce
Critical data is increasingly created, stored and shared outside the data center. It lives on laptops, tablets, mobile devices and cloud services. This data is subject to many threats: malware, ransomware, hacking, device failure, loss or theft, and human error. Catalogic KODO provides a unified solution to these challenges with easy, automated protection of endpoints (laptops, mobile devices) and cloud services (Office 365, Box), along with organizational file sharing and synchronization.
Critical data is increasingly created, stored and shared outside the data center. It lives on laptops, tablets, mobile devices and cloud services. This data is subject to many threats: malware, ransomware, hacking, device failure, loss or theft, and human error.

Catalogic KODO provides a unified solution to these challenges with easy, automated protection of endpoints (laptops, mobile devices) and cloud services (Office 365, Box), along with organizational file sharing and synchronization.
Top 10 strategies to manage cost and continuously optimize AWS
The great cloud migration has upended decades of established architecture patterns, operating principles, and governance models. Without any controls in place, cloud spend inevitably rises faster than anticipated and often gets overlooked until it gets out of control. With its granular and short-term billing cycles, the cloud requires a degree of financial discipline that is unfamiliar to most traditional IT departments. Faced with having to provide short-term forecasts and justify them agains

The public cloud has unleashed an unprecedented wave of creativity and agility for the modern enterprise. A great cloud migration has upended decades of established architecture patterns, operating principles, and governance models. However, without any replacement for these traditional controls in place, cloud spend inevitably rises faster than anticipated. If not addressed early in the cycle, this is often overlooked until it gets out of control.

Over the course of a few decades, we have created a well-established model of IT spending; to arrive at economies of scale, procurement is centralized and typically happens at three- to five-year intervals, with all internal customers forecasting and pooling their needs. This created a natural tendency for individual project owners to overprovision resources as insurance against unexpected demand. As a result, the corporate data center today is where the two famous laws of technology meet:

  • Moore’s Law ensures that capacity increases to meet demand
  • Parkinson’s Law ensures that demand rises to meet capacity

With its granular and short-term billing cycles, the cloud requires a degree of financial discipline that is unfamiliar to most traditional IT departments. Faced with having to provide short-term forecasts and justify them against actual spend, they need to evolve their governance models to support these new patterns.

Having a well thought out AWS strategy is crucial to your long-term cloud gains. Taking the time to understand and pick the right instances for your apps is well worth the time and effort as it will directly impact your AWS pricing and bill.

We hope these ten strategies help inform and support you as you navigate the sometimes-turbulent waters of cloud transition. They are here for you to consult and rely on as best practices and cost-saving opportunities.

Given the virtually uncountable number of combinations, we have tried to identify the most practical and reliable ways to optimize your deployment at all stages and empower your end-users while insulating them from temptations, assumptions and habits that can cost you some unpleasant surprises when the bill arrives.

How to avoid VM sprawl and improve resource utilization in VMware and Veeam backup infrastructures
You're facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing number of virtualized workloads and applications generate “virtual junk” causing VM sprawl issue. Eventually it can put you at risk of running out of resources.

You're facing VM sprawl if you're experiencing an uncontrollable increase of unused and unneeded objects in your virtual VMware environment. VM sprawl occurs often in virtual infrastructures because they expand much faster than physical, which can make management a challenge. The growing number of virtualized workloads and applications generate “virtual junk” causing VM sprawl issue. Eventually it can put you at risk of running out of resources.

Getting virtual sprawl under control will help you reallocate and better provision your existing storage, CPU and memory resources between critical production workloads and high-performance, virtualized applications. With proper resource management, you can save money on extra hardware.

This white paper examines how you can avoid potential VM sprawl risks and automate proactive monitoring by using Veeam ONE, a part of Veeam Availability Suite. Veeam ONE will arm you with a list of VM sprawl indicators and explain how you can pick up and configure a handy report kit to detect and eliminate VM sprawl threats in your VMware environment.

Read this FREE white paper and learn how to:

  • Identify “zombies”
  • Clean up garbage and orphaned snapshots
  • Establish a transparent system to get sprawl under control
  • And more!
Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools
With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. According to Gartner, hybrid IT (especially with IaaS subscription) enterprises must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools (ITIM) to gain visibility into their IT landscapes.

With the onset of more modular and cloud-centric architectures, many organizations with disparate monitoring tools are reassessing their monitoring landscape. According to Gartner, hybrid IT (especially with IaaS subscription) enterprises must adopt more holistic IT infrastructure monitoring tools (ITIM) to gain visibility into their IT landscapes.

The guide provides insight into the IT infrastructure monitoring tool market and providers as well as key findings and recommendations.

Get the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools to see:

  • The ITIM market definition, direction and analysis
  • A list of representative ITIM vendors
  • Recommendations for adoption of ITIM platforms

Key Findings Include:

  • ITIM tools are helping organizations simplify and unify monitoring across domains within a single tool, eliminating the problems of multitool integration.
  • ITIM tools are allowing infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders to scale across hybrid infrastructures and emerging architectures (such as containers and microservices).
  • Metrics and data acquired by ITIM tools are being used to derive context enabling visibility for non-IT teams (for example, line of business [LOB] and app owners) to help achieve optimization targets.
Microsoft Azure Cloud Cost Calculator
Move Workloads to the Cloud and Reduce Costs! Considering a move to Azure? Use this simple tool to find out how much you can save on storage costs by mobilizing your applications to the cloud with Zerto on Azure!

Move Workloads to the Cloud and Reduce Costs!

Considering a move to Azure? Use this simple tool to find out how much you can save on storage costs by mobilizing your applications to the cloud with Zerto on Azure!  

Catalogic Software-Defined Secondary Storage Appliance
The Catalogic software-defined secondary-storage appliance is architected and optimized to work seamlessly with Catalogic’s data protection product DPX, with Catalogic/Storware vProtect, and with future Catalogic products. Backup nodes are deployed on a bare metal server or as virtual appliances to create a cost-effective yet robust second-tier storage solution. The backup repository offers data reduction and replication. Backup data can be archived off to tape for long-term retention.
The Catalogic software-defined secondary-storage appliance is architected and optimized to work seamlessly with Catalogic’s data protection product DPX, with Catalogic/Storware vProtect, and with future Catalogic products.

Backup nodes are deployed on a bare metal server or as virtual appliances to create a cost-effective yet robust second-tier storage solution. The backup repository offers data reduction and replication. Backup data can be archived off to tape for long-term retention.
LENOVO THINKAGILE CP SERIES: A Fully Featured Turnkey Private Cloud
If your organization needs a premium private cloud solution that offers superior ease of use, high levels of security, and accelerated time to value, explore the platform in this new paper from Principled Technologies. We’ll discuss common challenges you may face with a traditional approach to the private cloud, and how you overcome them with easy deployment and simple management.
Existing clouds have their challenges, but Lenovo and Cloudistics have released a new way forward, the ThinkAgile CP platform. If your organization needs a premium private cloud solution that offers superior ease of use, high levels of security, and accelerated time to value, explore the platform in this new paper from Principled Technologies.

In this paper, we’ll discuss some common challenges you may face with a traditional approach to the private cloud, and how Lenovo ThinkAgile CP can help you overcome them with easy deployment and simple management.
VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Upgrade and Security Configuration
Most businesses hugely invest in tackling the security vulnerabilities of their data centers. VMware vSphere 6.7 Upgrade 1 tackles it head-on with its functionalities that aligns with both the legacy and the modern technology capabilities. Read this white paper to know how you can maximize the security posture of vSphere workloads on production environments.
Security is a top concern when it comes to addressing data protection complexities for business-critical systems. VMware vSphere 6.7 Upgrade 1 can be the right fit for your data centers when it comes to resolving security vulnerabilities thereby helping you to take your IT infrastructure to the next level. While there are features that align with the legacy security standards, there are some of the best newly announced functionalities in vSphere 6.7 like Virtual TPM 2.0 and virtualization-based security capabilities that will help you enhance your current security measures for your production workloads. Get started with reading this white paper to know more on how you can implement a solution of this kind in your data centers.
Understanding Windows Server Hyper-V Cluster Configuration, Performance and Security
The Windows Server Hyper-V Clusters are definitely an important option when trying to implement High Availability to critical workloads of a business. Guidelines on how to get started with things like deployment, network configurations to some of the industries best practices on performance, security, and storage management are something that any IT admin would not want to miss. Get started with reading this white paper that discusses the same through scenarios on a production field and helps yo
How do you increase the uptime of your critical workloads? How do you start setting up a Hyper-V Cluster in your organization? What are the Hyper-V design and networking configuration best practices? These are some of the questions you may have when you have large environments with many Hyper-V deployments. It is very essential for IT administrators to build disaster-ready Hyper-V Clusters rather than thinking about troubleshooting them in their production workloads. This whitepaper will help you in deploying a Hyper-V Cluster in your infrastructure by providing step-by-step configuration and consideration guides focussing on optimizing the performance and security of your setup.
Overcome the Data Protection Dilemma - Vembu
Selecting a high-priced legacy backup application that protects an entire IT environment or adopting a new age solution that focuses on protecting a particular area of an environment is a dilemma for every IT professional. Read this whitepaper to overcome the data protection dilemma with Vembu.
IT professionals face a dilemma while selecting a backup solution for their environment. Selecting a legacy application that protects their entire environment means that they have to tolerate high pricing and live with software that does not fully exploit the capabilities of modern IT environment.

On the other hand, they can adopt solutions that focus on a particular area of an IT environment and limited just to that environment. These solutions have a relatively small customer base which means the solution has not been vetted as the legacy applications. Vembu is a next-generation company that provides the capabilities of the new class of backup solutions while at the same time providing completeness of platform coverage, similar to legacy applications.
Mastering vSphere – Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More
Do you regularly work with vSphere? If so, this free eBook is for you. Learn how to leverage best practices for the most popular features contained within the vSphere platform and boost your productivity using tips and tricks learnt direct from an experienced VMware trainer and highly qualified professional. In this eBook, vExpert Ryan Birk shows you how to master: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using Auto-Deploy Shared Storage Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting Host Network configurati

If you’re here to gather some of the best practices surrounding vSphere, you’ve come to the right place! Mastering vSphere: Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More, the free eBook authored by me, Ryan Birk, is the product of many years working with vSphere as well as teaching others in a professional capacity. In my extensive career as a VMware consultant and teacher (I’m a VMware Certified Instructor) I have worked with people of all competence levels and been asked hundreds - if not thousands - of questions on vSphere. I was approached to write this eBook to put that experience to use to help people currently working with vSphere step up their game and reach that next level. As such, this eBook assumes readers already have a basic understanding of vSphere and will cover the best practices for four key aspects of any vSphere environment.

The best practices covered here will focus largely on management and configuration solutions so should remain relevant for quite some time. However, with that said, things are constantly changing in IT, so I would always recommend obtaining the most up-to-date information from VMware KBs and official documentation especially regarding specific versions of tools and software updates. This eBook is divided into several sections, and although I would advise reading the whole eBook as most elements relate to others, you might want to just focus on a certain area you’re having trouble with. If so, jump to the section you want read about.

Before we begin, I want to note that in a VMware environment, it’s always best to try to keep things simple. Far too often I have seen environments be thrown off the tracks by trying to do too much at once. I try to live by the mentality of “keeping your environment boring” – in other words, keeping your host configurations the same, storage configurations the same and network configurations the same. I don’t mean duplicate IP addresses, but the hosts need identical port groups, access to the same storage networks, etc. Consistency is the name of the game and is key to solving unexpected problems down the line. Furthermore, it enables smooth scalability - when you move from a single host configuration to a cluster configuration, having the same configurations will make live migrations and high availability far easier to configure without having to significantly re-work the entire infrastructure. Now the scene has been set, let’s get started!

vSphere Troubleshooting Guide
Troubleshooting complex virtualization technology is something all VMware users will have to face at some point. It requires an understanding of how various components fit together and finding a place to start is not easy. Thankfully, VMware vExpert Ryan Birk is here to help with this eBook preparing you for any problems you may encounter along the way.

This eBook explains how to identify problems with vSphere and how to solve them. Before we begin, we need to start off with an introduction to a few things that will make life easier. We’ll start with a troubleshooting methodology and how to gather logs. After that, we’ll break this eBook into the following sections: Installation, Virtual Machines, Networking, Storage, vCenter/ESXi and Clustering.

ESXi and vSphere problems arise from many different places, but they generally fall into one of these categories: Hardware issues, Resource contention, Network attacks, Software bugs, and Configuration problems.

A typical troubleshooting process contains several tasks: 1. Define the problem and gather information. 2. Identify what is causing the problem. 3. Fix the problem, implement a fix.

One of the first things you should try to do when experiencing a problem with a host, is try to reproduce the issue. If you can find a way to reproduce it, you have a great way to validate that the issue is resolved when you do fix it. It can be helpful as well to take a benchmark of your systems before they are implemented into a production environment. If you know HOW they should be running, it’s easier to pinpoint a problem.

You should decide if it’s best to work from a “Top Down” or “Bottom Up” approach to determine the root cause. Guest OS Level issues typically cause a large amount of problems. Let’s face it, some of the applications we use are not perfect. They get the job done but they utilize a lot of memory doing it.

In terms of virtual machine level issues, is it possible that you could have a limit or share value that’s misconfigured? At the ESXi Host Level, you could need additional resources. It’s hard to believe sometimes, but you might need another host to help with load!

Once you have identified the root cause, you should assess the impact of the problem on your day to day operations. When and what type of fix should you implement? A short-term one or a long-term solution? Assess the impact of your solution on daily operations. Short-term solution: Implement a quick workaround. Long-term solution: Reconfiguration of a virtual machine or host.

Now that the basics have been covered, download the eBook to discover how to put this theory into practice!

Forrester: Monitoring Containerized Microservices - Elevate Your Metrics
As enterprises continue to rapidly adopt containerized microservices, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams need to address the growing complexities of monitoring these highly dynamic and distributed applications. The scale of these environments can pose tremendous monitoring challenges. This report will guide I&O leaders in what to consider when developing their technology and metric strategies for monitoring microservices and container-based applications.
As enterprises continue to rapidly adopt containerized microservices, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams need to address the growing complexities of monitoring these highly dynamic and distributed applications. The scale of these environments can pose tremendous monitoring challenges. This report will guide I&O leaders in what to consider when developing their technology and metric strategies for monitoring microservices and container-based applications.
Futurum Research: Digital Transformation - 9 Key Insights
In this report, Futurum Research Founder and Principal Analyst Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst Fred McClimans discuss how digital transformation is an ongoing process of leveraging digital technologies to build flexibility, agility and adaptability into business processes. Discover the nine critical data points that measure the current state of digital transformation in the enterprise to uncover new opportunities, improve business agility, and achieve successful cloud migration.
In this report, Futurum Research Founder and Principal Analyst Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst Fred McClimans discuss how digital transformation is an ongoing process of leveraging digital technologies to build flexibility, agility and adaptability into business processes. Discover the nine critical data points that measure the current state of digital transformation in the enterprise to uncover new opportunities, improve business agility, and achieve successful cloud migration.
Implementing High Availability in a Linux Environment
This white paper explores how organizations can lower both CapEx and OpEx running high-availability applications in a Linux environment without sacrificing performance or security.
Using open source solutions can dramatically reduce capital expenditures, especially for software licensing fees. But most organizations also understand that open source software needs more “care and feeding” than commercial software—sometimes substantially more- potentially causing operating expenditures to increase well above any potential savings in CapEx. This white paper explores how organizations can lower both CapEx and OpEx running high-availability applications in a Linux environment without sacrificing performance or security.
Controlling Cloud Costs without Sacrificing Availability or Performance
This white paper is to help prevent cloud services sticker shock from occurring ever again and to help make your cloud investments more effective.
After signing up with a cloud service provider, you receive a bill that causes sticker shock. There are unexpected and seemingly excessive charges, and those responsible seem unable to explain how this could have happened. The situation is critical because the amount threatens to bust the budget unless cost-saving changes are made immediately. The objective of this white paper is to help prevent cloud services sticker shock from occurring ever again.
Storage Playbook: Essential Enterprise Storage Concepts
Storage can seem like a confusing topic for the uninitiated, but a little bit of knowledge can go a long way. It is important to understand the basic concepts of storage technologies, performance, and configuration before diving into more advanced practices.
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Storage can seem like a confusing topic for the uninitiated, but a little bit of knowledge can go a long way. It is important to understand the basic concepts of storage technologies, performance, and configuration before diving into more advanced practices.

In this e-book, we’ll cover storage basics, storage performance and capacity, forecasting and usage and storage best practices.

How to Plan for Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery scenario planning begins with identifying potential business interruption events. If you understand what the risks are, you can formulate a strategy of how to deal with them and mitigate, or at least limit, business impact. Once the disaster recovery scenarios are identified, the planning phase commences. This involves determining the probability of each scenario occurring and documenting the recovery operations.
Disaster recovery scenario planning begins with identifying potential business interruption events. If you understand what the risks are, you can formulate a strategy of how to deal with them and mitigate, or at least limit, business impact. Once the disaster recovery scenarios are identified, the planning phase commences. This involves determining the probability of each scenario occurring and documenting the recovery operations.
 
Although no prevention method is 100% fool proof, risk avoidance and taking proactive measures for preparedness are essential elements of the disaster recovery process. Still despite all the measures you take to avoid a disaster, you must assume that a disaster will happen. Having this mind-set will help shape your decisions when it comes to planning for IT disaster recovery.
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Controlling Cloud Costs without Sacrificing Availability or Performance
This white paper is to help prevent cloud services sticker shock from occurring ever again and to help make your cloud investments more effective.
After signing up with a cloud service provider, you receive a bill that causes sticker shock. There are unexpected and seemingly excessive charges, and those responsible seem unable to explain how this could have happened. The situation is critical because the amount threatens to bust the budget unless cost-saving changes are made immediately. The objective of this white paper is to help prevent cloud services sticker shock from occurring ever again.
Implementing High Availability in a Linux Environment
This white paper explores how organizations can lower both CapEx and OpEx running high-availability applications in a Linux environment without sacrificing performance or security.
Using open source solutions can dramatically reduce capital expenditures, especially for software licensing fees. But most organizations also understand that open source software needs more “care and feeding” than commercial software—sometimes substantially more- potentially causing operating expenditures to increase well above any potential savings in CapEx. This white paper explores how organizations can lower both CapEx and OpEx running high-availability applications in a Linux environment without sacrificing performance or security.
Forrester: Monitoring Containerized Microservices - Elevate Your Metrics
As enterprises continue to rapidly adopt containerized microservices, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams need to address the growing complexities of monitoring these highly dynamic and distributed applications. The scale of these environments can pose tremendous monitoring challenges. This report will guide I&O leaders in what to consider when developing their technology and metric strategies for monitoring microservices and container-based applications.
As enterprises continue to rapidly adopt containerized microservices, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams need to address the growing complexities of monitoring these highly dynamic and distributed applications. The scale of these environments can pose tremendous monitoring challenges. This report will guide I&O leaders in what to consider when developing their technology and metric strategies for monitoring microservices and container-based applications.
Futurum Research: Digital Transformation - 9 Key Insights
In this report, Futurum Research Founder and Principal Analyst Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst Fred McClimans discuss how digital transformation is an ongoing process of leveraging digital technologies to build flexibility, agility and adaptability into business processes. Discover the nine critical data points that measure the current state of digital transformation in the enterprise to uncover new opportunities, improve business agility, and achieve successful cloud migration.
In this report, Futurum Research Founder and Principal Analyst Daniel Newman and Senior Analyst Fred McClimans discuss how digital transformation is an ongoing process of leveraging digital technologies to build flexibility, agility and adaptability into business processes. Discover the nine critical data points that measure the current state of digital transformation in the enterprise to uncover new opportunities, improve business agility, and achieve successful cloud migration.
Mastering vSphere – Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More
Do you regularly work with vSphere? If so, this free eBook is for you. Learn how to leverage best practices for the most popular features contained within the vSphere platform and boost your productivity using tips and tricks learnt direct from an experienced VMware trainer and highly qualified professional. In this eBook, vExpert Ryan Birk shows you how to master: Advanced Deployment Scenarios using Auto-Deploy Shared Storage Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting Host Network configurati

If you’re here to gather some of the best practices surrounding vSphere, you’ve come to the right place! Mastering vSphere: Best Practices, Optimizing Configurations & More, the free eBook authored by me, Ryan Birk, is the product of many years working with vSphere as well as teaching others in a professional capacity. In my extensive career as a VMware consultant and teacher (I’m a VMware Certified Instructor) I have worked with people of all competence levels and been asked hundreds - if not thousands - of questions on vSphere. I was approached to write this eBook to put that experience to use to help people currently working with vSphere step up their game and reach that next level. As such, this eBook assumes readers already have a basic understanding of vSphere and will cover the best practices for four key aspects of any vSphere environment.

The best practices covered here will focus largely on management and configuration solutions so should remain relevant for quite some time. However, with that said, things are constantly changing in IT, so I would always recommend obtaining the most up-to-date information from VMware KBs and official documentation especially regarding specific versions of tools and software updates. This eBook is divided into several sections, and although I would advise reading the whole eBook as most elements relate to others, you might want to just focus on a certain area you’re having trouble with. If so, jump to the section you want read about.

Before we begin, I want to note that in a VMware environment, it’s always best to try to keep things simple. Far too often I have seen environments be thrown off the tracks by trying to do too much at once. I try to live by the mentality of “keeping your environment boring” – in other words, keeping your host configurations the same, storage configurations the same and network configurations the same. I don’t mean duplicate IP addresses, but the hosts need identical port groups, access to the same storage networks, etc. Consistency is the name of the game and is key to solving unexpected problems down the line. Furthermore, it enables smooth scalability - when you move from a single host configuration to a cluster configuration, having the same configurations will make live migrations and high availability far easier to configure without having to significantly re-work the entire infrastructure. Now the scene has been set, let’s get started!

vSphere Troubleshooting Guide
Troubleshooting complex virtualization technology is something all VMware users will have to face at some point. It requires an understanding of how various components fit together and finding a place to start is not easy. Thankfully, VMware vExpert Ryan Birk is here to help with this eBook preparing you for any problems you may encounter along the way.

This eBook explains how to identify problems with vSphere and how to solve them. Before we begin, we need to start off with an introduction to a few things that will make life easier. We’ll start with a troubleshooting methodology and how to gather logs. After that, we’ll break this eBook into the following sections: Installation, Virtual Machines, Networking, Storage, vCenter/ESXi and Clustering.

ESXi and vSphere problems arise from many different places, but they generally fall into one of these categories: Hardware issues, Resource contention, Network attacks, Software bugs, and Configuration problems.

A typical troubleshooting process contains several tasks: 1. Define the problem and gather information. 2. Identify what is causing the problem. 3. Fix the problem, implement a fix.

One of the first things you should try to do when experiencing a problem with a host, is try to reproduce the issue. If you can find a way to reproduce it, you have a great way to validate that the issue is resolved when you do fix it. It can be helpful as well to take a benchmark of your systems before they are implemented into a production environment. If you know HOW they should be running, it’s easier to pinpoint a problem.

You should decide if it’s best to work from a “Top Down” or “Bottom Up” approach to determine the root cause. Guest OS Level issues typically cause a large amount of problems. Let’s face it, some of the applications we use are not perfect. They get the job done but they utilize a lot of memory doing it.

In terms of virtual machine level issues, is it possible that you could have a limit or share value that’s misconfigured? At the ESXi Host Level, you could need additional resources. It’s hard to believe sometimes, but you might need another host to help with load!

Once you have identified the root cause, you should assess the impact of the problem on your day to day operations. When and what type of fix should you implement? A short-term one or a long-term solution? Assess the impact of your solution on daily operations. Short-term solution: Implement a quick workaround. Long-term solution: Reconfiguration of a virtual machine or host.

Now that the basics have been covered, download the eBook to discover how to put this theory into practice!

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Upgrade and Security Configuration
Most businesses hugely invest in tackling the security vulnerabilities of their data centers. VMware vSphere 6.7 Upgrade 1 tackles it head-on with its functionalities that aligns with both the legacy and the modern technology capabilities. Read this white paper to know how you can maximize the security posture of vSphere workloads on production environments.
Security is a top concern when it comes to addressing data protection complexities for business-critical systems. VMware vSphere 6.7 Upgrade 1 can be the right fit for your data centers when it comes to resolving security vulnerabilities thereby helping you to take your IT infrastructure to the next level. While there are features that align with the legacy security standards, there are some of the best newly announced functionalities in vSphere 6.7 like Virtual TPM 2.0 and virtualization-based security capabilities that will help you enhance your current security measures for your production workloads. Get started with reading this white paper to know more on how you can implement a solution of this kind in your data centers.
Understanding Windows Server Hyper-V Cluster Configuration, Performance and Security
The Windows Server Hyper-V Clusters are definitely an important option when trying to implement High Availability to critical workloads of a business. Guidelines on how to get started with things like deployment, network configurations to some of the industries best practices on performance, security, and storage management are something that any IT admin would not want to miss. Get started with reading this white paper that discusses the same through scenarios on a production field and helps yo
How do you increase the uptime of your critical workloads? How do you start setting up a Hyper-V Cluster in your organization? What are the Hyper-V design and networking configuration best practices? These are some of the questions you may have when you have large environments with many Hyper-V deployments. It is very essential for IT administrators to build disaster-ready Hyper-V Clusters rather than thinking about troubleshooting them in their production workloads. This whitepaper will help you in deploying a Hyper-V Cluster in your infrastructure by providing step-by-step configuration and consideration guides focussing on optimizing the performance and security of your setup.
Overcome the Data Protection Dilemma - Vembu
Selecting a high-priced legacy backup application that protects an entire IT environment or adopting a new age solution that focuses on protecting a particular area of an environment is a dilemma for every IT professional. Read this whitepaper to overcome the data protection dilemma with Vembu.
IT professionals face a dilemma while selecting a backup solution for their environment. Selecting a legacy application that protects their entire environment means that they have to tolerate high pricing and live with software that does not fully exploit the capabilities of modern IT environment.

On the other hand, they can adopt solutions that focus on a particular area of an IT environment and limited just to that environment. These solutions have a relatively small customer base which means the solution has not been vetted as the legacy applications. Vembu is a next-generation company that provides the capabilities of the new class of backup solutions while at the same time providing completeness of platform coverage, similar to legacy applications.
LENOVO THINKAGILE CP SERIES: A Fully Featured Turnkey Private Cloud
If your organization needs a premium private cloud solution that offers superior ease of use, high levels of security, and accelerated time to value, explore the platform in this new paper from Principled Technologies. We’ll discuss common challenges you may face with a traditional approach to the private cloud, and how you overcome them with easy deployment and simple management.
Existing clouds have their challenges, but Lenovo and Cloudistics have released a new way forward, the ThinkAgile CP platform. If your organization needs a premium private cloud solution that offers superior ease of use, high levels of security, and accelerated time to value, explore the platform in this new paper from Principled Technologies.

In this paper, we’ll discuss some common challenges you may face with a traditional approach to the private cloud, and how Lenovo ThinkAgile CP can help you overcome them with easy deployment and simple management.