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Using VM Archiving to Solve VM Sprawl
Topics: commvault, sprawl
This Commvault whitepaper discusses how archiving virtual machines can mitigate VM sprawl with a comprehensive approach to VM lifecycle management.
This Commvault whitepaper discusses how archiving virtual machines can mitigate VM sprawl with a comprehensive approach to VM lifecycle management.
Making a Business Case for Unified IT Monitoring
Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.

In large IT organizations, monitoring tool sprawl has become so commonplace that it is not unusual for administrators to be monitoring 10 to 50 solutions across various departments.

Unified monitoring solutions like Zenoss offer a cost-effective alternative for those seeking to rein-in monitoring inefficiencies. By establishing a central nerve center to collect data from multiple tools and managed resources, IT groups can gain visibility into the end-to-end availability and performance of their infrastructure. This helps simplify operational processes and reduce the risk of service disruption for the enterprise.

This paper can help you make an effective business case for moving to a unified monitoring solution. Key considerations include:

•    The direct costs associated with moving to a unified monitoring tool
•    The savings potential of improved IT operations through productivity and efficiency
•    The business impact of monitoring tools in preventing and reducing both downtime and service degradation

Download the paper now!

The Path to Hybrid Cloud: Intelligent Bursting To Amazon Web Services & Microsoft Azure
In this whitepaper you will learn: The challenges in implementing an effective hybrid cloud; How key vendors are addressing their challenges; How to answer what, when and where to burst.

The hybrid cloud has been heralded as a promising IT operational model enabling enterprises to maintain security and control over the infrastructure on which their applications run. At the same time, it promises to maximize ROI from their local data center and leverage public cloud infrastructure for an occasional demand spike. However, these benefits don’t come without challenges.

In this whitepaper you will learn:
•    The challenges in implementing an effective hybrid cloud
•    How key vendors are addressing their challenges
•    How to answer what, when and where to burst

Discover Cross-Hypervisor Replication with Zerto
Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is the first hypervisor-based replication solution to offer enterprise-class cross-hypervisor replication, disaster recovery, data protection and workload mobility. With ZVR 4.0, IT departments can automatically convert Hyper-V VMs to VMware, convert VMware VMs to Hyper- V, and convert Hyper-V to AWS for increased flexibility and cost savings.
Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) is the first hypervisor-based replication solution to offer enterprise-class cross-hypervisor replication, disaster recovery, data protection and workload mobility. With ZVR 4.0, IT departments can automatically convert Hyper-V VMs to VMware, convert VMware VMs to Hyper- V, and convert Hyper-V to AWS for increased flexibility and cost savings.
IDC Technology Spotlight - Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform
This spotlight IDC Technology highlights IT professionals facing aggressive service level and low budgets, Learn how Zerto Cloud Continuity Platform helps resolve this issue.

A recent IDC survey of small and medium-sized business (SMB) users revealed that 67% have a recovery time requirement of less than four hours, and 31% have a recovery time requirement of less than two hours. Additionally, IDC estimates that as many as half of all organizations have insufficient business continuity and disaster recovery plans to meet business requirements, or to even survive a disaster.

Although business continuity is perhaps the top use case for cloud computing, simply focusing on this one use limits the broad potential of cloud, especially in a hybrid cloud context.

Scale Computing’s hyperconverged system matches the needs of the SMB and mid-market
Scale Computing HC3 is cost effective, scalable and designed for installation and management by the IT generalist
Everyone has heard the buzz about hyper-converged systems – appliances with compute, storage and virtualization infrastructures built in – these days. Hyper-converged infrastructure systems are an extension of infrastructure convergence – the combination of compute, storage and networking resources in one compact box – that promise of simplification by consolidating resources onto a commodity x86 server platform.
Weighing Your Unified Monitoring Options: When Open Source Makes Sense
There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few. However, not every tool is right for every environment.
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There are many open source monitoring tools available today that provide a cost-effective alternative for tackling baseline infrastructure monitoring challenges – Ganglia, Groundwork, Nagios, Zabbix, and Zenoss Core are just a few.

However, not every tool is right for every environment.

Weighing the strengths and weaknesses of open-source offerings is essential to determining whether they will work to meet your specific goals.

Since Zenoss has both open source and enterprise-scale solutions, we’re very familiar with both the benefits and limitations of these product sets for your organizational needs. This comparison guide helps provide insight into when and where open source tools might be a good fit.

Which solution is the right fit for you?  Download our white paper today to find out!
Citrix Ready Whitepaper: Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7
Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for deploying application and desktop virtualization. The new FMA provides a unified platform that makes application and desktop delivery fast and easy. Discover how to take advantage of all the new Citrix features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote access of your virtual applications and desktops in this Citrix-Ready White Paper
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As Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 are fast becoming the standard platforms for deploying application and desktop virtualization in today’s expanding enterprise, they provide a unified platform that makes application and desktop delivery fast and easy.

You can utilize the new Flexcast Management Architecture (FMA) as well as several new features and enhancements to improve the security, manageability and remote access of your virtual applications and desktops.

In this Citrix-Ready white paper, Top Eight Best Practices for Deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7, you will discover real-world experiences as well as the top eight best practices in deploying Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x, including how to:

  • Be cloud ready by separating the management plane and the workload
  • Enhance scalability and performance for multi-media applications with GPUs
  • Take advantage of new XenApp/XenDesktop 7.x features including Connection Leasing, anonymous user accesses, session pre-launch and lingering, and application folders/grouping support
  • Improve the user experience on broadband wireless connections with the Framehawk technology (available in Feature Pack 2)
  • Benefit from Citrix Provisioning Services enhancements and understand the trade-offs between PVS vs. Machine Creation Services
  • Analyze virtualization platform choices and how to optimize the deployment to get more users per server
  • Leverage built-in Citrix tools for performance visibility
  • Implement end-to-end monitoring, diagnosis and reporting for complete visibility across all Citrix and non-Citrix tiers in a single unified view

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 moves to
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.
SIOS iQ: A Next Generation Analytics Platform for Optimizing Critical Application Operations
SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations.

SIOS iQ is the first solution designed from the ground up to automate the intelligence of IT operations and simplify the optimization of critical application operations in VMware environments. SIOS iQ is an advanced analytics platform that applies patented machine learning technology actionable analysis, insights and problem-solving recommendations. Learn how SIOS iQ can help you identify wasted VMware resources (idle VMs, unneeded snapshot); find and resolve root causes of performance issues, and make informed decisions about implementing and configuring storage acceleration (host based caching with SSDs, all-flash arrays, and hybrid storage).

ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended. 

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience
Vembu BDR’s data protection solution enhances DRM operations by eliminating all potential single points of failure for restore functions. Using Vembu BDR Suite, IT is able to replicate backup data from multiple BDR Backup servers to a system running OffsiteDR Server within their own data center. As a result, IT garners an alternate system from which to recover protected VMs and physical servers using the same procedures that IT administrators employ on a BDR Backup server.

The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

For this analysis, openBench Labs assessed the performance and functionality of the Vembu OffsiteDR Server, a DRM device that increases the resilience of recovery processes. Their initial intent was to examine the ability to restore data in the event of a catastrophic failure in vSphere environment, including:

  • A VM running BDR Backup server,
  • an ESXi host, and
  • a SAN device.

The full capabilities of Vembu OffsiteDR Server, however, quickly revealed that the device had a much broader operational impact. With the installation of OffsiteDR Server on an external physical server, they were free to configure end-to-end backup and restore operations in a way that optimized RTO and RPO for all business-critical application scenarios running in vSphere test environment.

In openBench lab's test environment, the combination of Vembu OffsiteDR Server deployed on a physical server with a Vembu BDR Backup server deployed on a VM provided a value proposition that extended far beyond the enhancement of DRM recovery resilience. With OffsiteDR Server installed on a physical server, they were able to optimally leverage VM and physical server platforms to easily implement all of the data protection functionality provided by Vembu BDR Suite, leverage all of the performance optimizations available to VMs in a vSphere environment, and do so in the most cost-effective system configuration.

Vembu Changes the Dynamics of Data Protection for  Business Applications in a vSphere Environment
This paper examines how to use Vembu BDR to implement distributed backup and disaster recovery (DR) operations in a centrally managed data protection environment with an ingenious twist. Rather than store image backups of VMs and block-level backups of physical and VM guest host systems as a collection of backup files, Vembu BDR utilizes a document-oriented database as a backup repository, dubbed VembuHIVE, which Vembu virtualizes as a file system.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In this analysis, openBench Labs assesses the performance and functionality of the Vembu Backup & Disaster Recovery (BDR) host-level (a.k.a. agentless) data protection solution in a VMware vSphere 5.5 HA Cluster. For this test they utilized a vSphere VM configured with three logical disks located on separate datastores to support an Exchange server with two mailbox databases. Each of the mailbox databases was configured to support 1,000 user accounts.

This paper provides technically savvy IT decision makers with the detailed performance and resource configuration information needed to analyze the trade-offs involved in setting up an optimal data protection and business continuity plan to support a service level agreement (SLA) with line of business (LoB) executives.

To test backup performance, they created 2,000 AD users and utilized LoadGen to generate email traffic. Each user received 120 messages and sent 20 messages over an 8-hour workday. Using this load level, we established performance baselines for a data protection using direct SAN-based agentless VM backups.

In this scenario they were able to :

  • Finish crash-consistent incremental agent-less backups in 18 minutes, while processing our base transaction load of 12 Outlook TPS.
  • Restore a fully functional VM in less than 5 minutes as a Hyper-V VM capable of sustaining an indefinite load of 4 Outlook TPS
  • Recover all user mailboxes as .pst files from a host-level agentless VM backup with no need to schedule a Windows Client backup initiated within the VM’s guest Windows OS.
In a DR scenario, Vembu leverages the ability to restore a VM in any format, to provide an Instant-boot function, When Vembu Backup Server is installed on a server that is concurrently running Hyper-V, Vembu exports the datastores associated with a VM backup as Hyper-V disks and configures a VM to boot from the datastores.
Infinio Accelerator Product Overview White Paper
This whitepaper is an overview of Infinio Accelerator, a software-based server-side cache that provides high performance to any storage system in a VMware environment.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE This is an in-depth overview of Infinio Accelerator, a software-based server-side cache that provides high performance to any storage system in a VMware environment. It increases IOPS and decreases latency by caching a copy of the hottest data on server-side resources such as RAM and flash devices. Native inline deduplication ensures that all local storage resources are used as efficiently as possible, reducing the cost of performance. Results can be seen instantly following the non-disruptive, 15-minute installation that doesn’t require any downtime, data migration, or reboots.
Does Backup Need a File System of its Own?
VembuHIVETM is an efficient cloud file system designed for large-scale backup and disaster recovery (BDRTM) application with support for advanced use-cases. VembuHIVETM can be thought of as a File System of File Systems with in-built version control, deduplication (elimination of redundant information to enhance storage reduction), encryption, and in-built error correction.

Backup is just not about storage. It’s the intelligence on top of storage. Typically when businesses think of backup, they see it as a simple data copy from one location to another. Traditional file systems would suffice if the need were to just copy the data. But backup is the intelligence applied on top of storage where data can be put to actual use. Imagine the ability to use backup data for staging, testing, development and preproduction deployment. Traditional file systems are not designed to meet such complex requirements.

With the advent of information technology, more and more organizations are relying on IT for running their businesses. They cannot afford to have downtime on their critical applications and need instant access to data in the event of disaster. Hence, a new type of file system is necessary to satisfy this need. 

VembuHIVETM manages the metadata smartly through its patent-pending technology, in a way that is agnostic to the file system of the backup, which is why we call VembuHIVETM, a file system of file systems. This helps the backup application to instantly associate the data in VembuHIVETM to any file system metadata, thereby allowing on-demand file or image restores in many possible file formats. The data and metadata storage, harness cluster file system and computing and storage.

This is a really powerful concept that will address some very interesting use cases not just in the backup and recovery domain but also in other domains, such as big-data analytics.

The key to the design of VembuHIVETM is its novel mechanism to capture and generate appropriate metadata and store it intelligently in a cloud infrastructure. The increment data (the changes with respect to a previous version of the same backup) are treated like versions in a version control system (CVS, GIT). This revolutionary way of data capture and metadata generation provides seamless support to a wide range of complex restore use cases.

ESG Lab Spotlight: SIOS iQ & FlashSoft: Analytics-driven Server Acceleration
Download this ESG Lab Spotlight and learn how easy accelerating performance in your VMware environment through host-based caching can be. ESG Lab looked at a new approach that uses SIOS iQ machine learning analytics platform to identify candidate VMs that can be accelerated with FlashSoft host-based caching software using SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators and SanDisk SAS and SATA SSDs. They validated the benefits of this approach in this detailed Lab Spotlight

ESG Lab Spotlight evaluates the power of SIOS iQ Machine Learning and Flashsoft software to enable companies to improve application performance through easy, cost-efficient host based caching with solid-state storage devices (SSDs).by reducing storage bottlenecks, speeding application performance, and minimizing latency. However, the challenge for many organizations, especially since many SSDs are still more expensive than HDDs, is to know when and where to apply SSDs to both maximize performance and minimize costs. This lab report evaluates the SIOS iQ IT Analytics and SanDisk FlashSoft, ioMemory, and SSDs. SIOS iQ, a machine learning analytics platform for optimizing VMware environments, identifies which virtual machines will benefit most from host-based caching and recommends the configuration that will provide the best results. FlashSoft host-based caching software leverages SanDisk Fusion ioMemory PCIe application accelerators, SanDisk Lightning, Optimus, and CloudSpeed SSDs, or any other solid-state storage device, to reduce latency and improve throughput in read-intensive virtual and physical server workloads.

ESG Lab used a simulated enterprise IT infrastructure to validate how organizations can use the SIOS iQ analytics platform to identify applications that could be accelerated with host-based caching software, recommend an optimal cache configuration, and predict the resulting storage performance if caching were configured as recommended. 

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.

IT Monitoring and Performance Management White Paper
Learn about eG Enterprise's unified monitoring capabilities as they apply to your infrastructure and particular challenges, whether application performance management, Citrix monitoring, Java monitoring or other business environments.

Citrix logon monitoring has been a topic that has been getting a lot of attention. In some domains, users logon multiple times into their Citrix infrastructure. Slow logons affect the user experience and reduce user productivity.

This whitepaper discusses different ways of monitoring Citrix logon times, reviews what is necessary for complete visibility into the Citrix logon process and presents how to diagnose Citrix logon slowness issues quickly to improve the user experience and enhance productivity.

5 Keys to Virtualization Zen
So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and achieving virtualization bliss.

So you’ve invested in virtualization - now what does it take to make that virtual environment hum? Before, during and after deploying, you need a modern monitoring solution to ensure you’re getting the most of your investment. We’ve compiled the 5 keys for conquering downtime and achieving virtualization bliss.

Zenoss makes managing virtualized environments and virtualization monitoring easy and less expensive. The Zenoss hybrid IT monitoring platform allows you to comprehensively monitor resource performance and availability across the entire stack, including network, storage, applications and more, regardless of physical or virtual location.

Virtual Machine Migration Checklist
Preparing for a virtualized infrastructure migration can be daunting, use the Zerto checklist to help you plan and execute your migration smoothly!
This checklist provides an overview to help plan a datacenter migration project and ensure accountability through each step including:
  • Communication: Maintain clear, and regular communication with everyone.
  • Scoping: Understand what makes up the application. Get rid of the unknowns to ensure nothing breaks.
  • Ownership and permissions: Who owns the server and application and who will test and validate pre and post migration?
  • Priority: Are there other projects in your way?
  • Organization: Checklists and spreadsheets: How are you tracking all of this?
  • Execution: How is the migration happening? How will the servers and data be moved?
  • Contingency: If something goes wrong, how do I back out and reschedule if necessary?
  • Tracking: Prepare for change. Track what changes need to occur on machines, applications, and infrastructure.
  • Data Hygiene: Cleanup the source environment
Disaster Recovery Guide: DR in Virtualized Environments
In this guide you will learn about BC/DR 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. The costs of downtime are huge and data loss can put a company out of business. 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. Therefore thorough security and business continuity strategies are crucial for modern businesses, minimizing data loss and downtime. Especially now, as data centers become more and more software defined, these private, hybrid and public clouds become more vulnerable to these kinds of threats.
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.

Customer Solutions Spotlight: Faster Virtual Desktops
Infinio Accelerator can improve performance for virtual desktops during peak times and steady-state. By leveraging server-side resources for storage operations, Infinio can deliver IOPS at a microsecond response time, improving enduser experience and ensuring successful rollouts of virtual desktops.
Infinio Accelerator can improve performance for virtual desktops during peak times and steady-state. By leveraging server-side resources for storage operations, Infinio can deliver IOPS at a microsecond response time, improving enduser experience and ensuring successful rollouts of virtual desktops.
4 Virtualization Skills to Take Flight In Your IT Career
It's time to take your IT career flight beyond the final frontiers of your virtual universe. Do it with the SOAR Framework.
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It's time to take your IT career flight beyond the final frontiers of your virtual universe. Do it with the SOAR Framework.

You'll learn 4 virtualization skills to advance your career: 

  • Secure - Govern, control data and user planes
  • Optimize - Run more efficiently
  • Automate - Scale your IT environment
  • Report - Show & tell to your leadership teams
Each SOAR skill will help you to deal with change management in the era of continuous service integration and service delivery. Time to shatter the shackles and take flight!
4 Essential Skills to Master Your Virtual Universe
In this eBook, SolarWinds Head Geek, Kong Yang, defines the 4 essentials skills to master as a virtualization administrators: Discovery, Alerting, Remediation and Troubleshooting. Virt admins will learn the what, why, and how behind mastering these skills with real world examples and best practices
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In this eBook, SolarWinds Head Geek, Kong Yang, defines the 4 essentials skills to master as a virtualization administrators: Discovery, Alerting, Remediation and Troubleshooting. Virt admins will learn the what, why, and how behind mastering these skills with real world examples and best practices

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.

Converged Application and Infrastructure Performance Monitoring
Download this white paper to discover how converged application and infrastructure performance monitoring can help you proactively discover, diagnose and resolve performance issues and applications to consistently deliver great user experience.

As detecting and troubleshooting application performance issues increases in complexity in today’s distributed, heterogeneous environments, the siloed monitoring of applications and infrastructure tiers (network, storage, virtualization, database, etc.) is no longer sufficient. eG Enterprise delivers the first converged application and infrastructure performance monitoring solution, providing unified visibility of application performance, end-user experience, and infrastructure health—all from a single pane of glass.

Read this white paper to find out how eG Enterprise’s converged application and infrastructure monitoring capabilities help you:

  • 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
The Hybrid Cloud Guide
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.

DR 101 EBook
Disaster Recovery 101: Everything you wanted to know about DR….but were afraid to ask!
Confused about RTOs and RPOs? Fuzzy about failover and failback? Wondering about the advantages of continuous replication over snapshots? Well, you’re in the right place. The Disaster Recovery 101 guide will help you learn about DR from the ground up and assist you in making informed decisions when implementing your DR strategy, enabling you to build a resilient IT infrastructure.

This 101 guide will educate you on topics like:
  • How to evaluate replication technologies
  • Measuring the cost of downtime
  • How to test your Disaster Recovery plan
  • Reasons why backup isn’t Disaster Recovery
  • Tips for leveraging the cloud
  • Mitigating IT threats like ransomware
Introduction to Private Cloud Technologies: Virtualization
Virtualization provides many benefits to organizations. Atlantic.Net provides multiple types of virtualization solutions that can be implemented to fit any need. Additionally, Atlantic.Net has extensive experience in regard to both compliance and security for cloud computing. These include a range of virtualization packages delivering flexibility and scalability, along with control and customization.
Virtualization is broadly defined as the simulation of physical- or soft - ware-based resources on an underlying host server. The software used to manage the resources, called a hypervisor, creates separately contained systems, devices, or applications that utilize resources on that host. Combined, the distribution and management of these resources lay the groundwork for expansive virtualized environments
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

Performance and Cost Optimizations with Microsoft Azure
Customers are facing incredible pressure to modernize and transform their IT to become a digital business; cloud is central to this transformation. Figuring out what workloads go on-premises, what goes in cloud, and how to manage the transition is challenging – and mistakes are costly. This is exacerbated even further once customers get to the cloud and need to manage the complexity.
Customers are facing incredible pressure to modernize and transform their IT to become a digital business; cloud is central to this transformation. Figuring out what workloads go on-premises, what goes in cloud, and how to manage the transition is challenging – and mistakes are costly. This is exacerbated even further once customers get to the cloud and need to manage the complexity.
Cost Optimizations with AWS
Customers are facing incredible pressure to modernize and transform their IT to become a digital business; cloud is central to this transformation. Figuring out what workloads go on-premises, what goes in cloud, and how to manage the transition is challenging – and mistakes are costly. This is exacerbated even further once customers get to the cloud and need to manage the complexity.
Customers are facing incredible pressure to modernize and transform their IT to become a digital business; cloud is central to this transformation. Figuring out what workloads go on-premises, what goes in cloud, and how to manage the transition is challenging – and mistakes are costly. This is exacerbated even further once customers get to the cloud and need to manage the complexity.
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.
2017 State of Storage in Virtualization
For the second year, Tegile has partnered with ActualTech Media to research how storage and virtualization trends track with one another and how respondents view technologies such as VMware’s VVols. With responses from more than 700 IT pros and IT leaders, you will discover the applications and storage characteristics that are important today and how respondents’ thoughts have shifted over the past year.
Learn how storage has become the key enabler to bigger and faster virtualization. Key findings:
•    Virtualized instances of SQL Server continue to increase in popularity.
•    Hybrid flash storage (combination of flash and spinning disk) gains even more traction. Hybrid storage systems are now found in 55% of respondent environments.
•    Storage performance issues persist. The majority of respondents indicate that they experience storage performance challenges.
•    iSCSI now exceeds Fibre Channel in deployment popularity. 50% of respondents indicated that iSCSI is one of their protocols of choice.
•    VMware VVols continues to be panned by customers. 66% respondents feel that they have little to no knowledge of VVols.

2017 Strategic Roadmap for Storage
Gartner offers recommendations for IT leaders responsible for infrastructure modernization and agility. Emerging storage hardware and software enable IT leaders to lower acquisition costs per terabyte and improve manageability. In addition to focusing on agility, automation and cost reductions, IT leaders should address the cultural changes and skill set shortages caused by digital business projects.
Key Findings:

•    Vendor consolidation continues in the storage and hyperconverged integrated system market, causing reassessments of vendor relationships, cost impacts and potential solution switches.
•    New storage initiatives focus on the need for agility, automation and cost reduction, as evidenced by the high adoption of solid-state arrays and HCIS, along with increasing interest in software-defined storage and drastically simplified integrated backup appliances.
•    Cloud storage continues to be a polarizing practice, with business more optimistic and IT more cautious, resulting in clashes and conflicts between tactical decisions and strategic movements.
•    Digital business and other new business initiatives often require changes in the culture between business units and IT operations; this highlights the challenges of skill set shortages in such areas as the evaluation and management of IT service providers.
Buyer's Guide for Small/Midsize-Enterprise All-Flash Arrays
DCIG collected data on 24 of the top products from 11 storage vendors, and published the data in standardized data sheets, so IT buyers can do quick comparisons of more than 50 features that are supported or not supported on each model.
DCIG is pleased to present this fresh snapshot of the dynamic all-flash array (AFA) marketplace. The DCIG 2017-18 Small/Midsize Enterprise All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide helps businesses accelerate the all-flash array selection process. This Buyer’s Guide includes data sheets for twenty-four (24) small/midsize enterprise-class all-flash arrays that achieved rankings of Recommended or Excellent. These products come from eleven (11) vendors including Dell EMC, Fujitsu, iXsystems, Kaminario, NEC, NetApp, Nimble Storage, Pivot3, Pure Storage, Tegile and Tintri.
The Modern Enterprise CIO as Broker, Innovation ForceCompany Name: Stratoscale
With the rapid democratization and consumerization of technology – in particular, over the last decade with cheaper, better, and more accessible hardware and software options for individuals – small and large enterprises alike must take a close look at their organizational hierarchies. Whereas in the past, allocation of budget and resources were the primary functions of IT managers and executives, CIOs and IT leads are now expected to be innovation agents and thought leaders, taking the enterpr
With the rapid democratization and consumerization of technology – in particular, over the last decade with cheaper, better, and more accessible hardware and software options for individuals – small and large enterprises alike must take a close look at their organizational hierarchies. Whereas in the past, allocation of budget and resources were the primary functions of IT managers and executives, CIOs and IT leads are now expected to be innovation agents and thought leaders, taking the enterprise to the next level, both internally and externally.
Support Cloud-Native Apps with Database Services On-Prem
Cloud computing is one of the biggest developments in the IT industry in the last few years. All major cloud providers offer some form of DBaaS (Database-as-a-service), and industry experts expect it to soon become a standard solution for enterprises. In this paper, we will review the different types of standard database tasks and how cloud is changing them, along with the new opportunities the cloud presents for DBAs. This paper also will provide basic guidance on acquiring new skills or impro
Cloud computing is one of the biggest developments in the IT industry in the last few years. All major cloud providers offer some form of DBaaS (Database-as-a-service), and industry experts expect it to soon become a standard solution for enterprises. Gartner recently published Market Guide for Database Platform as a Service, in which they note, “The database platform as a service market continues gaining momentum, driven by maturing products, reports of major resource savings, increased product choice and a general acceptance of the cloud.” So how does this affect DBAs? How can they demonstrate their value and retain their position in enterprise IT despite this shift? In this paper, we will review the different types of standard database tasks and how cloud is changing them, along with the new opportunities the cloud presents for DBAs. This paper also will provide basic guidance on acquiring new skills or improving current ones so that they meet those needed for any DBA to survive this transition to cloud.
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.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Overview
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a new data protection and availability solution that simplifies VM and file recovery and access. It unlocks your data to provide value for emerging use cases, and can either be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to offload copies for long-term storage and governance efficiently at scale.
Organizations need a solution that focuses on virtual environments, deploys quickly without costly service engagements, and is easy to manage. For many large organizations, the solution also needs to be capable of delivering enterprise-proven scale, efficiency and data governance.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a new data protection and availability solution that simplifies VM and file recovery and access. It unlocks your data to provide value for emerging use cases, and can either be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to offload copies for long-term storage and governance efficiently at scale.

ESG Lab Review: Protecting Virtual Environments with Spectrum Protect Plus from IBM
This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on validation of the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus solution with a focus on how IBM makes deployment and management easy, while delivering multi-workflow recovery agility.
Even today, the reliable protection and recovery of virtual environments continues to be a daunting task for many IT organizations. That said, backup and recovery software does not always make VM protection and recovery easy. As an example, and perhaps most alarmingly, one in nine VM recoveries fails because the data was never backed up. When looking into why VM recoveries fail, one finds a startling range of causes. With so many challenges—the less-than-perfect track records of IT organizations when it comes to VM protection, coupled with failures to meet modern-day SLAs—it is not surprising that some respondents report they continue to lack complete confidence in their VM protection and recovery solution.

It’s apparent through the introduction of the Spectrum Protect Plus solution that these challenges have not been ignored by IBM. Now IBM customers can quickly and easily deploy a solution specifically designed to meet the challenges of virtual machine data protection and administration.
A Hybrid Approach to Big Data
We consider a scenario where a data science team needs to analyze a dataset that resides within an object storage service on a public cloud. This is a common scenario when an externally exposed service is deployed on a public cloud and telemetry data is stored for future analysis. In this scenario, we make use of a specific set of technologies which are representative of those that are typically adopted as part of big data and cloud computing deployment paradigms. We demonstrate how you can us

All IT managers understand the critical role they play in ensuring that the enterprise computing infrastructure under their control is effective in meeting the business goals of the organization. Indeed, staying competitive in the rapidly evolving world of today requires that businesses take a proactive mindset towards leveraging their IT investments to deliver key insights through big data initiatives.

The adoption of this mentality is often reflected by the inclusion of dedicated data science teams capable of driving these projects. These groups apply advanced analytical algorithms and artificial intelligence to large datasets with a goal of deriving competitive advantages for the organization.

The specific implementations vary and may impact a variety of business processes such as product development, marketing initiatives, sales management, etc. However, as the adoption of these practices continues to increase, IT teams need to be prepared to effectively support them. While on the surface it may seem that big data workloads are simply another application to deploy and manage, in practice they entail multiple challenges.

In this paper, we demonstrate the ability to implement a big data use case in practice using a hybrid cloud deployment strategy. We provide an overview of our sample scenario, followed by a detailed deployment walk through that enables users to easily replicate the scenario in their own environments. By the end of this paper, readers should have a clear understanding of how big data use cases can be implemented using the underlying technologies covered and how the adoption of hybrid cloud computing environments enables IT leaders to successfully meet the needs of these initiatives within their organizations.

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.

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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.

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.

A Hybrid Approach to Big Data
We consider a scenario where a data science team needs to analyze a dataset that resides within an object storage service on a public cloud. This is a common scenario when an externally exposed service is deployed on a public cloud and telemetry data is stored for future analysis. In this scenario, we make use of a specific set of technologies which are representative of those that are typically adopted as part of big data and cloud computing deployment paradigms. We demonstrate how you can us

All IT managers understand the critical role they play in ensuring that the enterprise computing infrastructure under their control is effective in meeting the business goals of the organization. Indeed, staying competitive in the rapidly evolving world of today requires that businesses take a proactive mindset towards leveraging their IT investments to deliver key insights through big data initiatives.

The adoption of this mentality is often reflected by the inclusion of dedicated data science teams capable of driving these projects. These groups apply advanced analytical algorithms and artificial intelligence to large datasets with a goal of deriving competitive advantages for the organization.

The specific implementations vary and may impact a variety of business processes such as product development, marketing initiatives, sales management, etc. However, as the adoption of these practices continues to increase, IT teams need to be prepared to effectively support them. While on the surface it may seem that big data workloads are simply another application to deploy and manage, in practice they entail multiple challenges.

In this paper, we demonstrate the ability to implement a big data use case in practice using a hybrid cloud deployment strategy. We provide an overview of our sample scenario, followed by a detailed deployment walk through that enables users to easily replicate the scenario in their own environments. By the end of this paper, readers should have a clear understanding of how big data use cases can be implemented using the underlying technologies covered and how the adoption of hybrid cloud computing environments enables IT leaders to successfully meet the needs of these initiatives within their organizations.

ESG Lab Review: Protecting Virtual Environments with Spectrum Protect Plus from IBM
This ESG Lab Review documents hands-on validation of the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus solution with a focus on how IBM makes deployment and management easy, while delivering multi-workflow recovery agility.
Even today, the reliable protection and recovery of virtual environments continues to be a daunting task for many IT organizations. That said, backup and recovery software does not always make VM protection and recovery easy. As an example, and perhaps most alarmingly, one in nine VM recoveries fails because the data was never backed up. When looking into why VM recoveries fail, one finds a startling range of causes. With so many challenges—the less-than-perfect track records of IT organizations when it comes to VM protection, coupled with failures to meet modern-day SLAs—it is not surprising that some respondents report they continue to lack complete confidence in their VM protection and recovery solution.

It’s apparent through the introduction of the Spectrum Protect Plus solution that these challenges have not been ignored by IBM. Now IBM customers can quickly and easily deploy a solution specifically designed to meet the challenges of virtual machine data protection and administration.
Remove complexity in protecting your virtual infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
This white paper focuses on the deployment and basic setup of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for protecting VMware. Readers will be taken through a step-by-step explanation of what is required to install and configure IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for basic backup and recovery of VMware virtual machines (VMs). Integration with Spectrum Protect for long-term data retention is also discussed.
IBM Spectrum Protect™ Plus is a new data protection and availability solution for virtual environments that can unlock your valuable data for emerging use cases. You can deploy it in minutes and have your environment fully protected within an hour. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus can be implemented as a stand-alone solution or can integrate easily with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to off-load copies for long-term storage and governance with scale and efficiency.

This white paper focuses on the deployment and basic setup of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for protecting VMware. Readers will be taken through a step-by-step explanation of what is required to install and configure IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for basic backup and recovery of VMware virtual machines (VMs). Integration with Spectrum Protect for long-term data retention is also discussed.
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Overview
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a new data protection and availability solution that simplifies VM and file recovery and access. It unlocks your data to provide value for emerging use cases, and can either be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to offload copies for long-term storage and governance efficiently at scale.
Organizations need a solution that focuses on virtual environments, deploys quickly without costly service engagements, and is easy to manage. For many large organizations, the solution also needs to be capable of delivering enterprise-proven scale, efficiency and data governance.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a new data protection and availability solution that simplifies VM and file recovery and access. It unlocks your data to provide value for emerging use cases, and can either be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to offload copies for long-term storage and governance efficiently at scale.

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.

Omaha School District Leverages IGEL’s Revolutionary Micro Client
Millard Public Schools is currently leveraging the IGEL UD Pocket, a revolutionary micro client, inside the district’s computer-aided design (CAD) classrooms to securely and cost-effectively deliver Autodesk software to their CAD students via a Citrix virtual desktop.
Millard Public Schools was looking for a secure and cost-effective way to deliver graphics intensive CAD applications to students via Citrix virtual desktops. The school district selected the IGEL UD Pocket and is now leveraging the micro thin client inside its CAD classrooms. Some of the key benefits the district has experienced as a result of the IGEL solution include ease of management and configuration, time and cost savings, support for a robust multimedia experience, and enhanced endpoint security as students are now only able to access their Windows-based, GPU-enabled virtual desktops from a secured Linux-based endpoint.
The Modern Enterprise CIO as Broker, Innovation ForceCompany Name: Stratoscale
With the rapid democratization and consumerization of technology – in particular, over the last decade with cheaper, better, and more accessible hardware and software options for individuals – small and large enterprises alike must take a close look at their organizational hierarchies. Whereas in the past, allocation of budget and resources were the primary functions of IT managers and executives, CIOs and IT leads are now expected to be innovation agents and thought leaders, taking the enterpr
With the rapid democratization and consumerization of technology – in particular, over the last decade with cheaper, better, and more accessible hardware and software options for individuals – small and large enterprises alike must take a close look at their organizational hierarchies. Whereas in the past, allocation of budget and resources were the primary functions of IT managers and executives, CIOs and IT leads are now expected to be innovation agents and thought leaders, taking the enterprise to the next level, both internally and externally.
Support Cloud-Native Apps with Database Services On-Prem
Cloud computing is one of the biggest developments in the IT industry in the last few years. All major cloud providers offer some form of DBaaS (Database-as-a-service), and industry experts expect it to soon become a standard solution for enterprises. In this paper, we will review the different types of standard database tasks and how cloud is changing them, along with the new opportunities the cloud presents for DBAs. This paper also will provide basic guidance on acquiring new skills or impro
Cloud computing is one of the biggest developments in the IT industry in the last few years. All major cloud providers offer some form of DBaaS (Database-as-a-service), and industry experts expect it to soon become a standard solution for enterprises. Gartner recently published Market Guide for Database Platform as a Service, in which they note, “The database platform as a service market continues gaining momentum, driven by maturing products, reports of major resource savings, increased product choice and a general acceptance of the cloud.” So how does this affect DBAs? How can they demonstrate their value and retain their position in enterprise IT despite this shift? In this paper, we will review the different types of standard database tasks and how cloud is changing them, along with the new opportunities the cloud presents for DBAs. This paper also will provide basic guidance on acquiring new skills or improving current ones so that they meet those needed for any DBA to survive this transition to cloud.