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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

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.
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
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.