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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

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

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

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

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

Read this FREE white paper and learn how to:

  • Identify “zombies”
  • Clean up garbage and orphaned snapshots
  • Establish a transparent system to get sprawl under control
  • And more!
FSLogix Apps for Citrix AppDisk Reference Architecture
App Layering and Image Masking Combined for the Most Versatile Delivery Solution on the Market! Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management.
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Optimizing the way applications are delivered and managed has been an ongoing challenge in enterprise IT, and the variety of approaches over the years have been received with varying degrees of success. While every method has pros and cons, some of the most stubborn issues include time-to-deliver, application conflicts, plug-ins and licensing. The too-frequent result is high IT overhead, too many gold images and excess spending on application licenses.

Too many companies are settling on less than optimal solutions because that is all they are presented with and they are unaware of the true state of the art for application management. It is possible to dramatically reduce the number of Windows gold images, in some cases to a single image. It is possible to deliver exactly what each and every end user needs to do their job, and nothing else. It is possible for a user to log into a random system and instantly be presented with their personal desktop, all the right applications, plugins and add-ons, the right printers, and the right fonts. It is possible and it is simple.

Citrix AppDisk, when integrated with FSLogix Apps, provides a unique set of features that can improve end-user productivity, reduce IT overhead and lower the cost of desktop management. With FSLogix patent pending Image Masking technology, AppDisk gains very granular and powerful user-based policy control over every aspect of a user’s desktop and applications, and enhances the ability to distribute applications on network attached disk images. FSLogix Apps also enable AppDisks to scale to a much greater degree than any other similar technologies available today.

This document details what is possible when FSLogix is combined with Citrix AppDisk and suggests best practices for installing and configuring the products for maximum flexibility and applicability in various environments.
Top seven reasons to deploy Tintri for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
Countless organizations have chased the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) dream in hopes of reducing costs, while at the same time, increasing control and consistency. Check out the top seven reasons why Tintri VM-aware storage is necessary for VDI success.

Countless organizations have chased the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) dream in hopes of reducing costs, while at the same time, increasing control and consistency. Most have struggled. The problem is that storage built for physical workloads can’t keep up with the demands of virtual desktops.

Check out the top seven reasons why Tintri VM-aware storage is necessary for VDI success.

3 things you can ONLY do when your all-flash storage is VM-aware
There’s a disconnect in your data center. You’ve virtualized your applications and your teams are thinking and working in virtual machines.

While many storage products wear the VM-aware label, it doesn’t take much to assess its authenticity. If the product’s architecture is still built on a foundation of LUNs and volumes, it can never be fully VM-aware. 

Truly VM-aware storage is built specifically for virtualized applications. It provides you visibility across your infrastructure, control over performance and complete analytics at the VM level. If your data center is experiencing pain—poor performance, complex management and cost over-runs—you can’t solve it with all-flash or hyperconverged alone. Only VAS can help you see storage differently.

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.

Building a Private Cloud, Step by Step
The private cloud is a well-used architecture and technology within enterprises. Even so, most enterprises are still not well-versed in how to define, build, and deploy private clouds. There is a “gap of confusion” that exists between the proper use of private clouds and rank-and-file enterprise IT. In this page we’ll attempt to unveil the mystery of private cloud. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide to understand your own requirements, pick the right hardware and software, deal with se

The private cloud offers most of the advantages of the public cloud: Self-service and scalability, multi-tenancy, the ability to provision machines, and change computing resources on-demand. Private cloud also improves on security by limiting access to key IT people. Complexities are emerging for DevOps teams around their "infrastructure as code" practices as larger companies consider moving their most business-critical applications off the public cloud and onto private/hybrid clouds.

Complexity issues include:

  • Time-consuming infrastructure configuration and maintenance.
  • Inconsistent visibility into infrastructure utilization and cost.
  • Ever increasing complexity with custom requirements in every project.

Private clouds are specialized cloud computing implementations that are purpose-built to address some limitation or shortcoming around the use of public clouds. Core factors that drive private cloud adoption are compliance, security, and even the sense of control that many in enterprise IT require. Or, think they require.

As DevOps organizations are built within enterprises, private clouds as the deployment platforms mesh well with existing DevOps automation approaches and tool sets. Those within enterprises can tell you that private clouds are a sound architectural option, and they require “some time.” Just as public clouds require “some time.” Most enterprises will end up with both, using hybrid or multi-cloud implementations. In this paper, we’ll focus on private clouds, and the steps to successfully implement private clouds.

Calculating the Economics of a Private Cloud
A private cloud provides most of the value drivers of cloud, while keeping the data private and under direct control. The advantages of private clouds include agility, operational efficiency, self- and auto-provisioning, security and compliance. Leverage service oriented architecture (SOA), even for the most primitive clouds. The actual business case that you need to evaluate depends upon your patterns of business and your industry. While much ROI can be gained from a private cloud, the value

Security, control and application requirements are the driving forces behind the interest in a private cloud. As per the values listed above, enterprises are turning to the private cloud model to gain the value of cloud, but maintain security and control.

Cloud provider, Rackspace, surveyed 400 organizations in the United States and the U.K. Of those organizations, 294 were hybrid cloud users. According to the survey, 52% of respondents who've moved applications or workloads from public cloud services to private or hybrid clouds said they were motivated by improved security. Another 42% said hybrid and private environments offer better control, and 37% cited superior performance and reliability.

While the value is understood holistically, we need paths to define the value of a private cloud within enterprises that prove the return on investment to the stakeholders. Below are suggestions for both a process and metrics that you can leverage to prove the ROI within your organization. That said, each business is different, and thus there needs to be some adaptation of the process and metrics for your own problem domains.

The Essential Guide to Storage for Virtual Desktops
What are the 7 criteria you need to weigh when choosing storage for VDI? What 3 lessons can you learn from VDI failures? The Essential Guide has those answers and more. We designed this practical guide to get you thinking. We peppered it with anecdotes from your peers—sharing their failures and learnings. Great news! The Essential Guide to Storage for VDI is all yours. You’ll learn how to control costs, simplify management and scale your footprint like a champ!
What are the 7 criteria you need to weigh when choosing storage for VDI? What 3 lessons can you learn from VDI failures? The Essential Guide has those answers and more.
 
We designed this practical guide to get you thinking. We peppered it with anecdotes from your peers—sharing their failures and learnings.
 
Great news! The Essential Guide to Storage for VDI is all yours. You’ll learn how to control costs, simplify management and scale your footprint like a champ!
Default FTA management for Word 2013 and WordViewer
A complete step-by-step guide for managing the default file type associations for Word 2013 and WordViewer with FSLogix.

Duncan Murdoch, of Amber Reef, uses this white paper to outline the necessary approach to centrally control and manage FTAs for Word 2013 and WordViewer using FSLogix. 

After addressing the reason and symptoms of the issue, Duncan asserts, "If the desire is to 'Control the FTA' centrally and manage the associations with FSLogix, preventing the users from overriding the FTA settings," then "to achieve this you can create 2 separate FTA rules, one for Word 2013 and another for WordViewer."

By applying these rules alongside the FSLogix Hiding rules for the applications, then the Administrator can ensure that the FTA that is applied is the one that they have allocated to the application group.

NOTE: This will also prevent a user from being able to right-click the file and assign their OWN FTA preferences.

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!
Ten Priorities for Hybrid Cloud, Containers, and DevOps in 2017
This comprehensive guide from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) gives IT decision makers a clear picture of the top technology priorities facing today's enterprises and offers key recommendations on how to achieve an optimal IT environment.

This comprehensive guide from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) gives IT decision makers a clear picture of the top technology priorities facing today's enterprises and offers key recommendations on how to achieve an optimal IT environment.

Get your copy of the guide and learn:

  • The ten priorities for enterprises to efficiently manage hybrid cloud, containers, and DevOps
  • The specific recommendations EMA makes to help you effectively implement these priorities, with a focus on cost control
  • The top three products and vendors for each recommendation
Densify is proud to be an EMA-recommended solution for cloud cost optimization – we deliver results that others simply cannot!
StarWind Manager
StarWind Manager is a software solution developed to assist system administrators in performing their basic routine duties. StarWind Manager helps implementing, managing and monitoring Software-Defined Storage systems built with such solutions as StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, and Ceph.

StarWind Manager is a software solution that provides the ability to control the storage infrastructure regardless of hardware or software utilized. Thus, you can build your storage system using such Software-Defined Storage solutions like StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Ceph. StarWind Manager easily integrates into any existing infrastructure providing customers with a single control panel to manage it.

The first version of StarWind Manager comes as a “Preview Release”, and thereby supports only the first three features, while the others will be available in the upcoming releases:

·         Web-based interface

StarWind Manager provides a unified web-interface that allows monitoring your Software-Defined Architecture built with StarWind Virtual SAN, S2D or Ceph.

·         Server Health Monitoring

The software allows monitoring your server health irrespective of the hardware used to build the infrastructure. The web-based interface will provide the information on the CPU, memory, disk and storage utilization, as well as IOPS and latency.

·         Support for SDS platforms

As of now, StarWind Manager allows you monitoring the S2D infrastructure. In the upcoming releases, the software will be monitoring and managing the architecture built using StarWind Virtual SAN and Ceph storage platforms.

·         REST architectural paradigm

Designed with REST API, StarWind Manager allows adjusting the interface, as well as reconfiguring and creating plugins.

·         Hypervisor support

In addition to storage management, the software will allow you managing Microsoft Hyper-V hosts.