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The 2015 State of Converged Infrastructure Report
This year, Zenoss conducted its third annual State of Converged Infrastructure survey with 410 global IT leaders to explore how they are using converged infrastructure to respond to business needs for agility and speed. The survey received responses from 410 global IT professionals.
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This year, Zenoss conducted its third annual State of Converged Infrastructure survey with 410 global IT leaders to explore how they are using converged infrastructure to respond to business needs for agility and speed. The survey received responses from 410 global IT professionals. A few highlights from the report:

  • What trends are driving adoption of Converged Infrastructure (CI)?
    69% of survey respondents either have or plan to have CI deployed by 2016.
  • What commonalities exist between those companies having the greatest success in deploying CI?
    A whopping 65% reported delivering better customer service with CI.
  • How are companies structuring their IT workforce to best manage CI deployments?
    33% felt it necessary to create a new team solely for the purpose of managing their new CI implementation.
The full report highlights and analyzes the strengths, weaknesses, obstacles, and demographic data of IT organizations using or planning to use Converged Infrastructure across the world.
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.
How to Plan for Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery scenario planning begins with identifying potential business interruption events. If you understand what the risks are, you can formulate a strategy of how to deal with them and mitigate, or at least limit, business impact. Once the disaster recovery scenarios are identified, the planning phase commences. This involves determining the probability of each scenario occurring and documenting the recovery operations.
Disaster recovery scenario planning begins with identifying potential business interruption events. If you understand what the risks are, you can formulate a strategy of how to deal with them and mitigate, or at least limit, business impact. Once the disaster recovery scenarios are identified, the planning phase commences. This involves determining the probability of each scenario occurring and documenting the recovery operations.
 
Although no prevention method is 100% fool proof, risk avoidance and taking proactive measures for preparedness are essential elements of the disaster recovery process. Still despite all the measures you take to avoid a disaster, you must assume that a disaster will happen. Having this mind-set will help shape your decisions when it comes to planning for IT disaster recovery.
How to Simplify Application-Centric Workload and Resource Planning
In this Uila sponsored white paper, Nick Howell and James Green talks about top challenges with Application-Centric Workload and Resource Planning and how you can solve them.
Transparency among teams, departments, and leaders is something many companies could improve on. IT teams are almost always oversubscribed, have a never-ending task list, and are constantly being asked to move mountains. While the things they’re asked to do are not impossible, they can be very daunting when not properly planned for or when the necessary resources are not available due to budget constraints.

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

Read about the top challenges with Application-Centric Workload and Resource Planning and how you can solve them.
Essential Guide to Storage for Virtualization
If your organization is highly virtualized, or if you’re planning a virtual-first strategy for your organization, you cannot meet your objectives with conventional LUN and volume-based storage. Conventional storage architectures that were built for physical workloads decades ago are still used by both legacy providers and storage newcomers today. Instead, you need storage specifically built for virtualization and cloud.
If your organization is highly virtualized, or if you’re planning a virtual-first strategy for your organization, you cannot meet your objectives with conventional LUN and volume-based storage. Conventional storage architectures that were built for physical workloads decades ago are still used by both legacy providers and storage newcomers today. Instead, you need storage specifically built for virtualization and cloud.

Key Takeaways:
1) Understand the constraints of conventional, legacy storage solutions.
2) Learn how modern storage systems eliminate the disconnect between virtualized applications and physical-era storage.
3) Recognize the business benefits - including time and cost savings - that can be realized with storage that is optimized for virtualization and cloud.

Anywhere Access to ERP Applications with Parallels RAS
Today’s employees work outside traditional times and locations, often on personal devices. Parallels RAS applications, including your business-critical ERP applications,  to  any device, anywhere.
Workforce mobility is a growing requirement for businesses of all types and sizes. To be more productive, your workers need access to applications—including business-critical enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, such as Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, and Sage—using any device, at any time. Meanwhile, you need to safeguard and maintain control of your data and applications. To address these challenges, Parallels has developed industry-leading application and desktop delivery solutions that give your workforce alwayson access to ERP applications, while also centralizing management for increased security and reduced costs.
Ensure business continuity & disaster recovery compliance
In this webinar and demo, you will learn how NEW Veeam® Availability Orchestrator includes everything you need to reduce the time, costs and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster to ensure DR compliance and the continuous delivery of production IT services
In this webinar and demo, you will learn how NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator includes everything you need to reduce the time, costs and effort associated with planning for and recovering from a disaster to ensure DR compliance and the continuous delivery of production IT services, including:
  • Fully prepared, automatically updated DR documentation to satisfy compliance requirements, ready for C-level executive and stakeholder sign off
  • Automated plan testing and readiness checks to ensure recoverability with zero impact on production systems
  • Reliable failover and failback of multi-site IT services in the event of planned or unplanned downtime
  • And more!