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Blueprint for Delivering IT-as-a-Service - 9 Steps for Success
You’ve got the materials (your constantly changing IT infrastructure). You’ve got the work order (your boss made that perfectly clear). But now what? Delivering IT-as-a-service has never been more challenging than it is today...virtualization, private, public, and hybrid cloud computing are drastically changing how IT needs to provide service delivery and assurance. You know exactly what you need to do, the big question is HOW to do it. If only there was some kind of blueprint for this…
You’ve got the materials (your constantly changing ITinfrastructure). You’ve got the work order (your boss made that perfectlyclear). But now what? Delivering IT-as-a-service has never been morechallenging than it is today...virtualization, private, public, and hybridcloud computing are drastically changing how IT needs to provide servicedelivery and assurance. You know exactly what you need to do, the big questionis HOW to do it. If only there was some kind of blueprint for this…

Based on our experience working with Zenoss customers whohave built highly virtualized and cloud infrastructures, we know what it takesto operationalize IT-as-a-Service in today’s ever-changing technicalenvironment. We’ve put together a guided list of questions in this eBook around the following topics to help you build your blueprint for getting the job done,and done right: 
  • Unified Operations
  • Maximum Automation
  • Model Driven
  • Service Oriented
  • Multi-Tenant
  • Horizontal Scale
  • Open Extensibility
  • Subscription
  • ExtremeService
Application Response Time for Virtual Operations
For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments it will no longer work to infer the performance of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it is essential to define application performance by measuring response and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.

Massive changes are occurring to how applications are built and how they are deployed and run. The benefits of these changes are dramatically increased responsiveness to the business (business agility), increased operational flexibility, and reduced operating costs.

The environments onto which these applications are deployed are also undergoing a fundamental change. Virtualized environments offer increased operational agility which translates into a more responsive IT Operations organization. Cloud Computing offers applications owners a complete out-sourced alternative to internal data center execution environments. IT organizations are in turn responding to public cloud with IT as a Service (IaaS) initiatives.

For applications running in virtualized, distributed and shared environments, it will no longer work to infer the “performance” of an application by looking at various resource utilization statistics. Rather it will become essential to define application performance as response time – and to directly measure the response time and throughput of every application in production. This paper makes the case for how application performance management for virtualized and cloud based environments needs to be modernized to suit these new environments.

Five Fundamentals of Virtual Server Protection
The benefits of server virtualization are compelling and are driving the transition to large scale virtual server deployments.
The benefits of server virtualization are compelling and are driving the transition to large scale virtual server deployments. From cost savings recognized through server consolidation or business flexibility and agility inherent in the emergent private and public cloud architectures, virtualization technologies are rapidly becoming a cornerstone of the modern data center. With Commvault's software, you can take full advantage of the developments in virtualization technology and enable private and public cloud data centers while continuing to meet all your data management, protection and retention needs. This whitepaper outlines the to 5 challenges to overcome in order to take advantage of the benefits of virtualization for your organization.
Hyper-converged Infrastructure: No-Nonsense Selection Criteria
This white paper helps you identify the key selection criteria for building a business savvy hyper-converged infrastructure model for your business based on cost, availability, fitness to purpose and performance. Also, it includes a checklist you can use to evaluate hyper-converged storage options.
Hyper-converged storage is the latest buzz phrase instorage. The exact meaning of hyper-converged storage varies depending on thevendor that one consults, with solutions varying widely with respect to theirsupport for multiple hypervisor and workload types and their flexibility interms of hardware componentry and topology.
 
Regardless of the definition that vendors ascribe to theterm, the truth is that building a business savvy hyper-converged infrastructurestill comes down to two key requirements: selecting a combination ofinfrastructure products and services that best fit workload requirements, andselecting a hyper-converged model that can adapt and scale with changingstorage demands without breaking available budgets.
 
Download this paper to:
  • Learn about hyper-converged storage and virtualSANs
  • Identify key criteria for selecting the right hyper-converged infrastructure
  • Obtain a checklist for evaluating options
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.
2015 State of SMB IT Infrastructure Survey Results
Overall, companies of all sizes are moving faster to virtualize their servers but very few are taking advantage of hyperconvergence and all that it offers.
Demandson IT in small and medium businesses (SMBs) continue to rise exponentially.Budget changes, increased application and customization demands, and more arestretching IT administrators to the limit. At the same time, new technologieslike hyperconverged infrastructure bring light to the end of thestrained-resources tunnel through improved efficiency, scaling, and managementbreakthroughs. More and more, IT groups at SMBs are being pushed to “do morewith less,” as the unwelcome saying goes. So, in order to meet thesechallenges, some SMBs leverage new technology.
 
See how 1,227 technologists replied to a surveyin early 2015 as a part of our State of SMB IT Infrastructure Survey. Theresponses to this very popular survey yielded some surprising results!
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.

Taneja Group HC3 Product Validation Report
Learn about how HC3 is helping to end complexity with a hyper-converged, virtual infrastructure developed for small to midsized business.
Learn about how HC3 is helping to end complexity with a hyper-converged, virtual infrastructure developed for small to midsized business.
Citrix AppDNA and FlexApp: Application Compatibility Solution Analysis
Desktop computing has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years. Once defined as physical PCs, Windows desktop environments now include everything from virtual to shared hosted (RDSH), to cloud based. With these changes, the enterprise application landscape has also changed drastically over the last few years.
Desktop computing has rapidly evolved over the last 10 years. Once defined as physical PCs, Windows desktop environments now include everything from virtual to shared hosted (RDSH), to cloud based. With these changes, the enterprise application landscape has also changed drastically over the last few years.

This whitepaper provides an overview of Citrix AppDNA with Liquidware Labs FlexApp.

Backup is Not Replication - Backup VMware
Why Rely on Backup Shipping as Your VMware DR Solution? Some people think, if you want to protect data in your virtual VMware environment, your easiest solution is to backup VMware using snapshots or agents.

Why Rely on Backup Shipping as Your VMware DR Solution?

Some people think, if you want to protect data in your virtual VMware environment, your easiest solution is to backup VMware using snapshots or agents.  However, solutions like this, such as Veeam, can slow down your production environment, and they are difficult to scale.

However, many of us understand that backup is not disaster recovery. The right approach to a BC/DR solution is hypervisor-based replication.

With hypervisor-based replication you receive:

  • Continuous data replication
  • Recovery capabilities built specifically for VMware datacenters
  • Full consistency between and among all application components
  • Zerto’s Offsite Backup for VMware
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.
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.

A Deep Dive into Tintri VM Scale-out
This paper illustrates how Tintri’s per-VM management tools work together with predictive analytics and VM Scale-out technology to make it possible to scale out storage while utilizing the management simplicity that is designed into each Tintri VMstore.

LUNs, volumes, RAID, striping and more have nothing to do with the virtual machines and applications that run your business, and only result in storage performance issues and management complexity. Tintri lets you manage what matters: individual virtual machines. With the announcement of VM Scale-out and analytics, Tintri provides virtualization scale-out technology that makes it possible to focus on managing individual VMs instead of storage.

This paper illustrates how Tintri’s per-VM management tools work together with predictive analytics and VM Scale-out technology to make it possible to scale out storage while utilizing the management simplicity that is designed into each Tintri VMstore.

The three must-haves for modern scale-out
Topics: Tintri, scale, storage
We’ll identify the pain points associated with conventional scaling methods and define the three must-haves for modern, simple storage scale-out.
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Introduction – why scale?

If you work in the data center, you’ve got a full plate. Your leadership pushes for a hybrid-cloud strategy. Your colleagues call for new services and projects. And you have to keep your existing (growing) virtual footprint up and running. Besides pulling you in multiple directions, the one thing all these items have in common is the requirement to scale.

And so over the next few pages we’ll explore the imperative to scale. We’ll identify the pain points associated with conventional scaling methods and define the three must-haves for modern, simple storage scale-out.
Creating a Public Cloud Experience In-House
With Stratoscale’s Amazon cloud alternative, users achieve the efficiency and business agility that take the modern data center to the next level with scalable, on-demand IT. Understand all the requisites to implement a private cloud. Define the requirements, pick the right hardware and software, deal with security and governance, and finally, successfully implement private clouds.

The cloud has revolutionized the way we build IT systems within enterprises. Indeed, enterprise IT’s goal since the inception of cloud computing has been to replicate the power of cloud computing within their own data centers. The trouble is that cloud computing systems were built net-new, which meant they could start from scratch and thus be more innovative with the use of cloud-based resources using the most modern technology and approaches available. Enterprises don’t have the same luxury. Decades of enterprise hardware and software purchases exist at different levels of maturation, and those structures must also support mission-critical systems in operations.

However, things are changing. New technology now provides enterprises with the public cloud experience,which includes:

  • Elastic use of compute resources, such as storage and compute.
  • Metered resource charge-back, meaning you only pay for the resources you use.
  • Auto- and self-provisioning; you can spin up and spin down resources as you need them.
  • Tight integration with new approaches and technologies, such as DevOps and the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Business agility, which is perhaps the most valuable aspect of using the clouds, means that you can quickly change applications and resources with almost no impact on operations.
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.