Data Centers

Along with the rise of cloud computing, data centers are being reinvented via virtualization, servers and high-performance computing. Find out more in with the latest white papers and case studies.

  • White Papers // Nov 2014

    Whitepaper: Rethinking IT to Drive Business Value

    A recent survey of 300 enterprise organization decision makers involved in hardware investment decisions reveals the challenges and opportunities that lay between the old style of IT characterized by cost-cutting and infrastructure silos, with the new style of IT driven by the technology trends of Mobility, Cloud and Big Data....

    Sponsored By HP & Intel® Xeon® Processor

  • eBooks // May 2014

    Software Defined Storage for Dummies

    This book examines data storage and management challenges and explains software-defined storage, an innovative solution for high-performance, cost-effective storage using the IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS).

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Apr 2014

    Unified Data Protection for Physical and Virtual Environments

    This white paper will discuss the evolution, benefits and challenges of data protection for virtual environments and how a modern data protection solution can enable both virtualization professionals and storage managers to perform successful backups, but more importantly guaranteed restores.

    Sponsored By Symantec

  • Videos // May 2014

    Video: 10 Critical Requirements for Cloud Applications

    Many application vendors now claim they're in the cloud. But being committed to this new delivery model requires more than just saying it. So what must-haves should you look for in a cloud vendor? Watch this video to see the 10 Critical Requirements for Cloud Applications.

    Sponsored By Workday

  • White Papers // Jan 2014

    Pervasive Technology Trends Shaping the Business and the Implications for Your Data Center

    Four technology trends—cloud computing, mobile technology, social collaboration and analytics—are shaping the business and converging on the data center. But few data center strategies are designed with the requisite flexibility, scalability or resiliency to meet the new demands. Read the white paper to learn how a good data center strategy...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    Technical Overview: Cloudant Spatial

    Cloudant Geospatial is a fully managed cloud service that helps deliver advanced geospatial with built-in high availability, global data distribution, and horizontal scaling capabilities. Read More..

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Nov 2014

    IDC Whitepaper - Next Gen Virtualization & Hybrid Cloud with ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure)

    The pace of change in IT systems is accelerating as new applications, particularly from cloud and mobile environments, become key business enablers. Organizations are constantly seeking to simplify and optimize their IT infrastructure to make it more adaptable and innovative to get a competitive advantage. IDC has quantified the network-related...

    Sponsored By Cisco

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    Enterprise Tech: Pick Your Cloud, Control Your Data.

    The report looks at the operational and financial benefits that companies can expect to see through Cloud services. By capitalizing on private cloud and by using cloud services companies can have the flexibility to grow, maintain control of their data without expanding their data centers. They can also be more...

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    New Strategies for a New World IT: Are You Ready?

    Traditional IT has been constrained by complex, siloed infrastructure designs that are limited due to resources that are optimized around system technologies and IT needs rather than focused on driving better business outcomes. As a result, the gap between business demands for agile service and the ability of the IT...

    Sponsored By HP & Intel® Xeon® Processor

  • White Papers // Oct 2014

    Choosing Cloud Backup Services: a Guide for SMBs

    This whitepaper helps demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs. Read more...

    Sponsored By HP

  • White Papers // Dec 2014

    2014 ZDNet Report - Reducing Infrastructure Cost and Complexity Through Colocation

    The growing complexity of managing datacentres is forcing organisations to take a hard look at co-location as a viable alternative to maintaining their in-house datacentre needs. Co-location will allow organisations to have the facilities they need, with provided space, power, cooling, and physical security for the server, storage, and networking...

    Sponsored By M1

  • Webcasts // Nov 2014

    On-demand Webcast: Moving the Data Center to Hyper-Converged & Web-Scale: A Customer and Analyst View

    As enterprises take their data centers to 100% virtualization, the needs for IT infrastructure have moved beyond converged infrastructure such as VCE Vblock and toward hyper-converged, web-scale architectures. Join this technical webinar to hear from CBSi editors, Taneja Group analysts, and Nutanix customers about how web-scale converged infrastructure is...

    Sponsored By Nutanix

  • White Papers // Oct 2014

    Are You Getting The Most From Your Hybrid IT Environment?

    This infographic highlights the ways experienced sourcing providers can help organizations profit from hybrid IT by enabling new ways of doing business and reducing costs. Read More..

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Feb 2013

    Transitioning Business Continuity To The Cloud

    In the past, server, storage and data center redundancy were the only options that met corporate resilience objectives. Read this white paper to gain an understanding of the resiliency challenges facing organizations today and how you can transition to cloud-based resiliency.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Feb 2013

    Avoiding Insider Threats to Enterprise Security

    IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager helps organizations to securely manage and track the activities of privileged users, thereby reducing the risk of breaches, improving compliance and ensuring accountability. The IBM white paper explains how IBM Security Privileged Identity Manager provides enhanced security across various IT environments by centralizing and controlling...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Sep 2014

    The Cisco ONE Enterprise Networks Architecture Enables Business Transformation

    Every C-level executive is focused on transforming the business, and IT leaders are tasked with providing them with the evolving network infrastructure and support. Download this whitepaper to learn how Cisco ONE enterprise networks architecture enables business transformation and provides the necessary levels of application intelligence, contextual information, visibility and...

    Sponsored By Cisco Systems

  • Webcasts // Sep 2014

    Flash Storage Designed for the Most Exacting Requirements - Yours

    Flash is transforming the industry. Yes Flash is fast, but harnessing the power of Flash requires architecture and software. With a purpose built scale-out architecture and unique in memory data services as well as a consistent performance at scale, XtremIO is unmatched in the All-Flash array market. Flash can also...

    Sponsored By EMC

  • White Papers // Oct 2014

    Practical Considerations for Expansion and Incremental Growth - IT Priorities Report

    Implementing prefabricated modular data centres results in well-understood benefits including speed of deployment, predictability, scalability, and life cycle cost. The process of deploying them – from designing the data centre, to preparing the site, to procuring the equipment, to installation – is quite different than that of a traditional data...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Jan 2014

    Prefabricated Modular Data Centres

    Data centre systems or subsystems that are pre-assembled in a factory are often described with terms like prefabricated, containerised, modular, skid-based, pod-based, mobile, portable, self-contained, all-in-one, and more. There are, however, important distinctions between the various types of factory-built building blocks on the market. This paper proposes standard terminology...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Oct 2014

    Prefabricated Power and Cooling Modules for Data Centres

    Deploying a new power and cooling module for a data centre is often a dreaded process for IT professionals. However, many organisations now look to prefabricated power and cooling modules to save them from time and frustration spent in deployment. Discover the advantages of using these new prefabricated power and...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    Data Centre Project: System Planning

    Planning an infrastructure project can often put a strain on your time, budget and patience. This report discusses the reasons it does not need to drive you and your team mad. If you can prioritise and solve the right problems in the right order, you can build yourself a practical...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    Cutting Costs with Data Centre Infrastructure Management Software

    Companies around the world have felt the sting of unproductive data centres driving their costs up and creating a whirlwind of operational headaches. Learn how IT professionals are using DCIM software to: • Simplify operational processes • Lower costs • Speed up information delivery

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    10 Cooling Solutions to Support High-Density Server Deployment

    High-density servers present an organisation with a massive performance benefit, but does this benefit out-weigh the challenge and cost of the cooling systems needed to support them? Discover the top ten solutions used by organisations to ensure their cooling efficiency and capacity is optimised for the density and workload...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    How to Fix Hot Spots in the Data Centre

    IT technicians will be all too familiar with the frustration of hot spots in their data centres. Many attempts to solve the problem will be short term or even cause it to spread into other areas of your data centre. Learn about some of the most common causes of...

    Sponsored By APC by Schneider Electric

  • White Papers // Apr 2013

    Algorithmics and IBM Platform Computing Solution for Financial Markets

    IBM Platform Computing is a proven technology with a more advanced and capable computing infrastructure to cost effectively scale up and optimize computing capacity for risk management applications, such as those from Algorithmics.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • Case Studies // Jan 2015

    Case Study - Simplify your backup and recovery with a trusted solution

    ICT professionals have casted their votes and chosen Symantec Backup Exec™ 2014 as the solution to deal with today’s growing data volumes and complex virtual environments. Winning the Computerworld Readers Choice Award 2014 for backup system, this powerful, flexible and easy-to-use solution helps your organisation achieve better backup and recovery...

    Sponsored By Symantec

  • White Papers // Jan 2014

    Private Cloud Services from IBM. Flexible End-to-End Solutions for Transforming the Enterprise

    Private clouds can drive operational efficiencies and transformative business model change, but maximizing these benefits requires a carefully planned strategy and flexible, scalable services. IBM’s holistic approach and integrated portfolio of end-to-end services provides multiple pathways to private cloud. Success hinges on ensuring the infrastructure is cloud-ready, developing an actionable...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Jan 2015

    The compelling case for a business focus in IT Service Management

    IBM SmartCloud Control Desk enables organizations to integrate and automate asset and IT service management across data centers, cloud-based environments and endpoints to bridge silos of capabilities, minimize management complexity and provide user simplicity. Read More..

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    Forrester Wave for Data Governance Tools

    IBM Named a Leader in the First Forrester Wave for Data Governance Tools In Forrester Research’s report, The Forrester Wave™: Data Governance Tools, Q2 2014, IBM has been named a leader and has earned the highest scores for both strategy and market presence. Review the analysis to learn about the...

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    The Evolution and Value of Purpose-Built Backup Appliances

    Customer strategies for data protection and recovery continue to be dictated by aggressive SLAs, rapid recovery, and ease of integration in existing environments. As a result, firms are embracing more disk-based data protection technologies, including purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) to protect and recover data and applications. This IDC White Paper...

    Sponsored By Symantec

  • White Papers // Dec 2013

    Security Intelligence is the Smart Way to Keep the Cloud Safe

    Many of the same characteristics that make cloud computing attractive can also make it challenging to secure. An integrated IBM suite of intelligence solutions consolidates and analyzes data from across the cloud to provide visibility and control to help better secure cloud environments.

    Sponsored By IBM

  • White Papers // Nov 2014

    Nexus at a Glance

    The Cisco ACI makes IT more agile by reducing application deployment time. It does this by providing a common programmable automation and management framework for network, application, security, and virtualization teams. Cisco ACI is built on a fabric foundation that combines hardware, software, and ASIC innovations into an integrated system....

    Sponsored By Cisco

  • White Papers // Dec 2014

    Infographic - Accelerating 40G Adoption

    An Infographic from Cisco looking at accelerating 40G adoption. It explores the trends driving the 40G upgrades as well as what it means for you Data Center. Download this Infographic to learn more.

    Sponsored By Cisco

  • White Papers // Jan 2015

    Benefits of NetApp Flash for Database Workloads

    This portfolio can be used to solve complex database performance requirements at multiple levels within a customer’s Oracle environment. It also reviews Oracle database observations and results when implementing flash technologies offered within the NetApp flash portfolio. Download this report now to find out more.

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Jan 2015

    NetApp EF550 All-Flash Array Workload Characterization

    This technical report provides an overview of workload characterizations performed on NetApp EF-series all-flash arrays across a wide variety of I/O types - with best practices and observations based on extensive test data. Characterizations include IOPS, throughput, and latency under varying block loads and RAID levels, SSD rebuild times, EF540...

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Feb 2015

    The Cost Advantages of NetApp FlexPod Datacenter with VMware

    This whitepaper focuses on the NetApp FlexPod Datacenter offering. It compares NetApp’s capabilities to both VCE and EMC at a high level as well as demonstrating value via the Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA) and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analyses.

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Mar 2015

    IDC: The Business Benefits of Unified Storage

    Data storage in the corporate environment has become increasingly complex. IT leaders face significant challenges in effectively storing and managing data. This report takes a detailed look into the challenges of data storage and examines how NetApp offers the capabilities that can benefit businesses and maximise efficiency.

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Oct 2014

    Flash Storage For Dummies (South Africa)

    Flash technology is making quite a splash in the storage industry. Offering superior speed and reliability when compared to traditional hard disk drives, flash storage is a flexible and increasingly cost-effective technology that can be used to optimize enterprise storage environments running mission-critical, I/Ointensive applications. Find out more...

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Oct 2014

    Want to get “Flashed” by NetApp?

    Flash technology is making quite a splash in the storage industry. Offering superior speed and reliability when compared to traditional hard disk drives, flash storage is a flexible and increasingly cost-effective technology that can be used to optimize enterprise storage environments running mission-critical, I/O intensive applications. Find out more...

    Sponsored By NetApp

  • White Papers // Aug 2014

    HP Networking Portfolio: Delivering ROI and Value from Edge to Core

    IDC is observing a once-in-a-generation shift in computing and technology that we refer to as the rise of the “3rd Platform.” The 1st Platform was the rise of computing in general. The 2nd Platform was ushered in by the PC and client/server paradigm, enabling greater personalization of computing and networked...

    Sponsored By HP