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  • Data Center Projects: Project Management
    Source: APC by Schneider Electric
    White Paper: In data center design/build projects, flaws in project management and coordination are a common - but unnecessary - cause of delays, expense, and frustration. The ideal is for project management activities to be structured and standardized like interlocking building blocks, so all parties can communicate with a common language, avoid responsibility gaps and duplication of effort, and achieve an efficient process with a predictable outcome. This paper presents a framework for project management roles and relationships that is understandable, comprehensive, and adaptable to any size project.
  • Accelerate Apps to Gain a Competitive Edge
    Source: Cisco Systems
    White Paper: What would you do with faster applications and faster answers? Getting faster results-the fuel for better decision making-is increasingly at the root of competitiveness, even survival. Learn how the all-flash Cisco UCS Invicta Series can put IT at the center of the acceleration solution.

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    Sponsored by Cisco UCS® Invicta™ Series Solid State Systems with Intel® Xeon® processor
  • Forrester: How IT Leaders Beat I/O Constraints
    Source: Cisco Systems
    White Paper: Despite the higher price tag on solid-state drives, IT leaders told Forrester they perceive cost savings that justify the investment. Dive into the details in this survey of over 100 IT infrastructure and operations decision-makers.

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  • Implementing Hot and Cold Air Containment in Existing Data Centers
    Source: APC by Schneider Electric
    White Paper: Containment solutions can eliminate hot spots and provide energy savings over traditional uncontained data center designs. The best containment solution for an existing facility will depend on the constraints of the facility. While ducted hot aisle containment is preferred for highest efficiency, cold aisle containment tends to be easier and more cost effective for facilities with existing raised floor air distribution. This paper investigates the constraints, reviews all available containment methods, and provides recommendations for determining the best containment approach.
  • Increase VDI Performance with Cisco UCS Invicta
    Source: Cisco Systems
    White Paper: High-performing VDI deployments in traditional environments can hinder the end user's experience-and prove costlier than expected. Stop purchasing more resources than necessary. Give your end users the performance they need with innovative Cisco UCS Invicta all-flash arrays.

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    Sponsored by Cisco UCS® Invicta™ Series Solid State Systems with Intel® Xeon® processor
  • Overcoming the I/O Barrier: How Cisco Does It
    Source: Cisco Systems
    White Paper: Mission-critical applications often rely on near-instantaneous access to data. Find out how Cisco solid-state all-flash arrays break through the I/O limitations of traditional configurations using new technology and an innovative OS to increase performance, endurance, and consistency.

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    Sponsored by Cisco UCS® Invicta™ Series Solid State Systems with Intel® Xeon® processor
  • Say Goodbye to I/O and Data Bottlenecks
    Source: Cisco Systems
    White Paper: Cisco and Intel have harnessed flash memory technology and truly innovative system software to blast through the boundaries of today's I/O-bound server/storage architectures. See how they are bringing real-time responsiveness to data-intensive applications-for unmatched business advantage.

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    Sponsored by Cisco and Intel® Partnering in Innovation
  • Comparing Data Center Power Distribution Architectures
    Source: APC by Schneider Electric
    White Paper: Significant improvements in efficiency, power density, power monitoring, and reconfigurability have been achieved in data center power distribution, increasing the options available for data centers. This paper compares five power distribution approaches including panelboard distribution, field-wired PDU distribution, factory-configured PDU distribution, floor-mount modular power distribution, and modular busway, and describes their advantages and disadvantages. Guidance is provided on selecting the best approach for specific applications and constraints.
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing: Optimized Power, Cooling, and Management Maximizes Benefits
    Source: APC by Schneider Electric
    White Paper: IT virtualization, the engine behind cloud computing, can have significant consequences on the data center physical infrastructure (DCPI). Higher power densities that often result can challenge the cooling capabilities of an existing system. In addition, the fault-tolerant nature of a highly virtualized environment could raise questions about the level of redundancy required in the physical infrastructure. These particular effects of virtualization are discussed and possible solutions or methods for dealing with them are offered.
  • Implementing Energy Efficient Data Centers
    Source: APC by Schneider Electric
    White Paper: Electricity usage costs have become an increasing fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO) for data centers. It is possible to dramatically reduce the electrical consumption of typical data centers through appropriate design of the network-critical physical infrastructure and through the design of the IT architecture. This paper explains how to quantify the electricity savings and provides examples of methods that can greatly reduce electrical power consumption.
  • Confront consumerization with convergence
    Source: SIGMA Solutions and EMC Corporation
    White Paper: Virtualization expert Elias Khnaser spotlights the security, compliance, and governance issues that arise when enterprise users "consumerize" with shadow IT and public cloud services. And he provides a prescription for modifying this behavior with a private cloud hosted on a robust converged infrastructure.
  • 5 Tips to Secure Small Business Backdoors in the Enterprise Supply Chain
    Source: Surfwatch Labs
    White Paper: As business becomes more connected and as data moves further outside the organizational walls, the supply chain has become a critical chink in the security armor. This paper examines the insecurity of the small businesses in the supply chain and offers tips to close those backdoors into the enterprise.
  • Using Cyber Insurance and Cybercrime Data to Limit Your Business Risk
    Source: Surfwatch Labs
    White Paper: This paper examines the challenges of understanding cyber risks, the importance of having the right cyber risk intelligence, and how to use this information to determine which cyber insurance options make the most sense based on your business.
  • Big Data, Big Mess: Sound Risk Intelligence Through Complete Context
    Source: Surfwatch Labs
    White Paper: This paper explores the good, bad and ugly of big data in cybersecurity and provides tips for understanding cyber risk in complete business context that includes your industry sector, infrastructure, company size, supply chain, location, your online presence, and many more factors.
  • Going Paperless? Here's What You Need to Think About
    Source: FoxIT Corporation
    White Paper: As makers of some of the world's most popular Portable Document Format (PDF) solutions, we often consult with businesses and governmental agencies that have the goal of moving to the paperless office. They understand the benefits. What they don't always know is how to get there.

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