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Private/Hybrid Cloud…High-Performance Computing….Large Scale Virtualization….Big Data….are you getting the most from your Data Center resources?

So what makes Cloud, Virtualization, and Big Data so interesting? It’s a familiar question for every data center manager and network engineer that manages and designs the networking infrastructure in a datacenter. Like most IT departments, you have been challenged by the cost cutting to control capital outlays and operational expenditures — but now that you have done everything possible to cut  costs, how can you continue to operate and innovate…

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Part 2 – London Gartner Data Center Conference, from an ancient Scottish castle to Big Ben

Big Ben in central London Yesterday (see part 1) I started my discussion on the Gartner Data Center Conference with a picture of a castle close to my house; today I will start with what I saw as I emerged from the London Underground stop near to the conference hotel — the iconic Big Ben and the UK Houses of Parliament. In this blog, I will discuss some of the key data center questions and feedback that I heard from some of our customers at the…

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Hadoop and the Network

Big Data’s move into the enterprise has generated a lot of buzz on why big data, what are the components and how to integrate? The “why” was covered in a two part blog (Part 1 | Part 2) by Sean McKeown last week. To help answer the remaining questions, I presented Hadoop Network and Architecture Considerations last week at the sold out Hadoop World event in New York. The goal was to examine what considerations need to be taken…

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Intelligent Automation for Cloud Value Calculator

…total project days by being able to use these blocks, means another $500,000 (or $5,000,000 if your operation is big enough) in real savings and benefit. Of course, the Value Calculator has a switch that allows you to turn this off if it’s not something that the finance guys can believe in. Operations Models, Policies, Processes The big savings is in standardization.  At my last employer, I worked with a large customer who was able to sho…

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Diving into Big Data

…etwork and Compute Architecture Considerations“ We just published a white paper with some very interesting data from network testing we’ve done in house called: “Big Data in the Enterprise: Network Design Considerations“. This one gets very technical very quickly, but it’s highly recommended reading for networking folks deploying big data clusters, particularly with Hadoop. If you’re interested in what else Ci…

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