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There are numerous applications for cost-effective data retention. Organizations can gain substantial competitive advantages when able to rely on data retention for improved decision making and trend analysis. Research enterprises can make use of large scale data sets enabling them to study information more completely than ever before. Simplified data retention on a massive scale speeds up access time to Big Data. Big Data is defined as large-scale data sets that are too large to analyze and manage using ordinary methods. This data in both structured and unstructured form is valuable and comes from sources such as trading systems. In many cases existing systems cannot process data of this variety and volume. Some organizations store such data in file systems so as not to overburden their databases. This may be a temporary stop gap, but it will not suffice in the lo... (more)

An Application-Driven Approach to Virtualization

Server virtualization has already proven beneficial for many enterprises. Through data center consolidation, server virtualization is able to enhance efficiency and reduce operational expenses. As this technology continues to evolve, however, IT professionals are moving beyond the basic benefits of consolidation. With advanced virtualization technologies, IT organizations can provide a variety of cloud-based services for users. These innovative services are best supported through application-driven virtualization, an approach that dramatically simplifies management and deployment... (more)

Virtualized Integrated Infrastructure

Companies of every size and kind are making the transition to an integrated infrastructure as a way to implement cloud computing, streamline their business and keep costs down. It's also a way to increase the performance of important applications and keep the IT service efficient. Integrated infrastructures also help with stability as many companies simply don't have the capacity to power such applications. Although many of my fellow business owners and leaders understand the importance of resource consolidation, virtulaization and simplification of their infrastructure manageme... (more)