Enhancing the efficiency, scalability and mobility of cloud computing

Zones Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing is revolutionizing IT service delivery by enabling a more efficient and more flexible way to meet the technology needs of your organization.

The primary reason our clients choose cloud computing is to reduce the cost and complexity of IT. From a financial standpoint, cloud solutions represent an operational expense (OpEx) rather than a capital expense (CapEx), with little to no upfront investment required. Thereafter, you only pay for what you need and use, much like a utility bill. And it gets better: cloud solutions greatly reduce the need to purchase, maintain and refresh expensive hardware, and eliminate the associated staffing costs. That adds up to significant savings – and frees up your IT staff to focus on more strategic projects.

The cloud also delivers tremendous flexibility and scalability – allowing IT to immediately provision resources to meet increasing demands. That means never losing business while you wait for additional resources. And when demand is reduced, you can turn off those resources, avoiding the cost of maintaining excess capacity. Continue reading

Creating a more advanced and adaptable infrastructure

Data Center VMware HPEIn virtually every industry, IT challenges are becoming increasingly dynamic and complex, with new requirements emerging on a regular basis.

One significant shift in IT is characterized by new applications designed specifically for mobility and cloud service delivery, and for leveraging the power of Big Data and enhanced security capabilities.

Capitalizing on these innovative trends requires an IT architecture that can deliver all-new levels of flexibility, security, scalability, and openness. And to help you protect your investments and control costs, these architectures must also support a hybrid mix of traditional IT, working in concert with private and public clouds.

If your company is making enterprise-level moves into Big Data, cloud or mobility, it’s time to consider an enterprise grade solution like HP ProLiant Gen9 servers with VMware® vSphere 6.0. Continue reading

APC’s products, solutions, and partnerships are redefining the data center

apcAPC has a long reputation for excellence, from its early years as a manufacturer of Uninterrupted Power Supplies to its modern incarnation as a division of global energy heavyweight Schneider Electric. Its industry-leading cooling solutions, power supplies, backup appliances, modular InfraStruxure server architecture and more have made it the go-to brand in data centers around the world.

Bridging the gap between enterprise and building management

APC’s premier Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software suite, StruxureWare, is a comprehensive solution for monitoring and optimizing the data center’s assets, resource use and operation status. Rated as a leader in Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for DCIM software, StruxureWare bridges the gap between the IT department and management of the hardware operation and environment – enabling maximum efficiency and operational performance throughout the data center.

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Grow as your business requires, without fear of technology limitations

Dell StorageDell Compellent Storage

For years, storage architectures have coupled data to hardware in complex and costly arrangements. These legacy systems required overprovisioning of capacity to meet future storage needs, straining budgets and offering limited ability to fully address modern virtualization needs.

Given this, it’s no surprise that today’s storage hurdles demand a new approach.

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Hyperconverged Architecture

Simplicity at it’s best

Solutions by Zones - Winter 2015

This post is excerpted from an article in the winter edition of Solutions by Zones. You can read more about this and other data center topics by clicking on the image.

Hyperconvergence represents the latest step in the evolution of data center architecture. But what differentiates it from convergence, its successor? More importantly, what can hyperconvergence do for your business?

The concept of convergence is straightforward: combine distributed hardware components – servers, storage, and networking – into a single system. Examples include Cisco UCS®, IBM® PureSystems, and VCE Vblock® solutions.

Hyperconvergence takes things one step further.

With hyperconvergence, everything to run applications – servers, storage, virtualization software, networking, and management – is fully integrated and packaged together into a single, yet highly available, system. As a result, there are benefits you don’t necessarily get with a converged infrastructure.

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Simplifying business continuity

BCBusiness continuity refers to an organization’s ability to continue operating despite serious incidents or disasters that might otherwise have interrupted them, or to recover to an operational state within a reasonably short period of time.

Disaster recovery (DR) and backup are components of business continuity, but do not constitute a complete business continuity plan. Disaster recovery, as the name implies, is the ability to recover from a disaster or an interruption in service, while backup is the process of copying and archiving computer data so it may be used to restore the original after a data loss.

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Get the I/O performance you paid for

Optimize the data center with Intel® 10GbE networking

Intel ImageExplosive growth in virtualization is leading to an increasing demand for network performance.

With more virtual machines running on each multi-core server, networking traffic is dramatically increased – and each VM is competing for available I/O bandwidth. Regardless of your servers’ I/O performance potential, the presence of last-gen Gigabit Ethernet connections in your infrastructure can represent crippling bottlenecks in the network. Even the fastest solid-state drive is ultimately limited by network throughput.

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Lenovo System x and ThinkServer

Because the server you choose affects your Windows Server migration

LenovoServer support for Microsoft WinServer 2003 R2 ends next month. After July 14, 2015, security patches for Windows Server 2003 R2 will no longer be available, and your outdated servers will be vulnerable to malware and intrusions.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 R2 anywhere in your organization, you need to act now.

Replacing your outdated infrastructure is essential for compliance-dependent business continuity. And updating your servers is cost-efficient, since aging infrastructures are more expensive to maintain. Lenovo’s modern infrastructure can support the growing demands of modern apps, as well as remote and mobile users.

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Explore the best destination for your migration

Windows Server 2003 End of Support: July 14, 2015

By now, your strategy for migrating away from Windows Server/R2 2003 should be well underway.

You’ve completed a comprehensive discovery of the software and workloads running in your current environment; assessed and organized each by type, criticality, complexity and risk; and identified the optimal destinations for all of your applications and workloads in the new environment.

The only thing left is to pull the trigger and migrate. Right?

If your organization isn’t feeling quite that organized, don’t panic. While time is running short to execute a successful migration before support for Windows Server 2003 ends, the Zones migration services team can help get all the benefits Windows Server 2012 R2:

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Simplify every aspect of data center management

Converged infrastructure solutions

Converged Infrastructure (CI) platforms greatly simplify deployment, significantly reduce time to value, and deliver a solid return on investment.

These systems – for which certain manufacturers favor the terms unified computing (Cisco) or integrated systems (IBM) – deliver complete pre-certified and integrated compute, storage, and networking; all managed via a single pane of glass. In pooling these resources, they become virtualized; applications, data, and networking are separated from the underlying hardware, so resources can be quickly reallocated to meet the demands of individual applications.

Choosing a converged infrastructure solution means your data center becomes more responsive, more nimble – and far more efficient. Converged infrastructures deliver short- and long-term benefits that include increased availability, improved serviceability, and an easier transition to a hybrid cloud environment. Space and energy costs can be significantly lower, as well. Continue reading