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Emerging data center workloads drive new infrastructure demands

Big data, IoT and AI offer enterprises a number of new opportunities. But first, IT teams need to ensure their infrastructures are ready for these emerging data center workloads.

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  • CMDB (configuration management database)

    A configuration management database (CMDB) is a database that contains all relevant information about the hardware and software components used in an organization's IT services and the relationships between those components.

  • infrastructure (IT infrastructure)

    Infrastructure is the foundation or framework that supports a system or organization.

  • SUSE Manager

    SUSE Manager is an open source infrastructure management tool for Linux systems.

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Data center ops

Data center operations management: Check out our tutorials on capacity planning, disaster recovery, data center staffing, information systems management, data center standards and more.

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  • HRIS

    A human resource information system (HRIS) is software that provides a centralized repository of employee master data that the human resource management (HRM) group needs for completing core human resource (HR) processes.

  • Paris Agreement

    The Paris Agreement is an international treaty that seeks to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. The agreement is sponsored by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and seeks to limit temperature increases in the 21st century to below 2 degrees Celsius.

  • MIS (management information systems)

    MIS, or management information systems, is the software and hardware to support critical business applications. MIS also refers to the staff who select and manage these systems.

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Data center facilities

Learn all you need to know about data center design and infrastructure. This section inlcudes tips on uninterrupted power supply, data center cooling, data center site selection, cabling infrastructure and more.

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  • automatic transfer switch (ATS)

    An automatic transfer switch (ATS) is a device that automatically transfers a power supply from its primary source to a backup source when it senses a failure or outage in the primary source.

  • valve

    A valve is a mechanism that opens and closes to control the flow of fluids. In a scientific context, fluids include both liquids and gases – anything that can flow freely – and valves may use either.

  • pounds per square inch (PSI)

    PSI is commonly used to measure the pressure of gasses (pneumatic pressure) or liquids (hydraulic pressure). PSI is also used as a measure of tensile strength, defined as resistance to pulling forces, and elastic modulus strength, defined as resistance to deformation, which controls the stiffness of materials.

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Data center servers

Data center infrastructure is the lifeblood of any IT organization, and data center professionals need to possess a keen understanding of the hardware and designs that are found in today’s facilities. In this topic, you will find tips, columns and news stories focused on contemporary and legacy server hardware, including those built on x86 and Unix RISC processor architectures, as well as the Unix, Linux and Windows operating systems (OS) that run on top of them. This topic also covers data center design points such as rack-mount versus blade servers, the pros and cons of converged infrastructure vs. commodity hardware, plus networking topics like I/O virtualization and what kinds of storage you need to address your performance, availability and capacity needs.

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  • CMDB (configuration management database)

    A configuration management database (CMDB) is a database that contains all relevant information about the hardware and software components used in an organization's IT services and the relationships between those components.

  • infrastructure (IT infrastructure)

    Infrastructure is the foundation or framework that supports a system or organization.

  • SUSE Manager

    SUSE Manager is an open source infrastructure management tool for Linux systems.

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Networks and storage

The data center storage and networking topic area includes information for every step involved to design, deploy, manage and troubleshoot data center storage resources and data center networks. Data center storage and networking connect workloads on servers to important business data, as well as end users and external customers. New architectures and software-defined options improve data center networks and storage.

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  • infrastructure (IT infrastructure)

    Infrastructure is the foundation or framework that supports a system or organization.

  • east-west traffic

    East-west traffic, in a networking context, is the transfer of data packets from server to server within a data center. The label east-west comes from network diagram drawings that usually depict local area network (LAN) traffic horizontally.

  • Dell EMC

    Dell EMC is an American multinational technology company that offers products and services across all areas of computing, networking and storage.

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Data center systems management

The data center systems management and IT operations topic is designed for IT professionals looking for information about how best to configure, run and optimize the IT infrastructure that underpins an organization’s applications and supports its end users. In a series of tips, columns and news articles, we explore available tools and techniques for improving the uptime and performance of your servers, storage and networks. IT operations professionals, such as systems administrators, will also find information about managing existing configurations through configuration and change management, automating system provisioning and scaling, and planning for additional capacity. Finally, IT architects and planners can read up on best practices surrounding server and storage virtualization.

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  • Docker

    Docker is an open source software platform to create, deploy and manage virtualized application containers on a common operating system (OS), with an ecosystem of allied tools.

  • SDDC (software-defined data center)

    An SDDC (software-defined data center) is a data storage facility in which networking, storage, CPU and security are virtualized and delivered as a service.

  • kernel virtualization

    Kernel virtualization is any one of a number of methods in which an operating system (OS) kernel is adapted to support different users running applications simultaneously on a single machine. Kernel virtualization may be based on either hypervisors or containers.

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  • pure risk (absolute risk)

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  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

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  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

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    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

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  • nearline storage

    Nearline storage is the on-site storage of data on removable media.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization ...

  • Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA)

    Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is a technology that allows computers in a network to exchange data in main memory without ...

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  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

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  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

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