October 2006 · IBM Director: A Foundation for Systems Management
August 2006 · Mainsoft and the System z
December 2003 · Simplifying SAN Environments by Consolidating SAN Islands
IBM Director: A Foundation for Systems Management
By Tony Lock
There is no question that today every organization is more dependent than ever before on its IT systems. Indeed for many the reliance is almost absolute. At the heart of this are servers running the mission-critical applications that allow modern businesses to operate. It is essential that these servers operate as effectively as possible and be available during business hours, a requirement that is often approaching 24/7 availability. This dependence on IT makes the ongoing management and administration of servers vitally important. The reliance that business operations now place on their IT systems requires that the monitoring and management of servers must be continuous if IT services are to be delivered at the necessary level of service. With daily management costs representing a large portion of the TCO of IT solutions it is imperative that effective monitoring and management tools be employed. IBM Director is a suite of software tools that supply a common monitoring and management framework capable of working on a wide variety of Intel / AMD based servers running both Microsoft Windows and Linux.
Mainsoft and the System z
By Tony Lock
There are two major platforms that today dominate the development of enterprise applications, namely J2EE and Microsoft .NET. Both of these application development environments have attracted large numbers of organizations, and each has its own attractions and limitations. For organizations that have selected Microsoft .NET for application development, the choice of server platform has, until recently, been limited to Microsoft's Windows Server. However, many organizations are now looking to consolidate their server infrastructures to a limited set of platforms, primarily in order to enhance operational security and to minimize the cost of service delivery. The software solutions provided by Mainsoft Corporation now offer enterprise customers the choice of running applications developed using Microsoft .NET on the most secure and highly available server platform available, namely IBM's System z, known to one and all as the mainframe.
Protection for Distributed Data: Extending the Reach of Enterprise Backup to the Desktop and Beyond
From SMBs to Fortune 500 enterprises, business efficiency is predicated upon the ability to create, control, and exchange information. However, while the sheer volume of business data continually increases, its core value rests not in its mere existence but on how accessible it is to internal and external employees. Even the most strategic business document is useless unless it is immediately and easily available.
IBM eServer iSeries: Integrating the Past, Present, and Future
By Clay Ryder
Enterprises of all sizes are seeking ways to simplify and buttress their IT footprints, most notably small to mid-tier businesses. In many cases, small to mid-tier enterprises are looking for solutions that allow them to “repair” and/or complement the IT choices made in the past and are seeking to do so by consolidating existing IT footprints with an eye to future expansion. IBM eServer iSeries offers battle-tested solutions for organizations looking to tame complexity and maximize ROI. The iSeries is an ideal platform for server consolidation and integration with x86 architecture systems, while providing a state of the art execution environment that supports Linux-based applications and many of the value added capabilities associated with mainframes.
Simplifying SAN Environments by Consolidating SAN Islands
By Charles King
For years, organizations around the globe have been enjoying the wide range of business advantages that Storage Area Networks (SANs) provide. As these organizations continue to increase their SAN investments, they are focusing on new ways to optimize their SAN environments for even greater value. One of the most effective ways to achieve this goal is to migrate business processes from multiple SAN islands to a single large SAN infrastructure. Today, storage vendors Brocade and EMC are helping organizations realize the numerous benefits of SAN consolidation, including simplified management, higher resource utilization, and reduced operating costs.
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