This IDG white paper explores specific backup and availability challenges organisations must surmount as they move to virtualise their business-critical applications. It then shows how attaining proper service levels for these applications requires a high degree of visibility into the VMware virtual environment.
VMware® remains the most widely deployed virtualisation solution. The explosive growth of VMware infrastructure in organisations both large and small has enabled corporations to more fully exploit their hardware investments. With multiple virtual machines running on few physical hardware nodes, hardware costs are reduced, as well as space, power, and cooling requirements. This white paper discusses in more detail how VMware environments can be protected with the NetBackup appliances. Read more.
There is a definite need for better data backup solutions in today’s enterprise data centers. The question is whether to continue with software-only backup and deduplication solutions, or to make the move to a purpose-built backup appliance with deduplication capabilities. This paper provides a structured approach to assessing the advantages of the appliance model. Read this whitepaper.
A backup strategy should not be static. Rather, it should establish a platform for a business to deliver continuous improvement through faster backup and restore features, easier management, lower operating expenditure, reduced complexity and delayed capital investment. These will in turn support greater business competitiveness. Read on.
Increasingly companies are recognizing the value of an enterprise data warehouse
(EDW). A true EDW provides a single 360-degree view of the business and a powerful
platform for a wide spectrum of business intelligence tasks ranging from predictive
analysis to near real-time strategic and tactical decision support throughout the
organization. Ensuring the EDW will get the desired performance and will scale out as
your data grows you need to get three fundamental things correct, the hardware
configuration, the physical data model and the data loading process. Read on.
Exadata is Oracle’s fastest growing new product. Much of the growth of Exadata has come at the expense of specialized data warehouse appliance vendors. These vendors have published competitive comparisons to Exadata, claiming: Architecture is what really matters for performance, Purpose-built data warehousing architectures perform best, They see architecture as an end in itself rather than as a means to an end. Read on.
Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) allows Oracle Database to run any packaged or custom
application, unchanged across a set of clustered servers. This provides the highest levels of
availability and the most flexible scalability. If a clustered server fails, Oracle continues running
on the remaining servers. When you need more processing power, simply add another server
without taking users offline. To keep costs low, even the highest-end systems can be built out
of standardized, commodity parts. Read on.
In this paper, we review the common causes of application downtime and discuss how
technologies available in the Oracle Database can help avoid costly downtime and
enable rapid recovery from unplanned failures and also minimize impact from planned
outages. We also highlight new technologies introduced in Oracle Database 11g Release
2 that enable businesses to make their IT infrastructure even more robust and fault
tolerant, maximize their return on investment on high availability infrastructure, and
provide better quality of service to users.
The impact on the business from data losses can be deep, and it can be far-ranging in terms of damaged reputation and reduced customer loyalty. In a recent study, more than half of the surveyed large
companies have had to terminate employees or contractors for internal security violations. The solution to such challenges, then, is to safeguard data where it lives—in the database. Indeed, database security is rapidly
becoming a recognized best practice—but often, companies lag behind in this area. Read on.
Solutions for safeguarding sensitive data housed in database management
systems vary from encrypting data at the application level to defense-indepth
protection of the database itself. Aberdeen’s analysis shows clear-cut
advantages for database security rather than application-level security
requiring encryption of data: based on the same number of applications, 30%
fewer incidents of data loss or data exposure, 15% greater efficiency at
addressing common audit requirements, and 34% lower annual cost of
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