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  • Developing a successful mainframe migration strategy

    A successful mainframe migration strategy requires careful planning to avoid disruption to end users. This tip discusses best practices for migrating, regenerating or replacing mainframe applications.

  • Virtual-to-physical conversions: Why and how

    Physical-to-virtual or P2V conversions are well-known in the virtualisation field. Virtual-to-physical, or V2P, may be less so. But V2P conversions are still important to know how to do -- especial...

  • How will KVM virtualisation affect RHEL Xen users?

    What does Red Hat's commitment to Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualisation mean for Red Hat Enterprise Linux users that have already deployed Xen-based virtualisation? Migrating from Xen to KVM ...

  • Optimising server resource use with VSM tools

    Most firms making the virtualisation plunge cite improving server resource utilisation as the top reason. One way to achieve this is with virtual systems management tools.

  • Creating VM templates to accelerate server provisioning

    By creating virtual machine templates before you provision servers, you can ease the burden of Windows server provisioning.

  • Using P2V backup and restore in a DR strategy

    With physical-to-virtual (P2V) disk files, you can create a disaster recovery strategy for physical servers, which can be difficult to back up after a disaster. An expert explains how to deploy a P...

  • Clustering and storage with Hyper-V

    Hyper-V detractors say that the hypervisor's lack of high availability (HA) makes it inferior to VMware. But with Windows clustering features and storage options available in Hyper-V, SMBs may not ...

  • Blades vs. racks: The basics of purchasing still apply

    Both blade servers and rackmount servers offer advantages in a virtual environment. But whichever host hardware you choose, remember the basic principles of hardware purchasing.

  • Hardware purchasing strategies for virtual deployments

    Server hardware is changing rapidly to meet the needs of virtualisation software, but which hardware should you buy? An expert explains processors, memory, compatibility and other considerations.

  • Selecting CPU, processors and memory

    There are several aspects to choosing CPU and memory for your virtual environment. In the selection process, processor speed, the number of cores needed and the type of DIMMs you use are all critic...

  • Do you need a business continuity consultant?

    When embarking on business continuity planning for your data centre, the first step is deciding who will lead the process. In-house personnel may be qualified, but if not a consultant is what you n...

  • Are you operationally ready to recover from a nondisast

    Is your data centre more prepared to recover from a hurricane than a database corruption, a virus, or accidental file deletion? Find out why you should focus on recovering from nondisasters.

  • Using carrier colocation in your data centre disaster r

    Using carrier colocation services is a solid option for an IT disaster recovery (DR) strategy. Colocations offer well-hardened facilities as well as connections to major telecom carriers, VoIP, wir...

  • Disaster recovery: Outsource, keep in-house or partner?

    In disaster recovery facility site selection, a key consideration is whether to outsource, maintain your site in-house or partner with others on disaster recovery strategy.

  • Top disaster recovery budget wasters

    Often disaster recovery is seen as a cost-centre rather than a business saver. The Burton Group's Richard Jones explains the top DR budget wasters from large and small enterprises. He cites a lack ...

  • Disaster recovery planning tools: Are they worth it?

    Are disaster recovery planning tools worth the price? The answer depends on your organisation's IT complexity, size and disaster recovery experience.

  • Virtualisation in data centre disaster recovery

    Many companies are using virtualisation technology somewhere in their environment; including test, development, and production. But, does virtualisation make data centre disaster recovery easy? In ...

  • A look at Linux interoperability to date

    More than any other interoperability partnership for Windows and Linux, Novell and Microsoft's agreement provides the most value through virtualisation, server management, and development. The Moon...

  • Linux in a data centre consolidation strategy

    Linux can resolve the cost of ownership and return on investment demands of a data centre consolidation project. The hardware versatility of the Linux OS is the biggest advantage, and can save in p...

  • CMDB pitfalls in the current IT environment

    In order for IT administrators to meet the demands of today's businesses, the effort required to access the information needed needs to be minimised. While CMDB is a good source of accurate informa...