Build a cloud environment. Manage a virtual data center. It's that easy, right? No, not exactly. Building a highly scalable, high availability, geographically distributed cloud requires thoughtful architectural design, resilient infrastructure, and flexible compute resource provisioning. Managing the cloud requires a deep understanding of industry best practices. Maintaining Quality of Service (QoS) and honoring Service Level Agreements (SLAs) require real-time monitoring and granular analysis. The complete cloud solution has remained elusive....until now. Joyent SmartDataCenter addresses the key concerns and needs of service providers that wish to build their own cloud environment. For the past six years, we have built and operated the highly acclaimed Joyent Cloud and, in parallel, developed and refined the world's most advanced, carrier grade cloud infrastructure platform: SmartDataCenter.
Recent smartphone launches herald a new breed of data subscriber. The demands of prior smartphone subscribers are formidable and well known in the industry, especially with regards to iPhone 3G data volumes and numbers of data calls. However, recent Tier-1 market data comparing newer smartphones with the iPhone 3G reveal that the new breed of subscriber has an even more insatiable demand for data on a per-subscriber basis, including upwards of: 250% increase in total data call time 130% increase in data calls 130% increase in uplink data volumes 40% increase in downlink data volumes
A new frontier faces operations teams making the transition from focusing on device availability to focusing on service quality and performance. Making this change requires expanding the scope of management activities and rethinking management tools architectures to embrace sustained performance monitoring spanning all of the contributing technologies and domains that must come together to comprise today's highly flexible and dynamic services. Tooling options for integrated, service-centric performance management include single-vendor suites, domain-specific best of breed products, and a promising alternative - cross-domain, integrated performance managers. This latter class can offer a compelling balance of functional capability matched with low integration costs and low total cost of ownership. This ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATESģ (EMATM) paper evaluates priorities for service-centric performance management and analyzes how one cross-domain integrated solution, Watch4net's APG, measures up.
Ethernet and fibre Channel are mature standards that have evolved over time thanks to substantial long-term investments, and both-along with Infiniband-have significant market share in the data center. However, due to the drive for larger, more efficient data centers, each of these technologies has faced significant scaling challenges. The development of extensions to these standards-in particular data Center Bridging (dCB) and fibre Channel over Ethernet (fCoE)-have for some time been promoted as a way of providing the necessary capabilities for true network convergence.
Whether it's reliable, uninterrupted voice connectivity, or real-time access to content and data, today's smartphone and wireless PC users expect the utmost quality when it comes to the service they get from their providers. With every dropped call, dropped packet, instance of jitter, or failed download, a mobile service provider risks losing subscribers and high-value business customers to the competition. This is why ensuring high-quality, always available wireless voice and data services from one end of the network to the other-and back again-is a must.
Itís inevitable: employees will soon use their own smartphones for work Ė that is, if they arenít already. Hereís how to prepare for the transition.
Security is one of the most significant challenges facing organizations with mobile workforces. The very nature of mobile devices, their small size coupled with usersí tendency to carry them everywhere, increases the likelihood of their being dropped, lost or stolen, all of which poses a significant risk to an organizationís investment and data. While it might be expensive to continually replace lost or broken mobile devices, the cost multiplies if the lost or stolen devices contain sensitive corporate materials, such as documents, confidential meetings, corporate e-mail or customer information.