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Sys Admins are superheroes of the IT infrastructure of an organization. These are the professionals who design systems that work, monitor and maintain IT infrastructures for performance, gather and assess information to identify and fix potential issues, as well as detect and manage security concerns. The list is almost endless. As jacks of all trades, they do a little bit of everything and end up contributing a lot to everything.

 

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Billed as the most important gathering of IT leaders, telco operators, cloud administrators, app developers, and OpenStack contributors focused on the future of cloud computing, OpenStack Summit Austin hosted over 7,800 attendees this year. Clearly enjoying what Gartner calls the slope of enlightenment, does this year’s record-setting attendance signal mainstream adoption for OpenStack? And if so, what do enterprises need to accelerate their adoption? Let’s examine some key findings.

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Storage service design is a popular topic around NetApp IT these days because of the huge impact it has had on our IT operations. We’ve written a series of blogs on our three-tier service catalog, which offers storage as a service that is predictive and easily consumable. We use a data-driven model that looks at performance and capacity together to identify, manage, and deliver the appropriate level of storage service.

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Now with over 7,000 customers, FlexPod® continues to give an advantage to IT organizations looking for efficient, accelerated deployments of data center infrastructure.Last summer, the FlexPod team released an infrastructure guide showcasing NetApp All Flash FAS in our FlexPod Datacenter solutions. This summer, the FlexPod team is bolstering agility and performance of the FlexPod portfolio with Cisco UCS M4 servers, NetApp All Flash FAS, and best practices for leading workloads. NetApp All Flash FAS accelerates application performance with up to 20 times reduction in latency. Cisco UCS Servers, such as the Cisco UCS B460 M4 blade server, deliver superior performance and stability for your FlexPod workloads, and have set over 100 world-record benchmarks. The new validated solutions include virtual desktop, database, backup, and updates to base infrastructure.

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This week we welcome NetApp IT to the show again to discuss data governance and how they’re applying security policies to data inside our own organization.  Ensuring that your data is not just protected, but also secure, is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of any deployment.  But, Operational Point Objectives (OPO) take things a step further by defining the business impact associated with data.  The methodology used helps IT to quickly assess the needs of the infrastructure for backup and recovery by categorizing the data according to its impact.  Not only that, but the OPO data significantly improves the recovery plan in the event of a disaster by providing a clearly defined priority for services.

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