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In most data centers, DCIM rests on a shaky foundation of manual record keeping and scattered documentation. OpManager replaces data center documentation with a single repository for data, QRCodes for asset tracking, accurate 3D mapping of asset locations, and a configuration management database (CMDB). In this webcast, sponsored by ManageEngine, you will see how a real-world datacenter mapping stored in racktables gets imported into OpManager, which then provides a 3D visualization of where assets actually are. You'll also see how the QR Code generator helps you make the link between real assets and the monitoring world, and how the layered CMDB provides a single point of view for all your configuration data.

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This webinar will help attendees understand the overall concept of SDN and its benefits, describe the different conceptual approaches to SDN, and examine the various technologies, both proprietary and open source, that are emerging. It will also help users decide whether SDN makes sense in their environment, and outline the first steps IT can take for testing SDN technologies.

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Dell Strives To Simplify The Data Center

Propelled by a series of acquisitions, Dell's Active Systems platform takes aim at Cisco, HP, and IBM.

Dell gave shape on Thursday to its 2013 enterprise strategy, revealing the company's plan to transition from a manufacturer of hardware rooted in the stalled PC market to a provider of full-fledged networking, storage, and services that can compete with IBM, HP, and Cisco. Speaking at an event in San Francisco, Dell Enterprise Solutions president Marius Haas stressed the need for intuitive products that cut down on data center complexity while providing scalability and affordability. Noting the $12.7 billion Dell has spent in acquisition investments, Hass announced the company's proposed answer to these needs: the Active Systems platform, a suite of converged infrastructure platforms designed to simplify deployment of virtual desktop infrastructures and private cloud deployments.

Hass stated that businesses of all sizes, from SMBs to large enterprises, can benefit from avoiding the complexity, expense, and lock-in of proprietary systems, illustrating with the claim that HP's Blade System Matrix and Cisco's UCS do not provide the "right balance" between price-to-performance outcomes, flexibility, and open architectures. Dell's accrual of standards-based intellectual property, he said, has equipped the company to offer intuitive, versatile, and power-efficient products. Read full story on InformationWeek

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