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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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Microsoft Reorg Rumors Heat Up

With Windows 8.1 just a few days away, rumors of an impending company shakeup have gained momentum.

Last October, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote in his annual letter to shareholders that the software giant would be transitioning into a "devices and services" company. Microsoft already has made good on this promise in many ways, such as the introduction of its Surface tablets, the first of the devices to which Ballmer ostensibly referred.

But according to new reports, the CEO has even bigger changes planned, namely the first company-wide restructuring of his tenure. The new hierarchy, which could be revealed as soon as July 1, could leave many key executives looking for new jobs.

The timing adds a new level of intrigue to what was already shaping up to be a busy few weeks for Microsoft. On Wednesday, the company will unveil Windows 8.1 at its Build conference in San Francisco, and on July 7, its Worldwide Partners Conference will kick off in Houston.

Citing "numerous sources," All Things D reported Sunday that many Microsoft executives are bracing for departures. Ballmer's planning team has allegedly included only a small group of his direct reports and a handful of board members, and the exclusivity has evidently stoked fears among those on the outside looking in.

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