Know Your Cloud

Cloud: the very name suggests a far off nirvana of computing bliss. But you, the data center professional, know better. It’s all about the right equipment and the right plan. This industry paper published by Emerson Network Power is the second in a series entitled “Cloud Risky to Cloud Ready.” The premise is that cloud computing is a matter of understanding what you’re getting into, creating a plan and utilizing proven technology.

That technology begins with centralized management. Data centers are so dispersed and yet so interdependent that centralized management is critical to any level of success. This step should include the monitoring of power as well as managing racks. Although the thought of centralization may seem daunting the risks behind not managing the cloud strategy properly far outweighs any proactive forethought.

It begins with mapping, know where everything is, then centralize your command of all remote locations by monitoring both equipment and power. Finally, be ready for the constant – change.

The cloud has brought excellent advances to the greater data center but there are things that don’t change and that is the common sense behind utilizing technology. Read this paper as you consider or reassess your strategy.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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