Best of the Data Center Blogs: June 4th

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Here’s a roundup of some interesting items we came across this week in our reading of data center industry blogs.

Rack-Level Cooling to Grow Twice as Fast as Room-Cooling - At the Schneider Electric blog, Damien Wells looks at trends in cooling architecture:” If you’re considering implementing, or have implemented a this sort of cooling, then you are not alone. According to a recent study by IMS Research, data center operators are increasingly looking to utilize row/ rack cooling in preference to legacy room cooling solutions. ‘The World Market for Data Center Cooling – 2012 Edition’ from IMS Research, says that revenues from rack-level cooling solutions will grow at a CAGR of 12% from 2011 to 2016, accounting for over half a billion USD by 2016. The fastest growing national markets for rack-level cooling equipment are forecasted to grow at CAGR of over 20% over this five-year period.”

AT&T & Verizon Not Winning Deals or Disrupting CDN Market – Are AT&T and Verizon disrupting the CDN market? Dan Rayburn at the Business of Video says he’s not seeing it : “During my pricing presentation at the Content Delivery Summit, I gave out details of a recently completed survey I did of 725 customers who use CDNs for the delivery of video. Of the 408 qualified responses from companies who spent more than $100K a year on video delivery, not a single customer was using AT&T or Verizon. Of the 307 qualified responses from companies who spent less than $100K per year, only 6 customers were using AT&T and 7 were using Verizon.”

Keep Control in the Cloud – Thoughts on cloud governance from MoFo Tech, a blog on law and technology by law firm Morrison & Foerster: “While many companies have focused on cost, flexibility, and security when choosing their vendors, they shouldn’t overlook governance, or the degree of control the company can exert over its own data. Good governance is key for reducing the legal and regulatory risks a company might face by storing its data in the cloud.”

DCIM – Don’t Care, I’ll Manage – What does DCIM have to do with a Rolls Royce? Philip Peterson from AdInfa draws the connection: “Speedometers were optional extras on cars in the early days of the auto industry before becoming standard equipment. I don’t envisage a law being passed anytime soon that stipulates data centres must be fitted with a DCIM “speedometer”. Yet the consequences of not having real-time monitoring are expensive and laden with risk.”