Perspectives: Latisys, Dell, Verne Global, Datalink

The Industry Perspectives channel at Data Center Knowledge highlights thought leadership in the data center arena, providing industry professionals with the opportunity to share their insight and expertise. For your weekend reading, here’s a recap of this week’s columns:

Facing Crushing Demands, CIOs Seek Flexible Outsourcing Options – With CIOs under pressure to transform their IT departments, many are pursuing the gradual migration of the data center and platforms out of the enterprise through colocation, managed hosting and cloud services. writes Pete Stevenson of Latisys.

Designing IT Workloads For Efficiency – Shifting a larger share of an IT project’s budget to the concept and planning stages can help all the stakeholders proceed with a common framework. This includes designing from the infrastructure up to ensure that workloads are designed to meet specific business requirements. A perspective from Hani Elbeyali, a data center strategist for Dell.

Bringing Big Data and Smart Energy Together – The larger the data grows, the more it tends to bring the applications, the platforms, and ultimately, the processors closer and closer to the accumulating mass of data – a concept of gravitational forces, writes Tate Cantrell of Verne Global.

Goodbye, Silos: The Benefits of Converged Data Centers – While IT teams look back on the history of silos as the hallmark of inefficiency, if you fast-forward to today’s trend of consolidation, virtualized data centers, and, ultimately, data center convergencem the future looks brighter, writes Kent Christensen of Datalink. The server/network/storage stack begins to look a lot different from its early client/server-with-direct-attached-storage days.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.