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It’s not easy to stay current on the many facets of data center technology and operations. This week’s Industry Perspectives explore five hot topics for data center professionals and executives. If you missed any, here they are in a neat package. Enjoy!

Storage Wars: Dispelling the Myth of Flash Economics – There are new metrics for measuring flash costs and taking a look at them can illustrate that the return on investment (ROI) that can be achieved with this new technology, writes Walter Hinton of Virident.

7 Software Defined Networking Considerations – Moving to software defined networking is not a matter of “when” but “how,” and there are seven main factors IT administrators should consider when determining whether SDN is right for their network, says Patrick Hubbard of SolarWinds.

In Disaster Recovery Planning, Don’t Neglect Home Site Restoration - Following your initial Emergency Response Plan items, you should prioritize your Home Site Restoration, writes Michelle Ziperstein of Cervalis.

Refining Your Criteria for Data Center Site Selection – Building a data center is an important and crucial decision for a company. With site selection factors and process in place, it will lay a strong foundation for a company to succeed. Consider these factors as you look for a place to locate a new data center.

Analytics Re-shaping IT Operations & Gaining Strong Momentum – Dealing with this data volume, variety, velocity and complexity is really a “big data” problem for IT operations, forcing many traditional approaches in IT to change, ushering in IT Operations Analytics solutions to take on this challenge. IT Operations Analytics is better equipped to manage this kind of big data challenge. So, it is no wonder that IT Operations Analytics is gaining both industry interest and expert attention – moving IT management technology into a new S-curve growth cycle, writes Sasha Gilenson of Evolven.

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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.