Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

5 Major Drivers of OpEx in the Enterprise Network

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Over the life of your networking gear, the total cost of ownership is dominated by ongoing operational costs – both administration and maintenance of the device, writes Michael Bushong of Plexxi. When looking to evaluate your budget for equipment, consider these five major drivers of OpEx in your network infrastructure. Read More

Top Five Hot Data Storage Trends

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Today’s organizations understand that quickly storing, securing, accessing and analyzing data, while managing it securely and cost-effectively, can mean the difference between business success and failure. Enterprises will continue to demand IT infrastructures that allow them to rapidly and efficiently deliver quality services, writes Alan Atkinson of Dell Storage. This column covers five enterprise storage trends that Dell expects to see heat-up this year. Read More

Fend Off Collateral Damage of DDoS Attacks

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Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in scope and frequency, and companies in high-risk industries face numerous challenges when it comes to defending themselves. While DDoS attackers don’t generally target data centers directly, that hasn’t spared them from DDoS-related problems, writes Jeffery Lyon of Black Lotus Communications. Read More

Real-time Advanced Analytics: The Time Is Now

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To make the fullest use of your data, next-generation platforms and solutions should support the analysis of transactional information as events occur, without the latencies that arise when extracting data from data warehouses in order to run analytics. This is the idea behind real-time advanced analytics—a concept enabled by the latest generation of the Intel Xeon processor, writes Pat Buddenbaum of the Datacenter Group at Intel. Read More

The Ergonomic Data Center: An Ode to the Column

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Although a number of factors go into the design of the average data center, the ease of its use for you and your personnel is not among them, writes Chris Crosby. This two-part series is designed to help you identify areas within your next data center that can, and should be, addressed to make sure that your new site accommodates your requirements rather than the other way around. Read More