Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Going to the Mall to Buy Some Cloud

Mark Thiele, Switch

What if you could shop for cloud with a plethora of choices from an array of vendors just like you’d find in a farmers market or a modern mall? Mark Thiele of Switch explores the concept of an open marketplace that is be independent from the providers and creates a democratized model of access and purchasing for the buyer. Read More

How SMBs Can Keep Their Data Safe When Natural Disasters Strike


Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards – any one of these natural disasters could wreak havoc on a data center, leading to power surges, leaks or, worst of all, data loss. The good news is there are some relatively simple things SMBs can do to storm-proof their data centers, avoid critical downtime and get through all kinds of extreme conditions or season. Read More

Oil Fouling Could Be Robbing Your Data Center PUE


A system which is “oil fouled” must work harder to reach necessary temperatures to keep the data center equipment from breaking down. These longer run times result in the use of more power and less useful life from your equipment. And lost capacity will lead to additional capital expenditure. Read More

Challenges in Using Outside Air Economizers and How to Overcome Them


Outside air economizers seem simple and attractive to cool the data center with “free” outside air. Unfortunately, if not designed properly bringing in outside air can actually put the data center operation at risk, Rob Sty of SmithGroupJRR’s Techologies Studio writes. He discusses the four common issues with the design of economizers and the strategies used to minimize the risk to operation. Read More

Evolution of Storage: VM-Aware Storage for Virtualization


To make virtualization predictable for tier-one apps and end-user desktops and enable mixing and matching workloads, storage should be intelligent, writes Sachin Chheda of Tintri. Also, data reduction techniques to maximize the usage of expensive storage, such as flash, as complements to QoS, and hybrid flash plus disk storage setups are a must for virtualized environments. Read More

Taking a Truly Holistic View of Data Center Efficiency


Our current facilities-centric approach has fostered one very large blind spot, stopping short of a truly holistic view of the data center, writes Aaron Rallo of TSO Logic. The reality of the situation is that there is an equally large opportunity to improve efficiency on the IT side itself, but this has been largely overlooked. Read More

Facing BYOD Head On


We love our toys, but mixing business with pleasure presents Excedrin-sized headaches for data center managers responsible for keeping company data secure and knowing who has what apps, why and where, writes Tom Roberts of AFCOM. So what’s the solution to managing the growing BYOD phenomenon? Read More