What more can IT do? To lock in your new understanding of consumer needs and to stay abreast of trends in these needs, it is essential to include a survey into your processes. This is not just a satisfaction survey vainly seeking confirmation that IT has indeed “done well.” Rather, it’s critical to use this opportunity to ask probing questions to get a handle on how needs are changing and how future offerings might be driven, writes Dick Benton of Glasshouse.
Chris Curtis of Compass Datacenters writes about the need to blast through some rock in site preparations for a new data center. Like most things in the development world, the need to conduct controlled explosions has some plusses and some minuses, he concludes. This is the first in a three-part series on construction of a new data center.
Because of varying opinions, commissioning of data centers continues to be generally misunderstood and some of the most valuable commissioning processes are underutilized, writes Michael Donato of Emerson Network Power. Read More
A key element for ensuring responsiveness in NOC and CCC’s is to give operators the ability to see clearly and in real-time what is occurring in the systems they are managing or using, writes Simon Clew of Adder Technology. Read More
Mark Harris of Nlyte shares his experiences, including new approaches in the data center exchange of ideas, from attending the recent Data Center World event. Read More
Storage vendors have spent a lot of time creating products that are based on a variety of individual architectures and protocols, writes Ambuj Goyal of IBM. Once an organization commits to one of those architectures, it’s difficult to even consider adding or transitioning to another, different, architecture. Read More
Even when IT investments are showing positive business results, how could you prove beyond any doubt, such positive impact was attributed to IT investments? asks Hani Elbeyali of Dell. Correct metrics, which are well communicated. will support your efforts and show IT’s business value. Read More
There are five imperatives to follow to accomplish a smooth transition to the cloud. Each of these will help to transform IT as we know it and will help to reduce the costs and complexity, according to Alan McMahon of Dall. Read More
The recent announcement by Microsoft Azure to compete on price with Amazon Web Services is a shot across the bow of AWS will most definitely bother AWS, but it should scare the stuffing out of the rest of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market, writes Ted Chamberlin of Coresite. Read More