Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Making Robust Data Center Design Decisions

When building a data center – no matter the type – “cost” will quite likely take a high position in the overall comparison of design choices, writes Bruno Raeymaekers of Arcadis. What factors should be considered in calculating total cost of ownership and return on investment? Read More

Using VXLAN to Speed & Secure Your Clouds


The immense growth of IaaS cloud computing has given rise to a need for highly scalable and secure virtual networks, without requiring significant investment in replacing or adding to the existing infrastructure. One virtual overlay technology that has emerged to address this is VXLAN, writes Ariel Shuper of Mellanox Technologies. While VXLAN seems an ideal solution,there are performance challenges that must be addressed. Read More

What CFOs Need to Know


As a C-level executive with a data center (or several) in your organization, you’re undoubtedly aware that they devour electricity like small cities and that the up-front capital investment, cost of expansion or re-development is somewhere between painful and eye-watering. Matthew Goulding of Cannon Technologies looks at how a very new data center construction method allows a true incremental ‘pay-as-you-grow’ approach. Read More

Designing for Dependability in the Cloud


In striving to increase dependability, there’s cultural shifts and evolving engineering principles that Microsoft is using to help improve the dependability of services offered, writes David Bills of Microsoft. The end game is to help customers realize the full potential of the cloud. Read More