It’s safe to say the likelihood of “data center” ever finding an industry-wide definition is slim to none, writes Mannix O’Connor of MRV Communications. This article outlines current business models that represent how today’s data center has reformed itself to meet subscriber demand. Read More
There’s been a lot of buzz about real-time data and everyone wants to know – how significantly does it help you manage your physical ecosystem?, asks Gary Bunyan of iTRACS. This column describes how DCIM users can leverage real-time data.
The data center industry is seeking to create a data center model that requires little to no mechanical cooling, writes Daniel Kennedy of Tate. He points out that ASHRAE’s 2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Center Processing Environments drastically expanded the allowable temperature range for data center operation and is leading to more discussion of how to reduce or eliminate mechanical cooling. Read More
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is increasing in popularity. SDN will fundamentally change how networks work, and adoption in small pockets will become commonplace in the next 3-5 years, writes Haseeb Budhani of Infineta. Read More
There are two ways of scaling the control plane to accommodate the additional requirements faced by today’s virtualized data centers, writes Raghu Kondapalli of LSI Corp.
Even in today’s modern automated world, managers of some of the country’s largest data centers still use spreadsheets to try to keep track of data center assets, writes Bob Cartwright, of Vizualiiz. The reason why is simple: a lack of focus on software innovation for managing data center assets. Read More
George Slessman, CEO of IO, offers his take on modular data centers and how they are differentiated from containers, pods and mobile data centers. Read More
Ron Vokun of Gray Construction, in his continuing series on green data centers, covers the pros and cons of Energy Star for Data Centers and concludes with some discussion of which certification to pursue.
When working with cloud computing, integration between multiple teams within an organization is necessary. The reality is that cloud computing cannot be made possible without knowledgeable and efficient data center and facilities professionals, writes of Bill Kleyman, MTM Technologies. Read More