At last month’s Open Compute Summit, Intel (a founding member of the Open Compute Project) announced its collaboration with Facebook where we are defining next-generation rack technologies and how they will be enabled, writes Raejeanne Skillern of Intel. As part of this collaboration, the two companies unveiled a mechanical prototype that includes photonic rack architecture. Read More
David Appelbaum of Sentilla writes about data center metrics in the second part of a two-part series highlighting which metrics data center professionals use to provide visibility into data center infrastructure and to support intelligent decision-making. Relevant metrics show not only what’s happening in your data center today, but also how performance relates to other parts of the data center and to your costs. Read More
High availability has been lost in the din about cloud computing, but high availability is still a key part of the IT narrative, whether you hear about it or not, writes Kai Dupke of SUSE, LLC.
Realizing the value of Big Data today demands more than technology. It requires the vision, experience and know-how necessary to see Big Data as a strategic opportunity and to leverage it across an enterprise, writes Paul Barth of New Vantage Partners. Read More
Given the stakes, why isn’t much being said about lost capacity? asks Sherman Ikemoto of Future Facilities North America. Because these losses are due to fragmentation of infrastructure resources – space, power, cooling and networking – that build slowly and imperceptively early in the data center life span. Read More
The path to effective infrastructure management begins with global visibility and metrics, writes David Applebaum of Sentilla. In Part I of a two-part series, he examines what Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) data center managers need to measure.
Enterprise IT managers today are burdened with multiple challenges. An intelligent, cloud-based solution using a POP-based network architecture may help address the issues of multiple applications spread across a geographically dispersed user base, writes Ajit Gupta of Aryaka Networks. Read More
If IPv6 addresses were parking spaces, IPv6 would literally allow us to park every car ever built in each parking lot and still have 4 billion more spaces for each and every car ever built in each parking lot, writes Owen DeLong of Hurricane Electric. Read More
How does a network engineer or aspiring network engineer get hands-on practice? One solution is GNS3, which is a free tool available for download. Keith Barker, consultant and trainer, explains how its used and tips and tricks for getting the most out of GNS3. Read More