Data storage consumes a disproportionate amount of money and management effort in most enterprises, so it’s not a huge surprise that enterprise IT leaders are wondering if the cloud can help them manage it more effectively. Cloud storage services have the potential to provide more affordable pay-as-you-grow economics, but there has to be enabling technology that allows enterprises to tap into the cloud’s cost-saving potential, writes Mark Farley of StorSimple. Read More
While many companies still use colo providers within 100 miles of their headquarters, evolution of technology, geographically dispersed users and better connectivity are impacting that scenario. Drew Leonard of SAVVIS weighs the outlook for colocation providers. Read More
The industry should more openly discuss the topic of environmental responsibility for both consumers and corporations, writes John Sheputis of Fortune Data Centers.
He adds that he welcomes the opportunity to discuss the full story of IT and environmental responsibility. Read More
Implementing sustainable measures in your data center can be a complex and cost-prohibitive task, but there are many incentives available to offset the cost and improve your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), writes Ron Voukun of Gray Construction. Read More
In recent years, continuous deployment has been widely adopted when it comes to developing end user facing applications such as Web sites or SaaS solutions, writes Boris Renski of OpenStack. However, as we move into the age of software-defined data centers and the boundaries between applications and infrastructure start to blur, continuous deployment is becoming core to ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure layer. Read More
By understanding the various models of multi-tenant, hosted resources, whether they are software (SaaS cloud model), platform configurations (PaaS model) or infrastructure (IaaS cloud model), you can tailor a solution to suit your business requirements, meet technical objectives and maximize ROI, writes Jim Thompson of Viawest. Read More
Companies have tried to build these energy-intensive facilities in inexpensive regions of the United States, drawing from the cheapest power sources in the area. Unfortunately, the cheapest sources of energy today tend to be carbon-emitting fossil fuels, writes Rob McKernan of Schneider Electric. He explains how smart companies focusing on sustainability to support both financial and public relations goals. Read More
To help prevent electrical injuries and deaths, the new 2012 version of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace makes important changes in the areas of safety, maintenance and training, writes Wally Vahlstron of Emerson Network Power. Data center managers should be aware of these upgrades to ensure the safety of their staff and contractors.
The new buzz word is “Agility”, but, what does agility mean to the business? Does “IT Agility” align with “Business Agility”? This column by Hani Elbeyali of Dell analyzes the issues. Read More