Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

The Ergonomic Data Center: An Ode to the Column

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Although a number of factors go into the design of the average data center, the ease of its use for you and your personnel is not among them, writes Chris Crosby. This two-part series is designed to help you identify areas within your next data center that can, and should be, addressed to make sure that your new site accommodates your requirements rather than the other way around. Read More

Sticking Point: SDN Management Challenges

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Achieving the many promises of software defined networking (SDN) needs to happen in evolutionary – not revolutionary – steps. One evolution that needs to happen is the adaptation of network management processes and tools that can keep up in a programmable world, writes Cengiz Alaettinoglu of Packet Design. Management processes and tools always seem to lag behind, but they are especially critical in SDN.
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Data Centers Should Trust Emergency Power to UL 1008 Listed Automatic Transfer Switches

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When utility power at a data center fails, automatic switchover to an emergency backup power system that enables “business-as-usual” is the ideal scenario, writes Bhavesh Patel of ASCO. But sometimes that doesn’t happen because the transfer switch itself fails.While automatic transfer switches (ATSs) are the norm in data centers, they are not all the same. Read More

Encouraging Good Citizenship in the Data Centre

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Ask not what your data centre can do for you, but what you can do for your data centre, writes Andy Huxtable of CenturyLink Technology Solutions. He states that it’s essential that customers understand the positive impact they can have on improving multi-tenanted environments. Read More