Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Who Owns Containment?


Hot- and cold-aisle containment is a data center best practice that is experiencing hyper-growth in adoption because of its large impact on energy efficiency and operating cost savings. Interestingly, there is still no clear ownership of containment within the enterprise, among industry trades or between manufacturers, writes Cary Frame of Polargy. Read More

Root Cause Analysis: An Alternative to Blamestorming


After an extraordinarily rocky start, the federal healthcare exchange, the online marketplace consumers use to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act, seems to be working more smoothly. But, now problems are cropping up with the state healthcare exchanges, writes David Mavashev of Nastel Technologies. What’s the best approach for diagnosing and fixing such IT problems? Read More

The Commoditization of Server Hardware


Hardware infrastructure developers will have to cope with commoditization, either by recalibrating their efforts toward commoditization, or by forging partnerships with other data center ecosystem contributors, writes Jake Iskhakov of ServerLIFT. Read More

An Inconvenient (Data Center) Truth


What’s the relationship between data centers and the environment? Considering many unusual data center locations – such as near the Arctic circle or underground caves and bunkers – locations selected demonstrates some of the challenges posed to building and maintaining data centers as a response to both the current environmental landscape and the uncertain environmental future, writes Rick Stevenson of Opengear. Read More

What’s The Key to Providing Mainframe Access for Web and Mobile?


Even with the ubiquitous use of mainframes, “easy access” and “mainframe” are not terms we typically think of as compatible in accessing information. However, using today’s advanced modernization solutions and technologies on the back end, it has become faster and simpler than ever to provide a compelling and engaging mobile experience to users on the front end, writes Dusty Rivers of GT Software. Read More