Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Goodbye, Silos: The Benefits of Converged Data Centers


While IT teams look back on the history of silos as the hallmark of inefficiency, if you fast-forward to today’s trend of consolidation, virtualized data centers, and, ultimately, data center convergencem the future looks brighter, writes Kent Christensen of Data Link. The server/network/storage stack begins to look a lot different from its early client/server-with-direct-attached-storage days. Read More

Seven Tips to Help Keep IT Competitive

Dick Benton Glasshouse

Users like the efficiency, elasticity and customizability they get from public cloud offerings, writes Dick Benton, principal consultant with Glasshouse Technologies. This means IT must deliver those same benefits, and in a way that not only improves the quality of services rendered, but delivers higher productivity levels and, ultimately, more revenue. Read More

Can Your Backup Plan Weather A Hurricane?


In disaster preparedness, the importance of staying ready for a hurricane or any other disaster cannot be understated, because you really never know when one may strike. Blaine Raddon, of Acronis, writes that it’s becoming more important than ever for businesses to feel confident that they know where their critical data is backed up and how to recover it to get business running again. Read More

Virtualization of Data Centers: New Options in the Control and Data Planes


The Data Deluge occurring in today’s content-rich Internet, cloud and enterprise applications is increasing the volume, velocity and variety of information data centers must now process, writes Raghu Kondapalli of LSI Corporation. In response, organizations have begun virtualizing their data centers to become more cost-effective, power-efficient, scalable and agile. Read More