Almost a decade ago, before the ubiquity of smart phones, tablets, cloud computing and video streaming, university and industry researchers were already predicting the need for a hybrid packet-optical circuit switch data center network. That vision is now being realized in commercial data centers, writes Daniel Tardent of CALIENT. Read More
A data center construction project must have a schedule and that schedule must allow for the fact that during a six-month construction period, you’re probably going to run into some less than optimal weather. Chris Curtis of Compass Datacenters writes about running into much more than sub-optimal weather in his latest column on the data center construction process. Read More
Software-Defined Power is emerging as the solution to application-level reliability issues being caused by power problems. Software-Defined Power, like the broader Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC), is about creating a layer of abstraction that makes it easier to continuously match resources with changing needs, writes Clemens Pfeiffer of Power Assure. Read More
You are not alone if you’re experiencing a touch of PUE or budget envy, writes Tom Roberts of AFCOM. Slashdot.org recently reported “green fatigue” among data center managers who were tiring of the constant PUE chase. Read More
Every choice in the area of data center power system design has an impact on data center efficiency and availability, writes Peter Panfil of Emerson’s Liebert AC Power. Read More
The financial services industry has been dealing with big data for years, and today, with more complex data analytics capabilities, financial firms are able to shorten that window for data processing and create more up-to-date strategies and trading adjustments in real-time, writes Patrick Lastennet of Interxion. Read More
Many enterprise data managers have traditionally responded to data growth by simply adding disk-based backup targets. However, most systems are simply not designed for today’s massive data volumes or fast data growth. As a result, for many large enterprise data centers, the “add another system” approach has reached its breaking point, writes Florin Dejeu of SEPATON. Read More
What more can IT do? To lock in your new understanding of consumer needs and to stay abreast of trends in these needs, it is essential to include a survey into your processes. This is not just a satisfaction survey vainly seeking confirmation that IT has indeed “done well.” Rather, it’s critical to use this opportunity to ask probing questions to get a handle on how needs are changing and how future offerings might be driven, writes Dick Benton of Glasshouse.
Chris Curtis of Compass Datacenters writes about the need to blast through some rock in site preparations for a new data center. Like most things in the development world, the need to conduct controlled explosions has some plusses and some minuses, he concludes. This is the first in a three-part series on construction of a new data center.