Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

The Software Defined Data Center Meets Disaster Recovery


Because many IT organizations are comfortable with the concept – and implementation – of a software-defined data center, the logical next step is the adaption of software-defined disaster recovery (SDDR.) This approach represents complete hardware abstraction, meaning disaster recovery is no longer tied to the hardware, writes Shannon Snowden of Zerto. Read More

Tower of Babel Invades the Data Center & NOC


In the data center, sometimes progress has been made at the expense of simplicity. Today’s monitoring and management solutions have to “speak” the latest protocols and keep up with rapidly changing industry standards for connectivity. Each data center and NOC now resembles a “Tower of Babel,” with a myriad of device connectivity languages, writes Jeff Klaus of Intel. Read More

What the HIPAA Final Rule Means for Data Centers and Cloud Providers


Data centers and cloud providers servicing the health care industry should take particular note that the Final Rule of HIPAA (that went into effect in March) clarifies that they are officially considered “business associates” under HIPAA and must therefore comply with all applicable privacy and security requirements. Matthew Fischer of the law firm Sedgwick, LLP, explains what data centers and their subcontractors need to do to be in compliance with HIPAA. Read More

Virtualization Acceleration in the Real World


Virtualization sometimes still struggles to deliver on its promise. Companies working to extract more value from virtualization can benefit from combining flash memory with breakthroughs in software caching that support the evolution from caching on physical servers to fully virtual architectures, writes Josh Miner of Fusion-io. Read More

Understanding the Value and Scope of Data Center Commissioning


Commissioning a data center is the last hurdle and an important one before launching a live data center. Michael Donato of Emerson Network Power explains that one of the biggest challenges for data center managers investing in the commissioning process is the lack of a consistent approach from commissioning firms. Some commissioners primarily provide administrative oversight, creating a pathway for paperwork to flow. Other commissioners adopt a hands-on approach that can include a broad range of phased activities.Michael explains what you need to know to get your facility properly commissioned. Read More