Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Federation is the Future of the Cloud

A new approach to the cloud – one based on a federated model – will be increasingly important for cloud providers and users alike. The future of the cloud is federated, and when you look at the broad categories of apps moving to the cloud, the truth of this statement begins to become clear, writes CEO and co-founder of OnApp, Ditlev Bredahl. Read More

Tape Backup: An Ironic 60th Anniversary For Tape

Even for organizations that use tape to meet legal requirements for archiving, perhaps this anniversary should serve as a reminder that tape – like the rotary phone or snowy TV reception – is a technology whose time has come and gone, writes Bill Hobbib of Exagrid.. Many of those IT teams suffering from restore failures would probably agree. Read More

Modeling Data Centers Without Mechanical Cooling


The data center industry is seeking to create a data center model that requires little to no mechanical cooling, writes Daniel Kennedy of Tate. He points out that ASHRAE’s 2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Center Processing Environments drastically expanded the allowable temperature range for data center operation and is leading to more discussion of how to reduce or eliminate mechanical cooling. Read More