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
Software Defined Networking (SDN) is increasing in popularity. SDN will fundamentally change how networks work, and adoption in small pockets will become commonplace in the next 3-5 years, writes Haseeb Budhani of Infineta. Read More
There are two ways of scaling the control plane to accommodate the additional requirements faced by today’s virtualized data centers, writes Raghu Kondapalli of LSI Corp.
Even in today’s modern automated world, managers of some of the country’s largest data centers still use spreadsheets to try to keep track of data center assets, writes Bob Cartwright, of Vizualiiz. The reason why is simple: a lack of focus on software innovation for managing data center assets. Read More
George Slessman, CEO of IO, offers his take on modular data centers and how they are differentiated from containers, pods and mobile data centers. Read More
Ron Vokun of Gray Construction, in his continuing series on green data centers, covers the pros and cons of Energy Star for Data Centers and concludes with some discussion of which certification to pursue.
When working with cloud computing, integration between multiple teams within an organization is necessary. The reality is that cloud computing cannot be made possible without knowledgeable and efficient data center and facilities professionals, writes of Bill Kleyman, MTM Technologies. Read More
Sustainable building certifications have been gaining momentum, and often data center operators are unsure of which to pursue. Ron Vokoun, of Gray Construction, details the LEED certification and its benefits and drawbacks in Part 1 of a two-part series on certification. Read More
Healthcare data centers are strained more and more with regulations and big data concerns, writes Todd Boucher of Leading Edge Design. His column addresses the approaches health care data center designers need to approach current issues.