Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Challenges in Using Outside Air Economizers and How to Overcome Them


Outside air economizers seem simple and attractive to cool the data center with “free” outside air. Unfortunately, if not designed properly bringing in outside air can actually put the data center operation at risk, Rob Sty of SmithGroupJRR’s Techologies Studio writes. He discusses the four common issues with the design of economizers and the strategies used to minimize the risk to operation. Read More

Evolution of Storage: VM-Aware Storage for Virtualization


To make virtualization predictable for tier-one apps and end-user desktops and enable mixing and matching workloads, storage should be intelligent, writes Sachin Chheda of Tintri. Also, data reduction techniques to maximize the usage of expensive storage, such as flash, as complements to QoS, and hybrid flash plus disk storage setups are a must for virtualized environments. Read More

Taking a Truly Holistic View of Data Center Efficiency


Our current facilities-centric approach has fostered one very large blind spot, stopping short of a truly holistic view of the data center, writes Aaron Rallo of TSO Logic. The reality of the situation is that there is an equally large opportunity to improve efficiency on the IT side itself, but this has been largely overlooked. Read More

Facing BYOD Head On


We love our toys, but mixing business with pleasure presents Excedrin-sized headaches for data center managers responsible for keeping company data secure and knowing who has what apps, why and where, writes Tom Roberts of AFCOM. So what’s the solution to managing the growing BYOD phenomenon? Read More

The Mismatch Between Virtualization and Storage


Increased adoption of virtualization in today’s data centers is uncovering the significant mismatch between the capabilities of traditional storage platforms and the specialized demands of virtualization, writes Sachin Chheda. This column discusses the different storage and virtualization challenges you should look out for when virtualizing more of your environment, and ways to eliminate their impact. Read More

IT Process Automation Poised to Grow


In a recent study conducted by Gartner, IT process automation tools are poised to make a significant impact for businesses across the globe over the next several years, writes Gabby Nizri of Ayehu Software Technologies. Different organizations will be using IT process automation in varying ways, depending on their existing setup and specific business needs. Now is the time to start thinking through what processes need automation, Read More