Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

7 Attributes That Help Counter Data Center Downtime


A recent downtime study took a closer look at high-performing data centers that experienced the least amount of downtime and identified seven common attitudes and actions largely shared by the organizations, writes Peter Panfill of Emerson’s Liebert AC Power. He outlines what these shared characteristics are. Read More

The Syracuse Green Data Center: Driving Energy Savings & System Reliability

The exterior of the new data center at Syracuse University, which includes $5 million of energy efficient data center technology from IBM.

The Syracuse University Green Data Center is now a reality and has been in successful operation for over three years. The data center, at 6,000 square feet includes an adjacent power plant containing the combined heat and power system. David Blair of GEM Energy, who worked on the systems running the facility, outlines how the innovations deployed save power and increase reliability. Read More

Top 7 Reasons Data Centers Don’t Raise Their Thermostats


Here we are in 2013 and very few data centers are even raising their thermostats to the recommended limits prescribed by ASHRAE’s 2008 guidance. Raising the thermostat is the single most simple energy saving move a data center can make, so why is it that they are so hesitant to do so? Ron Vokoun of JE Dunn explores the top answers from industry professionals. Read More

10 Data Projects Not to Leave Off the Schedule in 2014


With budgets tightening – often to pay for storage costs – data center managers are struggling to find the highest impact projects that will see an immediate ROI. While there’s no one project that will reclaim all of the unstructured data rotting away in the data center, there are 10 crucial data projects not to leave off the schedule in 2014, writes Jim McGann of Index Engines. Read More

Storage Disaggregation in the Data Center


With the availability of fast interconnect technologies, disaggregation of storage from the compute servers considerably reduces the total cost of investment in the data center in various ways, improves the efficiency of the storage utilization, adds to the resiliency of the storage stacks, and allows for pay-as-you-grow planning for the future of the data center, writes Gilad Shainer of Mellanox Technologies. Read More

How the IT Giants Stay at the Cutting Edge


The continuous purchase of new equipment can be fueled by the effective resale of the old, writes Kyle Bittner of Ex-IT Technologies. IT departments, large and small, know the key to a seamless upgrade path is the effective resale of aging equipment and components to fuel new purchases. Read More

Flash Storage: The Smart Way to Deploy Cost-Effectively


Technologies like flash, or solid-state memory, and tiering have evolved to the point where, when combined, they are proven cost-efficient for the data center, writes Alan Atkinson of Dell. They provide the speed, agility, flexibility and cost-efficiencies that are the alternative to a full “rip and replace.” Read More