Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Root Cause Analysis: An Alternative to Blamestorming

After an extraordinarily rocky start, the federal healthcare exchange, the online marketplace consumers use to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act, seems to be working more smoothly. But, now problems are cropping up with the state healthcare exchanges, writes David Mavashev of Nastel Technologies. What’s the best approach for diagnosing and fixing such IT problems? Read More

The Commoditization of Server Hardware

Hardware infrastructure developers will have to cope with commoditization, either by recalibrating their efforts toward commoditization, or by forging partnerships with other data center ecosystem contributors, writes Jake Iskhakov of ServerLIFT. Read More

An Inconvenient (Data Center) Truth

What’s the relationship between data centers and the environment? Considering many unusual data center locations – such as near the Arctic circle or underground caves and bunkers – locations selected demonstrates some of the challenges posed to building and maintaining data centers as a response to both the current environmental landscape and the uncertain environmental future, writes Rick Stevenson of Opengear. Read More

What’s The Key to Providing Mainframe Access for Web and Mobile?

Even with the ubiquitous use of mainframes, “easy access” and “mainframe” are not terms we typically think of as compatible in accessing information. However, using today’s advanced modernization solutions and technologies on the back end, it has become faster and simpler than ever to provide a compelling and engaging mobile experience to users on the front end, writes Dusty Rivers of GT Software. Read More

Navigating New Networking Trends: Beware of the Urge to Over-Engineer

There are many differences between service provider and data center optical networks, but the main areas where data centers can drive efficiency and innovation fall into a few categories. Scott Wilkinson of MRV Communications outlines the areas of significance when building a network that delivers the functionality to support current services while providing a future path to meet growing customer demand. Read More