Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Thinking Cloud? Can You Locate ‘Survey Markers’?

To run applications in a cloud environment, verification is needed. That can be challenging if you don’t own and operate your own cloud assets. If you use hosted or public services, new ways to locate the survey markers will be required. Open Data Center Alliance has a security monitoring usage model which may help. Read More

Cloud Strategy, Pickett’s Charge, and You

You may wonder what a battle fought in the American Civil War has to do with cloud computing. The answer circles back to the second of eight fundamental truths of corporate cloud strategy that is described in this column. Cloud is a top-down architectural framework that binds strategy and solutions development. Read More

IT Lessons Learned from Hurricanes

Disasters can hit hard – stats show that about 43 percent of businesses that close following a natural disaster never reopen and about 29 percent close down within two years. Disaster planning can be bare bones, but effective. This column lays out the crucial items to include in any plan. Read More

Integration as Alternative to New Build

Compared to conventional methods of data center design, integrated infrastructure architectures are emerging in a variety of configurations that still address organizations’ business needs, while increasing efficiency, maintaining availability and speeding deployment. Read More

Pathways to Data Center Virtualization

In a data center, virtualization is often driven by server sprawl that occurs as new applications are moved and assigned their own servers to minimize the risk of under-resourcing. Organizations can also use virtualization as a strategy for realizing more tangible benefits. Read More