Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

A Data Center Build: Site Development, Permits & Zoning


Once the design wheels are turning, it’s time to work with state and local governments on site development, permits and zoning. Many people groan at the thought of the politics involved, but this can actually be a rewarding chance to engage your community—and also improve business relationships, writes Shawn Miles of Greenhouse Data. Read More

Cloud Apps Are Getting Smarter


Companies may still be reluctant to move to cloud apps because they don’t want to give up critical predictive functionality that is baked into their core business processes, such as cross-sell, next best activity, or churn management, writes John Ball of KXEN. Lost revenue due to losing cross-sell capability would be staggering for a medium to large-scale contact center. But there are means to address this through predictive analytics. Read More

The Road to Acquiring DCIM: A Q&A Primer


What are compelling business activities at the strategic level that make Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) technology essential? Business cases for supporting investments in DCIM are often a combination of hard and soft costs, writes Lara Greden of CA Technologies. Read More

Optimizing Physical Infrastructure to Get More from Virtualization and the Cloud


Our increasingly digital lives cause data to grow exponentially, while increasing the need for more compute resources. Virtualizing workloads can harness more computing output from IT hardware. But while the benefits are well known and being taken advantage of, their effects on data center physical infrastructure are less understood and often overlooked, writes Patrick Donovan of Schneider Electric. Read More