Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Mind the IT Skills Gap and the STEM Cliff!


However, the demographic “time bomb” is about more than the loss of programmers who know COBOL or of test engineers who know transaction processing. There’s also been a major shift in how companies organize their IT staffs, and their roles and skill sets, writes Bob Supnik of Unisys. Read More

Meet the Future of Data Center Rack Technologies

Rack prototype was unveiled at Open Compute Summit. Intel’s photonic rack architecture, and the underlying Intel silicon photonics technologies, will be used for interconnecting the various computing resources within the rack. (Photo by Intel.)

At last month’s Open Compute Summit, Intel (a founding member of the Open Compute Project) announced its collaboration with Facebook where we are defining next-generation rack technologies and how they will be enabled, writes Raejeanne Skillern of Intel. As part of this collaboration, the two companies unveiled a mechanical prototype that includes photonic rack architecture. Read More

Navigating Data Center Performance Challenges With KPIs (Part 2)


David Appelbaum of Sentilla writes about data center metrics in the second part of a two-part series highlighting which metrics data center professionals use to provide visibility into data center infrastructure and to support intelligent decision-making. Relevant metrics show not only what’s happening in your data center today, but also how performance relates to other parts of the data center and to your costs. Read More