Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Sustainable Building Certifications: LEED


Sustainable building certifications have been gaining momentum, and often data center operators are unsure of which to pursue. Ron Vokoun, of Gray Construction, details the LEED certification and its benefits and drawbacks in Part 1 of a two-part series on certification. Read More

Designing IT Workloads For Efficiency


Shifting a larger share of an IT project’s budget to the concept and planning stages can help all the stakeholders proceed with a common framework. This includes designing from the infrastructure up to ensure that workloads are designed to meet specific business requirements. Read More

Goodbye, Silos: The Benefits of Converged Data Centers


While IT teams look back on the history of silos as the hallmark of inefficiency, if you fast-forward to today’s trend of consolidation, virtualized data centers, and, ultimately, data center convergencem the future looks brighter, writes Kent Christensen of Data Link. The server/network/storage stack begins to look a lot different from its early client/server-with-direct-attached-storage days. Read More

Seven Tips to Help Keep IT Competitive

Dick Benton Glasshouse

Users like the efficiency, elasticity and customizability they get from public cloud offerings, writes Dick Benton, principal consultant with Glasshouse Technologies. This means IT must deliver those same benefits, and in a way that not only improves the quality of services rendered, but delivers higher productivity levels and, ultimately, more revenue. Read More