Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Optimizing Data Center Capital Costs with Intelligent IT

Winston Saunders

While much of the capital cost of a data center is in the IT hardware, the infrastructure alone can cost from $10M to $20M per megawatt, depending on the design and construction of the data center, writes Winston Saunders of Intel. A significant part of that cost (10-20 percent) is the back-up generators, which are put in place as a last line of defense against power failure. The column discusses how power management and data center management tools can be used to reduce the need for generators, thus reducing capital costs. Read More

Optical Networks & Low Latency for Data Centers


The demand for low latency has been a driver for the adoption of optical networks based on Wave Division Multiplexing, writes Linda Faust of Transmode. As services evolve then low latency will continue to become an important factor in a growing portion of applications and data center projects. Read More

Platform as a Service Ushers In True Private Cloud


As cloud evolves, business applications will be cushioned from the details of hardware by a “data-center-wide operating systems” known as Platform as a Service (PaaS), ushering in a true private cloud world, writes Sinclair Schuller, of Apprenda. Private PaaS allows enterprise developers access to the value of PaaS such as faster time to market and increased agility, without the adoption hurdles of the public sphere. Read More

NetFlow Helps Keep Tabs on Your Network


Advanced Netflow reporting assists network managers in maintaining healthy networks, and over the last decade has impacted the field of network monitoring, writes Michael Patterson, of Plixer. Advanced Netflow reporting allows companies to report on the top applications, hosts, protocols, interfaces, subnets on their networks; detect viruses, intrusions and other unwanted behaviors; and invoice customers by providing accurate IP traffic counts. Read More