Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

Taking Your Cloud Deployment to the Next Level


A huge component of this success of your organization’s cloud experience will be dependent on where your cloud infrastructure is housed. The data center that your cloud calls home will have certain capabilities and features that may be the difference in whether your cloud keeps pace or falls behind. Uptimes, network bandwidth and security are some of the most important aspects of the data center infrastructure that companies must take into account, writes Aaron Patrick of Markley Group. Read More

Risky Business: When Disaster Strikes With No Recovery Plan


With experts estimating the average cost of downtime at $5,000 per minute, many organizations are at significant risk when it comes to the reliability of their data environments. WAN Virtualization can be deployed to prevent disasters from affecting business continuity and speed recovery, writes Donna Johnson of Talari Networks. Read More

Giving Attention to Data Center Cold Spots


Now, cold spots have become the new challenge, and opportunity, for data center operations. A cold spot is any IT intake temperature less than the established minimum, writes Lars Strong, Upsite Technologies. He outlines tips for dealing with cold spots in the data center. Read More

Diesel Fuel: It’s Critical for Standby Power


Data center downtime is a familiar topic in the industry; however avoiding down time through proactive fuel management is not common knowledge in the field despite an emerging relevance. A vast majority of data centers use diesel to supply their backup power systems, writes Alastair Trower of Puritas Energy. Read More

Automation: The Key to Unlocking IT Innovation and Creativity


The issue of how to best allocate IT resources is becoming more pressing in part because of the rate of growth in data storage and transfer activities across multiple streams. As the sheer volume of data generated grows at an astonishing pace, IT budgets have generally remained flat, writes Dustin Snell. IT staff should be solving problems and supporting business strategy, not writing code and memorizing syntax. Read More