Author Archives: Industry Perspectives

The Snowden Effect and IT Automation’s Role

We’re all aware of the so-called “Snowden Effect,” which essentially highlights what could happen when personal information is released – so how does one continue to compete in an increasingly virtual climate without sacrificing the need to keep information secure? Gabby Nizri of Ayehu Software gives an overview of the current state of the issue. Read More

Colocation Outlook: Smashing the Crystal Ball

Seen as the equivalent of “dipping a toe in the water”, colocation is often viewed as the first step into outsourcing on the “Stairway to the Cloud.” And pay-as-you-go colo may be just the thing to start an organization’s journey into this new consumption-based world, writes Andy Huxtable of Savvis. Read More

Going to the Mall to Buy Some Cloud

What if you could shop for cloud with a plethora of choices from an array of vendors just like you’d find in a farmers market or a modern mall? Mark Thiele of Switch explores the concept of an open marketplace that is be independent from the providers and creates a democratized model of access and purchasing for the buyer. Read More

How SMBs Can Keep Their Data Safe When Natural Disasters Strike

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards – any one of these natural disasters could wreak havoc on a data center, leading to power surges, leaks or, worst of all, data loss. The good news is there are some relatively simple things SMBs can do to storm-proof their data centers, avoid critical downtime and get through all kinds of extreme conditions or season. Read More

Oil Fouling Could Be Robbing Your Data Center PUE

A system which is “oil fouled” must work harder to reach necessary temperatures to keep the data center equipment from breaking down. These longer run times result in the use of more power and less useful life from your equipment. And lost capacity will lead to additional capital expenditure. Read More

Challenges in Using Outside Air Economizers and How to Overcome Them

Outside air economizers seem simple and attractive to cool the data center with “free” outside air. Unfortunately, if not designed properly bringing in outside air can actually put the data center operation at risk, Rob Sty of SmithGroupJRR’s Techologies Studio writes. He discusses the four common issues with the design of economizers and the strategies used to minimize the risk to operation. Read More

Evolution of Storage: VM-Aware Storage for Virtualization

To make virtualization predictable for tier-one apps and end-user desktops and enable mixing and matching workloads, storage should be intelligent, writes Sachin Chheda of Tintri. Also, data reduction techniques to maximize the usage of expensive storage, such as flash, as complements to QoS, and hybrid flash plus disk storage setups are a must for virtualized environments. Read More