Author Archives: Jerry Gentry

About Jerry Gentry

Jerry Gentry is a research analyst for Nemertes Research.

Integration of Data Center Services and Systems

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The next wave of data center integration is now starting. More and more services are being integrated into a single service offering. The question is no longer whether to use the integrated switch/processor components, but how much integration is acceptable. There are implications to this decision and only your specific needs and requirements can determine how they play.
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Big Data – What’s the Big Deal?

Big Data (BD) is popular on all the social networks and forums. As much as it is being discussed, there is room to clarify what BD is all about and what owners of infrastructure need to be doing in preparation. Jerry Gentry and John Burke of Nemertes Research explore this topic in a conversation about Big Data. Read More

Approaches to Data Center Governance

We’ve come a long way in managing and governing data centers. In my last post, I described a data center governance assessment model, and I suspect many of you found your data center governance nearly sufficient. However, even if your assessment indicates good posture in most areas, there are certainly some areas for improvement. Read More

Data Center Governance: Managing Physical Space

Data center governance is a specific discipline. It is not the project management governance that brings more demand for DC services. Nor is it the audit and compliance governance that provides you policies for operation. It is the process by which you manage the physical space of your data center. Read More

Measuring End-to-End Application Performance

Application modeling is an important method to show the effectiveness of your architecture and designs. Not only will you see the traffic between the client and the application server, servers which provide DNS, back-end databases and other services will show up as part of the transaction. Read More

How Data Center Managers Show Their Value

As a data center manager, the deeper your knowledge of what is happening in your environment, the better you can provide and show value to your organization. Every year, Nemertes interviews hundreds of enterprise representatives asking, among other things, where they are investing, in what technologies and how successful those investments are. Read More

Choosing a Data Center Colocation Site

Choosing a colocation site? Here’s a short list of questions to help differentiate colocation providers. I call them my “outside of the box” criteria because they are items that don’t automatically come to mind. Read More

PUE Provides Insight Into Equipment Choices

Knowing what it will cost you for IT infrastructure and the support infrastructure will allow you to assess the benefit or cost of a co-location strategy. It really is a matter of risk. Do you want to take on the risk for planning power and cooling capacity as well as computing capacity? Read More