Author Archives: Kevin Normandeau

About Kevin Normandeau

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

Benefits of Data Center Consolidation

Are low cost servers, used for applications such as sales force automation and workgroup collaboration creating server sprawl in your data center? This is a typical situation for many data center operators and before long your find you outgrow your available power and cooling capacity. Read More

Reducing Data Center Cost with HP-UX

There is a common belief in the IT industry that an implementation of Linux is less costly than an implementation of UNIX. While that is technically true for the acquisition of server hardware, the base operating system and the maintenance costs of each, there are a host of other costs associated with a solution that must be explored to develop a fair comparison. Read More

Convergence of Networks in the Data Center

According to a recent study from Forrester Research, most North American data center operators believe that in the next 5 years there will be a convergence of the Storage Area Networks (SANs) and Local Area Networks (LANs). Although obstacles are coming down, there will be challenges along the way. Yet, as this white paper points out, these will be significant benefits to this transition. Read More

2011 US Data Center Market Drivers

The forecast for the US data center market call for significant growth in 2011 and 2012 according to a study recently completed by Digital Realty Trust. Each year they survey over 300 executives at large US companies about their business and data center needs. The findings in this white paper are impressive. Read More

Strategies to Cut Data Center Costs

A recent IDC research report estimates data center operators can save 34 percent annually with Cisco Unified Fabric. Historically companies have been running separate, parallel networks in their data center: an Ethernet-based LAN to connect servers, clients, and the broader Internet and a storage area network (SAN) to connect servers to the storage pool. Read More

DCIM: Data Center Infrastructure Management

A new category of tools called Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) has been a hot topic at many of the recent data center conferences. This white paper from Raritan explains the many facets of Data Center Infrastructure Management, and the benefits of a DCIM solution. Read More

Shared Infrastructure Benefits the Data Center

In a recent survey of the Data Center Knowledge audience we learned that 64% of you are planning to expand your current data center or build a new data center. That is why you will want to read this white paper from Dell on Shared Infrastructure: Scale-Out Advantages and Effects on TCO and learn how systems like these have the potential to greatly reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for large data center deployments. Read More

Creating the Cloud-Ready Data Center

The advent of cloud computing has created a significant new business opportunity for data center service providers. To win their share of this new opportunity, service providers need a cloud-ready infrastructure that can both support new service models at the scale necessary to meet demand and operate at an efficiency level that ensures profitability. Read More

Guide to Risk Mitigation for Financial Services

An unplanned interruption can have a significant impact on operations, revenue and reputa¬tion. And it doesn’t have to be a fire, flood or hurricane to be a disaster. In fact, what’s more likely are events that are less dramatic but still have the potential to seriously disrupt your business. An accidentally cut cable. A security breach. A crashed server. Any of these might shut down your data center Read More