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.

Protect and Grow with Converged Infrastructure

“Converged Infrastructure” is all about delivering modular, standards-based technologies designed for convergence. The result is an infrastructure that simplifies, integrates, and automates it all: Storage, networking, servers, management software, even power and cooling. The efficiency gains allow you to shift the bulk of your IT budget from operations to business innovations. Read More

Protecting Data on Virtual Servers

Server virtualization is firmly embedded in the mainstream of enterprise IT. The efficiencies and flexibility of virtualizing server operations have been demonstrated time and again in large enterprises: server virtualization makes it possible to increase server utilization, reduce power consumption, simplify IT workload, and rapidly adapt to changing business needs. Small and mid-sized businesses are now seeking to achieve many of the same advantages of server virtualization as large enterprises. Read More

Risk Mitigation Strategies for Mid-Size Organizations

In the wake of the recent earth quake and tsunami in Japan, many business executives often wonder how to prepare for the possibility that a calamity could wipe out their IT operations. The words “disaster recovery” (DR) evoke images of the earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters that can take your data center offline for hours even days. Read More

Is Your Data Center Ready for STUXNET?

The STUXNET worm initially spreads indiscriminately, but includes a highly specialized malware payload that is designed to target Siemens Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that control and monitor specific industrial processes common in a data center. This has operators of mission critical data centers concerned about any security gaps between IT and facilities systems. Read More

The Need for Intelligent DDoS Mitigation Systems

Recently, the size and frequency of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. has grown as attackers take advantage of botnets to overwhelm network infrastructure. Companies and IT service providers with Internet-facing services must now be prepared to protect themselves and their customer from several types of DDoS attacks. Read More

Data Center Capacity Planning

Is the future of the cloud the biggest topic among IT infrastructure decision makers? Not according to many experienced data center professionals, who cite future capacity planning as a key concern, as reflected in a new white paper from QTS. Read More

Growth via a Virtual Private Data Center

If you have been considering outsourcing some of your IT infrastructure, or simply wondering how the cloud might work with your scalability and security needs you’ll find this case study provides good insights on the benefits of a virtual private data center. Read More