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

Data Center Webcast: Cisco, Lee Technologies

Webcast are proving to be a great use of time as it allows many of the benefits of a physical event: learning the latest data center technologies trends and best practices; interacting with peers and industry experts. Yet, a webcast does not require the time and expense of business travel. Here are two webcast that you will want to add to your calendar. 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

Innovations in Data Center Architecture

Recent IDC research shows that the datacenter has been a key area for investments in new technologies and these investments need to support consolidation efforts, and foundational investments to support automation. The key requirement for IT today is to gain greater utilization from the IT assets it has already deployed as well as position the datacenter for the future. 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

Architectural Flexibility for the Data Center

In a recent survey of the Data Center Knowledge (DCK) audience the number one topic of interest was “data center design.” That makes a lot of sense when you consider that 63% of the DCK audience plans to expand their current data center or build an entirely new data center in 2011. That is why you will want to attend this live webcast from Cisco on innovations in architectural flexibility for the data center. 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