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.

Streamlining Colocation

Colocation is a common IT model that has enhanced data center proficiency. With the technological advances of the cloud, the enterprise has benefitted from this model but what happens when substantial infrastructure growth is on the horizon. The answer is provided in this whitepaper “Consolidating Data Center Support: Choosing one global provider for multiple markets and applications.” Read More

Storage, Virtualization and Enhancing the Cloud

The subject matter experts at Dell present “The cloud awaits: Storage for the growing virtualized infrastructure.” This technical whitepaper explains the benefits behind the integration of Dell™ EqualLogic™ PS Series iSCSI SANs and VMware® vSphere™ virtualization software. Read More

Data Center Energy Efficiency Strategies

A major concern for the IT professional administering the cost and efficiency of the data center is energy consumption. This information rich whitepaper, Tackling Today’s Data Center Energy Efficiency Challenges – A Software-Oriented Approach, is a detailed explanation of dealing with the energy questions by the subject matter experts at Schneider Electric and in particular their Square D Engineering Services team. Read More

Rethink Power Monitoring

In “Power Monitoring for Modern Data Centers” noted Electrical Engineer, Reza Tajali, P.E. of Square D Power Systems Engineering, offers a quick but insightful understanding of data center energy consumption and how to measure it. Read More

Circuit Breaker Guidelines for Data Centers

This whitepaper entitled, “Low Voltage Circuit Breaker Guidelines for Data Centers” from Schneider Electric’s Square D Power Systems Engineering group surmises that “circuit breaker reliability is the key to data center reliability.” The paper emphasizes that consulting engineers and end users need to grasp design maintenance basics and that this baseline knowledge will ensure max reliability. Read More

The Recovery Challenge for IT Executives

IT executives are constantly challenged and in the gray area of determining the best Recovery strategy the questions become even grayer. Planning for the unknown is always a matter of speculation but in this whitepaper “Top Recovery Problems Facing IT Executives” by Sungard, three universal issues are offered for speculation to the reader. Read More

How the Cloud can Enhance Application Recovery

This whitepaper, in the continuing series from SunGard, addresses the subject of cloud based application recovery. It is a look at the best practices that the data center professional should consider and why IT application recovery in the cloud makes sense. Read More

Backup: Tape vs. Online

The tape vs. online backup debate is the theme of this whitepaper from Sungard. In their continuing series examining data center strategies the authors bring a straight forward explanation of this argument as well as providing insight for the forward thinking IT professional. In a practical way they make an… Read More