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; Geek.com 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.

The Common Sense of Online Backup

Are you considering a new solution for backup? A hard examination of what that will take may be daunting. In this Sungard whitepaper “Five Simple Steps for Transforming Your Application Backup with Online Recovery Services” learn how to approach the issue both methodically and economically. Read More

Minimize Downtime with Proper Management

In “Strategies for Minimizing Downtime by Managing Change,” Sungard makes a case that the best disaster recovery plans are often well conceived but poorly nurtured. The reason is a lack of resources. This whitepaper uses statistical data from a Forrester research study to prove the point that only a small percentage of organizations adhere to the proper standard of annual testing and continual updates of their disaster recovery strategy. Read More

DCIM Defined and Justified

In an Introduction to Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), Raritan has written both an explanation of and a case for DCIM. This whitepaper quotes industry leading periodicals and research firms such as Gartner, IDC and Computerworld on how the data center is evolving and explains how this development justifies the need for advanced monitoring tools. Read More

Growth in Usage of Data Center Service Providers

It doesn’t seem that long ago there was a sort of phobia behind outsourcing your data center to service provider. Many IT users believed you needed to be close to your servers. That perception has changed, even more rapidly than predicted by research firms that follow the data center market. Data… Read More

Combating Downtime, Assuring Availability

In the whitepaper, “Addressing the Leading Root Causes of Downtime” Emerson Network Power continues educating the data center professional on business critical continuity. Noted is the trend of decision makers to put limited resources toward consolidation and cost reduction over availability. This trend may be a gamble as a number… Read More

Commercial Success with Cloud-Ready Services

Are you considering optimizing your data center to deliver cloud-ready services? This technology rich white paper explains how the IT expertise of HP combined with the network knowledge of Alcatel-Lucent can help you to create a competitive infrastructure advantage. Key among the needs for such a move is carrier-grade scalability and network agility – areas of expertise that have been researched and developed by these industry leading companies. Read More

Virtualization – Post Implementation Considerations

Raritan provides a compelling discussion in this whitepaper entitled, Virtualization and Data Center Management: Managing the complexities of virtualization. The premise is in understanding the benefits behind having a single audited solution for all servers whether physical or virtual. Read More

Data Center Design Remains a Key Area of Interest

Data Center Knowledge conducted its 2011 survey of enterprise class data center operators and found that data center design is still the top area of interest. Power and cooling has moved up the list from number three as the second overall area of interest. The newest and fastest rising area of interest at 70% is Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM). Read More