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.

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

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