Industry Perspectives

Sustainable Building Certifications: LEED

RON VOKOUN<br>Gray ConstructionRON VOKOUN
Gray Construction

Sustainable building certifications have been gaining momentum, and often data center operators are unsure of which to pursue. Ron Vokoun, of Gray Construction, details the LEED certification and its benefits and drawbacks in Part 1 of a two-part series on certification. Read More

Designing IT Workloads For Efficiency

HANI ELBEYALI<br>
DellHANI ELBEYALI
Dell

Shifting a larger share of an IT project’s budget to the concept and planning stages can help all the stakeholders proceed with a common framework. This includes designing from the infrastructure up to ensure that workloads are designed to meet specific business requirements. Read More

Bringing Big Data and Smart Energy Together

TATE CANTRELL<br>
Verne GlobalTATE CANTRELL
Verne Global

The larger the data grows, the more it tends to bring the applications, the platforms, and ultimately, the processors closer and closer to the accumulating mass of data – a concept of gravitational forces, writes Tate Cantrell of Verne Global. Read More

Goodbye, Silos: The Benefits of Converged Data Centers

KENT CHRISTENSEN<br />DatalinkKENT CHRISTENSEN
Datalink

While IT teams look back on the history of silos as the hallmark of inefficiency, if you fast-forward to today’s trend of consolidation, virtualized data centers, and, ultimately, data center convergencem the future looks brighter, writes Kent Christensen of Data Link. The server/network/storage stack begins to look a lot different from its early client/server-with-direct-attached-storage days. Read More

Developer’s Diary: Clearing the Final Hurdle

CHRIS CURTIS<br>Compass Data CentersCHRIS CURTIS
Compass Data Centers

In this final installment of the developer’s diary, Compass Data Center’s Chris Crosby relates how to prepare for and answer questions from the local authorities at the Permitting and Inspecting Commission to get the prized “final approval.” Read More

Seven Tips to Help Keep IT Competitive

DICK BENTON<BR>Glasshouse TechnologiesDICK BENTON
Glasshouse Technologies

Users like the efficiency, elasticity and customizability they get from public cloud offerings, writes Dick Benton, principal consultant with Glasshouse Technologies. This means IT must deliver those same benefits, and in a way that not only improves the quality of services rendered, but delivers higher productivity levels and, ultimately, more revenue. Read More

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