Industry Perspectives

DCIM: Inside the Information Bubble

GARY BUNYAN<br>
iTRACSGARY BUNYAN
iTRACS

The “information bubble” — a holistic, intuitive, real-time management environment, which, both literally and figuratively, immerses you in analytics, dashboards, and management tools giving you complete command-and-control over the physical ecosystem — is like your own private operations center. Everything you need at your fingertips, Gary Bunyan of iTRACS writes. Read More

Making Robust Data Center Design Decisions

BRUNO RAEYMAEKERS<br />ARCADISBRUNO RAEYMAEKERS
ARCADIS

When building a data center – no matter the type – “cost” will quite likely take a high position in the overall comparison of design choices, writes Bruno Raeymaekers of Arcadis. What factors should be considered in calculating total cost of ownership and return on investment? Read More

Using VXLAN to Speed & Secure Your Clouds

ARIEL SHUPER<br />Mellanox TechnologiesARIEL SHUPER
Mellanox Technologies

The immense growth of IaaS cloud computing has given rise to a need for highly scalable and secure virtual networks, without requiring significant investment in replacing or adding to the existing infrastructure. One virtual overlay technology that has emerged to address this is VXLAN, writes Ariel Shuper of Mellanox Technologies. While VXLAN seems an ideal solution,there are performance challenges that must be addressed. Read More

What CFOs Need to Know

MATTHEW GOULDING<br />Cannon TechMATTHEW GOULDING
Cannon Tech

As a C-level executive with a data center (or several) in your organization, you’re undoubtedly aware that they devour electricity like small cities and that the up-front capital investment, cost of expansion or re-development is somewhere between painful and eye-watering. Matthew Goulding of Cannon Technologies looks at how a very new data center construction method allows a true incremental ‘pay-as-you-grow’ approach. Read More

Sixth Key to Brokering IT Services Internally: Prove What You Delivered

DICK BENTON<br>
GlasshouseDICK BENTON
Glasshouse

Dick Benton of Glasshouse Technologies explains how to prove what you delivered, because without metrics, monitoring and reporting that demonstrates you’ve fulfilled Service Level Agreements (SLAs), your service consumers and your management won’t know that you’ve met your commitments. This is one of the seven key tips to becoming more IT service-oriented. Read More

Designing for Dependability in the Cloud

DAVID BILLS<br>
MicrosoftDAVID BILLS
Microsoft

In striving to increase dependability, there’s cultural shifts and evolving engineering principles that Microsoft is using to help improve the dependability of services offered, writes David Bills of Microsoft. The end game is to help customers realize the full potential of the cloud. Read More

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