Industry Perspectives

Goodbye, Silos: The Benefits of Converged Data Centers


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

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

Can Your Backup Plan Weather A Hurricane?


In disaster preparedness, the importance of staying ready for a hurricane or any other disaster cannot be understated, because you really never know when one may strike. Blaine Raddon, of Acronis, writes that it’s becoming more important than ever for businesses to feel confident that they know where their critical data is backed up and how to recover it to get business running again. Read More

Data Center Trends: Connectivity is Key, Green is Inevitable

EvoSwitchERIC BOONSTRA EvoSwitch

Eric Boonstra of EvoSwitch writes about the industry trends discussed at the DataCentres 2012 event, including challenges in the area of connectivity and the reality that data centers will no longer be able to avoid the need for green entrepreneurship. But green entrepreneurship doesn’t mean “greenwashing” either. Read More

Density – More than a Metric (Part 2)

Verne Global

In this second post in a series on density, Tate Cantrell of Verne Global writes about key considerations for data center planners as they work strategically to not only handle data center density, but to benefit from it. Read More

Delivering Corporate Networks to the Cloud: Is Your Network Ready?

DAVID WHITE<br />Ipanema TechnologiesDAVID WHITE
Ipanema Technologies

Today CIOs want to take advantage of the cost and efficiency benefits of cloud computing. Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are ideally placed to benefit from this demand by offering value-added services to enterprise customers whilst countering the erosion of traditional MPLS revenues at the same time, writes David White of Ipanema Technologies. Read More

Virtualization of Data Centers: New Options in the Control and Data Planes

LSI Corp.

The Data Deluge occurring in today’s content-rich Internet, cloud and enterprise applications is increasing the volume, velocity and variety of information data centers must now process, writes Raghu Kondapalli of LSI Corporation. In response, organizations have begun virtualizing their data centers to become more cost-effective, power-efficient, scalable and agile. Read More

Do You Control Your Data Center or Is It Controlling You?

BEN ESHAY<br>RiT TechnologiesBEN ESHAY
RiT Technologies

In the last few years, data center operators seem to be constantly struggling to take control of various aspects of the data center in an effort to attain higher efficiency, writes Ben Eshay of RiT Techologies. One reason why efficiency seems so hard to attain could be the fact that the parameters in all areas of a data center are constantly changing. Read More

Density – More than a Metric (Part 1)

Verne Global

In a data center developer’s parlance, as in physics, the unit of data center density is pretty straightforward – server input power per unit of area – kilowatts per square meter or watts per square foot. There are, however, plenty of other variables that shape a discussion on the topic, writes Tate Cantrell of Verne Global. Read More

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