Industry Perspectives

Protecting the Cloud: Data Erasure as a Best Practice

MARKKU WILLGREN<br>BlanccoMARKKU WILLGREN
Blancco

The explosion of digital data in the last ten years has brought with it a proliferation of hardware as data centers respond to cloud demands. In 2012, Gartner predicts that worldwide data center spending for hardware – including servers, storage and networking equipment – will total $106.4 billion, and will surpass $126.2 billion by 2015. The additional hardware, as well as that needed for technology refreshes, impacts data erasure requirements as data centers respond to ongoing and emerging trends, writes Markku Willgren, of Blancco. Read More

Reducing Server Power Consumption

CLEMENS PFEIFFER<br>PowerAssureCLEMENS PFEIFFER
PowerAssure

Servers in data centers waste a substantial amount of energy, writes Clemens Pfeiffer of PowerAssure. The reason is: Servers are deployed and configured for peak capacity, performance and reliability, usually at the expense of efficiency. Read More

Data Center Design Models and Trends

RON DIERSEN<br>Infosys Ltd.RON DIERSEN
Infosys Ltd.

Business drivers influence design, says Ron Diersen of Infosys Limited. The type of IT infrastructure in today’s data center is designed to provide specific business services, which impacts the physical design of the data center. Read More

Smart Racks: The Deep End of the Pool

GREG MORE<br>RaritanGREG MORE
Raritan

With increasing size and complexity there is an increased need to drive intelligence to the domain of IT devices, writes Greg More of Raritan. Aptly named, “smart racks” bring intelligence to the data center that is helpful for planning and managing equipment, power and more. Read More

Moving Forward: Data Center Modernization

JOHN HUMPHREYS<BR>EgeneraJOHN HUMPHREYS
Egenera

Converged infrastructure can be the foundation of a data center modernization project, writes John Humphreys of Egenera, because the technology increases security, automates management, improves SLAs and reduces time to deliver for new project. Read More

Why SOC 1/SSAE 16 is Still the King of the Hill

CHRIS SCHELLMAN<BR>BRIGHTLINECHRIS SCHELLMAN
BRIGHTLINE

While SOC 2 has potential, SOC 1 remains one of the most important assurance tools for hosting providers, writes Chris Schellman of Brightline. Decision makers should recognize that data centers are often valid candidates for both SOC 1 and SOC 2 examinations.  Read More

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