Industry Perspectives

Innovations in Switch Forwarding Tables Boost Cloud Deployments


Private and public cloud applications, usage models, and scale requirements are significantly influencing network infrastructure design, with a growing focus on scalability. A critical element of cloud network scalability is the size of the forwarding tables in network switches deployed in the data center, write Sujal Das and Rochan Sankar of Broadcom. Read More

Missing Link for Enterprise Storage and the Cloud


Data storage consumes a disproportionate amount of money and management effort in most enterprises, so it’s not a huge surprise that enterprise IT leaders are wondering if the cloud can help them manage it more effectively. Cloud storage services have the potential to provide more affordable pay-as-you-grow economics, but there has to be enabling technology that allows enterprises to tap into the cloud’s cost-saving potential, writes Mark Farley of StorSimple. Read More

Colocation’s Changing Distance Factor

While many companies still use colo providers within 100 miles of their headquarters, evolution of technology, geographically dispersed users and better connectivity are impacting that scenario. Drew Leonard of SAVVIS weighs the outlook for colocation providers. Read More

Infrastructure-as-Code with OpenStack


In recent years, continuous deployment has been widely adopted when it comes to developing end user facing applications such as Web sites or SaaS solutions, writes Boris Renski of OpenStack. However, as we move into the age of software-defined data centers and the boundaries between applications and infrastructure start to blur, continuous deployment is becoming core to ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure layer. Read More

Which Cloud Model is Right for Your Company?

By understanding the various models of multi-tenant, hosted resources, whether they are software (SaaS cloud model), platform configurations (PaaS model) or infrastructure (IaaS cloud model), you can tailor a solution to suit your business requirements, meet technical objectives and maximize ROI, writes Jim Thompson of Viawest. Read More

The New IT Competitive Edge: Sustainability

Companies have tried to build these energy-intensive facilities in inexpensive regions of the United States, drawing from the cheapest power sources in the area. Unfortunately, the cheapest sources of energy today tend to be carbon-emitting fossil fuels, writes Rob McKernan of Schneider Electric. He explains how smart companies focusing on sustainability to support both financial and public relations goals. Read More

New NFPA Electrical Safety Rules Mean Changes for Data Centers

Emerson Network Power

To help prevent electrical injuries and deaths, the new 2012 version of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E: Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace makes important changes in the areas of safety, maintenance and training, writes Wally Vahlstron of Emerson Network Power. Data center managers should be aware of these upgrades to ensure the safety of their staff and contractors.
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