Industry Perspectives

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)

TATE CANTRELL<br />Verne GlobalTATE CANTRELL
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

How Cloud Computing Has Shifted Engineering Hiring Demands: Part 2

BILL KLEYMAN<br>MTM TechnologiesBILL KLEYMAN
MTM Technologies

Beyond personality shifts, hiring managers and organizations are looking for engineers and administrators to become “jacks-of-all-trades.” This doesn’t mean being an absolute expert at all of the technologies out there, writes Bill Kleyman of MTM Technologies. He identifies some areas where all workers need to have some basic understanding. Read More

Notes from the Road: Unlocking the Data

GARY BUNYAN<br>
iTRACSGARY BUNYAN
iTRACS

There is a tremendous amount of valuable data “locked inside” the physical infrastructure, buried in devices and/or applications, writes Gary Bunyan of iTRACS. This data can be valuable in managing the data center environment. Read More

Object Storage and the Death Knell of the File System

TOM LEYDEN<BR>AmplidataTOM LEYDEN
Amplidata

History is full of examples where people, empires and companies gained more power through their ability to better utilize information than others, writes Tom Leyden, Amplidata. Examples include the invention of script, double bookkeeping, punch cards, or relational databases. Today, we are witnessing the same sea change as Big Data imposes its consequences upon underlying data storage infrastructures.
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Key Questions to Ask Your DCIM Vendor

RYAN DEVINE<br />Visual Data CenterRYAN DEVINE
Visual Data Center

As companies look to adapt a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tool, many DCIM vendors are asked to complete a proof of concept to the buyer. The Proof of Concept phase should not be quick and sweet but take as long as necessary to understand the tool, writes Ryan Devine of Visual Data Center. Read More

Meeting Security Challenges in Virtualized Data Centers

PETER DOGGART<br>CrossbeamPETER DOGGART
Crossbeam

Virtualization is a key enabler in creating the Next Generation Data Center, allowing IT organizations to transform their current complex, inflexible and expensive systems into an extremely efficient and agile environment that incorporates powerful concepts such as private and hybrid clouds, writes Peter Doggart of Crossbeam. Read More

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