Industry Perspectives

Four Myths of the Container Data Center Market


Mark Thiele of Switch writes that pre-fabricated containers many not be the answer to every data center need. With aggressive marketing for what many vendors are calling “modular data centers” that he would term PODs or containers, vendors are asking, “Why build a data center when you can buy a POD?” This column covers some of the drawbacks of utilizing PODs. Read More

Hybrid Applications: Hybrid Cloud in the Real World


The term “hybrid” is arguably as over used today as “cloud.” The term is used to discuss the mix or use of both internal and external cloud solutions (public and private cloud by enterprise). However, a less common definition, but arguably a more common implementation, is to describe the use of a mixed architecture including both cloud and a traditional, single-tenant hosted infrastructure, writes David Grimes of NaviSite. Read More

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

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