Industry Perspectives

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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Networking: Achieving Simplicity in the Data Center

MRV Communications

Mannix O’Connor of MRV Comunications writes about maintaining efficiency and high QoS on a complex, next-generation network. When it comes to high-density transport in the data center, operators can maintain efficiency and high QoS for advanced services, without losing any functionality, by improving the flexibility of their networking tools. It’s time to start doing more with less. Read More

Federation is the Future of the Cloud


A new approach to the cloud – one based on a federated model – will be increasingly important for cloud providers and users alike. The future of the cloud is federated, and when you look at the broad categories of apps moving to the cloud, the truth of this statement begins to become clear, writes CEO and co-founder of OnApp, Ditlev Bredahl. Read More

Tape Backup: An Ironic 60th Anniversary For Tape


Even for organizations that use tape to meet legal requirements for archiving, perhaps this anniversary should serve as a reminder that tape – like the rotary phone or snowy TV reception – is a technology whose time has come and gone, writes Bill Hobbib of Exagrid.. Many of those IT teams suffering from restore failures would probably agree. Read More

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