Industry Perspectives

How to Prepare Private Cloud Services with a Hybrid Cloud Future in Mind

ADAM FORE<br />NetAppADAM FORE
NetApp

Both the value and types of hybrid cloud models available are expanding, writes Adam Fore of NetApp. And this means IT managers need to re-think their approach, using their expertise to assess cloud services and deploy applications to the best-suited resource, public cloud, private cloud, or infrastructure, thus becoming service brokers instead of infrastructure builders. Read More

7 Tips for Managing Preventive Maintenance at Data Centers

JEFF O'BRIEN<BR/>Maintenance AssistantJEFF O'BRIEN
Maintenance Assistant

Preventative maintenance ensures maximum reliability by taking precautionary and proactive steps to reduce unscheduled equipment downtime and other avoidable failures. The purpose of preventive maintenance is to institute scheduled inspections so that defects can be spotted before they evolve into something more severe, writes Jeff O’Brien of Maintenance Assistant. Read More

Pre-fabrication: A New Way of Architecting Data Centers

STEVEN CARLINI<BR/>Schneider ElectricSTEVEN CARLINI
Schneider Electric

Today, data centers must be able to keep up with the pace of business where computing demands continue to increase at warp speed, and many managers are finding that legacy infrastructure can be expensive and difficult to scale as needed, writes Steven Carlini of Schneider Electric. To avoid these legacy problems, downtime and other issues, data center and facility managers are considering a recent innovation that will mitigate these difficulties: pre-fabricated architecture.
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Revisiting the Dollars and Sense of Storage

AJAY NILAVER<br/>
Fusion-ioAJAY NILAVER
Fusion-io

The challenge facing our digital world is that the binary bits storing all our information still need to live somewhere in a physical state. Enter NAND flash memory, the high-capacity super medium used to power IT systems in data centers across the globe, writes Ajay Nilaver. Read More

2014 is the Year Servers Get ‘Smart,’ Hybrid Cloud Grows Up

ROBERT MIGGINS<BR/>Peer 1 HostingROBERT MIGGINS
Peer 1 Hosting

While both public and private cloud deployments are on the rise, it’s hybrid cloud environments that currently provide organizations with cloud computing’s best benefits–- a trend that will shift in 2014 as the next generation of dedicated servers, or “smart servers,” evolve to offer all of hybrid cloud’s core qualities, but manageable as one environment, writes Robert Miggins of Peer 1 Hosting. Read More

Beyond the SLA: Choosing a Financially Sound Cloud Provider

SHAWN MILLS<br />
Greenhouse DataSHAWN MILLS
Greenhouse Data

Cloud provider shutdowns raise two vital questions. How do companies escape from a sinking cloud? And more importantly, how do they choose a provider who is financially stable and won’t shut down their cloud services in the first place? Shawn Mills of Greenhouse Data considers how to select a financially sound cloud vendor. Read More

How the Cloud Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Encryption

MIKE KLEIN<br/>
Online TechMIKE KLEIN
Online Tech

Because of the nature of our jobs and the mission critical importance of the IT systems we support, it’s no surprise we’re a bunch of worriers, writes Mike Klein of Online Tech. For those of us who work in data centers for companies in regulated industries, security has a special place atop the list of things to worry about. Encryption is one of those security steps that’s required by regulation, and makes sense to ease security worries. Read More

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