Industry Perspectives

Successfully Marrying IT Process Automation Tools with Cloud Technology

GABBY NIZRI <br/>Ayehu SoftwareGABBY NIZRI
Ayehu Software

IT process automation also offers similar benefits to cloud computing -flexibility, efficiency and opportunity for global expansion and this makes the two a very attractive combination, writes Gabby Nizri of Ayehu Software. Let’s take a look at how ITPA tools are currently working within the cloud and how to choose the ones that will most benefit your business. Read More

5 Major Drivers of OpEx in the Enterprise Network

MICHAEL BUSHONG<br/>
PlexxiMICHAEL BUSHONG
Plexxi

Over the life of your networking gear, the total cost of ownership is dominated by ongoing operational costs – both administration and maintenance of the device, writes Michael Bushong of Plexxi. When looking to evaluate your budget for equipment, consider these five major drivers of OpEx in your network infrastructure. Read More

Top Five Hot Data Storage Trends

ALAN ATKINSON<br/>
Dell StorageALAN ATKINSON
Dell Storage

Today’s organizations understand that quickly storing, securing, accessing and analyzing data, while managing it securely and cost-effectively, can mean the difference between business success and failure. Enterprises will continue to demand IT infrastructures that allow them to rapidly and efficiently deliver quality services, writes Alan Atkinson of Dell Storage. This column covers five enterprise storage trends that Dell expects to see heat-up this year. Read More

Fend Off Collateral Damage of DDoS Attacks

JEFFREY LYON<BR/>Black Lotus CommunicationsJEFFREY LYON
Black Lotus Communications

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in scope and frequency, and companies in high-risk industries face numerous challenges when it comes to defending themselves. While DDoS attackers don’t generally target data centers directly, that hasn’t spared them from DDoS-related problems, writes Jeffery Lyon of Black Lotus Communications. Read More

Real-time Advanced Analytics: The Time Is Now

PAT BUDDENBAUM<BR/>
IntelPAT BUDDENBAUM
Intel

To make the fullest use of your data, next-generation platforms and solutions should support the analysis of transactional information as events occur, without the latencies that arise when extracting data from data warehouses in order to run analytics. This is the idea behind real-time advanced analytics—a concept enabled by the latest generation of the Intel Xeon processor, writes Pat Buddenbaum of the Datacenter Group at Intel. Read More

DCIM Takes Mid-size Data Centers to the Next Level

TIM HAZZARD<br/>
Methode ElectronicsTIM HAZZARD
Methode Electronics

DCIM certainly is within reach for mid-size data centers, writes Tim Hazzard of Methode Electronics. But, when considering your options, evaluate the features and services that best fit your company’s needs. Let’s take a look at three myths about DCIM, and what the reality is. Read More

The Ergonomic Data Center: An Ode to the Column

CHRIS CROSBY<BR/>Compass DatacentersCHRIS CROSBY
Compass Datacenters

Although a number of factors go into the design of the average data center, the ease of its use for you and your personnel is not among them, writes Chris Crosby. This two-part series is designed to help you identify areas within your next data center that can, and should be, addressed to make sure that your new site accommodates your requirements rather than the other way around. Read More

Sticking Point: SDN Management Challenges

CENGIZ ALAETTINOGLU <BR/>Packet DesignCENGIZ ALAETTINOGLU
Packet Design

Achieving the many promises of software defined networking (SDN) needs to happen in evolutionary – not revolutionary – steps. One evolution that needs to happen is the adaptation of network management processes and tools that can keep up in a programmable world, writes Cengiz Alaettinoglu of Packet Design. Management processes and tools always seem to lag behind, but they are especially critical in SDN.
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Professional Labeling Essential to Data Center Security and Audit Compliance

CRAIG ROBINSON<BR/>Brother Mobile SolutionsCRAIG ROBINSON
Brother Mobile Solutions

Large data centers are repositories for some of the most mission-critical information in the cyberworld today. For this reason, there are legal and regulatory compliance requirements mandating effective data center configuration and asset management across a wide range of closely regulated industries, writes Craig Robinson of Brother Mobile Solutions. Read More

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