Industry Perspectives

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

Considerations for Data Center Owners When Partnering With Modular Builders

STEPHEN MADAFFARI<br>
Data Centers DeliveredSTEPHEN MADAFFARI
Data Centers Delivered

The data center industry has vastly diverse offerings and often use alternate meanings of the word “modularity.” This article is intended to help guide owners through the process of partnering with a modular construction provider to ensure they achieve their desired product outcome and return on investment from a modular builder, writes Stephen Madafarri of Data Centers Delivered. Read More

Google Glass: A Vision of the Future for Data Center Maintenance

JEFFREY DUTSCHKE<BR/>Maintenance AssistantJEFFREY DUTSCHKE
Maintenance Assistant

When fitted with safety lenses, Google Glass provides a great opportunity to revolutionize the way data center technicians perform their daily tasks. When dedicated maintenance and repair applications are developed, the data center technician will directly connect to the maintenance database when completing usual maintenance activities, and more, writes Jeffrey Dutschke of Maintenance Assistant. Read More

2014: The Year of DCIM

GARY BUNYAN<BR/>iTRACSGARY BUNYAN
iTRACS

2014 is the year of DCIM – the year that DCIM will drive increasing business value for users, writes Gary Bunyan of iTRACS. And he asserts that DCIM’s that are “open” will be better to employ than those that are not. Read More

Don’t Throw Out Dropbox, Not Yet

RONEN KENIG<BR/>Safe-TRONEN KENIG
Safe-T

While Dropbox is great for collaboration, it does have security risks. Rather than replacing Dropbox, another layer of security can be added that would enable organizations to control which files are uploaded to Dropbox, and who has authority to share these files, writes Ronen Kenig of Safe-T. Read More

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