Industry Perspectives

2014 Will Be The Year That ARM Breaks The x86 Monoculture

GRAEME CALDWELL<br/>
InterWorxGRAEME CALDWELL
InterWorx

With the 2014 introduction of 64-bit low-power ARM SoC-based servers, we can expect to see a more diverse server market, wrties Graeme Caldwell of InterWorx. The data center industry is going to experience huge changes as low-powered servers revolutionize the way we think about data center architecture and efficiency. Read More

Clustering in the Cloud: Has The Holy Grail Arrived?

NOAM SHENDAR<BR/>Zadara StorageNOAM SHENDAR
Zadara Storage

Cloud economics are so compelling the more data center managers are evaluating what additional applications make sense in the cloud, writes Noam Shendar of Zadara Storage. Yet, there are reasons why proven enterprise-class features are considered as such — because they deliver, reliably, against agreed upon SLAs. Read More

How to Move Bigger Data into the Cloud

NICOS VEKIARIDES<BR/>TwinStrataNICOS VEKIARIDES
TwinStrata

While cloud storage does not necessarily meet IT’s growing storage capacity needs, adding cloud-integrated storage into existing NAS or SAN environments makes it relatively easy to relocate data securely into a cloud provider, eliminating the need to maintain an expanding on-premise storage infrastructure, writes Nicos Vekiarides of TwinStrata. Read More

The Snowden Effect and IT Automation’s Role

GABBY NIZRI<br/>
Ayehu SoftwareGABBY NIZRI
Ayehu Software

We’re all aware of the so-called “Snowden Effect,” which essentially highlights what could happen when personal information is released – so how does one continue to compete in an increasingly virtual climate without sacrificing the need to keep information secure? Gabby Nizri of Ayehu Software gives an overview of the current state of the issue. Read More

Colocation Outlook: Smashing the Crystal Ball

ANDY HUXTABLE<BR/>SavvisANDY HUXTABLE
Savvis

Seen as the equivalent of “dipping a toe in the water”, colocation is often viewed as the first step into outsourcing on the “Stairway to the Cloud.” And pay-as-you-go colo may be just the thing to start an organization’s journey into this new consumption-based world, writes Andy Huxtable of Savvis. Read More

Going to the Mall to Buy Some Cloud

MARK THIELE<br/>
SwitchMARK THIELE
Switch

What if you could shop for cloud with a plethora of choices from an array of vendors just like you’d find in a farmers market or a modern mall? Mark Thiele of Switch explores the concept of an open marketplace that is be independent from the providers and creates a democratized model of access and purchasing for the buyer. Read More

How SMBs Can Keep Their Data Safe When Natural Disasters Strike

DYLAN O'CONNOR<br/>
Thrive NetworksDYLAN O'CONNOR
Thrive Networks

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards – any one of these natural disasters could wreak havoc on a data center, leading to power surges, leaks or, worst of all, data loss. The good news is there are some relatively simple things SMBs can do to storm-proof their data centers, avoid critical downtime and get through all kinds of extreme conditions or season. Read More

Oil Fouling Could Be Robbing Your Data Center PUE

ERIC MONSEN
Monsen Engineering Co.ERIC MONSEN Monsen Engineering Co.

A system which is “oil fouled” must work harder to reach necessary temperatures to keep the data center equipment from breaking down. These longer run times result in the use of more power and less useful life from your equipment. And lost capacity will lead to additional capital expenditure. Read More

Challenges in Using Outside Air Economizers and How to Overcome Them

ROBERT STY<BR/>SmithGroupJRR's Techologies StudioROBERT STY
SmithGroupJRR's Techologies Studio

Outside air economizers seem simple and attractive to cool the data center with “free” outside air. Unfortunately, if not designed properly bringing in outside air can actually put the data center operation at risk, Rob Sty of SmithGroupJRR’s Techologies Studio writes. He discusses the four common issues with the design of economizers and the strategies used to minimize the risk to operation. Read More

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