Carrier-neutral data centers are ideal locations to meet the demands of cloud computing. They have the ability to provide critical and necessary requirements: scalability, power, connectivity and security.
The EPA's new Energy Star label for data centers isn't perfect, but provides motivation for data center operators to measure their energy use and may boost competition among providers on efficiency issues.
The Federal government is using cloud computing and finding it can meet its security and scalability needs. Security and privacy concerns often present a strong barrier-to-entry and federal government CIOs need to find ways to secure their...
The IT - Facilities gap creates a situation in which the IT and operations teams can have little, if any, visibility into the normal performance characteristics of the facilities on a day-to-day basis.
The industry as a whole needs to work together in order to reduce our energy consumption, and a centralized campaign on data centre temperature could be one of the most effective means to achieve this.
IT operations groups are going to be increasingly evaluated against the service and customer satisfaction levels provided by public clouds. IT teams need to make self-service for their own resources as easy and robust as it is for public clouds.
An economizer system can be an extremely effective strategy for reducing energy consumption. But care should be taken to weigh the benefits of different types of economizers against associated costs and risks.