March 11th, 2014
The most immediate (and expensive) waste product on the mind of data center operators is heat—cooling a facility, particularly one that involves high-density deployments, can be expensive. But there’s another waste problem that involves less immediate expense: e-waste. Awareness of this problem is increasing, but even recycling can raise some concerns if companies (and individuals) use the wrong channels. Dangers of E-Waste Aside from simply taking up space in landfills, e-waste such as computers/servers, cell phones, tablets and[...]
March 10th, 2014
Coke recently disclosed that sensitive information belonging to approximately 70,000 current and former North American employees was compromised because the data hadn’t been encrypted on company laptops (despite the company’s encryption policy). The data breach occurred after a former worker stole several company laptops that locally stored employee information, such as Social Security and driver’s license numbers. Although the recent Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus breaches have captured most of the headlines lately, cases like Coke’s—caused by an int[...]
March 6th, 2014
It’s still a buzzword. And it’s still, in the eyes of many companies, the ticket to big bucks. Confusion as to the nature of the cloud remains, enabling “cloudwashing” to remain as a marketing strategy and luring unsuspecting customers into arrangements that may be less profitable than the hype would indicate. So, where does the cloud really stand right now? Defining the Cloud For some, the cloud is synonymous with the Internet. Although there is a close corresp[...]
March 5th, 2014
Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Aaron Rallo about the state of power efficiency in data centers and how management can address this important matter. Aaron is founder and CEO of TSO Logic. He has spent the last 15 years building and managing large-scale transactional solutions for online retailers, with[...]
March 4th, 2014
Technology companies regularly complain about a lack of qualified candidates, leading to the specious claims of a brewing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) crisis and therefore the supposed need to expand the H-1B visa program. In the same breath, many of these same companies decry the state of education. But they can do a number of things that will truly benefit education generally and, more particularly, the talent pool from which they hire; here[...]
Four Challenges facing Data Center Facilities Teams Today
February 28th, 2014
With the start of a new year, there are resolutions on everyone’s mind. Inevitably management schedules that team meeting that starts out “how are we going to improve this year,” ”where can we find inefficiencies” or ”give me your top three best ideas for 2014.” What can be a little disheartening is if this list st..more...
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March 10th, 2014
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced it is building a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program with edX,..more...
March 10th, 2014
WITI (Women In Technology International) will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at its WITI Summit: Powering Up event which will be held June 1 – 3, 2014, in Santa Clara a..more...