January 28th, 2015
As every marketer knows, the era of big data is here, and with it comes a huge smorgasbord of opportunities to connect with customers in amazing new ways. Vast quantities of customer information are now flowing into businesses from social media, smartphones, bots, GPS devices, cameras, appliances and satellites, and increasingly sophisticated computer algorithms are attempting to turn it all into actionable intelligence of some sort. For marketers and brand managers, the prospect of knowing more[...]
January 26th, 2015
The importance of a stable uninterrupted power system (UPS) is one that should never be downplayed—with a misguided spark, even the shortest of power outages could spell big trouble for the most established structures. As the industry turns its attention to power-outage cases, the need for regular UPS maintenance regimes and apt data center solutions is being amplified. What this situation illustrates is that not only can companies ill afford to leave their IT assets unprotected f[...]
January 22nd, 2015
On a number of occasions, I’ve addressed the common refrain that “the PC is dead.” Well, it’s not dead, and the forecasted uptick in shipments combined with cooling growth in the mobile market suggests that, as I predicted, the various devices are finding a mutual balance; no one device handles all situations. Well, okay, so maybe the PC has some life left. But what about that keyboard? A holdover from the days of mechanical typewriters, surely [...]
January 21st, 2015
Just as modern data centers are built to support software applications and the hardware they live on, they also rely heavily on the software that drives control and monitoring systems. In many facilities, today’s critical control means less adjusting of valves and manipulation of circuit breakers and more monitoring of the building operations center, manipulating remote devices and examining operational trends. Facility managers and building engineers have added a computer component to their operations and m[...]
January 20th, 2015
Patent trolls are widely despised, but efforts to curb their more egregious behavior without undercutting the rationale of the patent system run into numerous difficulties. Yet with so much time, effort and money invested in patents—the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued some 300,000 patents total in 2014—the incentive to reevaluate the system is lacking. Many of these patents intersect the computing space; in particular, some 16% of active patents in 2012 governed smartphones, acc[...]
It’s Time to Change Our New Data Center Startup Process
January 5th, 2015
Virtually all owners consider their data center to be critical. If you operate such a facility, your highest objective is to achieve continuous operation, because the consequences of an interruption to data processing are costly and painful. When they agree to construction of a new data center, those approving the..more...
The king of social media, Facebook, reported its earnings for 4Q14, showing a nearly 60% ...
A few weeks ago I attended Amazon Web Service (AWS) re:Invent 2014 in Las Vegas ...
January 30th, 2015
Data Centers Delivered, a leading provider of custom modular data centers, announced today that Daniel Robbins has joined the team as executive director for the company’s Modular Data Center (MDC) U..more...
January 29th, 2015
Forsythe Technology announced today that its 221,000 square foot Forsythe Data Centers Retail+ colocation facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinois is nearing completion and on track to open for client operations in May 20..more...
January 26th, 2015
Global unit shipments of IT racks and enclosures are forecast to grow 2.9 percent in 2015 accompanied by 4.4 percent revenue growth, according to a recently published IHS (NYSE: IHS)..more...