July 1st, 2015
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 Rich DeBlasi, founder and president of Spec-Clean, about cleaning and maintenance of data centers. Spec-Clean provides specialized cleaning of data centers, server rooms and critical environments. Rich has over 30 years of experience in the critical-environment maintenance industry working with companies such as Beth Israel [...]
June 29th, 2015
It’s natural for companies, as they grow, to want to do even more, to add more business and employees and locations, and to increase their revenues. This effort is, after all, how most companies grow, and the old maxim is “it takes money to make money.” Your business grows and requires more resources to support it, which in turn drives more growth, and so on. For many businesses, growth comes through expansion of geographical reach. This obser[...]
June 25th, 2015
The business model of social media rests firmly on users’ lack of perceived value regarding the information they share. That is, a company like Facebook makes money because its users value their personal data less than the services they receive. This perception on the part of users is proportional to their view of privacy: the greater the value of the data, the more privacy will be an important facet of interactions with social media, government a[...]
June 24th, 2015
Data-center managers face the twin challenges of optimizing value to the business while minimizing the costs and risks associated with technology ownership. This challenge is becoming more intense as business performance becomes increasingly contingent on IT excellence. Responses to this challenge have included everything from virtualization and converged systems to agile development and DevOps. Most data-center managers have not been especially aggressive about including their mainframes in their strategic responses to the value/cost challenge. This situation[...]
June 23rd, 2015
It’s no secret that virtualization rules the data center—it just recently surpassed 50 percent of all server workloads and is expected to reach 86 percent by 2016. But although virtualized data centers have largely become mainstream, the majority of organizations are still in what might be considered the early phases of virtualization maturity. So, how can businesses navigate this landscape to fully realize the benefits of advanced virtualization technology? Today, there are four important phases in the[...]
Data Center Construction Closeout Documentation: What You Need, How to Manage It
June 17th, 2015
Consultants are often called on by data center owners to perform an analysis or begin design for an expansion or renovation. One of the first questions asked, typically before the first site visit, is “Do you have ‘as-built’ drawings of your facility?” More often than not, the response is, “We will have to l..more...
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451 Research: Enterprises Increasing Investment in Data Center Facilities; Focus on Upgrades and Retrofits
June 30th, 2015
451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise (VotE): Datacenters Q2 2015 quarterly survey on data center trends indicates that, despite increased investment in cloud and colocation providers, 87% of data center o..more...
June 29th, 2015
New Q1 data from Synergy Research Group shows the leaders in the worldwide colocation market, with Equinix generating the most colocation revenue and achieving a 9.5% market share. It is..more...
June 26th, 2015
Platfora, the #1 Big Data Discovery platform built natively on Apache Hadoop and Spark, today announced Platfora 4.5, which offers more than a dozen new features that make it even..more...