Data Centers: Polluters or Just Consumers? Why Passwords Won’t Die Puzzling Layoffs by Cisco Is the Case for SSDs/Flash Memory Overblown?

Data Centers: Polluters or Just Consumers?

In an article at Network World, Patrick Thibodeau discusses a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that takes the data center industry to task for ...

Why Passwords Won’t Die

The crusade against passwords has been raging for years, and as the capabilities of various devices increase, alternatives become more feasible. But the case for ...

Puzzling Layoffs by Cisco

Following in the footsteps of Microsoft, which recently announced some 18,000 job cuts, Cisco is planning a reorganization that will kick as many as 6,000 ...

Is the Case for SSDs/Flash Memory Overblown?

Solid-state drives (SSDs), which typically use NAND flash memory, offer a number of compelling advantages over their close competitor, hard-disk drives (HDDs). These benefits have ...

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The TCO Trap

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As one of a business’s major investments, a data center must be able to justify the value it brings to the organization. Whether building a data center from scratch or seeking to invest in and optimize an existing location, businesses must be able to calculate factors such as the total cost of ownership (TCO) to ensure that their decisions make sound financial sense. But they must avoid some common pitfalls that organizations that make these c[...]

Data Centers: Polluters or Just Consumers?

August 26th, 2014

In an article at Network World, Patrick Thibodeau discusses a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that takes the data center industry to task for contributing to pollution by wasting energy. Perhaps the most illustrative statement in Thibodeau’s piece is the opening line: “U.S. data centers are using more electricity than they need.” Of course, wasting resources is undesirable, but at what point do conservation efforts become counterproductive? Taking Conservation to the Extreme It’s probably safe to say tha[...]

N+1 Cooling on Paper Only

August 25th, 2014

N+1 redundancy is a system-design best practice because equipment failure happens; we expect it and we plan around it. In the case of data center cooling, we expect a CRAC to go down at some point, and with an N+1 system design we have a spare CRAC to fall back on. A major problem with this aggregate view of cooling is risk of starving a cold aisle when changing the CRAC lineup or as a[...]

Remote Data Centers: Blending the Boundaries of Metro-Regional Networks

August 21st, 2014

Many new data centers being built today are being located at greater distances from typical enterprise users than in the past. Content data centers initially were built in and around metro core areas to provide the most effortless access to content by corporate users. Given the rising cost of real estate, power and cooling, enterprises are situating new data center developments farther away from metro core areas to reduce their operational costs and enhance geographic[...]

Bridging the Gap Between Data Governance and the Rest of the Business

August 20th, 2014

Effective data governance polices help businesses realize objectives like meeting audit and regulatory requirements, becoming e-discovery ready, and keeping data-storage costs under control. But data governance is a relatively young industry comprising largely uncharted territory. It has none of the following: Universally accepted standards Limitations to scope Collective definition Defined roadmaps The industry’s youth is only partly to blame. Data governance also depends on various factors: The structure of a company Industry-relevant legislation Tools employed by the user community The desired level of oversight Regardless o[...]


Designing Reliable Physical Security for the Data Center

August 22nd, 2014

Much of the focus on data center security revolves around the IT component: repelling DoS attacks, identifying and eliminating malware, thwarting remote intrusion attempts, and so on. But physical security is just as important, if not more so. Designing reliable physical security, however, involves many of the same principles as..more...

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DataGravity Unveils Industry’s First Data-Aware Storage Platform

August 20th, 2014

DataGravity today announced the launch of the DataGravity Discovery Series, the first ever data-aware storage platform that tracks data access and analyzes data as it is stored to provide greater..more...

Continuum’s First Annual User Conference Sells Out

August 18th, 2014

Continuum, the industry's only channel-exclusive provider of fully integrated managed IT services solutions, has confirmed its first annual user conference, Navigate 2014, has sold out. Hundreds of managed service providers..more...

TierPoint Breaks Ground on New Oklahoma City Data Center

August 18th, 2014

TierPoint announced plans to enhance its national data center footprint with the Summer 2015 opening of a new 69,000 square foot data center in Oklahoma City. The new data center,..more...

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