April 23rd, 2014
Every move to the cloud, whether from an original site or in the changed environment of a colocation facility, creates an opportunity to refine the configuration and control of the cooling infrastructure that supports what remains to maximize the energy savings. SaaS (software-as-a-service) platforms, storage capabilities, ease of cloud-based servers and bandwidth resources are driving IT virtualization and the popularity of cloud computing. Gartner estimates that SaaS sales were around $10 billion in 2010 and[...]
April 22nd, 2014
In the quest to disrupt markets by utilizing innovative language going forward, particularly in a pioneering field like IT, the result often trends ridiculous. In other words, parroting industry buzzwords to garner attention makes prose look foolish. Thus, in an attempt to stem the tide of linguistic travesties that IT pros so easily pick up, here are some familiar (and perhaps not so familiar) buzzwords that you should avoid or, at a minimum, use sparingly.[...]
April 17th, 2014
Data is growing at an exponential rate. As one expert recently put it, its growth rate is equivalent to placing a single grain of rice on the first square of a chess board, two grains on the second square and so on. At number 64, the final square would hold a mound of rice equaling a thousand times the annual rice production of the entire world. As companies in all sectors—including health care, finance, retail and g[...]
April 15th, 2014
The revelation of the OpenSSL vulnerability “Heartbleed” has shaken the Internet, but beyond simply being a major security flaw, it has shown once again that the government is no friend of IT. NSA Involvement? Although no allegations have surfaced implying that the NSA was responsible for the Heartbleed flaw, a Bloomberg report suggests that the voyeuristic agency nevertheless was aware of it and even exploited it for years before it was exposed. The report only identified the sou[...]
April 14th, 2014
A long time ago—at least in technology terms—disk storage was the new kid on the block. In 1980, Seagate introduced groundbreaking technology with the hard-disk drive. The first version of the hard-disk drive (HDD) was capable of storing a mere five megabytes of data and sold for $1,500. Thankfully, the technology quickly evolved and in the process overtook tape storage because of its higher efficiency and lower cost. “Flash” Forward Many years later came the introduction of flash s[...]
Designing a Multi-Tier Data Center
April 11th, 2014
With the increasing focus on controlling capital and operating expenses (capex and opex) while enabling data center growth that fits the immediate business needs (“right-sizing”), modularity has become a hot design trend. But modularity can, and in many cases should, extend beyond simply replicating only the same elements (power-distribution units, rac..more...
Despite its novelty and a wearables market that some foresee as having significant potential, Google ...
In our tech-driven society, data centers are the backbone that keeps everything running. But many ...
Nuage Networks Showcases Customer Growth and Growing Adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Solution
April 23rd, 2014
Nuage Networks, the Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) venture focused on software-defined networking (SDN), today announced momentum in customer adoption of its SDN solution in the first year since..more...
April 23rd, 2014
Rand Worldwide (OTCBB: RWWI), a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, today announced that its Rand Secure Data division will have..more...