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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
August 19th, 2014
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 eliminating passwords is less clear than it may seem, and a headlong rush into an alternative could create more trouble than it resolves. All the Problems With Passwords Passwords as the primary authentication method (i.e., username plus password) suffer a number of problems, most of which have been covered ad nauseam in[...]
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...
Writing at DatacenterDynamics, Jill King (Adaptive Computing’s VP of marketing) considered the issue of gender ...
Backup processes are complicated and involve several crucial details. The absence of even a single ...
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...
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...
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...