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  • Greening the Data Center – PUE and DCiE

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    Scott Brueggeman
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Most companies want to be good corporate citizens and going green is a part of this strategy. Executives, customers, shareholders and environmental groups are prompting IT managers to look for ways to use less energy.  One way to determine and monitor energy efficiency in a data center is by calculating the data center’s Power Usage Efficiency (PUE). PUE provides valuable insights into energy usage over time.  For example, IT managers can calculate where they are today in terms of efficiency. They can get a baseline of operations.  Then, recalculating PUE over time shows how the…
  • What Is Outernet?

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    Sean Penny
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    In previous articles we’ve discussed the impact of the FCC bringing broadband to rural areas and the ideas behind Net Neutrality. In the vein of both, we enter into a new topic which is satellite internet service, or Outernet. Brought to us by the Media Development Investment Fund, it promises to bring wireless satellite internet to the world at large using small sub-orbit satellites called cubesats. Like other service providers, Outernet will communicate with the surface to access particular content providers such as Wikipedia, news outlets and some games and video providers. Working…
  • IBM and Apple deal

    Data Center
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What a surprise! IBM and Apple have announced that they are working together. Who’d have thought it? Would it have happened under Steve Jobs leadership? Will it work? The two companies are planning to co-develop business-centric apps for the iPhone and iPad. And IBM is going to sell Apple’s mobile devices pre-installed with the new software to its business clients.
  • Inside Big Data

    Data Center
    5 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Everyone is talking about big data, but sometimes the things you hear people say aren’t always strictly accurate. Adaptive Computing’s Al Nugent, who co-wrote “Big Data for Dummies” (Wiley, 2013) has written a blog called “Big Data: Facts and Myths” at http://www.adaptivecomputing.com/blog-hpc/big-data-facts-myths/ – I thought it would be interesting to hear what he has to say.
  • Cavium Buys SDN-Focused Switch Silicon Firm Xpliant for $90M

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    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In an effort to boost its position in the switch silicon market for software defined networking, chipmaker Cavium has acquired switch silicon company Xpliant, which specializes in processors for SDN applications. Cavium was an prior investor in Xpliant, and the $15 million it invested in the company is included in the total $90 million price tag. The rest consists of $40 million in cash and $35 million in stock. Cavium estimates the Ethernet switch silicon market’s size to be more than $1 billion. Anticipating growth in SDN adoption, the company expects an accelerated refresh cycle for…
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  • Cavium Buys SDN-Focused Switch Silicon Firm Xpliant for $90M

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In an effort to boost its position in the switch silicon market for software defined networking, chipmaker Cavium has acquired switch silicon company Xpliant, which specializes in processors for SDN applications. Cavium was an prior investor in Xpliant, and the $15 million it invested in the company is included in the total $90 million price tag. The rest consists of $40 million in cash and $35 million in stock. Cavium estimates the Ethernet switch silicon market’s size to be more than $1 billion. Anticipating growth in SDN adoption, the company expects an accelerated refresh cycle for…
  • Canada’s Shaw Communications buys ViaWest for $1.2B

    Jason Verge
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Canadian telco Shaw Communications has agreed to buy Colorado-based data center provider ViaWest for $1.2 billion in a massive expansion of its data center play. The current ViaWest management team will stay on board to run the company. Shaw offers cable television and Internet services in addition to operating Canada’s Global Television network. Shaw is acquiring ViaWest from private equity firm Oak Hill Capital partners and other shareholders. Oak Hill acquired ViaWest in 2010. The firm has invested in a number of companies in the data center sector, including Savvis, TelecityGroup and…
  • Data Center Jobs: Amazon.com

    Christine Potts
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    At the Data Center Jobs Board, we have a new job listing from Amazon.com, which is seeking a Data Center Field Engineer in Ashburn, Virginia. The Data Center Field Engineer is responsible for understanding the design and functionality of the data centers within your assigned region, providing direct influence over all designs for construction of new data centers as well as legacy data center upgrades, driving the design engineering teams standards and specifications, working with internal teams to trouble shoot problems and conduct Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Corrective Action (CA) for…
  • AMD Starts Shipping 64-bit ARM Server Developer Kit

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    AMD has launched a developer kit that includes its first 64-bit ARM processor codenamed “Seattle.” The chip maker started sampling the product earlier this year, according to an announcement it made in January. Its biggest competitor in the space, Applied Micro, has already started shipping production units of its 64-bit ARM System-on-Chip (SoC) called X-Gene. “We are very pleased to report that we have shipped initial production X-Gene units,” Applied Micro President and CEO Paramesh Gopi said in a statement announcing the company’s second-quarter results Tuesday. “Purchase…
  • Hurricane Electric PoPs into Telx Data Center in San Francisco

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Hurricane Electric, a Silicon Valley-based colocation and network connectivity services provider, has installed a Point of Presence (PoP) in a Telx data center at the Digital Realty Trust-owned facility at 200 Paul Avenue in San Francisco. The PoP gives Telx customers at the site access to an additional network provider and the ability to peer with Hurricane’s global network. The provider offers both IPv4 and IPv6 connectivity (it is one of the biggest players in the IPv6 market), and its network consists of four redundant paths across north America, two separate paths between the U.S. and…
 
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    Green Data Center News

  • One incredibly simple thing CIOs can do to save money in the data center By Wendy Schuchart

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    No matter what size the business, IT infrastructure is dedicated to cutting costs as much as possible while also adding value back to the business. In larger enterprises, it becomes difficult to see the bigger picture as teams get siloed and budgets are played close to the vest.  To quote George R.R. Martin, winter is coming. CIOs and data center techs are plagued with worries about keeping the data center cool enough all year round. But the reality is that in the cold months, we’re trying to cool the data center while the staffers in the office are plugging space heaters under…
  • CoreSite Sells Chunk of Silicon Valley Space to China Telecom Customer

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    CoreSite Realty Corp. has made an unusual deal with China Telecom to provide data center space to one of the partner’s “premier customers.” This is the first time the U.S. data center provider has made such a deal, selling space through a partner.
  • Data Center Battery Monitoring Firm Canara Raises $4.25M

    Jason Verge
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    Canara, a provider of monitoring and predictive analytics for data center backup power systems, has raised $4.25 million in equity. The round was provided by Columbia Capital and will be used to implement a strategic growth plan CEO Tom Mertz and chief business officer Steve Manos (both appointed recently) have put in place.
  • Applied Micro Issues Data Centre Challenge As Sales Slide

    Tom Jowitt
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Applied Micro announces it is shipping microserver chips for data centres, in a bid to mount a stronger challenge to Intel and AMD in the server market. The Sunnyvale, California, company made the announcement that it is shipping 64-bit ARM server ICs, but at the same time revealed disappointing first quarter results.
  • US Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose Billions Due to Impact of NSA Surveillance

    Chris Burt
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    The cloud computing industry is particularly vulnerable to the effects of NSA bulk surveillance, and could lose billions in the next three to five years, according to a new study. The New America Foundation published "Surveillance Costs: The NSA's Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom & Cybersecurity" this week, which attempts to quantify and categorize the external costs of surveillance programs since they were leaked over a year ago.
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  • Some SSDs are not as energy efficient as you think

    Dave Ohara
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    I was talking to a storage expert the other day and he mentioned a customer that I have worked with has chosen to go all SSD in its data center.  I would assume the logic is SSDs are the most efficient solution and given their purchasing power they can get prices that few others can get, therefore the cost differential vs. HDD can become a non-issue.  I heard this and think I know some of the people behind this and I questioned their assumptions to use SSDs as storage solution that eliminates HDD. Digital Ocean has a lot of hype with their all SSDs environment and the idea that SSDs are the…
  • Electricity Demand Growth disappears, The Shift to Mobile contributes

    Dave Ohara
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    WSJ article reports on the mystery of Electricity Demand not growing the way the industry expects. Electric Utilities Get No Jolt From Gadgets, Improving Economy Electricity Sales Anemic for Seventh Year in a Row Five years and an economic recovery later, electricity sales at the Columbus, Ohio-based power company still haven't rebounded to the peak reached in 2008. As a result, executives have had to abandon their century-old assumption that the use of electricity tracks overall economic conditions. "It's a new world for us," says Chief Executive Nick Akins. Utility executives across the…
  • Apple gives tour of Data Center Solar Farm to journalist

    Dave Ohara
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    The CilmateDesk posts a Youtube video. Mother Jones writes up what is shown in the above video. Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud Lisa Jackson on Apple's wide-ranging plan to green its act. —By Suzanne Goldenberg and James West | Mon Jul. 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT It looks like the green efforts are part of Apple’s marketing strategy. After converting all of its data centers to clean energy, the Guardian understands Apple is poised to use solar power to manufacture sapphire screens for the iPhone 6, at a factory in Arizona. And in a departure for its reputation for…
  • Airbus Lessons for Debugging A350 could apply to Data Centers

    Dave Ohara
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Businessweek has an article on how Airbus is debugging the development of its latest aircraft the A350. Reading the article it gave some good tips/lessons that can apply to data centers. The term debugging is used which also equates to reducing  risk. The company has put unprecedented resources into debugging the A350—“de-risking,” as it’s called. The big risk is not the safety risk, but the cost of the plane. The engineering risk with the A350 isn’t that it will have chronic, life-threatening safety problems; it’s cost. When you get into the details the discussion can sound like…
  • Momentum Builds for what the smart people know, Moving out of AWS Can be a good Move

    Dave Ohara
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    AWS’s slowing growth is all over the news.  Here are two different views of what is causing the slowing growth.   The NYtimes’s Quentin Hardy says the problem is AWS needs a bigger sales team for the business market.   What Amazon’s service does have is a great roster of named clients, and probably lots more companies that aren’t ready to admit somebody else runs their computers. It has an enormous cloud and a technical understanding of global-scale computing that is second to none. All it needs is a bigger sales team for businesses and a way to get its checks signed faster. Zynga…
 
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  • Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois that will be funded in part by proceeds from Microsoft’s carbon fee.
  • Microsoft, Others Partner on Fuel Cell Research with $5 Million Awarded by ARPA-E

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cross-posted from the Microsoft Green Blog - Microsoft is once again partnering with others to further fuel cell innovations, with the goal of developing a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft, Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. were recently awarded $5 million by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop transformational fuel cells.
  • Microsoft Awards Grants for University Research Focused on Innovative Datacenter and Energy Efficiency Work

    14 May 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As Microsoft continues to find ways to transform the energy supply chain toward greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact, we have seen that driving innovation in energy often requires a close partnership between industry and academia. Work like our new partnership with the University of Texas San Antonio’s Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) and testing our new rack based fuel cell technology with National Fuel cell Research Center at University of Irvine reflect a few of the ways we are leveraging partnerships to accelerate research breakthroughs.
  • IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon

    1 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week at the Ethernet Summit in Santa Clara, California. The award was presented by IT Brand Pulse and revealed the results of their annual brand leader surveys conducted in March 2014. The surveys covered Ethernet, SDN, and one other product category. More than one thousand IT Pros were asked which vendors they perceived as the leader in fourteen IT infrastructure product categories.
  • Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud services via software integration. When complete, the datacenter will be one of the largest in the Microsoft portfolio with over one million square feet of colocation and support space.
 
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  • Data Center Cooling Trends on Upswing

    Sean Penny
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Data centers rely on many moving parts to make up a whole cohesive unit. Many factors go into the planning, construction and maintenance of a data center. Cooling just happens to be at the top of most lists out there, as both an initial and upkeep cost. As data centers grow within the space they have, cooling has to adapt to the changes. Innovation is a constant in the world of cooling, from air conditioners to fully liquid systems like Colovore.  Trends show that the industry of data center cooling has grown almost exponentially over the last several years, in just the North American…
  • Solar Power Used For Cooling

    Sean Penny
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    The data center industry is no stranger to the thought of alternate power sources. The matter of PUE and energy costs are a huge topic of concern when considering a colocation or building a data center. Solar energy isn’t new either, according to Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report for 2014 all of their data centers are operating at 100% renewable energy. Take a look at all of the green steps they’re taking towards their facilities here: Environmental Responsibility Report. However, with all things, innovation is on the horizon as a data center in South Africa has…
  • Tool Highlight: Cage Nut Tool

    Sean Penny
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    In the world of data centers there are several kinds of rails used to mount server and switch devices. From two post rails to four post rails, square hole and round hole. The most commonly seen rail by Silverback is the four post, square holed variety. For more basic information on rails check out our knowledge base article on the standards used: Rail Standards. While called a 19″ rack, there are no actual dimensions within the rack that equal 19″, they are referring to the width of the device faces that will fit within the rails. Rack units on the other hand are a steady and…
  • What Is Outernet?

    Sean Penny
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    In previous articles we’ve discussed the impact of the FCC bringing broadband to rural areas and the ideas behind Net Neutrality. In the vein of both, we enter into a new topic which is satellite internet service, or Outernet. Brought to us by the Media Development Investment Fund, it promises to bring wireless satellite internet to the world at large using small sub-orbit satellites called cubesats. Like other service providers, Outernet will communicate with the surface to access particular content providers such as Wikipedia, news outlets and some games and video providers. Working…
  • Bitcoin Influencing Data Centers?

    Sean Penny
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:55 pm
    First and foremost, if you were not aware, Bitcoin is a software based payment system that was described by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 and introduced as open-source software in 2009. Since then the US Treasury has gone on to classify Bitcoin as a decentralized virtual currency. Without a central repository or single administrator payments work peer-to-peer. Plenty of skeptics have raised concerns about illegal activity or fraud being committed by Bitcoin farmers or enterprising criminals. Using web applications, mobile devices and PCs equipped with wallet software, Bitcoins are transferred in…
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  • Gamification of health

    26 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    We all know playing games can be fun, and we all know staying healthy is important. (I write this, ironically, as I bite into a doughnut!). Doesn’t it make absolute sense to use the most effective parts of gamification to encourage people to live healthy lives – to eat more healthily, to take exercise, to keep their weight at a healthy level, to reduce anxiety, to ‘play’ their way out of depressive thoughts, to overcome a phobia, to beat those OCD habits, etc. But is that a reality?
  • IBM and Apple deal

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    What a surprise! IBM and Apple have announced that they are working together. Who’d have thought it? Would it have happened under Steve Jobs leadership? Will it work? The two companies are planning to co-develop business-centric apps for the iPhone and iPad. And IBM is going to sell Apple’s mobile devices pre-installed with the new software to its business clients.
  • 400 blogs

    12 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    This is my 400th blog on this site, and I thought it was enough of a milestone to deserve some sort of recognition. And I thought it would be an opportunity to look back on all the things that have happened since that very first blog back in June 2006. In truth, I have published some guest blogs – so not all 400 have been written by me. But, I’ve also written blogs that have been published under other people’s names on a variety of sites, and I’ve had nearly 40 blogs published on the Destination z Web site (http://destinationz.org/).
  • Inside Big Data

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Everyone is talking about big data, but sometimes the things you hear people say aren’t always strictly accurate. Adaptive Computing’s Al Nugent, who co-wrote “Big Data for Dummies” (Wiley, 2013) has written a blog called “Big Data: Facts and Myths” at http://www.adaptivecomputing.com/blog-hpc/big-data-facts-myths/ – I thought it would be interesting to hear what he has to say.
  • A short rant on plagiarism

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    (Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014) This post is a short rant about something that I find very upsetting..... Plagiarism....   I go to great extents to make sure everything I post is as original as possible... when it is not, I do all I can to give credit where do... whether it ...
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  • Wiley's Hadoop Book Bundle -- A Free 113 Page Sampler

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This Wiley e-book bundle includes selected materials from 5 recently published titles in Wiley's expansive catalog of titles. The material that is included for each selection is the book's full Table of Contents as well as a full sample chapter for your enjoyment. Titles Include: Hadoop For Dummies Google BigQuery Analytics Professional Hadoop Solutions Professional NoSQL Hybrid Cloud For Dummies Whether you're a seasoned veteran of Hadoop or a newcomer, there are valuable lessons and advice in these pages for you. Download today and receive your FREE sampler filled with thought provoking…
  • Google BigQuery Analytics -- Free Sample Chapter

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Google BigQuery Analytics is the perfect guide for business and data analysts who want the latest tips on running complex queries and writing code to communicate with the BigQuery API. The book uses real-world examples to demonstrate current best practices and techniques, and also explains and demonstrates streaming ingestion, transformation via Hadoop in Google Compute engine, AppEngine datastore integration, and using GViz with Tableau to generate charts of query results. In addition to the mechanics of BigQuery, the book also covers the architecture of the underlying Dremel query engine,…
  • Hadoop For Dummies -- Free Sample Chapter

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Big data has become big business, and companies and organizations of all sizes are struggling to find ways to retrieve valuable information from their massive data sets with becoming overwhelmed. Enter Hadoop and this easy-to-understand For Dummies guide. Hadoop For Dummies helps readers understand the value of big data, make a business case for using Hadoop, navigate the Hadoop ecosystem, and build and manage Hadoop applications and clusters. Explains the origins of Hadoop, its economic benefits, and its functionality and practical applications Helps you find your way around the Hadoop…
  • Top Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing Cloud Computing

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cloud computing is one of the most captivating technology in today's IT world. Cloud computing, with the revolutionary promise of computing as a utility, has transformed how IT services are delivered and managed. The demand for cloud computing solutions is growing exponentially. This white paper will identify the pitfalls to watch out for when implementing the technology, and stress the importance of WAN redundancy and reliability.Request Free!
  • Move Forward With Cloud and Mobile, Securely

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mobile and cloud. Your employees want them. Your company needs them. But how do you secure them while respecting employee privacy? This white paper explores the limitations of existing security solutions on the market and explores an entirely new approach where both IT and employees win. Download this white paper to learn more.Request Free!
 
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  • 1Stream to add support for contact centre gamification

    Ronell Swartbooi
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Hosted contact centre provider 1Stream says its clients will soon be able to use new gamification technologies to increase engagement and productivity in the workplace. “Gamification is about applying elements of game design to everyday work experience to make it more interesting and engaging,” says 1Stream director Bruce von Maltitz. “In the call centre context, it gives managers a new tool for managing the workforce.” “Every call centre has metrics they are trying to improve,” adds Von Maltitz. “It might be the time taken to deal with each call, customer satisfaction ratings…
  • Contact centres pay 35% for the illusion of control, says 1Stream

    Ronell Swartbooi
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:35 am
    Contact centres that opted for hosted technology solutions five years ago have saved 35% compared to those who keep everything in-house, says Jed Hewson of 1Stream. “The most successful contact centres keep their focus on people, not technology,” says Hewson. “The point of a contact centre should be to enable and support an excellent customer experience, which means you need excellent management to bring out the best in your staff. Call centre managers should never have to spend time or energy on their technical systems: It should all just work.” “In most cases there is no…
  • Customer experience management: Can you trust what post-call surveys are telling you?

    Ronell Swartbooi
    26 May 2014 | 4:32 am
    Post-call surveys are an essential part of the call centre manager’s toolkit — but, asks Bruce von Maltitz of 1Stream, can companies trust what the surveys are telling them? “Based on after-call surveys, many companies are far too complacent about how well they’re serving their customers,” says von Maltitz. “A survey is only as good as the questions you ask, and in most cases the questions being asked are far too narrow.” For example, says von Maltitz, “as customers, all of us know the frustration of being parked for long periods in an IVR queue full of irrelevant options,…
  • Hewson To Headline Industry Conference

    Estelle Nagel
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    The Multi-Channel Contact Centre Optimisation Conference 2014 will be taking place from 14 -15 May in Sunninghill, Johannesburg where Jed Hewson will be part of a panel unpacking the necessity of optimising the multi-channel environment. The increasing cost pressures facing companies, and the analysing of business areas has resulted in the interest in contact centres growing. As a result business models such as the virtual contact centre are becoming an increasingly attractive option for businesses. While there is an increasing amount of businesses wanting to optimise their contact centres,…
  • 3 Crucial tools for the next-generation call center

    Estelle Nagel
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    In a world with more demanding customers and rapidly changing technology, call centers need to be more agile and adaptable than ever before. The sudden uptake of the cloud surprised even the most astute analysts last year, with DMG Consulting reporting that cloud-based infrastructure is by far the fastest growing area for the call center industry, and expected to double between 2013 and 2015. 1Stream White paper 3 Crucial tools for Next Generation call centres
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  • But aside from THAT, not a problem

    Sharky
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This college's main computer facility is located in one building's basement, which normally is not a problem -- until the day a nearby water main breaks.
  • How'd you get the vendor guy to go along with it?

    Sharky
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The financial institution where this pilot fish works is moving to a new disaster recovery site, and that means arranging the transfer of several financial-market data servers -- which could take months.
  • At least the data center stayed high and dry

    Sharky
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This local bank has an old-fashioned two-story lobby and its own mainframe upstairs -- and a disaster waiting to happen.
  • Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    Sharky
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This company auto-generates and sends out faxes to a large number of its vendors and clients. But in a rack with dozens of fax modems, individual modems keep failing randomly -- and no one knows why.
  • Information technology kung fu

    Chris Poelker
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    The world has changed. Information technology is the new normal, as almost everyone is connected in some way to the net. Television was the last big thing, but people are now bypassing live television and getting most of their information from the network, even their TV shows.
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  • eMagic a Complete Datacenter Management Suite

    Jithin Jaydevan
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    eMagic is an one stop solution for automated datacenter management aspects, which makes datacenter management easy, quick and more efficient. A datacenter facilitated with eMagic can monitor server logs and consumption details with its friendly GUI. With eMagic, you can handle all the aspects of data center management like trouble shooting, bandwidth consumption monitoring for an individual user as well as for the entire datacenter, OS installation and server reboots can be initiated with just a few clicks. If your datacenter is powered with eMagic, you can manage your entire datacenter…
  • Eleven Differences Between The Good And The Great IT Engineer

    Pravin Ganore
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Even the pros have bad habits that undermine the image of the area. See how to identify them. In the daily operations of any organization, typically the end users are responsible for a wide range of actions that compromise the safety and / or network performance. However, even the pros have their bad habits: ignore users, do backups, not having defined procedures and other sins that undermine the image of the area. To remind them that even the gurus are human, see below the 11 differences between a GOOD and an EXCELLENT IT engineer: 1. Acquisition Of Resources When you want additional…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be In The Cloud

    Pravin Ganore
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Despite all the risks that are reported on the cloud computing, the cloud business solutions have proven to be beneficial for companies to generate competitive value compared to its competitors who are not in the cloud. Though the answers to the question “My business should adopt the cloud” are always “it depends”, there are reasons to be considered by businesses of all sizes to make the cloud your “vehicle” toward higher productivity, lower IT costs and greater growth. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider migrating your business – or at least…
  • Checklist for Cloud Adoption

    Pravin Ganore
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    If your company does not use cloud computing as part of daily operations, there is a good chance to break into the model in the coming time. One of the main benefits of the cloud is its ability to outsource the infrastructure and management of complex applications and data services, allowing data center managers to purchase computing cycles and storage capacity in a more granular fashion, on demand. Instead of spending capital in bulk for large servers and storage solutions, you can buy time based computer on actual usage of CPU cycles and the amount of gigabytes or terabytes in storage used.
  • Clearing The Clouds

    Pravin Ganore
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    The cloud as a concept has become ubiquitous in all technological news blogs, newspapers, etc.. So much so that we tend to lump it services or functionality we use for years or even decades. Most people ask but do you really what is this cloud? or what do you have again? If the end is all easier … Cloud Solutions The cloud is basically flexible, they have the ability to increase and decrease in resources based on the needs you have for a project at all times. Traditional servers are limited to the hardware installed and of course, any extension of RAM, disk space or processor involves…
 
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  • Greening the Data Center – PUE and DCiE

    Scott Brueggeman
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Most companies want to be good corporate citizens and going green is a part of this strategy. Executives, customers, shareholders and environmental groups are prompting IT managers to look for ways to use less energy.  One way to determine and monitor energy efficiency in a data center is by calculating the data center’s Power Usage Efficiency (PUE). PUE provides valuable insights into energy usage over time.  For example, IT managers can calculate where they are today in terms of efficiency. They can get a baseline of operations.  Then, recalculating PUE over time shows how the…
  • Strange and Unexpected Data Center Outages

    Scott Brueggeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    A recent article posted on Datacenterknowledge.com highlighted some of the strangest data center outages to-date. Although downtime can happen at any time – the power goes out, a backup system fails, a tech slips up — these particular events happened under odd circumstances. Some of the more bizarre outages include: The Leap Second Bug– When the earth rotates, variations occur in Universal Time. To account for these differences, one second adjustments are applied to the world’s atomic clocks. But in 2012, an adjustment wreaked havoc on numerous IT systems. During this freak…
  • Cyber Attacks Continue to Rise During 2014

    Scott Brueggeman
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 395 data breaches occurred in the U.S. during the first half of 2014 – a 21% increase over the same period in 2013.  This figure only represents breaches reported to regulators or covered by media outlets.  The actual number of attacks is likely far greater. Cyber attacks result from lax data security practices.  In addition, computers and devices containing sensitive information have become prime targets for thieves.  The data stored on stolen hardware, which is often inadequately protected, can be easily accessed. Recently, a prime…
  • Cooling Considerations for HPC Applications

    Scott Brueggeman
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    As server densities increase in High Performance Computing (HPC) applications, data centers are working to ensure cooling systems keep pace.  Typically, data center operators have the choice of two different solutions: air-cooled and liquid-cooled. For many years, data centers have used computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units.  These devices monitor and maintain temperature, air distribution, and humidity provide under-floor air distribution to cool large areas of the data center. However for many HPC solutions, CRAC units  cannot adequately cool high density server racks.  They’re…
  • Can Big Data Really Provide a Competitive Advantage?

    Scott Brueggeman
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Big data” is a term the business world has heard for awhile now.  The question to answer is whether it can live up to the hype and, more importantly, what benefits can it provide your company? Although some skeptics exist, many experts believe big data can help a business outpace its competitors. According to research conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute, insights gleaned from large volumes of data have become economically relevant to businesses, government and consumers. As many believe, big data has the potential to actually transform businesses and even lives. Big data refers…
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