Data Center

4 Ways to Reduce Data Center Energy Consumption

Many enterprises accept as inevitable the substantial electricity costs of running a data center. Much of this attitude stems from the inability of IT managers to accurately apportion energy consumption… Read more »

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Overhead Cabling Can Reduce Data Center Energy Costs

A raised floor to house cabling may be the most common method of cooling data center equipment, but it’s far from the most energy efficient.  Increased fan power, oversized cooling… Read more »

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Optimize Your DCPI to Increase Its Business Value

Data center physical infrastructure (DCPI) long has been the foundation of an enterprise’s IT business operations and until recently its business value was based almost exclusively on availability (or uptime)… Read more »

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The 4 Building Blocks of a Stable IT Platform

The most critical component of a successful enterprise is a reliable network infrastructure. Instability can lead to downtime, data loss, lower productivity and, potentially, lost revenue. This stark fact of… Read more »

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How to Provide Physical Security for Your Most Critical Resources

In mission-critical facilities, it’s obviously important to keep unauthorized individuals out, but it’s also important that authorized employees don’t venture where they don’t belong. The reason? That’s how bad things… Read more »

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Beyond the Basics: 6 Ways to Protect Your Critical Data Centers

You’ve got your access control system down pat, with multiple levels of security employed, from something you have, something you know and something you are  (also see first blog post on… Read more »

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Responding to Data Center Threats: How to Create an Effecting Threshold and Alerting Strategy

As explained in a previous post, physical data center security goes well beyond merely monitoring for unauthorized human activity. It involves a series of sensors to monitor everything from liquid… Read more »

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Physical Data Center Security Goes Beyond Video Cameras

When companies think about providing physical security for their data centers, they most likely envision video surveillance cameras and identity card readers attached to entry doors. In other words, they… Read more »

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Understanding Firewalls and Their Role in Network Security

Anyone who uses a computer these days has almost certainly come across the term “firewall” and knows it has something to do with providing security. But to fully protect corporate… Read more »

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Wednesday at CiscoLive: The Cloud, Security, and EnergyWise™

Wednesday threatened rain early in San Diego but the weather looked up, slightly overcast by conference time. Again, attendees lined up over 30 minutes early for the highly anticipated keynote… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US 2012 Comes to an End

CiscoLive! US came to a close Thursday, the first beautifully sunny day this week amidst milder temperatures. The ending keynote featured the overwhelmingly attendee demanded Mythbusters. The inspiring talk from Adam Savage… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US a Look Back

“Nothing is future proof but with leadership and values like this it is as close as you can be,” said Cisco CEO, John Chambers in his keynote presentation. Cisco’s innovation, technology… Read more »

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CiscoLive! US Begins

Registration opened late yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center but it was Sunday that saw the influx of attendees as the first sessions were hosted in the morning. Cisco Staff… Read more »

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It’s Time to Consider Additional Cooling Options for Open Compute Project Data Centers

The Open Compute Project is a topic interest in IT circles, as the reference architecture for data centers offer the potential to provide efficient, flexible and scalable compute power at a relatively… Read more »

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Inside the (changing) colocation customer mind

While the top-level forecast for colocation is rosy, a closer analysis points to significant disruption ahead. Demand patterns, cloud-native workloads, the Internet of Things, next-generation edge computing and other trends… Read more »

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We’re Bringing Applications Home to a New Hybrid Data Center Environment

About the author: With more than 27 years of broad IT, data center and telecommunication experience, Jeff specializes in technology startups, high growth and corporate turnarounds in the areas of… Read more »

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What’s the Appeal of Cloud-based DCIM for Data Center Monitoring?

Data centers were established to meet the data processing, storage, networking and communications needs of the digital age. But it has been widely recognized that data (the very thing on… Read more »

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Battlefield Archaeology and Data Center Remote Monitoring

A couple months ago, I had the great pleasure and honor of participating in a National Park Service archaeology project at Gettysburg National Military Park. As an experienced and trained… Read more »

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Bank Street on Colo M&A: Consolidation Means More Players than Ever

In the eighth of our “8 Megatrends” series, we sat down with Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director, Bank Street, to discuss how mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have affected the colocation… Read more »

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Success in Data Center Projects Requires Defining These 3 IT Parameters

Perhaps your business is growing and you need to expand your capacity to store data. Or, you’ve decided that your business has tempted fate too long without a backup data… Read more »

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Reflecting on 10 Years of the InfraStruxure Architecture

As we began the year 2013, it occurred to me that our InfraStruxure data center architecture turns 10, making it a good time to reflect on how IT and InfraStruxure… Read more »

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Does Prefabrication Mean Lower Cost Data Centers?

With prefabricated modules evidently an important part of the company’s strategy for the data center sector, I caught up with Kevin Brown, Vice President Data Center Offer at Schneider Electric… Read more »

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24 Hours Putting the Internet of Things Under the Microscope

Phil Baxter, the UK boss of Autodesk, had a group of people to sanity check his ideas and provide data points to demonstrate where he might be going off the… Read more »

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Virtually sure isn’t sure enough for today’s data centers…

4 million or so people took delivery of a new iPhone 4S within 24 hours of release. In other news, sales of the company’s iPad tablets have increased by 166%… Read more »

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Containerized Power and Cooling Modules Deliver Big Up Front Data Center Savings

I’ve written previously about how our analysis shows that containerized data center facility modules can save big money as compared to the traditional build-on-site approach – about 30% in terms… Read more »

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The “Internet of Things” Heightens Need for Secure Power

The biggest shift in information technology (IT) the last several years has been the consumerization of IT driven by rapid adoption of smart phones and social media. And while the… Read more »

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DCOI One Year Later: Assessing your Data Center

It’s been nearly a year since the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) was handed down. Now, we are only 18 months away from having to be fully compliant. Has your… Read more »

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