IT Management

Podcast: An Argument for Open, Suite-based Data Center Management Tools

If you live by the adage that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, data center administrators have historically been operating at a disadvantage.  “We need better management tools so… Read more »

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Why is Cloud computing so hard to define anyways?

Sure, cloud computing is here and it sure is the next big IT wave, but what is it really and how do you know if you’re using it? I just… Read more »

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Make Energy Part of Your IT Strategy Document

Chief information officers (CIOs) and other information technology (IT) leaders make strategy plans, just like other business leaders. As a former CIO, I can tell you that the strength of… Read more »

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Data Center Key Performance Indicators – A Look At PUE and Other Numbers to Evaluate Performance

Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) for data centers used to be inward looking. In the not so distant past, KPIs tended to be “about the box,” measuring factors like… Read more »

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Great Hoaxes: Bigfoot, UFO’s, and DC vs. AC efficiency studies

It’s remarkable that we continue to see what I consider pseudo-scientific ‘studies’ claiming that DC distribution is significantly more efficient than AC distribution in data centers.  These ‘studies’ make the… Read more »

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Understanding Mean Time between Failure in the Data Center – Part 1

Lately, I’ve been seeing data center RFP’s come through with requests for the MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of a product.  Nothing much else is specified other than “what is… Read more »

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Gartner’s Advice for Improving Data Center Security: Kill Your Apps

Security remains top of mind for any data center professional but who knew it was this bad: Gartner is now advising people to just kill workloads entirely to improve security…. Read more »

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Partnering Up to Deliver Smart Building Technology and Lower Your Energy Bills

A few months ago, I took a trip to Las Vegas with my wife. After checking in to the hotel, we went to our room and as soon as we… Read more »

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Are you a DCIM rock star?

For people working in data centers, the term DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) has in recent years become a frequently used acronym and only few agree upon how to define… Read more »

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Pushing the Data Center Boundary Blog: Cloud Computing – Is it really just 80’s outsourcing by another name?

Is it possible to be suffocated by a cloud?    Because the hype around cloud computing is starting to make me feel like I’m suffocating.  It seems that for the… Read more »

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Running on Full When Trying to Meet Escalating Demand

There’s no shortage of ways data impacts our businesses and lives—driving data center efficiencies to reduce energy consumption and cost—but unfortunately many data center managers are running into capacity shortfalls… Read more »

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Takeaways of a Data Center Guy After Cloud Computing Wins the Preakness

Cloud computing, it seems, is cropping up everywhere – even in a 142-year-old horse race. Yes, in case you didn’t catch it, a horse named Cloud Computing won the 142nd… Read more »

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Why Prefabricated, Modular Solutions Are a Perfect Fit for Edge Data Centers

As companies continue to put more and more IT resources into the cloud, it’s putting greater emphasis on the need for edge data centers, which serve at least two main… Read more »

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Change for a More Satisfied, Less Promiscuous Customer

Even for an industry as conservative and risk averse as the data center sector, no change spells stagnation not security. Change is the only constant in life. Or so said… Read more »

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Simulators: Confidence, capability, and customers

In previous posts, I described how learning simulators, maintained as part of an organization’s data center software, enable employee training efficiently and effectively. Here are some examples of how private… Read more »

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Gartner Shares 5-Step Plan for A Successful Data Center Migration

The experts at Gartner have seen their clients execute lots of data center migrations – some successfully, some less so. But one thing is certain: they learn from both kinds…. Read more »

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Benefits of IT and FM Cooperation Are Real and Crucial

The need for cooperation between the facilities and IT departments in ongoing data center maintenance and upgrades isn’t just a good thing. It’s a necessary one. Changes in data center… Read more »

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Making Business Intelligence work for your organization

Business Intelligence technology should serve your organization, and not the other way around. Because it is an enterprise-wide solution, the implementation of Business Intelligence technology offers risks that can undermine… Read more »

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The Great Solar Eclipse Reminds Us to Review Our Data Center Operations

On August 21st a total eclipse will pass across the USA for the first time since 1945, well before the word ‘data center’ was coined. Commentators are predicting huge traffic… Read more »

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Colocation Providers Are Front and Center in Customer Edge Computing Plans

Pick an IT computing trend and there’s a good chance you’ll find edge computing plays into it in some way, shape or form. Internet of Things requires edge computing to… Read more »

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3 Keys to Ensuring a Successful UPS Modernization Project

As part of your annual UPS maintenance routine (you do have a UPS maintenance routine, right?), you may find a number of UPSs that could do with some updating, whether… Read more »

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Extending BPM to Geo Spatial software

  BPM software – integrating Technology with Business GIS 101! Before discussing BPM software in a GIS context, let’s understand what it is. Geographic Information System software is designed to capture,… Read more »

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What is DMaaS?

*September 25th update: StruxureOn was re-branded to EcoStruxure IT. Fast moving change requires an agile response. Not something that the traditionally conservative data center sector has often been able to… Read more »

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When is a Data Center Not a Data Center?

I’d always thought that the term data center carried with it a sense of grand scale. This could, of-course, be the fault of our very good marketing people who are… Read more »

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Virtualization Energy Cost Calculator – Interactive tool to illustrate the energy impact of virtualization projects

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about one of our TradeOff Tools.  But as promised, I want to continue to give some insight into what’s behind our TradeOff Tools,… Read more »

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Why cloud computing and new EMS with DCIM can impact global energy consumption

Cloud computing alone offers the potential of maximizing performance and efficiency, while reducing costs and minimizing energy use. And, you can benefit from it today. Some energy savings estimates are… Read more »

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Why the End of XP Support Makes Secure Power Even More Important

In April 2014, Microsoft stopped issuing security patches for its XP operating system. While the move had been announced two years previously, many corporate operations – including building management and… Read more »

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Schneider Electric DCIM An Undisputed Leader on Gartner Magic Quadrant, Again.

“There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about,” opined the great Irish poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde, “and that is not being talked about.” For Schneider… Read more »

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3 Best Practices for Reducing IT Energy Use – and Curbing Global Energy Demand

The demand for energy around the world is continuing unabated. The International Energy Agency, which is focused on ensuring reliable, clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond, predicts… Read more »

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Easy Ways to Reduce Costs in K–12 IT Environments

Today we feature guest blogger, George Mitchell, IT Supervisor of Research and Development for Mobile (Ala.) County Public Schools. George writes about how school districts can respond to financial pressures… Read more »

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