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Data Center Construction 101 for IT People Only

Posted on 2/21/2017
There are innumerable writings addressing data center build vs. buy. Unfortunately, service providers with an agenda are producing most of them. Here is some straight talk based upon strategy work with hundreds of data center owners.

Tech Primer: Clarity on Containers

Posted on 2/21/2017
In the year ahead, expect for IT departments ti finally come to a greater understanding of container technology and how it can realistically and appropriately be used for IT operations alongside virtual infrastructure.

Encryption Key to Compliance as Companies Move to Cloud

Posted on 2/13/2017
thanks to the power of innovation, newer SaaS or service model-based encryption solutions are addressing the complexity and performance issues that have plagued traditional encryption solutions.

Microsoft's Kushagra Vaid to Address Project Olympus at Data Center World

Posted on 2/13/2017
Kushagra Vaid, general manager for Azure hardware in Microsoft data centers, will share the experiences with open hardware development that have led to Project Olympus - a new model to develop hardware at cloud speed.

ERP Forecast: Partly Cloudy - Private vs Public vs Hybrid Solutions

Posted on 2/6/2017
Finding the most painless path to cloud integration means having an integration platform that is fully interoperable and not locked-in to one environment or architecture and that is able to handle different data types and computing environment.

Why US Tech Must Beat Trump on Immigration

Posted on 2/6/2017
Few tech workers come from the seven countries affected by President Donald Trump's entry ban. But the 97 U.S. companies, most of them from the tech sector, that lent their support to the state of Washington's lawsuit aiming to block Trump's executiv

Calling All Students to Help Fill IT Skills Gap

Posted on 2/6/2017
The IT industry is facing a major challenge finding skilled workers to fill gaps left by legacy staff and evolving technology. AFCOM and Data Center World want to help.

Identity is the New Enterprise Security Perimeter

Posted on 1/30/2017
how can organizations protect against sophisticated cyberthreats in this new landscape? The answer is to adopt an identity-first approach to security and access with an identity and access management (IAM) solution.

Six Tips for Lowering Power Distribution Losses

Posted on 1/30/2017
Server vendors have done a lot to reduce the power used by their CPUs and fans, and outside air economizers save on cooling costs. However, there are still significant losses between the power feed arriving from the utility and what arrives...

Kevin Mitnick: 'People, Not Technology, Weakest Security Link'

Posted on 1/25/2017
Formerly on the FBI's Most Wanted List, Kevin Mitnick will keynote Data Center World, and spill a hacker's biggest secrets.