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Future-proofing Your IT Environment

Posted on 10/14/2019
Future-proofing is about knowing products die. It’s also about making sure those products and programs work as far into the future as possible.

The Impact of Deep Learning/AI on Data Center Design

Posted on 10/14/2019
Today, deep learning uses numerical techniques based on the architecture of the brain to both learn skills and find information you wouldn’t normally see.

Need-to-know Questions About Capacity Planning

Posted on 10/7/2019
Here are three key capacity planning-related questions—and answers—that any data center professional should be intimately familiar with.

The Cost-effective Way to Increase Data Center Capacity

Posted on 9/23/2019
Conventional power architectures can prevent large data centers from growing to meet demand while also maintaining redundancy and availability. Combining policy-based power management and dedicated power-control hardware, can help them achieve both.

Best Practices for Management, Staffing of Data Centers

Posted on 9/9/2019
By applying best practices to the management and staffing of a data center, organizations can drive efficiencies into operations from both a facility and IT perspective. Here are several pointers to consider when creating a personnel strategy.

Five Reasons IT Service Management, IT Asset Management Work Better Together

Posted on 9/4/2019
With an integrated ITSM and ITAM solution, organizations have the information they need to make more informed decisions.

Be Part of the 2020 State of the Data Center Survey!

Posted on 8/19/2019
Frank O’Brien, an expert on Apollo 11 computer systems, will present a keynote at Data Center World in San Antonio.

​Gone Fishin' for Data Center Facts

Posted on 8/19/2019
Where is the largest data center in the world and how big is it? What's the average data center manager's salary. Find out some fun facts about the industry.

Apollo 11 Computer Expert to Keynote at Data Center World

Posted on 8/19/2019
Frank O’Brien, an expert on Apollo 11 computer systems, will present a keynote at Data Center World in San Antonio.

Exclusive Interview with QTS Realty CTO

Posted on 8/19/2019
Frank O’Brien, an expert on Apollo 11 computer systems, will present a keynote at Data Center World in San Antonio.