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Three Ways to Generate Profit With the Data You Already Have

Posted on 8/21/2017
Companies are rapidly investing in systems and processes to retain business data that they know is valuable but have no clue what to do with it.

Coherent vs. Direct Detection in Metro Data Center Interconnectivity

Posted on 8/21/2017
Direct detection certainly has a bright future. It may not be as scalable or as spectrally efficient as the coherent alternative, but its value is increasing rapidly in this expanding space.

Is Your Cloud Provider Protecting You?

Posted on 8/14/2017
The fact that businesses in nearly every industry use the cloud has provided more opportunity than ever for developers, start-ups, and existing companies. Unfortunately, there is a fly in the cloud’s Chardonnay, if you will – the threat of patent sui

Embedded FPGA: Coming to a Data Center Near You

Posted on 8/14/2017
It is clear that embedded FPGA is making its way into the data center in a rapid way, and not soon enough considering the bandwidth demands that are now being placed on them.

The Rise of the Mega Data Center

Posted on 7/31/2017
Data centers keep getting bigger and bigger, but what are the potential consequences for small data centers as well as what they will have to do to remain relevant.

Data Center Trends Shift Workloads

Posted on 7/31/2017
Data centers are becoming lean, efficient strategic assets as they adopt cloud computing, XaaS, self-provisioning models, colocation, and other still-emerging technologies. Achieving the promise of these technologies, however, requires changing work

Passive Optical Port Replication in the Data Center

Posted on 7/24/2017
The demand for higher bandwidth in data center has resulted in a need for increased fiber optic ports for networking and storage, which as led to significant challenges in the management of fiber cabling infrastructures.

Sensors and Predictive Modeling: A Formidable Match

Posted on 7/4/2017
Sensors are decreasing in cost, and increasing in functionality. They are becoming more accurate, more reliable, and easier to install. Can they form the basis for a more accurate predictive modeling system in the data center?

10 Best Practices for Surviving the Fallout from AWS' Deep Root Leak

Posted on 7/4/2017
Here are 10 best practices for a more secure AWS ... post the Deep Root Leak.

Disgruntled Employees and Data

Posted on 5/31/2017
Confucius once said, “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” Although he never saw or imagined a data center, his wisdom should be carefully considered by managers of data centers.