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Comparing Top Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Posted on 10/2/2018
Things are changing rapidly in the hyper-converged infrastructure space. Here’s what you need to know today.

Define Your Edge

Posted on 9/17/2018
Here are three considerations to keep in mind as you look to understand the edge, and how it can be used to benefit your specific environment.

From Hype to Hyper: Staying Atop Asia's Data Center Leap to Hyperscale

Posted on 9/10/2018
Mature markets like Singapore, Japan and Australia are already catching on to hyperscale data centers. However, emerging markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam are still in the preliminary stages.

Embedding a Culture of Health, Safety: Another Aspect of Data Security

Posted on 9/10/2018
ISO 45001, the new international standard for occupational health and safety, provides a roadmap for managing risk and resiliency in an increasingly complex world.

Data Center Buy vs. Build: Preliminary Considerations

Posted on 9/5/2018
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.

Best Practices for Management, Staffing of Data Centers

Posted on 9/4/2018
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.

Software-defined Power: The Cost-effective Way to Increase Data Center Capacity

Posted on 8/27/2018
Policy-based SDP creates a truly robust way of adding capacity to an existing data center without upgrading the power architecture.

Data Centers Must Move from Reducing Energy to Controlling Water

Posted on 8/27/2018
Obviously traditional data center cooling systems use water. And while we can’t change the physics of how many BTUs versus how much water is used, we can control them.

Data Centers, Sports Use Same Game-Changing Technologies

Posted on 8/20/2018
Near-field communication tags, 5G wireless networks, RFIDs and virtual reality are all being utilized throughout the sports world.

E-computing: The Next Steps

Posted on 8/13/2018
What’s needed to meet escalating demands for fast time to market and efficient operations is a uniform computing environment that spans on-premises data centers and public clouds.