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Best Practices: CFD Modeling a Reality in Data Centers

Posted on 7/16/2018
Paul Bemis will present a session on CFD Modeling on Sept. 13 in Atlanta in the one-day Data Center World, Local event.

Why You Should Consider Brand-Agnostic Data Center Hardware

Posted on 7/16/2018
Many IT leaders overlook the opportunity to cut costs by opting for brand-agnostic hardware – that is, hardware that can support any OEM brand or platform.

Air-Cooled Systems Market-Disrupting Technology

Posted on 7/9/2018
Despite a common goal of cooling server and heat generating equipment, the factors that drive mechanical cooling system selection differ wildly for each owner, developer, operator and end user.

Best Practices for Implementing a Business-level Security Strategy

Posted on 7/9/2018
Ultimately, when a business and its IT department are disconnected on the security front, the organization is at a high risk of a data breach.

Are You Up for AFCOM's 25 kW Challenge?

Posted on 6/26/2018
The end user in the 25 kW Challenge who reduces the most amount of energy usage within their data center will win the AFCOM Sustainability Award

How Data Sovereignty is Affecting IT

Posted on 6/25/2018
Data sovereignty is all about ensuring that there is clarity around where the data is located and what laws it is subject to, which is a big challenge for the cloud adoption trend facing organizations.

OCR Accuracy: What They Claim vs. What You Get

Posted on 6/25/2018
The complexity of turning Optical Character Recognition (OCR) output into useful information remains an expensive, time-consuming problem. Since it generates inconsistent random errors, validation of results requires 100 percent manual verification.

Contented With Your Data Center? You Shouldn’t Be

Posted on 6/25/2018
Although you are almost certainly already aware of a long list of problems that can plague data centers today, here are a few of the more obscure issues that you may have overlooked.

It's Unanimous: Software-as-a-Service Here to Stay

Posted on 6/18/2018
We asked DCI board members: Do you see the trend toward Software-as-a-Service and away from buying tools continuing into the future? Why, or why not?

Three Key Benefits to Using Mobile Application Development Platforms

Posted on 6/18/2018
MADPs allow companies to develop, deploy and manage mobile apps that work across all platforms, speak several languages and do so in a secure environment.