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Zinc May Turn Battery World Upside Down

Posted on 5/21/2018
Nickel-zinc batteries span the life of the UPS, plus, they're safer and cheaper.

Some Under-the-Radar Reports

Posted on 5/21/2018
Here's a look at some recently published reports on banks and attacks, trends in cloud services, Ohio's efforts at closing the skills gap and the increased integration of AI and machine learning.

DCI Board: Can't IT and Facilities Just Get Along?

Posted on 5/21/2018
We asked DCI board members: Under what circumstances is it most important for IT and facilities to work in tandem?

DCW Local, Washington, D.C. Covers Hottest IT, Facilities Topics

Posted on 5/15/2018
IT and facilities professionals in the Washington D.C. area participated in a one-day Data Center World event on Tuesday hosted by AFCOM's Potomac Chapter

Who's In Charge of IoT Security, Anyway?

Posted on 5/7/2018
IoT is creating a push-pull environment within organizations, with operations pushing to take advantage of IoT-enabled technology and IT pulling back due to security concerns.

Google Data Center Execs: 'Industry Headed for Talent Crisis'

Posted on 5/7/2018
Google data center executives call on industry leaders to do more to grow pipeline, diversify labor pool

Have You Hopped on the Data Scientist Bandwagon?

Posted on 5/1/2018
We asked DCI board members: How would you convince an organization to hire data scientist?

Is Your Supply Chain Providing Enough Value?

Posted on 4/23/2018
One customer got a whopping bill for $33 million for a top of rack architecture when an end of row architecture provided the same exact functionality for a little over $5 million.

A Chance to Win $10K in IT Equipment

Posted on 4/23/2018
Here are findings from some interesting data center-related reports and an opportunity to win $10,000 worth of IT equipment.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted on 4/23/2018
Enjoy this high-resolution artist's rendering of the content delivered at Data Center World's "Women in Data Centers" panel.