Archive for: April 2014

Beware the Closed System: Just Integrate

When done right, DCIM software integrations can provide tremendous value to your business. First, they allow you to leverage investments that have already been made, such as representing data flows and applications from a wide variety of vendors.

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What Will The Data Center of 2025 Look Like?

What will the data center look like in 2025? Enterprise data centers will be much smaller, power densities will be much higher, and the majority of IT workloads will have moved to cloud computing platforms. That’s the consensus from data center professionals surveyed by Emerson Network Power for its Data Center 2025 Project, who were tasked to imagine what facilities will look like 11 years from now.

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Dell and Big Switch Partner on SDN Solution

In response to strong customer demand for migration paths to software-defined networks (SDN) Dell and Big Switch Networks announced a strategic agreement that has Dell reselling the Big Switch Big Tap application and the Switch Light Operating System, running on Dell’s high performance Open Networking switches. Dell also announced plans to advance its open-networking initiative which redefines traditional networking switch models to help customers develop future-ready data centers.

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Tips for Preventing Data Center Downtime

Let’s face facts: Your data center has become an integral part of your organization. In fact, many organizations are actively building entire business flow models around the capabilities of their data center platform.

So, downtime in the data center becomes unacceptable because downtime can cost companies millions of dollars per hour in lost revenue.

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Data Center Lighting and Efficiency

As data center operators, engineers and architects consider different ways to make their data centers more efficient, often the last areas they consider is data center lighting. While lighting only comprises 3 to 5 percent of a data center’s energy load, it’s one of the easiest areas to address and one that will help take a data center with good Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE) to one with great PUE.

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Think Capacity, Availability and Efficiency. Think DCIM.

When it comes to data center infrastructure management (DCIM), I do see a common set of challenges that decision-makers expect DCIM to solve. Whether it’s reducing energy costs, improving the management of the asset portfolio, or conducing “what if” scenarios on potential downtime issues, it invariably comes down to three core infrastructure challenges: Capacity, Availability and Efficiency.

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