Data Center update for the week of 4/16/12

Over the last 40 years, business’ growth and technological advancement have goaded each other towards further advancement. With every new business requirement, technology has stepped up to provide an apt solution. Large amounts of money invested in new hardware and software has resulted in an information technology (IT) infrastructure that gave a company a competitive advantage over its contemporaries. Hence over the years companies that have been most successful in sustaining growth are those that have taken advantage of new innovations while reducing cost, complexity, and overcapacity.

Data Centers have been around since the dawn of the first computer. Specialized workspace and experts for operation made them special. In 1989, Kodak became the first major corporation in the United States to outsource a significant part of its IT department. It outsourced its data center operations, desktop management, and network, as well as voice networks. At that time, outsourcing a strategic asset such as the IT department to third-party providers was unheard of. Despite much skepticism, Kodak soon became a role model on how to plan and implement an outsourcing relationship. It was not until after 1990 that Data Centers became a popular all in one processing house for a larger number of corporations and even individuals.

So now that you know the history of the data center, check out what the blogs are saying this week on the future:






Difficulties of Going Green in the Data Center

A concept little discussed in the business world as recently as a few years ago, green IT has entered the corporate mainstream with astonishing speed. Eager to lower energy spending and decrease their carbon footprint, companies of every size and description are working diligently to increase the energy efficiency of their IT infrastructure.


Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Government Data Center Consolidation

Over the past fifteen years or so the Federal government has nearly quadrupled the number of data centers it operates. These centers have been using less than half of their compute power despite the additional costs for infrastructure, real estate and energy which have rapidly become more expensive and unsustainable.


Taming the Apps Explosion with Data Center Convergence

The concept of working on-the-go in Asia has resulted in application developers experiencing a sudden increase in companies commissioning the creation of enterprise applications for the mobile workplace over the past 18 months. With data increasing at this monumental rate, the adoption of new applications has become a double-edged sword for many organizations.


What’s in my Cabinet?

In the last few articles, I presented what is needed to be able to rely on an up-to-date inventory for better control of your data center. Whether you want to migrate or introduce one or multiple servers, many important parameters must be known before even considering a suitable position for them. It is a complex task since it involves many parties and multiple parameters
such as: function of the asset, its ownership, its electromechanical properties, its relationship with other devices… all important inputs that will influence your decisions. Previously, it was concluded that if you own more than 20 cabinets, the famous spreadsheet is no longer suitable to provide the type of help you need to properly manage your data center.


IBM extends Data Center Integration, Expert Backing

IBM is putting its infrastructure expertise and solutions behind a new systems family for physical and virtual data management.




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