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Green Technology Journal on Ulitzer Companies aren’t just going green for the sake of the planet, the fact of the matter is that many green initiatives actually save companies money. Conserving energy in a data center or IT server room, for example, will not only help the environment, it will also help with operating costs. Still, many IT directors, managers and CIOs are at a loss of how exactly they can go about decreasing IT energy spending. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to get started cutting the energy costs of your IT department. #1: Consolidation Data center consolidation or server consolidation will save you serious amounts of capital in terms of equipment costs. In addition, fewer pieces of hardware will require less electricity. Consolidation makes good business sense. The trick is, however, to make sure that consolidation makes good ... (more)

4 Hidden Costs of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing saves organizations money. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. Experts and vendors alike tout the massive savings that cloud solutions offer to organizations. However, as with most things in IT, the picture becomes less clear the closer you get to it. In fact, there are a number of hidden costs to cloud computing that can mean an overall increase in expenditures. Identifying those costs out of the gate lets you minimize their impact and still realize significant cost savings in your cloud solutions. Here are some of the hidden costs of cloud comput... (more)

Mission-Critical Features and the Public Cloud

Google announced last week the end of the "experimental" availability of its high-replication data store; it's now a "real" part of the Google App Engine SDK. This is part of a key 2012 trend: Cloud providers will rush to address cloud computing concerns from enterprise IT -- including security, performance, and availability -- through the addition of features taken from existing private enterprise computing environments. In the past, many cloud providers dismissed requests that features be added to replicate what existed in enterprise data centers. Typically, they referred to t... (more)

What's new with Red Hat Storage

When you think of Red Hat, you have to acknowledge its contribution to the Linux interface but now there is a new kid on the block whom Red Hat wants to befriend.  That is none other than the OpenStack which is seen in their new release of OpenStack-friendly release of the cloud Storage Server. The latest Red Hat Storage Server (RHSS) 2.1 has succeeded in combining two well known and well used units, namely the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 and oVirt.  Therefore, you get an open source platform for virtualization and an XFS File System storage.  So the user gets to deploy t... (more)

Cloud Computing and Virtualized Data Center

Virtualization at Cloud Expo Virtualization can significantly reduce IT hardware costs and improve data center efficiencies. Combining technologies like VMware and Pillar Axiom provides the benefits of virtualization at both the server and storage level, resulting in a compelling solution. Benefits of such a virtualized infrastructure allow: Consolidation - Optimizing your Infrastructure Why build multiple systems with low utilization at high costs? The solution in a server world is virtualization. Consolidating multiple servers that provide different services onto a few high per... (more)