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In spite of advances in technology that should decrease data center power consumption (such as virtualization and cloud computing) power usage is on the rise. According to the EPA, it’s expected that data center power consumption requirements will double over the next five years....
IT security is all about trying to lower risks and increase the protection of your organization. With each new technology that comes along, there’s a new security challenge. Some of those technologies – like wireless networks or the Internet – have such an impact on security that they ...
When it comes to IT security, companies have become very serious over the past few years. It’s only right that this should happen; most experts agree that the biggest dangers that companies face, in terms of industrial espionage and even terrorism, are now electronic risks. If yo...
Virtualization and its associated technologies have shaken up the way IT manages its services. Managing virtualized servers, virtualized desktops, and more are a very different critter than traditional IT management. Accordingly, IT departments have to switch gear and organize their sy...
One of the basic assumptions that we tend to make about cloud computing is that it’s going to save us money. Nearly every vendor and industry analyst is out there telling you that virtualization and cloud computing technologies are going to provide you a substantial payoff over t...
One of the things that virtualization and cloud computing technologies have promised us is the idea that our IT systems will have a smaller data center footprint, reducing space, power, and cooling needs. In fact, this is one of the major selling points that virtualization proponents l...
The IT world is, like any other business area, prone to corporate speak and other annoying organizational illnesses. Accordingly, if you’re going to provide the very best service for your organization and do it in the most efficient and effective way possible, you need to purge, from t...
Virtualization has rocked data centers all across the world. The huge potential that the technology offers in terms of cost savings, efficiency, management effectiveness, and even greening of the data center is significant. Virtualization promises to make significant improvements to th...
In many ways, HP has been one of the main innovators and industry leaders when it comes to virtualization. Recently, HP has significantly enhanced the virtualization solutions in its portfolios by updating both its t5740e Thin Client and its HP MultiSeat solutions. Both of these areas ...
The virtualization world is in constant flux. As one of the newest trends in IT, there are plenty of vendors and VARs out there jockeying for position. While the idea of the virtual machine isn’t particularly new, the ability to provide virtualized servers in an efficient and rel...
More than ever, your organization is under a significant amount of pressure to reduce cost and maximize efficiency. Accordingly, you rely on virtualization technologies to reduce capital expenditures, increase utilization, lower (or at least control) costs, and make IT a more smooth-ru...
Capacity planning has always been an issue in IT. As business units or particular app groups see an increase in demand for capacity, IT has to be able to respond. Cloud computing adds a whole new set of factors to the game – not the least of which is that some in the organization...
According to a study released recently, nearly two thirds of all servers installed in 2010 were virtualized servers. Organizations are recognizing the immediate and significant benefits to virtualization, and virtualization management tools are making the technology more accessible to ...
Virtualization holds the potential to recognize significant cost savings in the data center and across the entire IT function. However, virtualization in itself isn’t a holy grail. Simply adopting a virtualization strategy and consolidating some servers isn’t going to guara...
Anytime a new technology comes to the fore, it’s easy to want to single it out and build an entire portion of your business around it. This is just as true with cloud computing as it has been with other technologies in the past. After all, cloud computing in many ways represents ...
One of the lessons that many organizations are discovering is that, no matter how things change in the IT world, the more they stay the same. Over the past few years, technologies and strategies revolving around virtualization and cloud computing have become the center of IT’s at...
For many data center managers, moving applications to the cloud is simply frightening. When an application is managed in-house, you alone are responsible for its performance. Service levels are in your hands – for good or for bad. When you implement a cloud solution, you hand tha...
When it comes to cutting the cost of power in the data center, the first thing that usually comes to mind is fairly dramatic measures. You think about new, high-efficiency cooling systems. You think about swapping out servers for newer ones with low-power CPU. And, while those kinds of...
Last summer, HP announced a new initiative that’s likely to have a significant impact on the data center over the long term. The “Flexible Data Center” is a prefabricated data center that can be built in a modular fashion, increasing the floor space of the data center...
In theory, one of the biggest benefits of “greening” the data center ought to be significant cost savings. After all, it’s simple math: if you have more efficient data center equipment and servers, they’re going to need less in the way of both power and cooling....
Virtualization presents some unique possibilities to IT, but it also presents some unique problems. One of the biggest areas of concern for IT managers and CIOs is the area of security. It isn’t so much that virtual servers are somehow not as secure than other servers; instead, t...
Your data center is not only the center of your infrastructure, it is in many ways the center of your business. If the data center isn’t optimized, the business isn’t optimized. Accordingly, there are some basic principles you need to follow in terms of getting the most out...
Cloud computing is one of the fastest-growing trends in data center technology. Companies are able to offload much of their server and networking load to the cloud, thereby reducing their in-house technology infrastructure. This provides a higher degree of expertise, service and reliab...
We’ve come a long way in terms of how we provision processing power at the data center. Virtualization strategies have saved companies tons of money over the past several years, and has helped to keep the data center footprint under control, as well. One area that often falls beh...
Virtualization has changed the way that data centers operate. More and more virtual machines are running on fewer and fewer physical servers, freeing up power, cooling and data center footprint resources. However, one area has tended to lag behind in many data centers, in part because ...
The cloud is having a serious impact on the way that companies meet their technology needs. Accordingly, those changes are sending ripples across the entire organization, and changing the way that IT departments are structured. The roles in IT will, as a matter of course, be different ...
For the past several years, virtualization has been the way that data centers talk about cutting costs, increasing utilization and saving power, cooling resources, and floor space. Unfortunately, many data centers have been somewhat slow in the process of really moving ahead with virtu...
Now that we’re through with the winter months, it’s time to take an honest look at what to expect for the rest of the year in terms of the data center. As many companies are facing the end of their financial year, data center managers need to know what kinds of priorities t...
Virtualization lets your company save time, money, energy, and even data center floor space. Moving multiple virtual servers onto a lesser number of physical servers is at the heart of virtualization efforts, and it maximizes your utilization rates. The traditional design of assigning...
One of the problems that virtualization is meant to fix is data center sprawl. Indeed, the process of virtualizing servers will free up plenty of rack space, reduce your overall sever footprint, and have a reducing effect on things like power and cooling. That being said, simply settin...
One of the leaders in virtualization today is Oracle. One of the reasons that Oracle has achieved that status is because of its integrated virtualization options. Virtualization solutions from Oracle run the entire spectrum, from the datacenter down to the desktop. Here’s a look...
Virtualization is key in the data center today. More than ever, data center managers, IT directors and CIOs are looking for ways to improve their virtualization systems, as well as for ways to transition more and more legacy systems into a virtualized environment. No one will argue wit...
Data center design has been influenced by a number of factors over the years, from power and cooling needs to the greening of the data center, today’s configuration looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago. While many of these trends have been somewhat optional for data cen...
One of the ways that virtualization has positively affected the IT world is in the area of management. Ages ago, when servers were still one per physical machine, systems admins had to scurry from one box to the next, doing everything they could to get as much stability and performance...
Effective use of cloud computing means knowing how your resources are being used, finding the right place in the cloud to meet specific business needs and doing so in a way that can handle the workloads you send its way. Navigating the cloud computing service arena can be difficult at...
Times are tough, and most executives today recognize that pouring money into a data center is a political hot potato. Companies recognize that an optimized data center is a necessity rather than a luxury, but at the same time they’re hesitant to fund it until there’s a prob...
When you think about cloud computing and its benefits to businesses, you normally don’t think about midsize business. You’re more likely to think of how SMB companies can benefit, and that cloud computing won’t really take off until larger companies make a move to tha...
Managing a data center means constantly juggling resources so that you have enough floor space, enough power and enough cooling to deal with constantly-changing demands. Every time a business unit decides it needs an additional functionality in terms of tech, that’s another footp...
Storage capacity has boomed over the past decade, but so has the need for that capacity. The answer used to be to just throw more and more hardware at the problem, but the fact is that today’s highly-specialized and often-virtualized environments require fewer and fewer potential...
Denial-of-Service attacks are nothing new, and they’ve been a thorn in the side of data center managers and IT staff for decades now. For most organizations a decade ago, DOS attacks were often little more than an annoyance, and meant restricted email or Internet access for a short tim...