January 2011 Blog Posts (18)

Fibre Channel over Ethernet: Investment Protection, Cost Savings, Simplicity

FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) provides the convergence of LAN and Fibre Channel storage traffic on a single lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet link. This enables the network to provide the flexibility to either run FCoE, Fibre Channel (FC), IP-based storage such as NAS & iSCSI or combination of these technologies on a single converged network referred to as Unified Fabric.



FCoE is the logical step for converging LAN and Storage networks and has no downside. FCoE provides the…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 28, 2011 at 12:10 — No Comments

iSCSI SAN: The Cost Savings Are Huge

Server and desktop virtualization has become the new normal in the majority of IT departments. Companies can no longer ignore the benefits of virtualization, and a key component to virtualization of servers and desktops is to use a shared storage appliance. Virtualization combined with data increasing at an increasingly rapid pace means IT managers face huge problems when it comes to investing in high-performance storage environments that are cost effective. SAN’s are one of the biggest…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 27, 2011 at 18:03 — No Comments

Server Upgrades: Why They Are Important

1. Vendors often update systems to address known issues (RFCs) which means updating servers contributes to operational reliability

2. Given security vulnerability issues, many patches and releases address address known vulnerabilities that may be exploitable – updates thereby can reduce security risks

3. Depending on regulatory and industry compliance standards and service level commitments, system integrity and maintenance may be required – updates support…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 24, 2011 at 15:15 — No Comments

Real-time Data Security

Data is constantly at risk from hackers that launch advanced, automated, and large scale attacks as well as from malicious and privileged insiders that may abuse their access for economic or personal gain. Data Security has also become subject to intense regulatory scrutiny – so much so that any viable Data Security solution must be able to address the requirements imposed by auditors and regulators.

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 20, 2011 at 19:29 — No Comments

Achieving Your Overall Power Monitoring and Management Goals

Data center managers today know that they need to measure and monitor their power usage. It’s the first step to knowing what they need to do to improve efficiency – to save money and to act on their green initiatives. As the old saying goes – you can’t manage or control what you’re not measuring. We know that monitoring and reporting on energy consumption will be expected by 2012, so data center managers today need to implement tools to prepare for that. Our Sentry Power Manager (SPM)…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 19, 2011 at 14:07 — No Comments

Hold Everything: Tape Remediation Is the Way to Go (When Dealing with Legacy Data on Tape)

Tape remediation is quickly becoming a key concern for organizations. Do you hold on to everything or not? Backup tapes are created by enterprise organizations in order to protect enterprise data assets. Yet, most organizations do not have a policy in place to purge backup tapes once they outlived their disaster recovery purpose. As a result stockpiles of old backup tapes quickly amass. 



Why not recycle or destroy all these old tapes? That’s not as simple as it…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 18, 2011 at 14:38 — No Comments

A High-performance Network Infrastructure

A high-performance network infrastructure is useful in today’s enterprise because of the trends of consolidation, virtualization and convergence. All three require a high-performance infrastructure, because it can provide not only high bandwidth but low latency as well. From an application perspective, the operations of high-performance computing, virtualization and cloud computing will be optimized if a high-performance network infrastructure is provided.

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 17, 2011 at 12:46 — No Comments

Virtual File Servers: The Benefits

Most IT managers are aware of the benefits that cloud storage can bring them, but up until now the cloud was not widely available for practical business use by organizations. The Nasuni Filer is transformative technology challenging traditional storage practices and perceptions. It allows organizations to leverage the cloud’s benefits of scalability, on demand capacity and…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 13, 2011 at 12:26 — No Comments

Remote Security Management

Common remote management issues.

Cost to configure (i.e., you may need a consultant to deploy and configure). Most smaller companies don't have the money to pay or don't want to. Additionally, many companies charge for a management console (which is required to use remote management) separately. This makes it more difficult for companies to afford data encryption…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 12, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Cloud Bursting: Maximizing Resources

The optimal ROI for Cloud bursting is a highly cyclical business model, which cannot afford to build the data structures required for peak load, and as a result, lose potential business. Cloud bursting allows highly cyclic businesses to apply “Kanban” methodology to trigger additional capacity to meet “just in time” demand. Scaling both up and down maximizes the utilization of…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 12, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Bursting The Cloud: Scaling Service To Meet Demand

Cloudbursting means that applications and services are dynamically provisioned in the cloud based on need, consumed in the cloud by users, and then de-provisioned after the need goes away. Cloudbursting a compelling model and driver for cloud computing. It is a true use case for a real-world hybrid cloud architecture. One key area to consider before building a burst-able cloud…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 11, 2011 at 14:22 — No Comments

Data Center Energy Efficiency: The OptoEMU Sensor

Data centers are large facilities that include a huge assortment of servers and other computer hardware. Keeping this equipment operating and the facility up and running 24/7 is certainly of the utmost importance, but meeting the power requirements to accomplish this can be incredibly expensive. …

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 11, 2011 at 14:21 — No Comments

Advanced HTTPS Traffic Classification: Saas Success



When Data center/IT managers want to manage application delivery over a private WAN or the Internet,…
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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 11, 2011 at 5:36 — No Comments

Remote Server Support Means Out-of-band Management



Data center/IT Managers should look for remote management console servers that offer more than just serial connectivity. You want to be able to manage everything remotely including power and environmentals. Another thing to evaluate is the…
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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 11, 2011 at 5:34 — No Comments

Put Yourself on the Map!

Have you added yourself to our member map? 

It's a great way to discover fellow professionals around the world. The MemberMap is found on a sub-tab of the 'Members' menu and here's how it looks:…

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Added by DCPNet Admin on January 10, 2011 at 15:57 — No Comments

USGBC is aware of what a Data Centre is?

I am not quite sure if this organization has reliazed all the issues that the actual DCs have to take in consideration, more than a bycicle booth for storage (by the way I like to biking).



At least six different systems are included in the DCs



*  Architecture  (well described in the draft)



* Cooling (not only natural -free cooling- but liquid and of course electromechanical -HVAC- have to be considered)



* Energy ( I think renewable and electric load have…

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Added by roberto sanchez,RCDD on January 6, 2011 at 4:04 — No Comments

Building a Private Cloud: Tips for Data Center and IT Managers

Identify a use case before starting. 

A common mistake that we see is the extraordinary focus on the technology as opposed to a focus on your cloud storage use case and the business case that surrounds the use case. The project should start with an analysis of the use case and it’s resulting impact on the business, and operate on the assumption you can source a cloud of…

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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 4, 2011 at 13:32 — No Comments

Hosted Telephony: True Multi-tenant Architecture

Tomoko Shimizu, chief operating officer at Brekeke Software (www.brekeke.com), says:



The concept behind hosted telephony.



To provide enterprise level telephony…
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Added by Chris MacKinnon on January 3, 2011 at 13:36 — No Comments

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