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IT Departments Cite Current Configuration Management as Ineffective

Nearly 70% of a recently surveyed audience of IT professionals cited that their current configuration management approach is inadequate for meeting the needs of today's ever changing IT operations.

The global survey carried out by Evolven during a recent webinar conducted with Forrester Research reflects the growing frustration by IT Operations management with the current approaches for managing configurations in increasingly complex and dynamic data centers. The surveyed audience…


Added by Martin Perlin on June 12, 2011 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

“Read all about it, carbon tax kills Data Centres!”

Benjamin Franklin once said, "The only things certain in life are death and taxes”. 

Currently, the hot topic of discussion in Australia is the Australian carbon tax. The ramifications of this tax are not yet fully understood and the various political parties and independents who are negotiating the…


Added by Gregory Goode on June 24, 2011 at 2:05 — 1 Comment

The Top 50 Data Center Industry Blogs (in our opinion)...

Hopefully, with your help, we are going to maintain neutral list of what you, our members consider the most informative blogs in the data center industry!

We have started off with a list of what we think are the 50 most informative blogs on the net based on:

  • Quality of information…

Added by DCPNet Admin on June 27, 2011 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Directory of Data Center Industry "Subject Matter Experts" - This is how it looks...

We hope you like the look of the new features that allow you to easily find & connect with industry subject matter experts.  This is partial view of what you get if you search for SMEs on the network.  


If the 'expert' in question…


Added by DCPNet Admin on May 26, 2011 at 15:00 — 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…


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

Training & Certifying Data Center Professionals - What are the Options?

During a conversation at one of the major data center conferences this year it struck me that there are a wide range of options available to data center managers when selecting development for some of their key assets - their staff!

When I asked the head of data centers at a well known company why they choose a specific vendors training for their staff it became evident that they weren't fully aware of the many training options available to them. It also made me think that I really…


Added by DCPNet Admin on December 16, 2010 at 8:00 — 5 Comments

IT Techs: Take Note of all Mergers and Acquisitions, For Your Own Good

It has been a hot summer on the tech front. The Dell-HP battle for 3PAR is still raging, Intel surprised everybody with their McAfee acquisition, and VMware and Citrix are very much in a buying mood as well.

The chief question is: so what?

Back when I was a journalist for Techworld, we were thinking about fazing out mergers and acquisition news in favour of practical tips for the workplace. Reason was very simple: IT Pros did not read… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on September 1, 2010 at 0:06 — No Comments

For your viewing pleasure: John Cleese

Just a quick post today before the weekend, and this one is based on something the Green Data Center Blog posted earlier today.

John Cleese may be getting old, and I have seen him doing promotion for more than one tech company (so he is not the most independent of minds, so to speak). But in all honesty, the man is still a legend. The following clip is about creativity,… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 28, 2010 at 1:00 — No Comments

How Biofuel can Ruin your Availability

Big scare going around: more and more authorities are mandating biofuel for use in data center backup generators. While this is great in theory, it is less so in practice, as this article at Techtarget.

To illustrate what is going on, let me tell you about my own experience with my car. I am driving a 1999 Toyota Diesel, which is the fuel the Dutch government hates the most… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 26, 2010 at 23:00 — 2 Comments

Microsoft Shows why the Cloud is still Flawed

Yesterday was a bad blue monday for customers of Microsoft's hosted business software in North America. A network failure disconnected them from their business productivity suites and hosted mail servers for over two hourse. To make matters worse, it happened at the start of the working day, when people actually DO read their mail and start planning the rest of the week.

"The outage was caused by a network issue that is now fully resolved, and service has… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 24, 2010 at 22:07 — No Comments

Tips for a Tidy Data Center?

I would be the worst data center manager in the world. The reason is very simple: I am very disorganised, and that is probably one of the worst traits to have when you are trying to run an IT facility. As I write this, paperwork is scattered all over my desk, there are countless of browser windows opened at the same time, and the cabling of my one desktop computer reminds me of the plate of spaghetti I ate today, If that is problematic for me, how hard would it be to organise a data… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 23, 2010 at 21:27 — No Comments

Is AHSRAE overdoing it?

Nail, head, hammer, perfect strike? Or failing to hit the broad side of a barn? I just quickly wanted to point out to this article on the site of Data Center Journal. As the call for data center efficiency grows louder by more and more stakeholders (and even non-stakeholders), so does the call for regulation.

The American… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 20, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

Intel Buys a Big Mac

The acquisition of McAfee by Intel is unquestionably one of the biggest takeovers of this year. Potentially, this is going to rock the IT world as much as, say Oracle-Sun did last year. With a sum of almost 7.7 billion dollar, it is a large buy even for a giant like Intel. And it shows Intel means business, as the price reflects a 62 percent premium on the share price of the day the deal was made.

Why? Obviously,… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 20, 2010 at 0:01 — No Comments

New Brocade Facility Implements Own Innovation

Brocade has opened a new facility near their San Jose headquarters, reports DatacenterDynamics. And yes, it is all about drinking one's own poison.

The vendor consolidated three R&D facilities into the new 5,000 sq ft data center, reducing physical footprint of its research labs by 30 percent… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 18, 2010 at 23:44 — No Comments

Powering Servers with Waste Heat

Everybody here should know the concept of perpetual motion. Also, I can assume that it is known that this concept is purely hypothetical. That's too bad, because otherwise we might have had the perfect solution for data centers at hand: the perpetual motion of heat-to-electricity for servers, that again generate the heat.

Applied Methodologies Inc.… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 17, 2010 at 22:00 — No Comments

The Storage War Comes to an End...

...and will probably enter an era of cold consolidation, as giant Dell has bought 3PAR. That means this space is now almost exclusively taken up by the big boys: HP, IBM, and Hitachi Data Systems (which, admittedly, is the odd one out). Still, it is yet another sign that the entire data center will be consolidated to a couple of large vendors, where the only way for them to survive is by being gobbled up by one of the IT… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 16, 2010 at 23:43 — No Comments

The Pros and Cons of CFD

While we have been discussing the merits and flaws of PUE, another computational model is making great strides in the data center sphere: Computational Fluid Dynamic, or CFD. However, the whole concept is totally different.

Because where PUE focuses on bringing a straightforward, easy to use calculation on data center efficiency, the core value of CFD is accurate tracking of the air flow. In cooling, air flow is (of course) vital and probably one of the most difficult things to… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 13, 2010 at 22:21 — No Comments

A Case with Containers

Quick post today. Case studies are one way for writers to make a living, and I speak out of expierence that it is actually quite a challenge. Recently, containerised data centers are in, and Techtarget published a short case of Purdue that are implementing the HP POD. Now, this case study is a bit broader than the usual paid-for article, so it is an ok read if your planning to dabble with… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 3, 2010 at 22:26 — No Comments

APC and Software???

We all know APC (they like to add: 'By Schneider Electric', but that makes it a bit convoluted if you ask me...) as one of the big vendors of power supplies, cooling systems and what not. Together with Emerson, they are also one of the loudest when it comes to PR.

But among those less interesting announcements, you sometimes see one that makes you sit up for a while. This one from last week did that to me, actually:… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on August 2, 2010 at 21:52 — 2 Comments

Finally: A Call Against the Green Tea

I was having this feeling for ages, but finally Doug Mohney (the main writer for Green Data Center News) has put a great analysis that words almost exactly how I feel.

Personally, I call this the problem of the 'Green Tea'. Because every vendor is trying to put 'green' in their PR efforts as much as possible, it is getting… Continue

Added by Michiel van Blommestein on July 30, 2010 at 23:01 — No Comments

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