Virtual Infrastructure Optimisation: Medicine for the nervous and circulatory systems
DCS talks to John W. Thompson, CEO at Virtual Instruments, about the need for end users to proactively manage their physical and virtual IT infrastructures - in terms of performance, availability and utilization optimisation – helping to prevent business-impacting outages.
Groupe Agrica rises to challenge of virtualization
Groupe Agrica, the French insurance conglomerate, has deployed Cisco® Nexus 1000V and 5000 Series Switches to virtualise its infrastructure, and this change has been met with high business user satisfaction. By Cisco.
Financial transparency: The starting point for cloud computing
By following a five-step process designed to help you achieve financial transparency within your IT organisation, you can make informed decisions about the cost-effectiveness of cloud computing. By Steve O’Connor, general manager for IT Business Management, and Michael Coleman, business management executive, BMC Software.
The true importance of contamination control for data centres
Contamination is an ever-present threat to sensitive data centre equipment; its potential effects range from impaired power efficiency to catastrophic equipment failure. However with the right expertise, prevention is entirely possible. Amit Mehta, of data centre cleaning specialist 8 Solutions, explains why contamination poses this threat and reviews the preventative measures available to data centre operators.
Using heat to increase cooling
Airedale sales director Paul Oliver looks at how integrated free-cooling systems can assist data centre heat management by reducing operating costs.
The network neutral data centre’s role in making Carrier Ethernet a global service
As the volume of information flowing over global networks increases, so too does the interest in Carrier Ethernet services. Born out of a series of evolutionary technological and service developments, and defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum as “a ubiquitous, standardised, carrier-class Service and Network”, Carrier Ethernet is today regarded as a simple, fast and economical method of transporting information. By Craig Waldrop, Senior Product Manager, Equinix.
IT has been extremely focussed on cost cutting recently. The chance to take a fresh view of IT, and to reconsider the parameters within which it is managed, have been limited for many organisations forced to implement aggressive cost-cutting measures. But now the industry is starting to look to new opportunities. As the second half of 2010 progresses, we seem better positioned to consider corporate growth, more dynamic business strategies, and the company’s environmental footprint. However, legislation such as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme has, for many organisations, turned this ‘green’ ambition into an obligation. Jim Smith, CTO of Digital Realty Trust, discusses what this means for IT and the data centre industry.
Power Surge – How can data centre managers best cope?
With rising energy costs and the increased political attention to green IT, power monitoring and measuring is the new reality not just to prevent system failures but also in support of green data centre initiatives. By Wolfgang Goretzki, Product Marketing Manager EMEA at Avocent (Avocent/Emerson Network Power).
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