Choosing the Right Racks and Cabinets for Your Data Center

Choosing the Right Racks and Cabinets for Your Data Center

There are a number of reasons why data center densities are increasing. Business demands on IT are growing, and IT loads are less predictable. Data center managers are adding capacity to stay ahead of the curve. At the same time, data center real estate is in short supply, forcing organizations to make the most of their existing footprint. They also recognize that data center density read more...

What to Look for in a Video Conferencing System

What to Look for in a Video Conferencing System

The cloud and mobile have made applications and data more accessible than ever. At the same time, they’ve made people less accessible — at least in terms of physical presence. Corporate teams made up of remote and mobile workers must find effective ways to collaborate and share information when they can’t meet face to face. Email, phone calls and instant messages only go so far. read more...

Build vs. Buy: Choosing the Right Approach for Data Center Modernization

Build vs. Buy: Choosing the Right Approach for Data Center Modernization

In our last post, we discussed the critical importance of digital transformation in today’s hyper-competitive environment. Digital transformation enables organizations to take full advantage of the latest technologies for optimizing business processes. Getting there isn’t easy, however. Most organizations still dedicate the majority of their IT resources to the maintenance of legacy systems and infrastructure. Aging data centers — many of which are more than read more...

Why Digital Transformation Starts with Data Center Transformation

Why Digital Transformation Starts with Data Center Transformation

The concept of “digital transformation” has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. It involves not just the implementation of new technologies, but the alteration of business processes and models to fully leverage those technologies. This enables organizations to gain unprecedented levels of productivity, enhance the customer experience, drive innovation and create competitive advantages. It sounds greater in theory but in practice it’s extremely read more...

The Value of a Trusted Partner in Global IT Deployments

The Value of a Trusted Partner in Global IT Deployments

Deploying and maintaining IT infrastructure on a global scale is challenging for even the largest enterprises. It’s difficult to build a network of reputable suppliers, and coordinate the tasks involved in getting the right products to the right location at the right time. On top of that, diverse regulations and tax considerations add a layer of complexity to an already complicated process. All of that read more...

Hyper-Convergence Delivers the Best of Cloud and On-Premises Infrastructure

Hyper-Convergence Delivers the Best of Cloud and On-Premises Infrastructure

Although organizations are moving more applications and services into the cloud, certain workloads still require the control, reliability and security of on-premises infrastructure. Hyper-convergence has emerged as a key technology for effectively balancing cloud and on-premises resources. Hyper-converged systems reduce the cost and complexity of on-premises infrastructure by tightly integrating core infrastructure resources into a single platform running on industry-standard hardware. They also provide the read more...

How DCIM Can Help Optimize Data Center Operations

How DCIM Can Help Optimize Data Center Operations

We’ve all heard the statistic. Eighty percent of the IT budget goes toward keeping the lights on in the data center. That leaves just 20 percent available for strategic initiatives that create business value from technology investments. Many organizations seeking to shift that balance are implementing data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions. Broadly speaking, DCIM refers to the integration of data center facilities management and read more...

‘Storage on Demand’ Offers Cloud-Like Agility, On-Premises Control

‘Storage on Demand’ Offers Cloud-Like Agility, On-Premises Control

In Greek mythology, the Hydra was a many-headed serpent that could grow two new heads whenever one was cut off. Enterprise data storage is much like this monstrous creature. Adding capacity to address data growth creates administrative headaches, and ties up ever-increasing amounts of capital in storage equipment. These factors have driven the growth of cloud storage, which allows organizations to purchase resources without owning read more...

The Data Center UPS: A Primer

The Data Center UPS: A Primer

The fragility of the electric grid was demonstrated once again as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused widespread power outages. However, it doesn’t take a natural disaster to bring the grid down — our aging electric infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to various types of failure. While detectible power outages account for only a small percentage of those events, surges, sags, noise, harmonics, load fluctuations and other read more...

Data Center Relocation Projects Demand Planning & Expertise

Data Center Relocation Projects Demand Planning & Expertise

They say that moving is the third most stressful event in life, following death and divorce. If the millions of Americans who will move their households this year are feeling the pinch, just imagine the pressure on IT managers who must oversee the relocation of corporate data center facilities. Coordinating the move of servers, storage systems, and LAN and WAN infrastructures is a monumental task read more...