Enterprise-Class Storage Does Not Have to Bust the Budget

Enterprise-Class Storage Does Not Have to Bust the Budget

Data growth continues to accelerate, straining storage infrastructures and pressing organizations to find ways to control storage costs. Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) often try to lower costs with the use of consumer-grade storage, but that is a risky strategy. While it will certainly lower costs in the near term, it creates the very real possibility of increased operating and downtime costs down the road. read more...

What to Look for in an All-Flash Array?

What to Look for in an All-Flash Array?

It’s that time of year when IT industry analysts make predictions about the trends that will drive technology spending. Storage remains a major line item on 2018 IT budgets, and more and more organizations are investing in flash storage platforms as opposed to legacy, disk-based systems. According to the Spiceworks 2018 State of IT report, flash will become the primary storage for many workloads this read more...

Are You Still Organizing Your Data Center based on Individual Racks?

Are You Still Organizing Your Data Center based on Individual Racks?

For many years, the rack has been the standard unit of measure for data center resources. We talk about physical space in terms of the rack footprint, and energy usage based upon power consumption per rack. IT equipment is described according to the subset of rack space that it occupies. The rack standard made good sense when data centers were relatively slow to change. It read more...

The Benefits and Challenges of Data Center Consolidation

The Benefits and Challenges of Data Center Consolidation

Given the ever-increasing business demands for IT services, physical space is at a premium in many data center facilities. On the other hand, a number of organizations are looking to consolidate their data centers in order to save money, streamline operations and improve energy efficiency. There are a number of drivers for data center consolidation projects. In some cases, the organization grew through mergers and read more...

7 Ways to Prepare Your Data Center for Natural Disaster

7 Ways to Prepare Your Data Center for Natural Disaster

No one wants to think about a disaster crippling or even destroying their data center. But even as hurricane season has ended for Atlantic and Gulf Coast states, wildfires are raging in Southern California. Earthquakes are an ever-present danger. Disaster planning is moving higher up in the priority list for many data center managers. Disaster recovery (DR) planning typically focuses on data protection and application read more...

The Role of Tape in Today’s Data Storage Infrastructure

The Role of Tape in Today’s Data Storage Infrastructure

As data volumes continue to grow at a mindboggling rate, many organizations are concerned about the performance and availability of their mission-critical, Tier 1 storage. In some industry sectors, however, cost-efficient data archival is also a high priority. This is particularly true for organizations that must store large amounts of audio/video (A/V) data, as well as for big data analytics and Internet of Things applications. read more...

How Intelligent PDUs Improve Power Reliability and Efficiency

How Intelligent PDUs Improve Power Reliability and Efficiency

The 2017 holiday shopping season officially begins this week with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that 164 million U.S. consumers — approximately 69 percent of all Americans — will shop over the Thanksgiving weekend, and 24 percent say they’ll spend more than they did last year. In 2016, more than 122 million consumers shopped online on Cyber Monday, according read more...

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...