How AI Can Optimize Storage Capacity and Performance Planning

How AI Can Optimize Storage Capacity and Performance Planning

Storage capacity planning has always been challenging, and the difficulty has increased along with escalating data volumes and IT demands. Determining available capacity and growth over time is a simple enough process using built-in system monitoring tools, log files and storage management software. However, these numbers reflect only organic growth under relatively static conditions. Most storage environments are highly complex and dynamic, making it difficult read more...

GDPR Broadly Impacts Data Center Decision-Making

GDPR Broadly Impacts Data Center Decision-Making

Organizations around the world are focused on May 25th, the date that the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), goes into effect. The GDPR mandates strict protections for the personal data of anyone living in the EU. Any organization that processes or stores such data must comply with these new rules. A March 2018 survey conducted by Opinion Matters suggests that few organizations read more...

Today’s System-on-Chip Platforms Have the Power to Drive Edge Computing

Today’s System-on-Chip Platforms Have the Power to Drive Edge Computing

A system-on-chip (SoC) is an integrated circuit that incorporates all of the components of a computer system. These components might include controllers, timing units, memory units, transistors, peripherals and more depending upon the type of application. An SoC also includes software embedded in the system. SoCs have long been incorporated into electronic devices such as tablets and mobile phones because they are compact and power read more...

The Role of DCIM in Data Center Modernization Initiatives

The Role of DCIM in Data Center Modernization Initiatives

Ever-increasing IT demands are driving data center modernization initiatives that leverage private cloud and software-defined architectures. While the primary objectives are to enable fluid scalability and accelerate new service rollouts, data center modernization also affords an opportunity to maximize resource utilization and increase operational efficiencies. To that end, a growing number of data center managers are implementing data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools. Introduced as read more...

The Right Strategy Is Critical When Moving to the Cloud

The Right Strategy Is Critical When Moving to the Cloud

The shift from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud continues at a rapid pace. A recent study found that 93 percent of organizations are using some form of cloud services, and 80 percent of IT budgets will be earmarked for cloud solutions within the next 15 months. The benefits of the cloud model are well-documented. The cloud enables organizations to preserve capital, reduce operational overhead, and read more...

A ‘Green’ Data Center Strategy Is More Important than Ever

A ‘Green’ Data Center Strategy Is More Important than Ever

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to transform entire industries by creating never-before-imagined efficiencies and providing new business insights. It also has a dirty little secret. A paper published in November 2017 by U.S. researchers estimates that the information and communications technology (ICT) industry could produce up to 3.5 percent of global emissions by 2020 and up to 14 percent by 2040. The researchers forecast read more...

GPU-Driven Applications Demand Highly Optimized Cooling

GPU-Driven Applications Demand Highly Optimized Cooling

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are being enabled by the graphics processing units (GPUs) Nvidia originally designed for the video game market. Organizations seeking to capitalize on the capabilities of Nvidia GPUs must prepare their data centers for extreme power density and the heat that comes with it. Nvidia revolutionized computer gaming with its GPU. These specialized circuits are able to produce cleaner, faster read more...

How to Prepare Your Network as 100G Becomes Mainstream

How to Prepare Your Network as 100G Becomes Mainstream

Operators of large-scale data centers have been steadily increasing the transmission speeds of their Ethernet networks. While many organizations continue to rely upon 10Gbps (10G) technology, with some migrating to 40G, large-scale data centers are rapidly moving to 100G and beyond. Research firm IHS Infonetics has predicted that 100G will make up more than half of data center optical transceiver transmissions by 2019. Traditionally, data read more...

Capture Index: The Cooling Efficiency Metric You Need to Know

Capture Index: The Cooling Efficiency Metric You Need to Know

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” is an old business school maxim that’s just as applicable to data center cooling. Data center managers need to measure cooling efficiency if they’re going to manage it effectively, and Capture Index (CI) is one of the best metrics they can use. CI is a measurement of airflow from local cooling resources, such as nearby tiles read more...