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March, 2009

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March 18, 2009  1:28 AM

Update on AFCOM Data Center World figures

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Just now I received a call updating me on the attendance figures from AFCOM's Data Center World. As it turns out, there were 822 attendees, about 95% of which were end users (that makes about 781 end users, within the 700-800 range I wrote about last week in a

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March 16, 2009  2:41 PM

Multi-tiered data centers

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Building a data center with one level of redundancy across the facility might seem foolish to some. Do your Web servers need to have the same uptime as your mainframe? And expensive, too. Peter Gross, the vice president of critical facilities at Hewlett-Packard who was the CEO of EYP Mission...


March 12, 2009  11:43 PM

Sorting through data center utility rebates

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

There's a good chance that your utility company has an incentive program in place if you boost your data center energy efficiency. But sorting through the programs can be a hassle, and dealing with the back-and-forth with the utility company can as well. In addition, said Adam Fairbanks, vice...


March 12, 2009  11:38 PM

Should AFCOM rename it the Data Center Vendor World conference?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Attendance at this year's spring Data Center World conference was lighter than in past years, which was expected. The economy has affected turnout at tradeshows this year. Last week I was at the Share...


March 12, 2009  11:32 PM

Can you afford data center CFD?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Computational fluid dynamics has become a popular way for data centers to analyze the air flow in their facilities and determine if the cold and hot air is going where it should. But for smaller businesses, CFD is simply out of their price range. There are different tiers of affordability out...


March 12, 2009  11:25 PM

Hot aisle cold aisle and chaos air distribution

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

For many years, hot/cold aisle design has been a de facto standard in data center design. But at least one person thinks that was a temporary -- and perhaps sub-premium -- fix to the problem, and that's because of chaos air distribution.

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March 10, 2009  5:55 PM

Sun using SuperNAP data center facility for cloud computing

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Sun Microsystems chief technology officer Greg Papadopoulos gave some insight today into Sun's cloud computing venture while speaking at the AFCOM Data Center World show in Las Vegas. He said Sun will be use Switch Communications'

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