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February 18, 2013  2:09 PM

Taking the mystery out of colo and cloud terminology



Posted by: TTphil
Cloud Computing, Data Center, Modern Infrastructure, Uncategorized

When it comes to great crime thrillers set in colocation facilities, it’s tough to find one better than Michael Connelly’s “The Scarecrow.” It’s also difficult to find one that’s worse, mostly because no other books come...

February 1, 2013  5:02 PM

Moving to 40 GbE: Kiss Cat6 cabling goodbye?



Posted by: Eugene Demaitre
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Data centers have been using 10 Gigabit Ethernet for years, but momentum is building toward 40 GbE. Who doesn't want wider pipes for data and faster connections? Well, you'd be right to be worried about dealing with...


January 29, 2013  4:31 PM

More with less: The new normal in IT



Posted by: TTphil
Data Center, Modern Infrastructure, Uncategorized

In good times, IT managers face the problem of keeping pace with technology, spending wisely and justifying each proposed initiative. When the economy turns sour, those demands and pressures don’t ease up; in some situations, they intensify. The prolonged downturn in the global economy leaves...


January 25, 2013  8:32 PM

It goes to show — Amazon tries to make cloud a reality with Vegas event



Posted by: TTphil
Amazon, Cloud Computing, Uncategorized

 Amazon wants badly to pull big IT enterprise customers into the cloud, and it seems to realize that it needs to build some credibility with that bunch. Why else would AWS go to the trouble of pulling an old-school trick like inventing a trade show? The recent re: Invent show in Las Vegas gave...


January 22, 2013  6:25 PM

Apocalypse not



Posted by: Laura Aberle
Cloud Computing, Data Center, Modern Infrastructure, Uncategorized

If you’re reading this, then the world probably didn’t come to a catastrophic (or zombie-related) end in 2012. I’m guessing there may be some slightly disappointed crossbow and bomb shelter owners out there. And I’ve often thought that some data centers would make great places to hide out...


January 18, 2013  2:16 PM

An IT character study



Posted by: Laura Aberle
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Steve Bigelow’s fun introduction to this month’s Modern Infrastructure cover story on “The Data Center of the Future” got me thinking about my love of science...


December 3, 2012  4:52 PM

The Windows 8 wait



Posted by: Lauren Horwitz
Data Center Infrastructure, iPhone, mobile devices, Uncategorized, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012

Even though lots of IT shops have moved to Windows 7 only during the past year, Windows 8 launched in October. But the much-anticipated system has already traveled a rocky road to release. While Microsoft initially hoped to release the OS in early October to compete with iPhone 5, delays


November 27, 2012  2:47 PM

Learning from the mistakes of others



Posted by: Laura Aberle
Data Center, Data Center Infrastructure, Modern Infrastructure, Uncategorized

Mistakes abound when new technology and new processes are introduced—which is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, trial-and-error can be the best way to make progress in unfamiliar territory. But it’s a little tougher to adopt a bold attitude toward risk when $5 million is at stake, as...


November 7, 2012  8:59 AM

Could cloud put time on your side?



Posted by: Laura Aberle
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So cloud has a disruptive effect on job security (whether that’s good or bad, we’ll have to wait and see) but what about job satisfaction? Does the cloud have the potential to take the traditional hassles out of...


November 5, 2012  7:43 AM

What’s in a name?



Posted by: SteveBige01
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W. C. Fields said, “If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” I can’t think of a single sentiment that better captures the state of the IT industry today. As each new technological development adds unique terms and definitions to the IT lexicon, both techies and...


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