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    Zombies In the Data Center: Exclusive Interview With Calvin Nicholson

    by Josh Schaap

    n a show like “The Walking Dead,” it’s relatively easy to dispatch a zombie. A quick headshot or katana slash will usually solve your problem. In the data center, zombies are just as prevalent, but not quite as easy to kill. First, you have to identify them. Data center zombies don’t exactly shamble around with their mouths agape, but they can do just as much damage as their fictional counterparts if left unchecked.

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    Use Smart PDUs to Gain Visibility Into Your Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    e were recently approached by a C-level executive who was facing a challenge. His company had recently acquired another organization, and was now in the process of trying to determine the best way to integrate its data center. The data center, however, was in need of a major overhaul. A big part of the problem was the fact that the former company’s IT team had been using traditional spreadsheets to track its devices and daily power metrics. These spreadsheets were rife with errors (and possible manipulation). For example, the team discovered several network devices in the data center that did not appear in any records.

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    Use Data Center PDUs to Reach Your Corporate Social Responsibility Goals

    by RJ Tee

    It’s important to realize that data centers — which are notorious energy hogs — need to be front and center in a CSR strategy. It’s impossible to build an effective and honest CSR strategy without reigning in and controlling your data center’s power output. So, how do you control your data center’s power output? The easiest, and most effective way, is to invest in tools that provide real-time power monitoring and environmental reporting at the rack level.

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    Three Things You Don’t Know About Your Own Data Center (But Should)

    by Josh Schaap

    This is your data center speaking. You think you know me pretty well, right? After all, you spend almost all of your time around me. Take a harder look, however, and you’ll see that there are some important things about me that you aren’t aware of!

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    So, You Say Your Data Center Is Green? Prove It!

    by RJ Tee

    According to a study from Unilever, there is now a $1 trillion market opportunity for companies that can successfully explain their sustainability practices to consumers. For many companies — particularly technology providers — the data center is a natural place to start. After all, data centers have a reputation for being notorious energy hogs, often using as much power as a small city. So businesses like to flip the script and differentiate their services by focusing on steps they are taking to become more environmentally responsible.

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    Power Monitoring and Management Simplified

    by Josh Schaap

    The notion that we should track anything – and everything – about our lives has gained a lot steam over the last couple of years. Witness the rise of the Fitbit health monitor and the slew of smartphone apps that show you how well you’ve slept any given night. People can use these tools to gain a clearer picture of the trends that quietly shape their lives. Much like a Fitbit (but for your data center), the Sentry Power Manager is constantly monitoring and managing your power, even while you sleep. This week, we’ll see how Sentry Power Manager provides power monitoring and management with its easy-to-grasp visual interface that helps you understand your system status quickly.

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    Overcome Environmental Challenges at the Edge with Server Technology

    by RJ Tee

    Many businesses today are exploring edge computing, a process that involves decentralizing core network infrastructure and pushing it closer to end users in localized markets. With edge computing, the goal is to reduce long haul data transmissions, resulting in improved performance and lower operating costs. It can also provide access to localized analytics, which can help businesses understand and respond more effectively to users’ needs. There are, however, some critical logistical issues at play in edge environments that need to be considered in order to experience a successful deployment — one of the most important being changing environmental conditions in and around edge data centers.

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    Location Is Only Half the Battle When Building a New Data Center

    by RJ Tee

    Just recently, Network World ran an interesting article explaining how Ireland is the best place to set up a data center in Europe. The author pointed out how strong connectivity, affordable taxes and active government support make Ireland a premium destination for businesses seeking colocation and interconnection services.

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    Is Your UPS System Ready for Winter?

    by RJ Tee

    According to the latest Farmer’s Almanac, much of the U.S. is in store for a cold, wet winter that will stretch well into March. At least five major storms expected to hit the eastern seaboard. In just a few short weeks — when the snow starts falling — we will learn which businesses are prepared for winter, and which are not. Businesses that take the time to plan ahead and invest in disaster recovery and business continuity will have a major competitive advantage. One thing you will want to pay attention to as you winterize your data center is the operability of your uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system. According to a recent study, UPS system failure is now the leading cause of data center downtime. In fact, UPS system failure now accounts for one quarter of all data center outages.

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    Data Center Power Management: The Key To Success in Silicon Valley

    by Josh Schaap

    Silicon Valley remains one of the largest and most competitive data center markets in America. Right now there is a data center vacancy rate of just 8.2 percent in the region. And according to a new report, the market is expected to continue to experience further growth in the near future.

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