These days, enterprises are increasingly going to the cloud to get their applications and using it to send data back and forth to mobile devices and other end points. But security experts say it is still important to have a solid security infrastructure running in your datacenter, which remains the center of your IT infrastructure.
If a new program at Southern Methodist University brings new levels of recognition to datacenter professionals, let's hope that those IT pros do a better job than President Obama in doing their own shout out to Aretha Franklin.
You may have heard talk of late about server SANs, where storage is implemented within or by direct attachment, rather than in shared storage systems.
In a Network Computing post blogger Howard Marks added some perspective to the server SANs concept. He positions server SANs as perhaps being best suited for environments such as remote offices, where ...
One of the oddities in the tech field is that when a company -- particularly a startup -- raises the bar in terms of performance claims, it also raises the bar for itself in terms of being able to deliver that performance, not just in benchmarks but in real-world scenarios and the public eye.
When it comes to the wide area network (WAN), the primary scenario that worries most IT organizations is connecting remote branch offices back to the datacenter. But with the rise of cloud computing, there's suddenly a lot more focus on the WAN links between datacenters.
Some things never change. Upgrade the servers, tweak the application, recast the storage infrastructure, and it all means nothing if the network ends up looking like the freeway at rush hour in a snow storm.
Conventional wisdom is that the most economical solution for scale-out server farms is to use larger servers with hypervisor capability, and host multiple virtual servers on each of them. This holds true if the need is for high flexibility, changing workloads, and a fault-resistant operation.
In the eight or nine years since "Green IT" became a buzz phrase, the movement to make the datacenter more sustainable has gone through its share of starts and stops. There was the "greenwashing" stage when all vendors and big companies said they were going green, but sometimes did not back up their claims.