Steve Francis

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Is the Commodity Data Center Around the Corner? - Featured Image

Is the Commodity Data Center Around the Corner?

Are commodity data centers the next big thing?
Simplifying the Complex: Datacenter Management Made Easy - Featured Image

Simplifying the Complex: Datacenter Management Made Easy

Managing your own servers can be a difficult and time consuming task, especially for companies with thousands of servers. When you add security and compliance management to the mix, the task becomes even more daunting. IBM Endpoint Manager for Datacenters simplifies this process without the need for technical skills.
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The Four Pillars of DCIM Integration

DCIM systems are critical to many processes within a data center and having them integrated is essential. This may seem like a daunting task and shouldn't be tackled in a single pass. Start with systems that will add the most value, and split up into four key areas from there.
8 Tips for Putting Your DR Plan into Action [Infographic] - Featured Image

8 Tips for Putting Your DR Plan into Action [Infographic]

In honor of National Preparedness Month - we wanted to share an infographic that Agility Recovery put together. It highlights the importance of having a Disaster Recovery plan and the steps you can take to to put your plan into action. What you'll learn from this infographic: How to rate your risk Tips for creating a crisis communication plan Get a template for creating emergency wallet cards Tips for conducting a simple disaster recover test
The Case for 'As-a-Service' Everywhere - Featured Image

The Case for 'As-a-Service' Everywhere

We may be headed towards a nearly data center free future in which all computing infrastructure is consolidated in a handful of "uber" locations around the globe. The XaaS model is becoming more and more common due to the appealing business case for this type of service, such as OpEx vs CapEx, no need for staff to upgrade and maintain resources, and greater agility.
Stacking Up Open Clouds - Featured Image

Stacking Up Open Clouds

If there is any lingering doubt, it appears the cloud is truly here.
The Role of Product Leadership in Data Center Strategy - Featured Image

The Role of Product Leadership in Data Center Strategy

Rarely a day goes by in the data center sector without a new vendor springing up in the market or an existing business expanding. The reasons are clear: the market is buoyant and there is money to be made. 
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OpenStack Manages Growth & Governance

While most would agree that large-scale, open-source software projects require some form of governance, there are differing opinions on where that governance should come from. Though it is the preferred practice of some to concentrate directional authority in the hands of one person or a small group of people, OpenStack offers an alternative. 
NASA Launches Massive Cloud Migration - Featured Image

NASA Launches Massive Cloud Migration

NASA migrated 65 software applications, including its flagship NASA.gov website, to the cloud in 22 weeks, and the space agency is still in the midst of a massive deployment to the cloud. The initial migration was completed at what analysts called a breakneck pace, and now the fun has just begun, said the head of NASA's Web services.
Ten Most Common Data Center Cooling Mistakes - Featured Image

Ten Most Common Data Center Cooling Mistakes

Despite improved datacenter temperature technology from a decade ago many companies still face cooling problems which lead to wasted energy of datacenters. Ten common issues that lead to energy wasting include: 
A Dozen Reflections on Clouds, Mobility and More - Featured Image

A Dozen Reflections on Clouds, Mobility and More

Key trends are bringing about change in the IT channel.
Essential Characteristics of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers - Featured Image

Essential Characteristics of Prefabricated Modular Data Centers

Prefabricated modular data centers contain at least one skid- or enclosure-mounted, ready-assembled subsystem. These subsystem assemblies have been factory tested and engineered, and they arrive fully integrated.