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  • Controversial hot aisle containment practices

    If your data center relies on hot aisle containment for efficient cooling, there are practices and laws designed to protect the staff in the data center. Some are proving controversial.

    Hot and cold aisles aren't facility designs...

  • Automation + IT sprawl = Failure waiting to happen

    The core of modern IT and data center operation is automation. It's the key to the five-minute virtual machine, elastic scaling, DevOps, continuous deployment and more. And it's the spark that ignites devastation when things go wrong.

    Any...

  • How a Linux processor on a mainframe beats distributed servers

    You won't go anywhere fast with critical workloads on distributed Linux servers, so stick to the mainframe to go places.

    Over 90% of the Linux OSes installed in the marketplace run on x86 architecture, but Linux runs on several other...

  • What's the highest server temperature you can handle?

    A data center isn't a meat locker, though many are cooled so much you'd expect to see Rocky in there punching a side of beef.

    The concept of elevated operating temperatures is simple: The...

  • A software-defined networking reality check for potential adopters

    Software-defined environment chatter is flooding the network market, making it hard to find the real technologies and...

  • Ubuntu roadmap leads to cloud, hyperscale computing

    Rather than trying to 'out Red Hat' Red Hat, Canonical uses its application portfolio to put Ubuntu on a roadmap that it says the other major Linux enterprise OSes don't address: hyperscale and cloud applications.

    Canonical positions...

  • Getting started with ITIL service management

    ITIL outlines processes and practices for efficient, cost-effective and business-centric IT service management.

    Although numerous paradigms exist, the IT Infrastructure...

  • Open-source server, hardware additions energize Open Compute Project

    With traditional computer vendors' hardware sales in the proverbial toilet, one has to wonder: Where will data center hardware innovations come from? Worry not  -- the fine folks at the Open Compute Project held the OCP Summit V in January...

  • New vendor options when buying a server

    As word spreads about open-source hardware, data centers are more willing to consider buying a server from an ODM rather than a traditional server vendor.

    We've seen this direction change in electronic equipment before, with laptops and...

  • Flash technology infiltrates the data center with SSD systems

    A growing number of companies are deploying flash technology with SSD systems. Though far from perfect, SSDs provide compelling benefits. Enterprises need to balance high costs vs. dramatic performance improvements as SSD storage encroaches on...

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