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  • Cisco Whiptail buy affirms role for SSDs in server hardware

    Data center pros increasingly see SSDs as table stakes in the server market. In this atmosphere, Cisco purchased SSD integrator Whiptail.

  • Converged solutions are simply not simple

    I've been thinking a lot about two areas of IT: complexity and convergence, which have a lot to do with each other.

    Collectively, we operate some very complicated infrastructures, which make many aspects of IT difficult. With a massive...

  • The reality of software-defined computing

    Adoption of software-defined approaches in data center equipment and software has been embryonic and confusing, despite strong vendor rheotirc.

    What does a...

  • Traditional IT silos face a hostile software-defined environment

    Virtualization has made application hosting and server utilization easier than ever, but the simplicity ends there. A software-defined data center environment will pick up where virtualization left off.

    IT personnel no longer need to...

  • How to choose a micro data center in rugged locations

    Modular data centers house a full complement of server, storage, networking and environmental controls, and they're getting smaller and smaller.

    Containerized data centers let businesses set up local computing resources when building a...

  • Choosing server management tools to fit your data center

    Data centers fight a tug-of-war battle between the desire to standardize on known, best-of-breed systems and the desire to remain flexible and avoid vendor lock-in.

    A move from homogeneous to...

  • Intel pitches scale-up x86 as big data architecture for IT shops

    Intel hopes its new Xeon E7 v2 processors lure large IT shops away from proprietary servers as many companies edge closer to implementing mission-critical cloud and big data infrastructure.

    Intel Corp.'s latest processor packs up to 15...

  • Options for building a data center quickly

    The modular data center is a beacon of hope on the horizon of rapidly changing IT needs. Countless times, organizations land a large contract, then scramble to retrofit IT resources to accommodate the new demands.

    A modular data center...

  • One company's rip-and-replace journey from cost cutting to better IT

    When a legacy data center was ready for a full rip and replace, it coincided with the CIO's vision of IT buoying the business prospects of the enterprise, not just "keeping the lights on."

    The data center at MTS Systems Corp.,...

  • Cisco IOS (Cisco Internetwork Operating System)

    Cisco IOS (Internetwork Operating System) is a proprietary operating system that runs on most Cisco Systems routers and switches.

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