Data center design and facilities

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    Limited combustible cabling could thwart possible regulation nightmare

    Industry experts say limited combustible cabling is less prone to fire than standard cabling and it just might perform better in the heat. The fire-retardant cabling could meet possible regulations, requiring expensive, under-floor fire suppression.

  • July 21, 2005 21 Jul'05

    Cool aid or Band-Aid?

    IBM's new liquid-based server cooling technology is the first step to bring water back into the data center. Experts predict it's inevitable, others call it a Band-Aid.

  • July 18, 2005 18 Jul'05

    Monsanto rebuilds rather than retrofitting old data center

    When agricultural giant Monsanto looked at what to do with its data center, it found that starting from scratch was going to be much cheaper than retrofitting its current server farm -- again.

  • July 12, 2005 12 Jul'05

    Cool Blue: How IBM beats the heat

    After three years of development, IBM released a water-based technology to help data centers win the war on heat. The verdict is still out on whether it will solve the issue.

  • July 07, 2005 07 Jul'05

    Backup CRAC: Avoid a summer server meltdown

    Backup CRAC: Summer is the season for unpredictable power outages. You've backed up your servers, but what about the air conditioners? Without cool air, your servers will sizzle.

  • June 23, 2005 23 Jun'05

    Pulling power from thin air

    Hydrogen fuel cells are being integrated into mainstream UPS systems. But do the rewards outweigh the risks? More importantly, are you even interested?

  • June 23, 2005 23 Jun'05

    Disposing of IT assets the right way

    Old computers can still pose a security risk even from the garbage heap. Here are some tips on how to keep your data safe.

  • June 07, 2005 07 Jun'05

    Will bad batteries be your undoing?

    Your UPS is more vulnerable than you think, so don't neglect your most likely point of failure -- the batteries.

  • June 06, 2005 06 Jun'05

    Bad location puts data center security at risk

    Sometimes, it's good to be paranoid. An expert identifies the potential physical security weaknesses in your data center -- such as poor location.

  • May 16, 2005 16 May'05

    APC's Sawyer: Energy efficiency in the data center

    Richard Sawyer, director of data center technology for APC, explains how data center managers are facing pressure within the IT infrastructure and from executives.

  • May 12, 2005 12 May'05

    NewEnergy cools off with dual-core Sun boxes

    A data center crisis sparked consulting firm NewEnergy to reconsider its IT infrastructure. It turned to Sun and its line of boxes powered by AMD's new dual-core Opteron processor.

  • May 05, 2005 05 May'05

    DC power sparks interest

    Direct current power can offer data center managers the freedom to pack servers as tightly as they can fit them. But the approach can take specialized equipment and expertise.

  • May 03, 2005 03 May'05

    Oracle's Austin facility early adopter of biometrics

    A combination of security tools, such as hand geometry scanning, makes Oracle's outsourcing data center cutting edge.

  • April 19, 2005 19 Apr'05

    Power demands drain data centers

    Keeping up with the power consumption of newer high-density servers, such as blades, is draining the data center manager's resources, as well as his patience.

  • April 12, 2005 12 Apr'05

    Expert: Beware of being lax with data center security

    Data center security has taken on new meaning since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. recently sat down with security consultant Thor A. Mollung of Mollung Systems Management, a speaker for a session entitled "Data Center Physical...