- January 09, 2015
IT shops have tried a number of ways to attract Millennials to IBM mainframes. Maybe a new generation of tools is the best way to bridge the IT generation gap.
- January 05, 2015
These six data center trends will move from leading edge to mass adoption in 2015. Experts and IT organizations that already took the plunge explain why.
- December 10, 2014
IT isn't a monolithic cost sink. Instead, it is a department that can shape digital initiatives and improve business processes.
- October 09, 2014
With software-defined everything, integrated systems, IoT and more, the data center will never be the same. Here are the top trends shaking things up.
- October 08, 2014
Careful measurement and user focus are the best approaches to tomorrow's IT infrastructure and operations management.
Sponsored by Dell Technologies - IT decision-makers are increasingly turning to hyperconverged infrastructure as the go-to solution for a wide range of use cases and workloads from the data center to the hybrid cloud to the edge. See More
Sponsored by Microsoft - After dealing with pandemic-induced changes to the workplace for more than half the year, many organizations’ leaders are convinced the future will require embracing a hybrid workplace: Employees will work in the office some days and from a remote location on others. And now that businesses have months of experience with work from home on top of years of experience with working on site, they know choosing the right technology for employees makes a big difference. See More
Sponsored by HPE - Organizations are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud as the platform of choice as they continue to respond to changing business conditions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to research by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on cloud acceleration and remote work, a recent survey by KPMG sheds light specifically on the value of hybrid cloud. See More
Sponsored by Western Digital - From the data center to the edge, 5G and high-speed flash storage are enabling emerging IoT use cases from autonomous vehicles to smart cities and the supply chains of the future. When designing storage to support IoT at the edge, you must consider how 5G and your storage choice will impact data center architectures. See More
- August 19, 2014
With sales sagging, legacy hardware suppliers are scurrying to form partnerships with a new generation of converged infrastructure vendors. But will these newly minted converged systems convince IT to open up the purse strings?
- July 25, 2014
No mechanical refrigeration or dehumidification. No war between IT and facilities. Hear how Facebook's choices yield a PUE consistently below 1.10.
- July 21, 2014
Stay connected on trending IT topics on Twitter and Tumblr. Follow these seven experts who express news, opinions in data center blogs.
- July 16, 2014
Facebook's North Carolina data center is warm and humid, which is fine for the thousands of OCP servers working there. Check out the exclusive video.
- May 16, 2014
Ubuntu isn't trying to be the best Linux server OS for enterprise apps. Instead, the distribution focuses on cloud and hyperscale installations.
- March 12, 2014
The Linux job market is hot, but how do you get a lucrative Linux career?
- February 27, 2014
BlackBerry, Dell, IBM, Microsoft and other major IT vendors must transform to survive the cloud and mobile era. Will IT buyers invest in their vision?
- February 12, 2014
Ready to become a full services technology supplier, Dell's inability to articulate a software vision and internal politics have bogged it down.
- January 23, 2014
After two weeks of mounting speculation, IBM sold its System X series to Lenovo for $2.3 billion. Company will focus more on cloud, software and big data.
- January 22, 2014
IBM's server hardware sales continue their decline as the company sharpens its focus on cloud software and services and ponders layoffs.
- January 09, 2014
IBM’s X6 is a radically different architecture for Intel-based servers designed to boost performance and reliability, sources say. Will it propel its xSeries higher into the clouds?
- December 09, 2013
HP hopes its new converged systems can claim a bigger slice of the big data and virtualization pies, but will users already committed to cloud respond?
- November 01, 2013
Small IT shops adopt some of the same trends as large enterprises, but with much caution and attention to priorities. And mistakes are felt acutely.
- October 11, 2013
Traditional IT job roles are evolving, and new jobs like the chief digital officer have emerged to help companies move to mobile and cloud computing.
- September 27, 2013
Colocation data centers used to be about proximity. Not anymore. C7 CEO Wes Swenson says colo is about the best location and infrastructure options.
- August 01, 2013
Companies that are on board with cloud, big data, social and mobile trends seek IT pros with third platform skills, but those IT job skills are rare.
- July 29, 2013
The latest IBM mainframes' lower price point and a redoubled focus on Linux workloads may appeal to younger admins and smaller IT shops.
- July 11, 2013
IBM acquired virtualization management vendor CSL International, giving IT admins a simple way to manage z/VM and Linux on System z virtualization.
- June 07, 2013
Many improvements are coming to RHEL, including changes to installations, file systems and the user interface.
- May 29, 2013
Client device innovation over the past several years has sparked a new wave of server innovation with Dell microservers and HP's Moonshot.
- April 05, 2013
Some analysts estimate that Moore's Law -- the ability of manufacturers to double the number of transistors on a chip every 18 months -- will end in 10 years. At a certain point, the electrons of ...
- January 31, 2013
The DevOps movement has undeniable momentum. Could IT operations harness the power of its success?
- December 12, 2012
IT pros ponder another year of acquisition and transformation for Dell, and what it may mean for their own cloud computing strategy plans.
- December 05, 2012
Want your data center to be more like an agile public cloud? Here’s how cloud providers handle apps, "big data," data center hardware and IT staffing.
- December 04, 2012
Want to run your data center more like an agile public cloud? Here are some surprising ways cloud providers differ from traditional IT departments.
- September 27, 2012
In some super-important industries, 99.999% uptime should be the goal. But most companies can tolerate a little more downtime.
- September 07, 2012
User story describes application modernization employing Oracle Fusion middleware, SOA and BPM. A hotel chain gains flexibility going the SOA route.
- July 03, 2012
Data center generators are to blame for the Amazon outage in June. What's worse, it's not the first of its kind.
- April 20, 2012
Hewlett-Packard to package Ubuntu on ProLiant servers. Linus Torvalds up for a prestigious technology prize. Red Hat embraces Microsoft Open Technologies.
- March 28, 2012
The NoOps term reflects a trend in contemporary DevOps shops: the diminishing number of operations people relative to developers.
- March 28, 2012
Last year's flooding in Thailand was a terrible reminder of what nature can do. Besides affecting millions of lives, it destroyed businesses and factories and left the rest of the world with an ...
- August 08, 2011
Canonical grows it personal cloud service to a million users, Android ranks last in open source analysis and other news in brief.
- March 29, 2011
Unix admins have many processor technology options for their environments. An expert compares offerings from AMD and Intel to help you make the best decision for your data center.
- March 23, 2011
Joining the crowd, Oracle says it will stop software development for flagging Itanium chip.
- March 22, 2011
Texas radiology clinic replaced CA Technologies’ Spectrum monitoring suite with AccelOps to save on maintenance.
- March 22, 2011
The Dell Viking started out as a custom box for low-end dedicated hosting and has graduated to a full-fledged micro server platform.
- March 03, 2011
It’s not practical to have keyboard, video display and a mouse for every server. KVM-over-IP makes it possible to manage multiple servers through a single set of devices.
- March 03, 2011
1U servers are well suited to many everyday business tasks. This overview considers the key features -- from processor and memory support to network ports-- of various 1U server offerings.
- November 16, 2010
Researchers are building ersatz SMP machines out of commodity x86 boxes, plus specialized hardware and software.
- November 11, 2010
Has virtualized infrastructure derailed data center careers? IT managers say they now spend too much time troubleshooting environments and not enough time on strategic projects.
- November 05, 2010
Data centers are no longer required to put the big red kill-switch on exit doors, thanks to a committee that convinced the NFPA to revisit its data center EPO regulation.
- October 21, 2010
Today’s x86 servers offer impressive memory densities, but some IT shops want even more.
- October 04, 2010
Historically, AMD processors have been a force to be reckoned with in data centers. But some IT managers have questioned the platform’s longevity.
- September 24, 2010
Monitoring Software as a Service gives busy data center managers one less thing to do.
- August 20, 2010
States such as Minnesota and Oregon have passed biodisel mandates, but data center managers say improper handling of biodiesel can cause problems for backup generators.
- June 07, 2010
Dr .Bob Sullivan – the father of hot-aisle/cold-aisle data center design – weighs in on hot- and cold-aisle containment, data center economizers, and variable-frequency drive fans.
- May 20, 2010
If you want to be promoted from an IT staff role to the CIO position, your key task is to drive business through technology innovation.
- May 06, 2010
Air-side and water-side economizers can provide cost savings for data centers feeling the heat from rising energy bills.
- April 12, 2010
IBM insiders want to relaunch the venerable OS/2 operating system, sources say. The question is whether it's a solution in search of a problem.
- February 04, 2010
The Green Grid will address data center energy-efficiency issues at its annual forum, including power usage effectiveness (PUE) calculators, powering down unused servers and more.
- January 18, 2010
What were the top data center products of 2009? Our panel of judges and IT managers weigh in on their favorite servers, systems management software and infrastructure products for enterprise data centers.
- January 18, 2010
Data center hot-aisle/cold-aisle containment has gained traction. Here are key steps to consider for correct implementation.
- August 24, 2009
Keeping your data center humidity at the right level can prevent system failure, but at what cost?
- July 27, 2009
Amazon Web Services data center facility guru James Hamilton says data center pros need to get out of the dark ages when it comes to cooling servers. Hamilton recommends airflow containment systems and air-side economizers to improve data center ...
- July 14, 2009
By using mainframe specialty engines for more than just DB2 and Java workloads, mainframe users could save millions of dollars a year.
- June 29, 2009
If you're considering hot-aisle containment or cold-aisle containment for your data center, you need to listen to this faceoff between Liebert and APC on which approach is better.
- May 27, 2009
Lower the cost of disaster recovery replication with open source DR tools like Rsync and distributed replicated block device, or DRBD.
- May 22, 2009
This tip discusses best practices associated with the operations and maintenance (O&M) processes for data center facilities, including the physical aspects of critical infrastructures, staffing considerations, and appropriate O&M processes, tools, ...
- May 13, 2009
All x86 servers are not equal. What are the criteria for buying x86 servers? Consider application characteristics, memory, power usage and other factors when selecting a commodity server vendor.
- March 27, 2009
With the economic downturn, data centers face serious budget cuts. Recent survey data indicates they have turned to server virtualization to reduce server spending and power consumption as well as IT automation to address staff reductions.
- March 05, 2009
Attendees at the Share mainframe user group conference in Austin discuss early experiences with z/OS 1.10, which was released six months ago.
- February 20, 2009
The Uptime Institute's data center tier system has long been a mainstay in determining high availability. But does certification matter, or is it too strict to work?
- February 09, 2009
Publicizing a data center's energy efficiency with the power usage effectiveness metric involves factors other than facility and IT equipment energy levels.
- January 27, 2009
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers has expanded its recommended data center temperature and humidity ranges. But do users care?
- January 21, 2009
It may not be your first thought, but design and speed control of data center air-conditioner fans can generate significant savings.
- November 12, 2008
IT operations will be under increasing pressure in the current economic downturn. Data center professionals and experts offer advice for weathering this financial crunch.
- November 04, 2008
The new Dynamic Power Capping feature enables data center managers to set a power threshold based on how much power a server uses.
- October 20, 2008
Welsh entrepreneurs have recently transformed vacant data center space into the power-packed Next Generation Data Center 1 facility. But once NGD 1 built, will they come?
- September 05, 2008
Containing a data center's hot and cold aisles in may create energy-efficiency savings, but the design strategy can leave a facility vulnerable to fire detection and suppression issues.
- July 15, 2008
A Linux security expert outlines best practices, from granting admins the least system access possible to the importance of system audits and when to turn on listening daemons.
- May 20, 2008
Two companies have found ways to save on energy costs by reuse data center waste heat. Quebecor now heats adjoining rooms; IBM Switzerland, a swimming pool.
- May 05, 2008
To reduce costs and improve trade times, the New York Stock Exchange migrated from mainframes to Linux and AIX servers. But the shift to new scripting languages posed hurdles.
- February 04, 2008
Building a new data center? If so, check out Structural and Vibration Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers, which details considerations and factors for data center design when it comes to shock and vibrations.
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- November 19, 2007
The heating and cooling group ASHRAE may expand its recommended ranges to better align with IT manufacturers' recommendations. One user says it's about time.
- November 06, 2007
Arrow Electronics is moving off its internally developed mainframe enterprise resource planning apps for Oracle and swapping out an IBM mainframe for AIX running on System p.
- October 18, 2007
Depending on your environment, the red emergency power-off button in your data center might be an unnecessary evil.
- October 17, 2007
With the release of Ubuntu 7.10 and its new features, ISVs and enterprise customers are finally taking notice and using the OS in significant server deployments.
- August 20, 2007
Last week's announcement that IBM will support and sell subscriptions for Solaris on its System x servers and mainframes has industry analysts aflutter.
- July 25, 2007
Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced Thermal Zone Mapping, a 3-D image of a data center's power and cooling profile, which may add momentum to their push for more blade servers in the data center.
- May 14, 2007
By moving from a 1,600 MIPS mainframe to distributed systems, the stock exchange is cutting transaction costs in half.
- May 03, 2007
In the column that follows, author and SELinux expert Frank Mayer will walk you through five of the ways that this venerable Linux security technology may surprise you.
- May 01, 2007
After months of speculation, Dell Inc. officially announced it will sell pre-installed, 100% certified Ubuntu Linux on its laptop and desktop computers.
- May 01, 2007
The new quad-core chips are designed to increase performance, but not all applications need -- or can use -- multiple cores.
- April 23, 2007
Sun is selling select Sun Fire and UltraSPARC servers at deep discounts in honor of its 25th anniversary.
- April 11, 2007
Is a perfect storm brewing for Ubuntu? The combo of a renewed push for Ubuntu on the server and new thin client support could spark interest in IT managers looking for less expensive alternatives to Red Hat and Windows.
- March 12, 2007
As HP's reign atop the Linux server heap continues, one company exec explains how its BladeSystem and Linux can keep it competitive with IBM in the blade server space.
- February 28, 2007
After a few speed bumps, the Windsor School District is on track to all but eliminate Microsoft Windows in favor of Novell SUSE Linux servers and desktops.
- January 09, 2007
In a new study focusing on the healthcare industry, the Midwest once again came on top as one of the most affordable places to build a data center.
- July 05, 2006
IBM offers an extensive set of tools for Web-service conversion.
- March 28, 2006
Just five years after Target built a new data center, it's building another one to keep up with company growth. Target technical architect Doug Hall says data center designers are smarter today because they learn from each other.
- March 14, 2006
In an effort to dispel some FUD, Jason Gilmore's opines on several of the most commonplace reasons for not investigating PostgreSQL.
- February 01, 2006
Metrics focus employees' attention on the tasks and processes that executives deem most critical to the success of the business. Metrics are like levers that executives can pull to move the organization in new and different directions. In fact, ...
- January 16, 2006
At the first International Conference on GPLv3, Free Software Foundation founder Richard Stallman laid out the plan of attack for changing the leading open source license to fit the times.
- December 19, 2005
As 2005 approaches its conclusion, it would appear that virtualization's time in the open source spotlight is all but here.
- December 06, 2005
What if everything you knew about design patterns, or elements of reusable object-oriented software, was a lie?