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July 13, 2017
New options for data center certification, including UL's debut and the Tier 5 standard from Switch, aim to more easily prove data center resiliency and reliability.
July 07, 2017
Where in the world is an edge data center? That's a question IT pros might ask, as more companies try to define where these facilities are located and who uses them.
March 14, 2017
Smart technologies can automate and simplify the data center -- but only if you prepare for their implementation. Learn how to transition smoothly from legacy hardware.
June 24, 2016
Handing off most of its software business to private equity firms is one more step toward Dell's mega-purchase of EMC, and it gives users both clarity and concerns.
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Bang-bang control is a type of control system that mechanically or electronically turns something on or off when a desired target (setpoint) has been reached. Continue Reading
The Emergency Power Off (EPO) button -- sometimes called an EPO switch -- is a large red device in data centers that kills power to a particular piece of equipment, or to an entire facility, in the event of an emergency. Continue Reading
An automatic transfer switch (ATS) is a device that automatically transfers a power supply from its primary source to a backup source when it senses a failure or outage in the primary source. Continue Reading
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Using two large chassis switches instead of multiple ToR devices might be a good alternative for data center performance when deploying network device types. Continue Reading
Networking pros make business-critical decisions about where to house their network hardware components -- on-premises or managed in a service provider's cloud. Continue Reading
While the Uptime Institute was once the standard for data center certification, challenges from Switch, OSDA and others threaten to shake up the market. Take this quiz to certify your knowledge. Continue Reading
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Data center outages continue to plague IT. Perform data center commissioning or an audit and have a solid power design to protect your organization from a crash. Continue Reading
Enterprise data center teams can learn important lessons from hyperscale cloud providers. Rethink redundancy strategies and consider technologies like SDN to increase efficiency. Continue Reading
Don't get hung up on data center dimensions in the design phase. Focus on length-to-width ratios to get the most out of data center space, power and cooling. Continue Reading
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Proper IT budget planning and cost optimization can extend the life of your infrastructure, help guide refresh decisions and prepare you for software-defined architectures. Continue Reading
By making the best use of what's already in place, and investing carefully and only where needed, an organization can extend a data center's life. This will buy it time to study and decide where its data center is headed next. To make good decisions... Continue Reading
Reasons for operational downtime range from the mundane to the extreme. If your organization wants to keep its mission-critical workloads running, here are three areas to monitor. Continue Reading