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Moore's Law Slowdown in CPU Performance Risks Driving Up Rack Power Density

There are a number of factors that I’ve always believed pointed towards the benefit of building infrastructure with high density (HD) in mind. I pointed at Sustainability; if you build fewer buildings to support the same gear, you are being more sustainable. I’ve suggested that trends in High Performance Compute and Big Data would lead more of us towards HD infrastructure designs.  However, it’s now highly likely that we can add a slowdown in Moore’s law to the drivers for HD.

How Moore’s Law affects infrastructure designs?

Why Does Cloud Bring Democracy to IT


The Dictator is Ruling the House of Information Technology with an Iron Fist

Data Center Infrastructure Management - Where's the Beef?

Vendors and pundits alike have asked the question, "what's the problem with Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM). Why is there no real traction in a market that should be measured in the billions?" Is the lack of traction due to poor products or are the products too pricey and complex? The answer to the adoption problems are more difficult that you might expect because it's yes and no to each of the aforementioned potential reasons and more.


If the Tech Doesn’t Fit, You must Convict

The usual arguments on Twitter about new technology and solutions run the gamut from "it isn't real" to "there's only one real cloud". These "discussions" seem to go on and on and every time a new solution is introduced they are reignited.  Is all tech questionable, are all services terrific, are particular services better from specific vendors?  Most often it's more about fit in a specific organization or company, so how you position yourself is the key.

The rub

Enterprise Legacy Environment Cloud Adoption vs Netflix

Two blogs written recently one by @benkepes and the other by @jeffsussna covered the topic of cloud adoption strategies versus legacy and best case environments. In Ben's blog he talked about how Netflix is an outlier in the cloud space. That their applications and use characteristics don't match enterprise use cases and don't match the complicated verticals of infrastructure and applications in the typical enterprise data center.

Forbes Article only tells the old story of the CIO role

In a September 27th article in Forbes written by Raj Sabhlok, the President of Zoho Corp., Mr. Sabhlok discusses the disruption of the CIO role being caused by modern IT solutions (I.e., SaaS, Cloud, consumer IT etc.). The point of the article is correct: the CIO role does need to change. However, I found the changes suggested by Mr. Sabhlok to be both retro and extremely incomplete.

The argument for change in the CIO role

Keeping IT Relevant isn't about the Title of the CIO

Chief Information Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief whatever, no chief at all, it doesn't matter. What really matters is whether the person responsible for IT can bring IT opportunity to bear on the business effectively and quickly. I know, simple concept and it's been said a thousand different times, 10 thousand different ways, but I'm going to try one more time. "The appropriate expectations from the business combined with the appropriate philosophy in the IT organization is more important that the title of the man or woman in charge."

The pain and risks of ignored IT infrastructure

Cancer, aches & pains, ticking time bombs, pick your term du jour, they all apply when IT solutions are ignored and left to grow roots. There are many reasons why IT solutions are left behind to grow roots, but in this blog I'm focusing on the process of integration after a corporate acquisition as the antagonist. 

Human behavior, resource allocation and or risk assumptions

Data Center Operators be a Twit, be Heard

As a whole we data center types don't seem to be a very talkative bunch.  I'm not sure why that is, and I can't say for sure that we're more or less talkative than many other professions. However, anecdotal evidence via the Data Center Pulse Linkedin Group and Twitter seems to supports my assertion.  We pay millions every year on conferences where we're supposed to hear from smart people and mingle (network) with other members of the Data Center community, yet as a group we do very little with social media where the effort is almost free.

My Data Center Drives Faster Than Yours

I jumped on my data center the other day and rode into town for a beer at the local saloon. I tell you, these data centers keep getting bigger and faster every year. Did I confuse you? What does a data center mean to you? Is it some converged infrastructure with virtualization on it or is it a container with some racks of computers?

Why am I Bothered?

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