Musings on data centres
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Musings on data centres – Volume 2
This report brings together a series of articles first published through ComputerWeekly
Data centre resolutions
make them, and stick to them
Any New Year brings in the opportunity to review and draw up a new list of priorities. Here’s Quocirca’s main resolutions for data centre managers that should help in creating a more fit
-for-purpose IT platform within an organisation.
Data centre environmental monitoring and metrics
While IT equipment is covered by many vendors and systems management specialists, the implementation, monitoring and management of the environmental situation within a data centre is often less of a priority. This article looks at the various areas and what to watch out for.
Oh dear. Our provider has gone bust.
The cloud seems like a good idea. Just like hosting did. Or the application service provider (ASP)
market. However, a “Plan B” has to be in place to cover what your organisation has to do if your
provider goes bust.
Moving data and applications in the cloud
If you do go to the cloud, you will want as much flexibility as you can possibly get. For this, you must understand what can, and what cannot, be done when it comes to moving data and applications around in the cloud.
The Software Defined Data Centre
is it all rosy?
Software defined environments are all the rage. Networks, servers and storage each have their
own “SDx” m
oniker, and now the software defined data centre (SDDC) has been mooted. Is the world ready for this?
Sweating IT assets
is it a good idea?
When times are hard, it is very tempting to try and get more life out of your IT equipment. However, this may not be a cost-effective way of managing your ITC platform.
Managing the software assets of an organisation.
Even when you have a good level of control over the management and refresh of your hardware assets, there still remains the software. Many organisations have allowed their software to get out of control
here are some tips about regaining control
and gaining money in the process.
How to check the health of your data centre
Just how “healthy” is your data centre? With the way that techno
logy and the way it is used has
morphed, an organisation’s IT platform is now far more like a living body. How can you carry out
a proper health check across the complete platform?
The BYOD-proof datacentre.
Bring your own device (BYOD) is taxing the minds of many IT director and data centre manager at the moment. Just how can a data centre be architected so as to embrace BYOD to the benefit of the organisation and users alike?
Is your datacentre fit for high performance computing and high availability?
Do you need high performance computing (HPC)? More to the point, would you know if you
didn’t need it? If you do need it, are you sure that your data centre is up to housing a
continuously running HPC system?
Data centre highlights of 2013
As 2013 closed, it was time to look back across the year and discuss what Quocirca saw as being the major happenings and news.