Shhh, Don't Say Anything And Maybe No One Will Know

by Mike Rinaldi on 4/2/13 3:19 PM

 EVault, a Seagate company, found in a 2011, 17 percent of IT decision-makers would rather have their teeth pulled without using painkillers than have to inform their bosses of a critical data loss.

Things in 2012 are not much better, the San Francisco-based cloud storage vendor found in its late-2012 survey of 650 IT decision-makers from companies ranging in size from 100 to over 3,000 employees in the U.S., the U.K, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

About 24 percent of respondents to the survey admitted to not telling their CEOs they are not backing up all files, especially those on mobile devices. About 38 percent admit they worry about their data not being saved securely or whether any work has been backed up at all.

They were right to worry. The IT decision-makers admitted that 53 percent of their companies had experienced data loss within the last 12 months, up significantly from the 31 percent that had that experience, according to the 2011 survey.



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The Green Grid Brings In New Metric For Equipment Use

by Mike Rinaldi on 3/19/13 12:33 PM

Announcement: Says Electronics Disposal Efficiency metric ensures data centers can responsibly handle electronics and electrical equipment at the end of its useful life

11 March 2013 by DatacenterDynamics FOCUS

The Green Grid has launched a new metric to help data center operators and organizations measure how electronic equipment is managed once it reaches end-of-current-use.
The Electronics Disposal Efficiency (EDE) metric is the first universal metric launched by The Green Grid to help end-users of information and communications technologies (ICT) measure their success in the responsible management of outdated equipment.

EDE is a simple metric that helps organizations calculate and measure their progress in improving equipment disposal processes over time, The Green Grid said.

Discarded Electronics and Electrical Equipment (EEE) entering the waste stream is known globally as e-waste or Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment (WEEE). Examples of WEEE include computers, mobile devices, home entertainment products, toys, and even goods such as refrigerators and stoves.

The definition and monitoring of WEEE worldwide has evolved over the last decade, which has prompted The Green Grid to identify the need to combine the expertise of other organizations who define standards and requirements for e-waste management with its own members’ knowledge and understanding of the e-waste management challenges facing the ICT community.

The Green Grid said the result is the creation of a metric that quantifies how well a corporate consumer of ICT EEE responsibly manages e-waste.

“The Green Grid isn’t trying to redefine any domain-specific terminology in the WEEE arena,” Kathrin Winkler, EMC representative and Board Member of The Green Grid, said.

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by Mike Rinaldi on 2/11/13 2:15 PM


Emerson Network Power today announced that it is entering into a significant partnership with IBM to both integrate Emerson’s new Trellis DCIM suite into IBM’s ITSM products as well as to jointly sell Trellis to IBM customers. This partnership has the potential to reshape the DCIM market segment for several reasons:
  • Connection to enterprise IT — Emerson has sold a lot of chillers, UPS and PDU equipment and has tremendous cachet with facilities types, but they don’t have a lot of people who know how to talk IT. IBM has these people in spades.
  • IBM can use a DCIM offering  — IBM, despite being a huge player in the IT infrastructure and data center space, does not have a DCIM product. Its Maximo product seems to be more of a dressed up asset management product, and this partnership is an acknowledgement of the fact that to build a full-fledged DCIM product would have been both expensive and time-consuming.
  • IBM adds sales bandwidth — My belief is that the development of the DCIM market has been delivery bandwidth constrained. Market leaders Nlyte, Emerson and Schneider do not have enough people to address the emerging total demand, and the host of smaller players are even further behind. IBM has the potential to massively multiply Emerson’s ability to deliver to the market.

The impact of this partnership will ripple through the industry, across both users, Emerson’s competitors and IBM’s competitors:

  • Prospective DCIM users now have the option to buy from one of the dominant industry IT system suppliers, and one with a nearly unlimited services capability.
  • Emerson competitors will be under more pressure to bolster their delivery channels and to find similar partnerships.
  • IBM competitors in both the hardware and management software will be looking for DCIM vendors to partner with to fill in their portfolios to match IBM.

My net takeaway is that this a major dislocation in the emerging DCIM segment and will trigger a wave of realignment among DCIM, systems and software vendors. The end beneficiaries will be potential DCIM users, who have just seen their ability to acquire and support such solutions multiplied by a large factor, and now available from a name that is very familiar to the IT stakeholders. Emerson gets a major leg up on its competitors, and IBM gets a powerful product offering that it can use to enhance its already strong position as an enterprise data center supplier.

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Can You Recover Lost Capacity In Your Data Center?

by Mike Rinaldi on 11/30/12 11:47 AM

Data centers have evolved more quickly than the procedures being used to manage them.  The pace of change and inability to forecast future demand in your data center remain a challenge.  The challenge for data center managers now is to maintain or improve availability in increasingly dense computing environments while reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Take control of your data center's energy use.  

Can you recover lost capacity in your data center?

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Can You Build a Data Center Over A Weekend?

by Mike Rinaldi on 10/25/12 2:54 PM

An organization that provides professional development and technical support to special education K-12 students – found its data center infrastructure to be prone to frequent outages and poor performance, which had a negative impact on the availability of student-targeted services. In addition, their environment was not designed to house a data center and did not have dedicated fire suppression.

What challenged the organization's IT manager and the rest of his team was that they would need to install any infrastructure upgrade solution quickly – between Friday evening and Monday morning – and that the IT space they had was small; only around 130 square feet.

While researching a solution to fit their needs, the organization attended an education technology conference - in search of the right offering. At the conference, the IT manager visited the Emerson Network Power booth, saw a demo of the SmartRow infrastructure, and sat in on a presentation.   

The rest is history - a New Data Center in 48 hours! 


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