CTR Exclusives

Safeguarding Data Centers: Are Your Assets Protected?

Safeguarding Data Centers: Are Your Assets Protected?

by Denis Richer

In these times of financial uncertainty, any impact to a company's business is magnified. Because of this, a chief information officer (CIO) needs to know that the IT assets installed within his or her corporate data centers are protected against failure.

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Data Center Infrastructure Management: Myth vs. Reality

Data Center Infrastructure Management: Myth vs. Reality

by Dan Fry

This article is the first in a three-part series exploring current myths in the data center. Part two explores the myths of the green data center and part three will explore the myths surrounding convergence in the data center.

A lot of IT executives have been asking me questions about Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM), questions such as: “What is it and how can it improve the performance and business outcomes associated with my data center?”

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What's in a Name? A Look at the 'New' XIO and its Unique Approach to Optimizing SSD Performance

What's in a Name? A Look at the 'New' XIO and its Unique Approach to Optimizing SSD Performance

A Q&A with Alan Atkinson, XIO’s president and CEO

by Kim Borg

As most storage-savvy industry players know by now, storage heavyweight, Xiotech, changed its name to XIO (pronounced X-I-O) last month - a move that had been hastened by not only the company’s  amplified focus on solid state storage but also its view to going public within the next 18 months.

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Unlocking the Data Center: The Key

Data Centers

by Bala Pitchaikani

Meeting the needs of increasingly demanding data center applications may require more flexibility than users can gain by following the set recipe of a major networking vendor. In fact, the largest data centers in the world are built from open solutions, using open protocols and open usage models (like the ones defined by consortiums like Open Data Center (ODC) Alliance) and combined in ways that recipe-based configurations can’t support. This points to a need for best-of-breed solutions in the data center, but many data center operators are afraid to stray from the prescribed path defined by the largest network vendors. This not only hinders business agility but also datacenter optimization and elasticity. By opting for open, standards-based equipment, however, data center operators can gain flexibility, agility, and elasticity and, above all, provide the ability to deliver virtual datacenters with self-provisioning capabilities for their customers.

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Networking Nuts and Bolts

Data Centers 

A Q&A with Kevin Brown, CEO of Coraid (www.coraid.com) -- a storage vendor providing scale-out Ethernet SAN solutions -- about the newest trend in building your business.

Why do you attend ExecEvents [exclusive networking events for industry executives]?
"ExecEvents provide an ideal forum for executive business development, and for understanding the major shifts in data center technology. In addition, it facilitates face-to-face meetings with many of the influencers from the analysts and press community who are most relevant to our market."

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