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Volume 32 | June 2014

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THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL | 1 Feature 2 the top 5 Data Center trenDs - What Do they all have in Common anD hoW Can it minimize the risks inherent to inFrastruCture Changes? by Jeff Klaus Keeping up with technology trends has always been daunting. In just a few minutes and with a few clicks, anyone can find a dozen articles that each expose a unique vision of the future of the data center. The "experts" continually debate the top handful of trends that every CIO and director of IT should be following. it Hardware 6 liFe at the eDge: loCal servers Do more heavy liFting by Dave LeClair These days, there is no shortage of focus on the evolution of computing in what IDC calls "the third platform"—where the cloud, mobility, social business, and big data converge. Servers, both virtual and physical, play a central role in that evolution. But there's another trend emerging around servers that's not getting the same play. Yet, in some ways, it's even more game-changing than the dramatic rush to the cloud. 10 What's next aFter siliCon? by Jeffrey R Clark The remarkable advancement of the semiconductor industry over recent decades, described by the much-celebrated Moore's Law, may finally be slowing as silicon manufacturers struggle to bring their next-generation process technologies to production. In an effort to keep innovation going, researchers are investigating all manner of materials as potential successors to silicon. Doubtless, some candidates for this vaunted position will fall by the wayside for either technical or economic reasons; the question is whether any will survive the rigors of investigation and yield a product-worthy result. So, all aboard the starship Enterprise for a look at what might— or might not—be the computing material of the future. it ops 14 7 steps to saFeguarDing your Company anD Customers From heartbleeD by Liejun Wang In early April, a security vulnerability was unveiled, affecting over 500,000 websites. Today, this epidemic is known as Heartbleed, a bug found in OpenSSL that permeated mainstream media, forcing users worldwide to change user names and passwords on favorite websites. 18 Five key CharaCteristiCs to look For When seleCting a manageD- hosting proviDer by Sumeet Sabharwal Managed-hosting providers are increasingly assuming a vital role in all aspects of business operations. As cloud-based technologies and applications continue to evolve, businesses are eager to employ virtual technologies to drive growth. Organizations have developed new business models, services and products built around cloud technology. Businesses are differentiating themselves by applying the operational intelligence extracted from the massive volume of data generated, stored and analyzed through managed hosting, virtual infrastructures and cloud technology. This cloud- based innovation spans all industries and markets, from education to retail to health care. 24 the latest on big Data by Jeffrey R Clark Big data analytics has been one of the hottest news topics of the past few years—both for the presumed benefits it can bring as well as the social and political problems it raises. According to Gartner's "Hype Cycle" for emerging technologies, big data analytics (colloquially termed big data) just about reached the peak of inflated expectations in 2013. The research firm predicts another 5 to 10 years before this technology will arrive at the plateau of productivity, at which point it may become more of an unquestioned (and unquestionably useful) tool. 30 upComing events venDor inDex All rights reserved. No portion of DATA CENTER Journal may be reproduced without written permission from the Executive Editor. The management of DATA CENTER Journal is not responsible for opinions expressed by its writers or editors. We assume that all rights in communications sent to our editorial staff are unconditionally assigned for publication. All submissions are subject to unrestricted right to edit and/ or to comment editorially. AN EDM2R ENTERPRISES, INC. PUBLICATION ALPHARETTA, GA 30022 PHONE: 678-762-9366 FAX: 866-708-3068 | WWW.DATACENTERJOURNAL.COM DESIGN : NEATWORKS, INC., JOHNS CREEK GA 30022 TEL: 678-392-2992 | WWW.NEATWORKSINC.COM

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