Data Center Journal

VOLUME 50 | JUNE 2017

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THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL | 1 Feature 2 It vs. FacIlItIes: Is the DIvIDe closIng? By Jeffrey R. Clark, PhD Data center outsourcing through the cloud and colocation move the burden of facilities (and IT, in the case of the cloud) to a service provider. For companies that take this approach, the historical lack of rapport between the IT and facilities departments is no longer a concern. But someone must still operate the data center, whether it's in house or elsewhere. Thus, tackling that divide between two critical departments is necessary, since both have the same ultimate goal: the success of the business. 6 emergIng technology DemanDs rIght-sIze computIng By Tate Cantrell One size fits all is great for hats but not for data center infrastructure. Time and again, IT leaders subscribe to a data center model that uses an outdated, one-size-fits-all approach to application management. For emerging technologies to take root and thrive, these leaders must challenge the status quo and incorporate forward-thinking infrastructure and platform solutions that are less expensive, are more reliable and allow for scale exceeding that of traditional application- deployment regimes. 10 What your Data center anD car have In common By Joe Reele Any reasonable car owner knows regular tune-ups are critical to avoiding unnecessary repairs and breakdowns. In general, a car has minimum core requirements (oil changes, break inspections, timing-belt replacement and so on) that the owner must meet regardless of the make or model to keep it operating in tip-top shape. The same principles apply to data centers; improper or nonexistent maintenance practices will inevitably lead to failure and negatively affect the business. Delaying aged-asset replacement could result in unplanned downtime. 14 slas: DeaD or alIve? By Jeffrey R. Clark, PhD Business is a multi-tiered system in which delivery of service or goods at one level first requires delivery of service or goods at another level, and so on up or down the chain. Part of keeping this system running smoothly is ensuring that delivery is on time and as promised. For the IT tier, one tool that companies rely on to guarantee they have the resources they need to do business is the service- level agreement (SLA). 18 clouD vs colocatIon: It's more complIcateD than you thInk By Chris Schwarz Given the cloud marketing frenzy of the last few years—particularly for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)—you'd be forgiven for thinking that in 2017, the cloud is a foregone conclusion for large- scale infrastructure. 22 the catalog-DrIven approach For multItenant Data centers By Patrick Büch In today's competitive market, multitenant data centers (MTDCs) are challenged to offer services beyond basic colocation. Although enterprise spending and investment in private and hybrid clouds continues to grow, creating additional market opportunities for MTDCs, providers must still differentiate themselves with commodity services. 26 reDucIng Data center rIsks: stanDarDIzIng operatIons By John Longo Data centers don't receive enough admiration. Since the dawn of the Internet, these infrastructures have been the "backbone" of businesses, keeping them running smoothly and positioning them for growth. But keeping data centers functional is no easy feat. Not only does it take compute power, but it also requires manpower to have the proper procedures and compliances in place, as well as standardization across data center facilities in different locations. 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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