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  • Virtual server security concerns we all forget

    Keeping our environments secure is of critical importance, but all too often we lose sight of what availability and security really mean. Continue Reading

  • Wasted energy = wasted money

    Smart IT teams are continually looking for more ways to eliminate energy waste in their data centers. A well-run data center is one that uses only the energy it absolutely requires. Because of what they do, data centers require significant amounts of energy. Those power-hungry servers, after all, are what a business runs on. Efforts to find greater efficiencies, though, have shown results. And since wasted energy is wasted money, an IT organization will want to do all it can to be sure it is pushing the limits of efficiency.

    Data centers can achieve greater energy efficiency through an expanded use of virtualization. Organizations might also consider using fewer, but more powerful, servers to reduce loss in power supplies and other redundant components. Other steps to be examined include a review of cooling methods, the automating of workload balancing and power management, and more effective server hardware throttling. Steps taken by data center operators can help lower energy use, but those results are likely to be limited and noticeable only over a period of several years. In fact, some observers see the biggest gains coming from more efficiently designed server chips rather than specific green initiatives undertaken in the data center. Finding real and measurable ways to reduce energy use is difficult, so useful advice is welcome.

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  • Differentiating C-state and P-state in server power management

    C-state and P-state both offer options for managing system power, but they are very different from one another. Continue Reading

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  • How does a wholesale data center differ from retail?

    One offers more control, while the other offers more flexible space. If you're considering a colocation facility, how do you decide between wholesale and retail? Continue Reading

  • Tactics to minimize VM power consumption

    Tracking and managing VM resource consumption can help administrators save power by allowing them to shut down unnecessary hosts. Continue Reading

  • Cutting data center power costs

    Reining in energy costs is one of the top concerns for data center managers everywhere. And since power consumption represents a significant cost for organizations, data center managers need to have solutions in mind when they get called into budgetary meetings. Greening the data center -- a process that is often more about money than environmental awareness -- can be effectively pitched by managers who know the best available technologies and methods. Limiting usage can be done by investing in technology like flywheels or eco-mode UPS systems and other efficient alternatives.

    With this handbook, readers will learn how these methods -- among others -- help to provide a smaller footprint while still allowing for a higher power density. This balance is essential, as cutting costs shouldn't take precedent over performance.

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