The current state of the datacenter business requires flexibility and an open mind as the transition from traditional to cutting edge impacts vendors
Five Nines: The Next Gen Datacenter
David Chernicoff looks at technologies that impact data center users and operators, including server consolidation and virtualization, green IT, and the latest hardware advances.
With more than 20 years of published writings about technology, as well as industry stints as everything from a database developer to CTO, David Chernicoff has earned the term "veteran" in the technology world.
I enjoy reading the salary surveys when they come out but am always left wanting to do further analysis on the numbers. Unfortunately, the survey is a secondary source of data with pre-packaged analysis and often unrepresentative samples.
It's a common -- and dangerous -- assumption that the Patriot Act gives the U.S. government unprecedented access to your data. But where the data lives with regard to physical location of the cloud, service provider, or its facilities does not limit the government's access.
Facebook looks to re-imagine the backup process in a dedicated facility
What are the network services that you are engaging as you traverse from where you are to the provider's edge routers, through their edge switches, aggregation switches, access switches, virtual switches and, finally, to your new virtual machine?
When you're spending the taxpayer's money, you should be more careful.
Social engineering brought Apple's cloud reputation in harm's way, though Amazon dodged a bullet. That said, most outages or issues with the cloud are human errors, or natural events.
Details are sketchy, but the advent of 64-bit ARM datacenter servers could affect the datacenter hardware market significantly
Wikimedia's latest outage speaks to funding issues more than technology
Every major industry player has a Private Cloud offering today. Before making a decision, you need to understand what the provider has to offer and what it means to manage it yourself.