Windows Server administrators in the datacenter face the need to deal with Windows Server 2003 end-of-life support.
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. Currently the principal of an independent consulting business and an active freelance writer, David has most recently been a Senior Contributing Editor for Windows IT Pro magazine, having also been the Lab Director for Windows NT Magazine, Technical Director of PC Week Labs, the author or co-author of a number of books on different versions of Windows, a plethora of eBooks on various technology topics, and of approximately 3000 magazine articles in print and on the web.
The idea of industry-wide energy efficiency standardized metrics is probably a good one, but exactly how standardized is it possible to make them? Understanding external environmental factors will always be a major component of datacenter design.
Google's App Engine outage at the end of February provides a graphic example of why datacenter managers need to have accurate and tested disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place.
Microsoft's take on the future of the datacenter brings with it the danger of useful benchmarking metrics becoming meaningless marketing bullets. Understanding how complex systems work and interoperate is more than just a game of speeds and feeds.
You're probably wondering exactly what a blog on data centers will cover that isn't already being covered elsewhere on ZDNet. Well, my take on this is that a data center is a symbiotic entity.