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Don't rely on industry averages for cost of downtime

Don't rely on industry averages for cost of downtime

On a weekly basis, I get at least one inquiry request from either a vendor or an end-user company seeking industry averages for the cost of downtime. Vendors like to quote these statistics to grab your attention and to create a sense of urgency to buy their products or services.

August 10, 2009 by in CXO

Can velocity revolutionize the data center business?

Can velocity revolutionize the data center business?

Digital Realty Trust is trying to do to the data center business what Dell did to computer manufacturing and Wal-Mart continues to do to the retail market — make delivery efficiency the killer app. It claims it can build out a complete enterprise-class, energy-efficient data center in as little as 26 weeks (versus 16-24 months by its competitors) and for less than half the competitive cost.

August 5, 2009 by in Data Centers

How virtual can your organization get?

How virtual can your organization get?

The answer, based on research recently completed by Doug Washburn and I, entirely. With the help of Christine Perkett, President and founder of PerkettPR — an organization of all virtual employees — we studied the IT infrastructure, productivity, and green benefits of PerkettPR's last ten years as an organization reliant on geographically scattered workers and reliable remote access to systems and information.

July 31, 2009 by in Tech & Work

Cloud DR services are real

Cloud DR services are real

There is a lot of hype surrounding cloud and I'm usually not one to join the hype but in the case of cloud-based backup and disaster recovery services (I'm trying to use the IT service continuity but it hasn't caught on yet), these service are available today and they address major pain points in IT operations and organizations of all sizes can leverage these services, not just small and medium businesses.Storage-as-a-Service is relatively new.

July 27, 2009 by in Storage

How do we measure high availability?

How do we measure high availability?

Over the past 2 months, I've seen an increase in the number of end user inquiries regarding high availability and almost more importantly, how to measure high availability (HA). HA means something different depending on whom you're talking with so it's worth a quick definition.

July 1, 2009 by in CXO

What do Green IT, the economic crisis, and best selling author, Thomas Friedman, have in common? Poor accounting

What do Green IT, the economic crisis, and best selling author, Thomas Friedman, have in common? Poor accounting

Consider the following questions posed by Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and author of The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, and more recently, Hot, Flat And Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - And How it Can Renew America:“Was it an accident that Citibank, Iceland’s banks, and the ice banks of Antarctica all melted at the same time?”“Was it an accident that Bear Sterns and the polar bears both faced extinction at the same time?

June 25, 2009 by in Hardware

Green storage has limited ROI, but supports overall efficiency

Green storage has limited ROI, but supports overall efficiency

I care deeply about the environment, certainly more than I care personally about money, so it pains me to say that in most cases, making storage decisions based on power expenditure alone is not rational behavior. The world is driven by economics, and the stark reality is that the cost of power represents a drop in the bucket compared to the amount organizations spend on acquiring and managing their enterprise storage systems.

June 16, 2009 by in Hardware

IBM's CloudBurst is a credible step forward

IBM's CloudBurst is a credible step forward

About six months ago, I accused IBM of “cloud-washing” its solutions and services when it launched its Project Blue Cloud marketing campaign. Its aim with this effort was to lure customer conversations about cloud computing in its direction so it could learn what enterprises wanted from this new technology.

June 16, 2009 by in Cloud

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