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News & Ideas for the Data-Driven Data Center

Infographic: Dawn of the Data

on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 By | RF Code | 1 Comment | energy savings dcim big data infographics
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Your Workplace, Your Space: IoT Connected Buildings Are Here

on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | big data technology IoT
The Internet of Things is transforming the buildings we work in by improving the safety, security, comfort and productivity of the workplace. Places of work are becoming increasingly personalized, efficient and measurable. Just eighteen months ago Deloitte’s corporate headquarters made news for being one of the most efficient buildings in the world. It had a BREEAM score of 98.36%, in part helped by the 40,000 sensors that monitor everything from air conditioning to on-site energy generation.
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The Data Center: A Matter of Life or Death

on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | big data IoT internet of things
Note: An edited version of this piece was published in IQ by Intel on October 1, 2014 as "Are You Data Center Dependant?"  Last month a 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Napa reminding California, home to the world’s leading data-reliant organizations, of Mother Nature’s destructive potential. It was a stark warning of the damage that can be caused by forces outside our control, especially to the data centers we rely on. Currently there are over 500,000 critical facilities supporting our lives. The strain on them will only increase as the Internet of Things (IoT) drives the rapid proliferation of personal, community and corporate digital technology. Something has to change. We must become more informed about the importance of data centers in our lives. The press has no trouble writing about them, but for all the wrong reasons. The majority of column inches focus on how dirty and polluting they are, when, in reality, no other industry is doing more to clean up its act through regulation and energy efficiency. Today, every part of our lives is dependent on data centers. Our daily social media interactions, the transport infrastructure we depend on, the accessibility and management of personal and corporate finance, and the provision of our power and utilities. Everyone should understand how critical these facilities are to our daily activities.
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Data + Metrics + Training = Data Center Efficiency

This week RF Code is pleased to feature a guest blog by Dr. Magnus Herrlin, President of ANCIS Inc. Prior to establishing ANCIS, Dr. Herrlin was a Principal Scientist at Telcordia Technologies (Bellcore) where he optimized the network environment to minimize service downtime and operating costs. His expertise has generated numerous papers, reports, and standards, including thermal management, energy management, mechanical system design and operation, and network reliability.
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Big Savings, Small Data: 451 Research Endorses RF Code’s Software-Driven Future

on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | dcim data center optimization big data asset management
Enterprises are suffering from an intelligence crisis. They have been blinded by the mythical promises of Big Data. Regularly heralded by advocates as instrumental to corporate success, the relentless pursuit of new data sources and huge data pools have led many organizations to lose focus of more achievable strategic objectives. Businesses already possess a massive amount of untapped wealth but it is sitting dormant in the data center, its opportunities unrecognized. Real business value can be generated from these resources, not by thinking as largely as possible. Invest in your data collection methods, implement effective governance and management processes and focus of advanced, automated analytical capabilities.  That is thinking ‘big’ in the smart way.
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An Internet of Things Future is Already Here – What Does it Mean?

on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | big data IoT sensor networks internet of things wearable technology
  Our previous discussion around wearable technology and its potential impact on the data center raised some important questions around always-on sensor networks, the Internet of Things (IoT) and intelligent infrastructure.
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Wearable Technology's Big Data Could Wear Out Your Data Center

The first generation of Google Wear technology was released last week, bringing with it a new era of interaction, connectedness and in the long run, potential strain on the world’s data centers.
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Nate Silver, Rich Data, and DCIM

Last week I had the good fortune to attend a keynote presentation by Nate Silver. Silver’s presentation, entitled “The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail, and Some Don’t” (not coincidentally this is also the title of his new book), addressed the availability of big data and how it affects decision-making.  Being a big time data wonk myself, I was pretty excited.
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Data Center Uptime: Why 0.1% Makes a Difference

This blog entry was originally posted by Xiaotang Ma from our partner, Server Tech Inc. We've seen a lot of negative PR around downtime lately, affecting the likes of American Airlines, LinkedIn, and as of yesterday, the French government. Both the aforementioned disasters and the information contained in this blog highlight the importance of maintaining uptime. Even the slight increase from 99.9% to 100% availability could be the difference between a costly, publicized failure and assurance.  Here are some statistics we've come across recently which support this:
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The DCIM Necessity: When Big Data Becomes Massive Data

Data isn’t just big; it’s massive.  With each passing minute, a staggering 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.  Google receives over 2,000,000 search queries.  Email users send over 200,000,000 messages.  Apple receives 47,000 app downloads.  Get the picture?  Clearly the omnipresent “big data” is quickly manifesting itself into “massive data.” 
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