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News & Ideas for the Data-Driven Data Center

Tech Trends: The Agile Data Center

At a recent 7X24 chapter event, Jennifer Cooke of IDC’s Data Center Trends & Strategies team presented on a topic that has been steadily gaining attention in the industry: agile data centers.
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Are You Really in Control of Your Data Center’s TCO?

Later this month RF Code will host a webinar, featuring 451 Research’s Rhonda Ascierto and Dell’s Joseph Cuteri, discussing how Workplace IoT solutions help control and precisely monitor the total cost of ownership of the data center. To support the event, we have produced a new eBook outlining some factors -- including the lack of adequate visibility into the data center environment and the impact of inefficient asset lifecycle management -- that can drive up the total data center TCO.
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IT Starts with Information, Part 2: Capacity Planning, Improved ROI, Increased Productivity

In part one of our blog series we discussed real-time monitoring’s position within the data center management chain. In this second blog, we analyze how to use this data to dramatically improve TCO through the continuous visibility, management and accurate provisioning of IT assets. Our recent white paper addresses these concepts in more depth, explaining how real-time monitoring, capacity planning and predictive analysis technologies help businesses improve data center agility and efficiency to ensure higher performance at a lower cost.
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IT Starts with Information, Part 1: Data Center Monitoring Ensures Availability, Lowers OpEx

Downtime avoidance and disaster prevention are critical aspects of data center efficiency. Most operators use a multi-pronged approach to address these issues, incorporating redundant systems in their design, applying best practices for operational and maintenance procedures, and using innovative and integrative technologies such as data center infrastructure management (DCIM) systems to improve reliability. Our recent white paper focuses on these concepts and explains how real-time monitoring, capacity planning and predictive analysis technologies help businesses improve data center agility and efficiency to ensure higher performance at a lower cost. In this first of a multi-part blog series, we take a look at the position real-time monitoring has in the data center management chain.
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RF Code Sets the Data Center Agenda Across the World

RF Code’s executive team continued its long-standing legacy for industry leadership with packed conferences in North America, EMEA and Asia. 
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Infographic: Five Facts About Asia-Pacific Data Center Energy Use

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Data Centers: Economic Powerhouses with an Image Problem

on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 By | RF Code | 1 Comment | energy savings data center optimization News & Views governance
The infamous New York Times periodical The Cloud Factories was a tirade against the (supposed) modern equivalent of the coal power plant, the data center. The residing image was a hot, energy-waster, a vision that still remains today. This is a misplaced example of misrepresentation and inaccurate press sensationalism.
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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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Disaster Avoidance: Hope is Not a Sustainable Co-location Strategy

This was a lesson Digital Fortress quickly learned when a $60,000 air conditioning unit was leaking silently, spilling over 25 pounds of refrigerant across the data center. Its own systems showed 100% efficiency, the reality was the opposite. Failure was imminent.  It is an all too common story for co-location companies. They default to ‘hope’ as a strategy, believing a facility will continue operating stably, rather than investing in solutions that prove it is to customers with cold-hard data.
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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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