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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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DCIM Solutions: It's 10:00PM - Do You Know Where Your Servers Are?

Guest Blog by William Bloomstein, Market Strategist for iTRACS
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The Aftermath of Sandy, Irene, and even Katrina

on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 By | Kevin Heslin | 0 Comments | guest blogs data center infrastrcture management
How do we recover? As a lifelong New Yorker, I had been very comfortable with the concept that disasters happened elsewhere. Hurricanes, for example, hit Florida and sometimes the Gulf Coast. Forest fires were largely confined to the west. California got mudslides and serious earthquakes.
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Nominations Needed for a Data Center Hall of Fame

on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 By | Kevin Heslin | 0 Comments | News & Views guest blogs
It’s a question of leadership   I’m just back from the 7x24Exchange Fall meeting in Arizona, and I’ll admit to being very impressed by the program the organization put together. I found almost all the sessions to be very strong and right on target for the assembled group. I hope the survey results confirm my finding. Attendance was also very good, even considering that a number of familiar faces stayed east to deal with the aftermath of the superstorm. Still I find myself more concerned over the people and companies not in attendance: the companies and people who never attend 7x24Exchange events—or the events put together by AFCOM, DatacenterDynamics, Gartner, 451Research, or anyone else.
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2012 ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments

First of all, let’s clear up a misconception about the ASHRAE Thermal Guidelines. Did you notice the word “Guidelines”? Clearly, this is not an ASHRAE Standard. This is not an industry consensus document; it was developed by IT equipment manufactures with only limited input from the rest of us. This may explain the slow adoption of more “aggressive” environmental ranges.
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Changing of the Guard

on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 By | Kevin Heslin | 1 Comment | News & Views guest blogs
In a news article earlier this week, I alluded to my presence at the Uptime Institute’s Uptime Network event. I also reported that Uptime Institute Founder Ken Brill had undergone surgery to remove a Glioblastoma brain tumor. Ken’s prognosis is bleak, and he was forced to miss the Uptime Network, while promising to be back next year. It was just a few short months ago that I saw Ken wearing a giant orange foam hat as a way of celebrating Uptime’s Server Roundup.
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On Data Center Energy Optimization, The Times is Late to the Game

What’s all the fuss?  
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The Internet of Things

on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 By | Kevin Heslin | 0 Comments | guest blogs cloud computing
In a news article on this site, I wrote about Rachel Chalmer’s vision for the future of the internet. In her keynote at 451Research’s Hosting and Cloud Transformation Summit, she made a personal reference to a friend who was receiving a treatment for Leukemia made possible only because of the development of cloud computing. Later during her speech, she referred to other developments made possible by technology. And later in the conference we were treated to a presentation by Mike Brown, professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Astronomy, in which he discusses how technology helped him “kill” Pluto.
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Are You Ready for Some Football? Or Were You Watching the Convention?

on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 By | Kevin Heslin | 0 Comments | guest blogs power management dcim
Cowboys fans every where had to be heartened by Tony Romo’s performance this week.  And Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Rays fans have to be really excited as their teams threaten to topple the New York Yankees. Giants and Yankees fans can look forward to better futures. That’s the nature of a zero-sum game.
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IT Asset Management: A View from the Real World

on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 By | Kevin Heslin | 0 Comments | asset management events guest blogs
As many of you know, I spent a couple of days at the 7x24 Exchange Thought Leadership event in Orlando, FL. Orlando, as you probably know, is home to children’s make believe with attractions including Disney World and Universal Studios. I spent yesterday at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, a kind of adult land of make believe. Turning Stone, while very nice, is not Las Vegas; it has fewer restaurants, lower stakes, and fewer headliners.
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