IT & Network Infrastructure : Data Center Renovation: 10 Ways You Know It`s Overdue

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-29 Print this article Print
Data Center Renovation: 10 Ways You Know It's Overdue

Data Center Renovation: 10 Ways You Know It's Overdue

by Chris Preimesberger
Data centers usually are sterile, windowless rooms with good air conditioning, false floors, limited foot traffic and lots of electrical outlets being used on a 24/7 basis. That description would suffice for most of the data centers in operation today. However, with vast improvements in bandwidth, storage capacity, networking hardware and software, server utilization and numerous other factors, the nature of these data centers is changing. Virtualization has been a major??ífactor, as has storage deduplication, better processors and faster pipes. But how do you know if your own data center is getting antiquated, right under your nose? Well,??íwe'll tell you. Our source for this slideshow was Jeff Nessen, director of platform virtualization for Logicalis, an international provider of integrated information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and services. Logicalis, based in the UK, has more than 6,500 customers and??ímaintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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