Virtualization Technology: Managing Data Centers Efficiently: 10 Cost-Saving Techniques

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-03 Print this article Print
Managing Data Centers Efficiently: 10 Cost-Saving Techniques

Managing Data Centers Efficiently: 10 Cost-Saving Techniques

by Chris Preimesberger
Data center managers have had to face recurring issues like these for years: How does one manage a data center and keep up with daily demand when dwindling resources threaten production output? How does one indoctrinate an undertrained staff when there are frequent new technical requirements they need to learn and implement? There are others, to be sure. In general, there are other excellent resources in the data center and software development communities who can help you out. For example, check out the AFCOM industry group, which hosts the twice-yearly Data Center World conference in the U.S. for data center managers; its resources for community-based instruction are vast. The SIIA [Software & Information Industry Association] is another good organization to tap for ideas on software development. There are also industry folks who pride themselves on offering help and advice. For example, one is Josh Stephens, a 15-year industry veteran and is currently CTO and vice president at SolarWinds, a provider of downloadable IT management software, based in Austin, Texas. Stephens, the chief resource for this slideshow, is the company's so-called "Head Geek" and an active moderator on SolarWind's online community,
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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