Virtualization Technology: Managing Data Centers Efficiently: 10 Cost-Saving Techniques
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, THWACK.com.