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Six Ways SaaS Cloud Computing is Impacting Data Centers

Instor Jul 27, 2017 6:49:00 AM

The software-as-a-service (SaaS) continues to increase momentum with many companies and vendors jumping on the bandwagon. It’s estimated that the global SaaS market will reach $132B by 2020 of which $76B being driven by the small and medium business (SMB) markets and $56B from the enterprise SaaS markets. Learn why this matters. 

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Topics: Data Center Power, Products

When Zombie Servers Attack! (And What to Do About Them)

Instor Jul 5, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Zombie servers sound like the stuff of fiction, but they're quite real. And, like their undead counterparts, they can quickly take their toll on your valuable resources. Learn how to identify and eliminate zombie servers from your data center floor. 

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Topics: Management, Products

You’ve Stacked Your Server Rack & Now It’s Ready to Roll!

Jeremy Snead Dec 13, 2016 11:21:27 AM

Perhaps you are doing a rack and stack with servers and IT equipment in one location and shipping it to another location, or maybe it’s time to move your own fully loaded racks and cabinets to a new location. In both cases, the end goal is for all the equipment and hardware to arrive safely intact within the cabinet without compromising the structural integrity of the cabinet.  Here are some possible problems and challenges to look out for along the way to keep everything rolling smoothly.

 

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Prevent Future Problems with Tips for Your Rack and Stack Project

Jeremy Snead Dec 9, 2016 1:05:11 PM

A rack and stack seems like a basic procedure that is performed often in server rooms, but if it is done without proper planning, future headaches may be on the horizon. A rack and stack is more than just physically placing hardware into racks and installing cables. It is important to be systematic and methodical about the project. There are better rack and stack procedures that you can implement today to simplify ongoing technical support, and you will thank yourself in the future for applying them to your current project.

 

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Topics: Planning and Design, Products

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Server Rack or Cabinet

Jeremy Snead Dec 5, 2016 11:33:46 AM

When investing in servers, IT equipment, and server rack accessories, there are different methods of how that investment will be stored and protected. Every server room has different capabilities and strategies. By answering these three basic questions, you will be equipped to find the best data center rack solution for your specific needs.

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11 Best Data Center Lighting Designs: A Twist on a Practical Function

Jeremy Snead Jul 1, 2016 11:42:38 AM
Data Center lighting has many aspects, some of which are often overlooked. Lighting performs a practical function enabling the daily running of a data center. Lighting also affects data center  provisioning in two ways: first, lighting generates heat in its very function, thus contributing to cooling costs; secondly, lighting accounts for 3%-5% of the total power costs for running a data center. There are many practical approaches to improve lighting to achieve the best Power Utilization Effectiveness such as changing to LED lighting in lieu of incandescent lighting and keeping the overall lighting as dim as possible. Some Data Centers have taken these steps and added a twist customizing their lighting and making it as beautiful as fireworks on the Fourth of July. Here are 11 of the coolest data  center lighting designs, bursti ng with color and lighting up the data center skies.   
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