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The problem with us old operations guys is that we have seen pretty much everything that is supposed to be new before, sometimes a generation or more ago. Makes us a bit cynical about innovation – so when I heard about some oldie technology doing something really innovative I was intrigued. In the UK we […]

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I recently chaired a very interesting panel debate and discussion Hosted By BLADE Network Technologies in London. The panel was made up of: Harkeeret (Harqs) Singh, Global Head Data Centre Energy Optimisation, Thomson Reuters Finlay MacLeod, VP IT Infrastructure, EMEA, First Data Corp Charles Ferland, VP of EMEA, BLADE Network Technologies Brian Peterson, VP International […]

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Google Docs now has a batch export facility for their documents created by the Data Liberation Front, a Google team setup to help customers leave. “Imagine you want to move out of your apartment. When you ask your landlord about the terms of your previous lease, he says that you are free to leave at […]

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I posed the question about why readers of the hot aisle were running more than one hypervisor. An earlier poll had shown that 44% of respondants behave in a non-intuitive way and run two or more hypervisors. Early results are in – with a poll size of 1021 1141 readers and discounting those who only […]

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Next week I am in Marthas Vineyard visiting with my friend, colleague and fellow blogger Steve Duplessie of Enterprise Strategy Group. For a few weeks Steve has been telling me about an Enterprise Windows Data Migration tool called AutoMove from AutoVirt. So I have been looking at the details it is pretty good. I have […]

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Cloud computing changes things, it makes administration and management of an X.86 environment easier and more automated. But until now the real goodies of VMWare’s product set, VMotion and VSphere have been limited to the small number of organizations that can afford to install a SAN. You see shared storage is a necessity in VMWare’s […]

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For some time I have been working on and thinking about a Data Center Efficiency Maturity Model to help us poor operational folks work out just how well or badly we are doing on a scale of one to five. I have also been doing some thinking about a Continuous Migration Architecture (CMA) that recognizes […]

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I was delighted to hear today that my friends, David Wright (CEO) and David Driggers (CTO) at Verari Systems have been recognized for their great work on driving Data Center energy efficiency. For some time it has been apparent that the modular, containerized data center holds huge promise: Ability to deploy new capacity extremely rapidly Ability […]

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I recently met with Mark Shirman, CEO and Founder of Glasshouse Technologies and had the opportunity to get another exclusive Hot Aisle interview. Mark is uniquely placed to comment on the recent changes in the Data Center and Storage markets with particular emphasis on Green issues. For many years Glasshouse has been the leading independent […]

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I got a question from a colleague Bill about data center migrations: What is a good range of number of servers that could be migrated over a weekend?    I know there a bunch of qualifiers (e.g. new kit versus “lift and shift”, amount of storage, etc.), but is there some type of answer you would […]

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GlassHouse Technologies, a global provider of independent IT infrastructure consulting services, announced on the 5th August 2008 the release of Reflector, a proprietary tool for managing data center migrations and consolidations. Reflector acts as a “single point of truth,” creating an efficient and streamlined process for managing a successful migration or consolidation project. In my opinion if […]

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AVIVA (aka Norwich Union) is set to open its third data centre – Data Centre 3 (DC3) at the Broadlands Business Park near Norwich, UK  this September. Although the site uses some modern design principles to minimize energy use, AVIVA have been far too conservative with the design and the opportunity to really go green has been missed. The […]

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Floor loading is a badly understood issue in Data Centers. Not just in the place where the equipment eventually ends up but also en-route from the loading bay to the final resting place. OK, so lets start looking at the problem. Most data centers have a raised floor made of specialist tiles held up on struts and […]

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During my time at BT I set the Data Centre team the challenge of getting Asset Management right, the team thought I was just being stupid and unreasonable but buckled down and with a bit of hard work got it close to 100% right with processes to keep it right. As a direct result of this […]

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Phase 2 – Design End State If we are not careful, data centre moves are seen as just another big IT cost, and a pretty open ended cost at that. Anyone with experience in this space knows that many moves go off the rails and that the planned dates, costs and benefits are not met. […]

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Phase 1 – Discovery Anyone who knows about Data Centres understands something of the complexity of moving services to a new site. Usually this needs to be done in a hurry, with no service disruption and at minimum cost. The drivers for data centre moves are: * Mergers and Acquisitions * Geographic Consolidation of Sites […]

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