Data Center


Proprietary Mainframe Servers in Decline -- Except for IBM

The use of proprietary mainframe servers continues to decline -- for everybody but IBM. System z, in fact, is doing just fine. The rest of the mainframe field? Not so much.

Data Center Power Use Projections Miss the Mark

Remember all the talk about runaway data center electricity consumption? As it turns out, it might have been overblown -- perhaps even alarmist.

Physical or Virtual ADC: An Either/Or Choice?

Are vADCs a wholesale replacements for pADCs? Can't these application delivery controllers co-exist?

IBM's New z114: A Most Affordable Big Iron Solution

The new zEnterprise really does comprise Big Blue's most mainstream mainframe release to date. At $75,000, it's certainly the cheapest.

Analysis: Do zEnterprise Results Signal a Slowdown for the Mainframe Market?

With another strong quarterly showing for System z, IBM seems to have put its recent run of mainframe woes behind it. Or has it?

IBM Bringing Windows to the Mainframe Later This Year

IT mainframe pros will have to wait until Q4 to get their first look at IBM's Windows-on-zBX offering. Will it be worth the wait?

Mitigating the Limits of Your Data Center

To help data center managers understand how best to employ new energy metrics and tools, we examine five ways to optimize use of available space, cooling capacity, and power.



Does SQL Server PDW Have What It Takes for Very Large Data Warehouses?

When it comes to high-end data warehousing, Microsoft isn't promising something it can't deliver: it's been shipping a special release of its SQL Server 2008 R2 database since November of last year.

Private Clouds: 5 Considerations for Optimizing the Dynamic Data Center

If you’re moving to private clouds, keep these considerations in mind as you plan your migration.

Using Distributed Computing to Reduce Downtime, Accelerate IT Recovery

Architecture changes and technologies are emerging that enable IT professionals to provide solid infrastructures, eliminate downtime, and deliver applications with consistently high availability.

Q&A: High-Availability Gets High Marks at School District

Load balancing helps provide high access on report-card day.

Blade Server Demand Driving High-Density Zones

High-density zones strike a balance between the power and cooling requirements of different kinds of data center assets. The rub, of course, is that they'll cost you.

Making Your Data Center Energy Efficient, One PUE at a Time

After all, if your company doesn't know what data center components waste energy, how can you change it?

Where is IBM's zBX?

IBM still hasn't made good on the most intriguing aspect of its zBX vision -- an extension to the x64 world.

Big-Iron Brouhaha: System z Sales Soar

System z is back! Sales surged by almost 70 percent during z Enterprise's first quarter of availability, while MIPS capacity increased by almost 60 percent.

Web Data Centers: Big QoS and TCO Opportunities Require Innovation

Realizing the potential benefits for large-scale service deployments presents difficult challenges. We discuss these opportunities and challenges and recommend solutions.

Networking Processor Requirements in Cloud Computing Environments

Service provisioning using cloud computing poses challenges for the data center. What’s needed is a multi-core, heterogeneous architecture.

Data Center Efficiency: No Leader in x64 Server Market

IT shops don't perceive any single vendor as being more efficient than its competitors.

Top 10 Questions Data Center Operators Must Answer in 2011

With the rising costs of energy and increasing pressure on organizations to be more "green," implementing a DCIM and/or DPO solution is inevitable.

Making Sense of Contract Management

Contract lifecycle management solutions can provide greater insight and control over contractual obligations; helping companies to manage risks and increase profits.