The newspaper writer and cartoonist once defined a good neighbor as “a fellow who smiles at you over the back fence but doesn’t climb over it.”
If your Data Centers are like most, they have many neighbors – er, tenants – in them. Some want open access, so they can quickly update applications and hardware. Others want a highly-restricted environment, where changes are few and far between. Still others want operational policies somewhere in between.
How, then, to construct a Data Center so everyone remains good neighbors? That is, meeting everyone’s particular operational needs while ensuring that no tenant activities – or restrictions – ever impact those around them?
Below, I suggest some design considerations when building a multi-tenant Data Center.
What else do you think someone should consider when hosting very different clients in their Data Center?
If you had a team of Data Center experts at your beck and call, what would you ask them?
How to lower your Data Center costs? How to get more performance out of a legacy server environment? Who thought an emergency-power-off button was a good idea for a facility filled with business-critical hardware?
I’m launching this blog series to be a forum to share useful information about Data Centers. Rather than me telling you what I think is important, though, you’re in charge. Submit a question and I’ll locate a Data Center expert to provide the answer you’re looking for. I’ll post the resulting question-and-answer here, for everyone to watch and learn from.
Click below for a brief introduction and instructions on how to submit a question.
A new video will be added each week, so come back regularly for the latest questions and answers.
It’s been another excellent quarter for UCS. At the end of Q2FY11, the annual revenue run rate for UCS increased to $650M, from approximately $500M at the end of Q1FY11. The momentum behind Cisco’s Data Center, Virtualization and Cloud strategies continues to advance, and Cisco expects that it will continue making great progress on being the first architectural player in the Data Center in almost two decades.
The total number of unique UCS customers increased to approximately 4,000 at the end of Q2FY11, from 2,800 the prior quarter. Due to what Cisco believes is UCS’s compelling total cost of ownership advantage, Cisco has added net new UCS customers each quarter. This indicates increasing interest and a rapidly growing market opportunity for UCS. Furthermore, adoption was relatively balanced by customer segment and vertical. From a geographical perspective, UCS continues to be strong in the US/Canada theater with momentum building in Europe, APAC and Emerging Markets.
Data centers are a thing to be marveled at. After all, they really are the brain of a company. And just like a snowflake, no two data centers are the same. However, there are some things that every data center needs in order to operate. For example, cabling. There’s no getting around the fact that all those wires and boxes can create quite a scene. So we want to see it! Send us a photo of your data center in all its crazy, twisty and windy glory and you could win big!
I’ve attended 12 Partner Summits, if you can believe it, so I wanted to take a moment to share with you some of the things you need to know before you attend this year’s event. The event starts on Monday, February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana and Virtual Partner Summit begins on Tuesday March 1.
As a Partner Summit veteran, I’ve got some tried-and-true tips for enjoying the event. (Watch the cartoon version of me in this video, walking you through the things you should do to prepare.)
Keep reading to find out about some of the big topics we’ll be covering next week at Partner Summit 2011 and how you can get involved. Read More »