One of the common applications of IoT is temperature probes but the solution is more than just reading the temperature.View Fullscreen
DS has updated its Powatherm sensor to include backend portal integration into a heatmap. The Powatherm sensor is a ground breaking IoT based sensor that brings cost effective thermal metrics to the data centre. It facilitates the deployment of hundreds of sensors into a data centre that improves reporting and monitoring of facilities.View Fullscreen
DS will be showcasing the Powalert sensor at the MyBroadband conference on the 26th October 2017. IoT is the incremental next step into the optimised use of technology that was made prevalent by smart phone technology. The cost efficiencies of smart phone technologies have resulted in the deployment of a number of other generic devices that use low powered network connections as an alternative. These are the class of devices known as IoT, the Internet of Things, which were previously not networked.View Fullscreen
Cyber security and those responsible for IT security need to get with the times. They can no longer afford to be the “No!” men/women and need to figure out how to become a business enabler.
In today’s environment, most would concur with this message. After all, we want access to our business and data from any location, any device and across the medium of connectivity that is most convenient for us – the end-user. Gone are the days of being shackled to a desk, locked to corporate laptop and funnelled through a VPN. It’s me and my 2.5 devices, any open hotspot I can find and direct line to the heart of the datacentre.
This is the second part of our discussion about PUE and how I believe it should be used for those who are beginning on their journey to improve power effectiveness within their data centres. In the first part we spoke about the basics of PUE and what the metric gives you. In this part I discuss where to focus to reduce your PUE, what benefits must be derived it and when, pragmatically, you should NOT consider PUE improvement as an option.
Yes, I know – it’s an inadequate distortion of an old, clichéd proverb. Yet, I say this too often in client meetings and peer discussions, “Don’t compare the PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of your data centre to that of another because it’s a pointless exercise”.
Arguably the most important function in the ITIL Incident process and thus also in the Major Incident process is information gathering which is primarily used to feed the three process steps highlighted below:
This article by DS details on how an enterprise can move to the cloud using a basic assessment. This assessment is outlined and can be used for determining the viability and selection of suitable cloud providers. Although not detailed the provided outline should serve well as a starting point and guideline.
Most legacy operations management products miss the point and come up short. Many of these products, although implemented are ghosts. They lurk around in buildings with limited or no business benefit. Their primary focus is on monitoring uptime. This is often referred to as a RAG tool: Red, Amber, and Green where Red signifies down, Amber signifies intermittent connectivity problems and Green signifies good connectivity. This serves a limited business purpose and cannot justify any return on investment. The product development has been focussed on reporting on acceptable situations, as opposed to providing equal focus on operation in dire straits. How is this limited view operational monitoring? All it does is give you a comfortable feeling. With this approach, there is no difference in the value proposition of a cheap ‘keep alive pulse’ or an operational management framework product using more complex protocols worth millions.