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Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number One

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Jun 12, 2015 2:31:00 PM

Number 1: Big Data will make our lives better.

  • Big data is big! Allowing for better business decisions and strategic advantages across a large number of industries.
  • Big data is not just for the elite and powerful but is now being used more often by the masses.
  • Simply put, because of big data, managers can measure, and hence know, radically more about their businesses, and directly translate that knowledge into improved decision making and performance.
  •  “Isn’t ‘big data’ just another way of saying ‘analytics’?” It’s true that they’re related: The big data movement, like analytics before it, seeks to glean intelligence from data and translate that into business advantage. However, there are three key differences today: volume, velocity and variety!
  • The more companies characterized themselves as data-driven, the better they performed on objective measures of financial and operational results. In particular, companies in the top third of their industry in the use of data-driven decision making were, on average, 5% more productive and 6% more profitable than their competitors.
  • The evidence is clear: Data-driven decisions tend to be better decisions.
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Topics: Big Data

Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Two

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Jun 11, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Dilbert Lessons for the data center is a five part series. Check back for more! 

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Topics: cloud computing, data center environmental monitoring, For Fun

Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Three

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Jun 9, 2015 8:16:00 AM

Dilbert Lessons for the data center is a five part series. Check back for more! 

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Topics: data center PDU, 3 phase PDU, For Fun, Power Disribution Unit

Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Four

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Jun 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Dilbert Lessons for the data center is a five part series. Check back for more! 

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Topics: data center consolidation, server virtualization

Dilbert’s Top 5 Lessons for the Data Center: Number Five

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Jun 3, 2015 8:55:00 AM

Dilbert Lessons for the data center is a five part series. Check back for more! 

Number 5: People in the Data Center Cause Problems and always have! - If not why would we keep hearing?

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Topics: PDU, data center PDU, network controlled power strip, For Fun

Server Technology Solution Partner Providers (Part 2 of 2 Parts)

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Apr 23, 2014 9:36:00 AM

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Topics: integration, Cabinet Power Distribution, SNMP, Data Center, CDU, SPM, API, Server Technology

Server Technology Solution Partner Providers

Posted by Calvin Nicholson on Mar 28, 2014 11:38:00 AM

Server Technology Solution Partner Providers (Part 1 of at least 2 Parts)


I always find it interesting that the power chain is measured and monitored in multiple locations throughout most data centers but is often forgotten once the power enters the data center cabinet. Especially considering that roughly half of the power used (or more) can be traced directly to the cabinet (See Figure 1) and power is typically one of the greatest single costs associated with operating a data center. Often monitoring at the cabinet is the invisible line between the IT and Facilities groups. Even though monitoring at the in-feed of the Cabinet Power Distribution Unit (CDU) is really the same as monitoring at the Remote Power Panel (RPP) as the branch circuits coming out of the RRP are the in-feeds to the cabinet power distribution unit (CDU).

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Topics: power chain, remote power panel, Data Center, CDU, Power, Server Technology

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