How Green Can a Data Center Be?

There has been debate recently about Facebook’s use of energy efficient technology and data center.  Some say Facebook is still relying on coal-fired power to operate.  Nearby, BendBroadband, a preferred provider for cable television, high-speed Internet and digital phone service in central Oregon, another green data center is looking a lot more green.

BendBroadband announced that in addition to buying carbon credits to offset its emissions, it was buying coal-free power through PacifiCorp’s Blue Sky renewable power program.

What do you think about the competitive green data center?  Is it possible to have a truly green data center (Ripe) or are we not there yet (Hype)?

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GUEST POST: Ready for Disaster Recovery and the Cloud?

Guest post by Kevin Gruneisen, VP of Data Center Solutions

When was the last time there was a great savior in IT?  So great that everyone wanted more definition, information and opinion?  Cloud certainly fits that description.

I spoke to several companies last week at an executive forum in Chicago and each one acknowledged there were too many definitions for what a Cloud does for IT. Not that they did not have a definition themselves; actually, many just reiterated what they have heard, not truly thinking it through.

So many definitions, so little time.

Last week’s topic at the event was disaster recovery and Cloud. The presenters made Cloud sound like either a near death experience for DR or used the going-to-Grandma’s-house-on-Sunday-for-fried-chicken-and-lemonade metaphor. You bring the lemons (data) and we will make the lemonade (disaster recovery). It sounds quick and easy – replicate something to somewhere and save money.

Disaster recovery in the Cloud is new, cool and it works. Does it save money? That depends on your next disaster. Does it save costs? That depends on how you define the costs. DR is still an insurance policy after all. But now, it is more than a check-off on the audit list. Everything is 24x7x365. What is the cost to your business to be down for one hour or one day or one week?

Ultimately, doing business in the Cloud should be the result of work to identify business problems and talk through how to solve them. Business to IT transformation is about solving business problems with technology. Cloud is simply one new, cool option. Look to the experts. Get everyone in a room and talk it through. Get everyone to Grandma’s on Sunday and bring your lemons.

So what do you think?  Is DR in the Cloud Ripe (ready to roll) or Hype (not ready for prime time yet)?  Be sure to share your thoughts below, too.

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Healthcare ISVs: Jumping on the Cloud?

A lot of ISVs are hesitant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because they are worried about losing their licensing revenue and the business model changes that can occur. Yet demand from their clients cannot be ignored.  More and more clients are looking to take their applications to the cloud.  As a result many healthcare ISVs are moving to provide their applications via the cloud.

Those that are making the switch to use the cloud are either building their own clouds or outsourcing this to a cloud provider.  This can be a real adjustment, especially when dealing with regulations like HIPAA.

If you are a healthcare ISV, how are you addressing this pressure to move your applications to the cloud?  Is it Hype to move your applications to the cloud, or are you already offering or planning to offer your applications in the cloud (Ripe)?  We’d love to hear your comments below, too!  What are the most important factors you are considering/have considered in this transition?

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Get a Raise, Work From Home

A recent survey conducted by job search website, Dice, shows just how much some IT leaders want to telecommute.  In fact, 35% of IT workers said they would take a 10% pay cut to work from home.

A CIO.com article featured these survey results, but argued why you should actually be paid more to work from home.  Here are a couple benefits to the employer:

  • Productivity will rise (no co-workers to chat with, no traffic to make you late)
  • You save the employer money (one less person using office supplies, food, etc.,  reduced infrastructure costs, less office space needed)

What do you think – is this Hype (your organization would never support telecommuting this much) or Ripe (this is something that is happening more and more in your organization)?

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Gripes with Outsourcing: Is Service to Blame?

According to the results of the 2011 IDG Enterprise Outsourcing and Service Providers Survey, 44% of the 1,176 IT leaders who responded to the online survey said their service-level agreements (SLAs) are tighter than they were three years ago.  However, they cited poor-quality service as the top risk of IT outsourcing—ahead of security, loss of internal knowledge and hidden costs.

Does this apply to your business?  Some IT leaders are blaming lax internal governance and an overreliance on contractual obligations.  For your business, are these survey results Hype (you are not seeing poor-quality service) or Ripe (this is an issue you face with your provider)?

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Cloud Computing Vision Remains Partly Cloudy

Waiting for cloud computing to stop changing before taking advantage of it is problematic. Cloud computing will continue to change. A better option is using the insight that cloud computing offers to help you develop ways to respond to changing business and IT requirements within your own organization.

Is your organization shaping cloud strategies to fit its needs (Ripe), or are you waiting for the cloud to stop changing before you implement strategies (Hype)?

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