Author Archives : Mary Allen


DC for less than the price of power?

Notwithstanding the industry’s fixation on growth in cloud services markets, the colocation business is alive and well. While many individual players are executing on expansion plans in this area, aggregate research has uncovered similar cause for optimism. For example, in Datacenter Dynamics’ most recent review, North America Data Center Key Trends Report 2013-2014, study authors [...]

Jason Gaal, CEO, ROOT Data Center

Brendan Kwolek, ‎director, IM/IT, Women's College Hospital

Building network basics

Case studies serve a dual purpose. As a technology showcase, they provide a vehicle for vendors to educate the market on state-of-the art offerings. But they also demonstrate the art-of-the possible, helping would-be adopters envision the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of tech implementation – how they might apply IT solutions in their own circumstance, and what [...]


Building cloud security from the end up

In the spring of 2009, Gartner identified data security as one of the top five inhibitors to broader adoption of cloud computing. Research commissioned by Cisco and Intel on the impact of cloud on IT consumption models in 2013 found that security concerns loom large as the biggest impediment to adoption. And in June 2014, [...]

Brett Hansen, executive director, client solutions software, Dell

David Shacochis, VP, cloud automation platform, CenturyLInk Technology Solutions

Automation overdrive: from IaaS to Blueprint engine

“Automation is the lifeblood of cloud,” according to David Shacochis. “It’s like liquidity in the financial sphere – if we had to barter and negotiate every single transaction, the economy would stagnate.” Shacochis’ observation speaks to a perception of cloud technology that is commonly held if not well understood – and to his own firm [...]


Building support for cloud adoption

For users of IT, cloud entails new ways of thinking about the acquisition and consumption of technology. But if properly understood and managed, cloud’s value proposition – cost savings and business agility – is well worth the effort involved in rethinking the application of technology to business processes. With cloud, though, we’re still early in [...]

Doug Kennedy, VP, Dynamics enterprise sales and customer lifecycle management, Microsoft