CyrusOne Says DCIM Software Data Not Open Enough

An enterprise data center and a colocation data center have different Data Center Infrastructure Management needs. Colocation houses many different types and sizes of customers, while an enterprise data center houses one. These needs are different enough that many DCIM software providers have released colocation-specific offerings. Colocation is a large potential market opportunity for them, as more businesses become comfortable with outsourcing, and they don’t want to miss out.

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Industry-Leading Polycom® RealPresence® Platform Further Revolutionizes Collaboration and User Experiences with Three New Solutions

Polycom added advanced capabilities, extended benefits and cloud offers to the RealPresence Platform, making it today’s most complete, affordable and accessible method of building and harnessing the workplace of the future. “Polycom is creating new experiences that enhance the way people work, without changing the way they are used to working,” said Ashan Willy, Polycom Senior Vice President of Worldwide Systems Engineering and Product Management.

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Best Practices for Designing Your Physical Security Infrastructure System

One of the most critical aspects of designing a data center is the physical security infrastructure system. Here are five best practices for ensuring that it is effective and compliant: Physical security is much like information security in that it should be viewed in layers. For example, access control systems act as the primary keys to the castle and should use methods that cannot be shared, such as biometric access.

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VMware and the Future of Storage and Availability

From the early days of VMware, it became clear that dealing with storage in efficient and scalable ways were key requirements for the success of virtualization in enterprise environments. Indeed, the storage stack of ESXi, including VMFS, played a key role in the proliferation of virtualization in data centers, where data is stored and managed by high-end disk arrays.

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Enterprise Storage: How to Manage the Inevitable

The vast majority of IT departments are experiencing enormous increases in the demand for storage and computing power. Few, if any, will have the budget to meet rising requirements that continue to outpace the growth of their budgets. This raises a difficult question for IT teams everywhere: how long is the usual approach of managing the install, upgrade, retire and replace cycle going to be?

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How Audio/Video Gear Plays a Major Role in Collaboration

While collaboration relies on using the most flexible software solutions available, the right gear and its effective integration also has a profound implication for the ease of use, flexibility, and longevity of these meeting environments. At a basic level, understanding the room’s size and intended purpose, as well as the kinds of content that will typically be shared there, is fundamental to making the right choices.

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Cleaning Up Data Center Power is Dirty Work

The tech sector’s investment in renewables is on the rise, growing faster than any other sector’s, and some of the biggest investments are in connection with massive data center projects. Just this month, Facebook announced a 200 MW wind-power contract for its upcoming Texas data center, and Amazon said it had invested in a wind farm of similar capacity in North Carolina to address the energy use of its expansive data center cluster in Virginia.

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SimpliVity Touts High Growth, Especially Via Cisco Partners

Hyper-converged infrastructure startup SimpliVity Monday said its business, especially sales of its software on the Cisco UCS server platform, has grown significantly over the past year. That growth, and an expected IPO sometime in the future, led to its hiring of a couple of executives to fill key roles as the company also invests heavily in expanding its workforce, said Doron Kempel, CEO of the Westborough, Calif.-based vendor.

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9 Ways Microsoft Is Transforming Its Channel

A sense of innovation and excitement permeated the opening day of Microsoft’s 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Fla. That’s an accomplishment given the world’s largest software company often bears a reputation for being stuffy and staid. But with new technologies Microsoft’s releasing to its channel, and a burgeoning ecosystem of tools and services coming from innovative third-party developers, partners genuinely seemed enthused about the future.

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The 10 Coolest Virtualization Startups Of 2015 (So Far)

Few startups today want to be known as being focused on virtualization, because cloud computing is where the action is. Yet virtualization is the key enabling technology for cloud, and many startups are working on virtualizing storage, servers, networking, management and even user-profile information. Here CRN presents our picks for the coolest virtualization startups of 2015 so far. There’s some well-known names on this list, as well as some new ones.

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