Turing's Man Blog

Kip and Gary rule in the data center

When it comes to IT world, we have a great Dilbert comic strip by Scott Adams. When it comes to data center, we have Kip and Gary by Diane Alber... These guys rock. Moreover, we can take part in the game and propose captions for each story drew by Diane Alber.

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Facilities and IT – war is over!

Facilities and IT, when it comes to data center, these domains seem to be like two separate worlds, at least in majority of companies. Moreover, usually both worlds try to show which one is more important for the whole organization. This is a pure nonsense. Let's analyze this situation for a while and try to get some guidelines on how to handle it properly.

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Open Compute Project for data center efficiency. Will it work?

OCP, Open Compute Project - I skipped this, when it was announced in April 2011, but now it's high time to write some words here. It's a really interesting initiative by Facebook – to share custom data center designs in many fields, involve other parties openly and help to make data centers more efficient.

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Hacking. A way of live?

Hacking. A kind of attitude one person presents which helps to define new challenges and to find their unique, non-expected solutions. Widely popular in many industries and human activities, “hacking” is having its own, special place in the hearts of IT crowd. However, the term “hacker”, which initially was positive, to some extent is now degraded and definitely misunderstood by wider public due to non-competent journalism and pragmatic marketing, many still remember about its roots. The main problem is not with the “hacking” itself, as there is nothing bad in finding wise solutions and workarounds for demanding issues, but with the object of “hacking” activities.

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Physical security in data center. Short guideline

Physical security is a part of any data center design. That's simple. If data center is considered the foundation for the whole organizational IT, it has to be secured. Of course, one can spend gazillions of dollars to provide best of the best and the most sophisticated IT security systems, including firewalls, IPS, IDS, intelligent network traffic analyzers, anti-virus, spam filtering and security events monitoring systems with correlation features, but... All these things are worth nothing if there is no physical security implemented in the data center, first. So, what shall we do?

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