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4 ways the Internet of Things is transforming datacenters

The Internet of Things (IoT) is predicted to encompass 50 billion units by 2020, generating more than $1.9trillion over the next six years alone. To put that into context, estimates suggest there are only two billion Windows PCs in the world right now. From wearables to smart fridges, the IoT is expected to take off in a big way.
IoT presents an unparalleled opportunity for both businesses and consumers by generating real-time information that can improve usability and productivity. However, it also creates new challenges for datacenter managers and CIOs to navigate, including balancing the need for real-time analytics against security and capacity.
Are you IoT ready? Here are four ways it is already shaking up the industry:
Capacity The more devices connected, the more consumers using applications, and the more devices learn and adapt to the user, the more data will be generated. That presents a headache for DCMs when anticipating storage management and capacity on two fronts: consumer-d…

How to truly learn from your mistakes

Failure is an undeniably painful thing, but it’s often described as the driving force behind success. Thomas Edison famously wrote: ‘I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work,’ proposing that innovation is forged in the fires of numerous mistakes.
For datacenter managers, mistakes can be particularly costly. With high-ticket hardware and expensive service contracts, you must walk a fine line between finding the optimum mix to satisfy your customers and maintaining safety, security and zero downtime. That’s where the science behind simulations could come in, helping you to try out new components and model your decisions before making the plunge in reality. Let's uncover how it all works.
Let dissatisfaction drive you
Numerous research studies into the value of experiential learning methods – including simulations – suggest that mistakes are a crucial part of the learning process. Professional development (learning for work) can be experienced in a few diff…

Five skills all datacenter managers need

Managing a datacenter is more than simply a question of knowledge. With ever-increasing demands for more data from end users and pressure from organizations to make savings in the name of greater efficiency, DCMs must constantly adapt their skills and competencies. Let’s look at five key personal skills recommended by industry recruiters.
1.Self-motivation and commitment Datacenter managers should be proactive in seeking out new ways to improve their datacenter and its staff, thinking beyond any immediate pressing needs. They should also be highly aware of everything that’s happening in their facility to keep pace with problems when they happen.
2.Great communication and leadership The datacenter manager should be the glue between the IT facility and the customer or end user. Poor communication is all too often a stumbling block to progress, and can hamper a swift response during customer downtime. Then there’s your staff. A successful DCM should feel the weight of responsibility of kee…