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04 Aug 2017
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IT Automation Software: Top Five Common Mistakes [65398]
SearchITOperations, August 4th, 2017

"IT automation software projects can involve a great deal of risk, but avoid these common mistakes and it will increase the chances for automation success.

Automating data center processes may sound like a cure-all for the recession-fueled manpower gap in today's IT departments, but that isn't always the case, according to IT experts..."
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03 Aug 2017
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Data Center Construction Increases Thanks To The Cloud [65383]
Network World, August 3th, 2017

"New research shows data center construction increased 43% in North America due to cloud computing companies needing more server space...

A new report from a real estate firm that specializes in data center construction and leasing says data center construction in North America is up 43 percent over the same period in 2016, and industry consolidation has driven $10 billion in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far. .."
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31 Jul 2017
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Why Companies Are Adopting DCIM Solutions (Slideshow) [65329]
CIO Insight, July 31st, 2017

"A majority of IT departments are deploying data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions and are reaping significant savings, according to a recent survey from Intel Data Center Manager and Schneider Electric.

The resulting report, "DCIM Solution Deployment," indicates that many organizations are deploying these solutions to automate time-intensive tasks that are currently conducted manually. They're also looking to overhaul legacy technology in an era that requires more complex hybrid IT environments. When they acquire these products, CIOs and other IT decision-makers are primarily looking for features that address security, automation and predictive analytics..."
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25 Jul 2017
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10 Old-School IT Principles That Still Rule (Slideshow) [65186]
Infoworld, July 25th 2017

"These graybeard IT tenets still reign -- when applied in their modernized guise

The more things stay the same, the more they change.

That's not exactly how the saying goes, but it's the phrase that should be engraved over every door leading to IT. It's certainly better than "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

Not a lot has changed since our early days, when IT was EDP and programmers were the high priests of the glass house -- except for everything.

Luckily, much of the fundamental wisdom of the early days of IT still applies, though in a different, modernized guise. Here are 10 old-school principles that will guide you through next-generation IT and the fundamental differences in the ways you should apply them..."
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24 Jul 2017
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Embrace The Heat: Data Center Tips For Summer Operations [65187]
Network World, July 24th 2017

"Summer and the heat it brings can be trouble for the data center without proper planning and precautions...

With the summer solstice in the rear view mirror, those of us north of the equator are preparing for the true summer heat to arrive in force this next month. While BBQs, boating, and your preferred beverage may be the first things on your mind for this next month, many folks in the data center world greet summer with a different attitude entirely..."
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24 Jul 2017
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How To Automate Your System Administration Tasks With Ansible [65188]
opensouce.com, July 24th 2017

"Do you want to sharpen your system administration or Linux skills? Perhaps you have some stuff running on your local LAN and you want to make your life easier - where do you begin? In this article, I'll explain how to set up tooling to simplify administering multiple machines.

When it comes to remote administration tools, SaltStack, Puppet, Chef, and Ansible are a few popular options. Throughout this article, I'll focus on Ansible and explain how it can be helpful whether you have 5 virtual machines or a 1,000..."
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