Monday, October 16, 2006

Data center blogs

It's taken a while to compile this list, but here it is...

Data center blogs doesn’t exist in a bubble. We need to read widely to get the best story ideas and perspectives. This is a list of the data center blogs we read and why we read them.

This is by no means the definitive list. So if we left you off and you're sufficiently upset, tell me why you should be on here and I'll post an addendum.

Illuminata Perspectives: This analyst blog by Jonathan Eunice and Gordon Haff always offers something interesting. They aren't strictly data center oriented, but there is plenty of meaty IT insight. Plus, they hired one of our regular contributors recently, Wayne Kernochan. Sadly, that means Wayne won't have the bandwidth to write for us anymore. Nevermind, take them off the list.

Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog: This blog supposedly isn't even written by the Sun Microsystems CEO, but I still read it. Why? Well, for one, you get the sense of what Sun is planning to do, strategy-wise. For example, a recent post outlines Sun's "death of the data center" spiel that execs will be presenting at an event tomorrow. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Pete Sacco's Data Center Design: NJ-based data center designer Pete Sacco tackles all sorts of data center issues on his blog, which has been around since April 2006. The current post deals with the pros and cons of server virtualization.

Life and Times of an Infrastructure Architect: Just good fun reading here. Mhalligan rolls out data center management gems from his LiveJournal blog. He covers everything from speculation on an oceangoing GooglePlex to the shady nature of Bay Area data center collocation companies that won’t give him a straight answer on pricing.

Data Center Knowledge: This site is probably the best of the best if you're looking for timely news analysis blogging. There is a lot of info here on Web hosting companies, data center real estate deals other things I'm not as interested in. But the great range of topics and information keeps me coming back.

ecoIron: Portland, Maine-based consultant Mark Ontkush tackles technology and the environment on a site that is updated very frequently. The topics range from e-Waste to power consumption and run the gamut of consumer to enterprise IT.

TalkBMC: Though it's not updated often, Fred Johannessen at BMC tackles some interesting systems management issues, including using RSS for systems alerts.

Mainframe: This is a great blog run by some analysts and folks at IBM. It seemed to start out slow, but it's in full swing now. If you're into quirky mainframe stuff -- which if you're reading this you likely are -- you should check them out.


At 5:20 PM, Anonymous sysadmn said...

I had never heard of any of these blogs. I read through most of them & liked what I saw. Sadly, I will probably never visit again. Why? Because I couldn't easily find an RSS feed. Maybe they're there, and I'm blind - but I don't have time to visit dozens of web sites to see what's new, any more than I have time to scan dozens of newspapers looking for what is interesting. If I can't browse the headlines, it doesn't matter how good the story is...

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it weren’t for data center automation the company I work for would be down and out. About six months ago the company had a huge shift in management and a ton of new business software applications where created and put into place. The database tools we where using at that time did not allow us to keep up with all of the kinks that came along with the new applications. The day after the new applications were set up I started looking for new automation solutions.

The level of IT service we were delivering to both the executives and clients of the company dropped rapidly until I found some excellent tools that really helped improve application availability across the board. Once the programs stopped crashing things got back to normal and everyone has been happy since.

At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s very easy for companies these days to miss the mark and end up with faulty database administration. There are so many different applications floating around out there and it’s very easy to fall into a hole and purchase bad automation tools. This happens quite often unfortunately and leads to networking Hell. These days companies are all too eager to jump on the data center automation bandwagon and are quick with their research. I can tell you from my 10 plus years in the IT service industry that successful network automation begins with research and a lot of it too. Ending up with a network that cant process workflow efficiently or handle updates to the business software applications that run on it will end up costing a company more than the most expensive set of automation tools would. Be smart and do your research!

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