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How Raritan’s KVM-Over-IP Switch Is Being Used in Astrophysical Observatory

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Rick Gonedes  |  Comment (0)

Up until recently, the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory in Japan had been operating in what they call a "classical mode." A principal investigator and/or team members would come to the observatory operate the telescope and instruments collecting all relevant data of interest and go on their way. The observing console consisted of three PCs, keyboards, mouse, speakers, six Full-HD monitors and some other related equipment. 


ASHRAE’s New Energy Standard for Data Centers

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Rick Gonedes  |  Comment (0)

As we become more firmly entrenched in the digital revolution with each passing day, energy efficiency and general energy standards in mission-critical facilities like data centers are becoming more important all the time. Not only do factors like proper thermal design and installation practices prevent the possibility of issues like overheating or a loss of functionality, but they also allow for the facilities themselves to operate in a much more reliable and cost-effective way.


Dominion KX III KVM-over-IP Switch: Who Wants Java-Free?

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Rick Gonedes  |  Comment (0)

If you had to make a list of all customer complaints related to KVM and KVM-over-IP switches over the last few years, Java would undoubtedly be right at the top. There was a time where Java was a workhorse for software developers. It's safe to say that those days are now long gone. Java is one of the leading contributors to situations where KVM sessions may load incorrectly (or not at all). Java has security issues with today’s browsers, seemingly unending number of annoying pop-ups and has become infamous over the years for the types of random, forced updates that can stifle productivity in an instant.


How is the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Changing the Landscape? (Part 2)

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Rick Gonedes  |  Comment (0)

Even though the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) is much stricter in its goals and rules than the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) that it’s replacing, the intent and impact are just as important. There are already talks of transitioning as much as possible of the existing infrastructure over to cloud services - something underscored by the freeze on new data center construction for the next six months. 


How is the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Changing the Landscape? (Part 1)

Posted on May 8, 2017 by Rick Gonedes  |  Comment (0)

Data centers are becoming more important with each passing day. One study estimates that data center construction worldwide will continue to grow at a rate of about 21% per year until 2018. Yet at the same time, the infrastructure that supports these mission-critical data centers is woefully inefficient on their best days. It is estimated that about 30% of servers in the United States alone were considered comatose - meaning that expensive computing assets are going to waste. Worldwide, experts estimate that about 10 million servers (representing about $30 million in capital) have not performed valuable computing work OR delivered data in the past six months.


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