Cloudy Skies: The digital enterprise is getting smarter!

By Denis Nwanshi, IDCA  Mr. Nwanshi is the Technology Delivery & Partner Manager at TD

Back in 2016, I published a short article on LinkedIn that highlighted some of the merits of adopting cloud and virtualization strategies. The pace of cloud technology innovation since then has been simply astounding, with the emergence of data lakes, mobile apps, AI, machine learning and other data-driven capabilities pushing the boundaries of cloud technology across every major sector. Add to this the ever-increasing release of disruptive digital-first applications and open source software under-pinned by infrastructure-level capabilities such as software defined networks, storage, backup, application monitoring, disaster recovery etc. and it is clear that cloud technologies have come a long way.
Cloudy Skies Ahead But we are all too aware that the rapid pace of innovation is creating seismic gaps in our deployment and scaling of large application stacks as business demands grow in complexity. …

Reconnecting leaders with their employees

By Dr. Brian J. Haw.  Dr. Haw is Associate Director of Technology at AT&T Mobility Services LLC

We are all very aware of the speed in which IT moves and its impact on our lives, our application ecosystems, and specifically our data centers. To keep up, we make adjustments… choosing cheaper suppliers, shortening deadlines, and right sizing the workforce. The life’s blood of our industry is adapt or fail and necessary calculations are made to keep the machine running. In essence we are re-prioritizing what is important for the current environment. But, perhaps, it is time for us to pause and rest our intentions and align them with what our core values should be. The question then comes to pass, what of the workforce? Are the people that work for us agents geared toward meeting metrics or can they be something more? Do they still have a seat at the table for value creation?

Our solution is to adapt by fielding a human-centric approach to leadership. We believe the notion of driving ma…

How Do Data Centers Drive the Tourism Industry

By Christopher Neil
Christopher is the Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. 

"I am Groot!" shouts the big tree looking dude. Guardians of the Galaxy is a semi-recent instant cult classic that I was fortunate enough to watch for free on a recent flight from Phoenix to San Francisco (don't call it frisco). Watching movies on a flight is taken for granted these days just like getting a “taxi” to your hotel using an app or sliding your hotel card “key”, technology is enabling the world to travel seamlessly while away from home. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways data centers truly impact the tourism industry.
Before leaving on a trip, even a last minute one, there’s a fair bit of planning that goes into it. Outside of the normal “what clothes am I going to bring” or “do I have the right size toothpaste to get through security” questions, are things like “what should we see when we get there” and “where’s the best places to eat”. Now, you might say that all of those qu…

A Standards Framework for the Applications Ecosystem – The Infinity Paradigm

The Infinity Paradigm Standards Framework from the International Data Center Authority ( is the latest and I believe most complete standards set for IT. Many of us have participated in efforts to create a method to measure the value, effectiveness and efficiency of our IT infrastructure but I believe this to be the most complete by far. Early efforts to improve infrastructure efficiency came from The Green Grid with PUE, followed by WUE, the Data Center Sustainability Metric and the Data Center Maturity Model. There have been other efforts to improve communication and resiliency like the Data Center Pulse “Data Center Stack” and most recently Infrastructure Masons released their data center rating system. The aforementioned efforts helped to put focus on and provide measures and metrics needed for improved management and ownership of critical and costly IT infrastructure. In the case of the Infinity Paradigm perhaps the most important factor is the notion of treating your e…

Building an Industry

We are in an exciting time. It is not every day that you get to be on the forefront of a fledgling industry as it is being built brick-by-brick into what will most likely become the industry that dominates the 21st century. As was the case a century ago with the automotive industry, which dominated the landscape of economic growth and development for many countries worldwide, the data center industry was born of major advancements in technology and is poised to rule the economic landscape for the foreseeable future. Data Centers as an industry are in their infancy, and it has largely been up to the vendors and manufacturers to dictate what is “best” for the industry up to this point, however historically that usually only means what is best for their bottom line. We live in a “wild-west” of patchwork standards and best-practice documents that pertain to only small segments of our industry. There has yet to be a codified means of end-to-end design of a data center to be inclusive of t…

The future of Information Technology

The future of IT/Data Centers is here. IDCA’s Infinity Paradigm® will be the road map that all aspects of the data center industry use. From application requirements to cloud computing, platform selection, information technology infrastructure, site facilities infrastructure, site selection, collocation and other services, capacity management, security, maintenance and operations, the Infinity Paradigm® Standards Framework enables a comprehensive and holistic view of the Application EcosystemTM that represents a visionary change in how the information technology and data center industry will do business going forward. The Infinity Paradigm® Standards Framework for The Application Ecosystem™ gives the end user the tools that will enable them to get the most value for their CAPEX and OPEX budget dollars and the capability and agility to adapt to rapidly evolving business requirements. As Program Manager of Data Center Operations for CHRISTUS Health, the AE360 framework will allow me to…

Forty Years in the IT Industry, I see light at the end of the tunnel.

With over forty years in the Information Technology industry I’ve seen my fair share of change.  I started working in the field back in the late seventies and started out as a data entry (keypunch) guy and worked my way into more demanding jobs with greater responsibilities wherever I worked (military or public service).  The one constant in all these years has been change. Some positive - and let’s be honest - some not so positive.  So why is this important today? Approximately two years ago I was sitting in an IDCA Data Center Infrastructure Expert (DCIE®) certification class and was introduced to the Infinity Paradigm® concept.   I was amazed by the concept and even more intrigued by how this concept could truly change the industry.  I got involved. Today the concept has truly taken flight with the release of the Infinity Paradigm® Standards Framework.  The framework is a solid foundation to provide organizations with a holistic view of their Application EcoSystemTM. It provides t…