“Just as there are tremendous benefits in terms of cost, reliability, and flexibility when power and cooling infrastructure are adaptive, the same benefits can be realized when network infrastructure is adaptive.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. This week, Aligned Data Centers’ Chief Information Officer, Rajendran Avadaiappan, explained the role and responsibilities of the network in an adaptive data center in a piece for Data Center Frontier, The Network’s Role in an Adaptive Data Center. In the piece, Rajendran discusses network scalability, emphasizing the importance of a block-like network, network port capacity and adaptability. Static network infrastructure locks users into dated technology, putting data center owners that built their data centers with one specific static technology in a tough position to innovate until that data center is depreciated. In contrast, dynamic infrastructure is designed specifically to adapt as the world adapts, to remove that burden of legacy. Our partnership with Aligned solves this by allowing customers to provision infrastructure capacity to align with application needs, significantly reducing stranded capacity and improving speed.

Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite news articles of the week

TechRepublic: Hyperconverged infrastructure: The smart person’s guide
By James Sanders
The popularity of cloud computing has created a demand in on-premises data centers to abstract physical hardware from the computing and storage resources that hardware provides, in order to ease the utilization of those resources as well as the administrative and lifecycle tasks that come with hardware deployments. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is the next logical step in furthering this abstraction.

GovTechWorks: How SDN Reduces Network Risks in Campus Settings
By Tim Kridel
Software defined networking (SDN) promises more agility, security and savings when it comes to managing campus infrastructure. But to maximize those benefits, IT departments first have to figure out where and how SDN addresses their organization’s goals and pain points – a step many overlook. SDN replaces switching, security and other network hardware with software. This virtualization makes it quicker and easier to reconfigure the network for any number of reasons: to accommodate changing demand and use cases, for example, or to fend off hacks.

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