Data Center

What IT Executives Can Learn From the Gaming Industry

A tragic trend to hit the video game industry in recent years has been the pressure to have a game on the market before the designers were ready for it to be released. Two major examples of this are the massive multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic in 2011 and more recently Batman: Arkham Knight in June of 2015.

Both were wildly anticipated game releases that were expected to make millions for their producers. However, both were rushed to release by their parent companies and were a disappointment both to the game designers and to the players.

The same thing happens to IT and operations teams when executive expectations are not properly aligned with IT or operation team goals. Often the executives completely ignore IT and operation recommendations.

Nothing is worse than installing a major piece of IT infrastructure in your production environment before it has been tested properly in a lab environment.  Downtime and loss of data can occur in this situation. If infrastructure was not given the proper timeline for testing, something as simple as a software update can wreak havoc in a production environment.

IT and operations teams should be afforded the trust of setting a timeline and the ability to set standard operating procedures for new hardware or software implementations.When done correctly, the product will be more successful and the users will be much happier in the long run.  In addition, you will be reducing risk to your environment and your company. However, if implementations are rushed, then they could become a disappointment to everyone involved.

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Data Center

How Thin is your Client?

With companies hosting applications and operating systems in the data center instead of on desktops, there’s a big push to move toward Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and explain why everyone’s doing it. The answer is easy. Smaller, simpler, centralized.

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server. VDI is a variation on the client/server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing. The term was coined by VMware Inc.

In the process of evaluating the options and working on an affordable and scalable solution, we found this device.

Houston Data Center Thin Client VDI
Android Mini PC

This is a $20 HDMI stick that runs Android. It includes a micro USB connector for power and operating your mouse and keyboard. It runs Microsoft Remote Desktop flawlessly and is an incredible solution for the price.

It has 4GB of storage and a built in WiFi adapter. It’s essentially a Chromecast for half the cost and twice the functionality. The only downside is that it only supports one monitor.

If you’re in the market, or just want to play around with VDI, this is a no-brainer as a cost-effective proof of concept device.


3 Steps to Estimating Power Usage for Colocation

Data centers have shifted toward a pricing model for colocation based on power usage rather than the traditional dollar per square foot model. For that reason, it’s important to have a clear idea of how to estimate your monthly equipment operating power.