Drivers for Competitive Advantage for MTDCs

Business is booming in the colocation market. The demand for MTDCs is expected to increase over the next few years as more and more Enterprise IT is outsourced or obtained through cloud services or infrastructure as a service. However, there is a distinct shift in what customers expect from a colocation provider. It’s no longer about space and power, as these services have been commoditized. So, what is a MTDC that wants to grow its share of this $50 billion market to do?
Continue reading “Drivers for Competitive Advantage for MTDCs”

What Do Green Sneakers and IT Service Design Thinking Have in Common?

If you’re planning on attending the Gartner Symposium and ITXpo in Barcelona on November 6-10, you can meet the FNT team this year at booth #817. We’ll all be wearing green sneakers again!
Continue reading “What Do Green Sneakers and IT Service Design Thinking Have in Common?”

How Lego© cars can help to understand IT Service Design Thinking

FNT and partners were on the road again during the “Expertenveranstaltung 2016” (www.expertenveranstaltung.de) from September 07 until September 22. This yearly roadshow around IT service management and IT Service Design Thinking was held in eight cities in Germany and (for the first time) in Switzerland. We met more than 380 people in Bern, Zürich, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich to discuss recent trends in IT service and infrastructure management. This years the theme was “Service Design Thinking – Surviving in the Age of the Digital Transformation.”

Continue reading “How Lego© cars can help to understand IT Service Design Thinking”

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Data Center

We all remember that magical scene in the film “Minority Report” where Tom Cruise – in his role as Chief John Anderton – performed a big data crime analysis on a huge interactive touchscreen by combining various pieces of crime scene data to solve a murder case. The Star Trek fans among us, meanwhile, are still envious of Captain Picard for his holodeck even to this day. While the Star Trek series were always ahead of their time with the technologies they showed, they were never too unrealistic with respect to practicability. Even though beaming hasn’t become a reality up until today (and probably won’t in the future either), there are plenty of exciting technologies that can be used in a similar way nowadays. The holodeck could become a reality soon too. Virtual reality and augmented reality technologies are increasingly becoming marketable and are being put to everyday, practical use.
Continue reading “Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Data Center”

Innovations at NetWork16 – Highlights you must see during NetWork16

FNT’s last big customer congress event was NetWork14, which was held in April 2014. This was a big success with around 320 participants and received positive feedback from all participants. Since then, FNT has released many new products and innovations that are currently available for customers and users. Besides these new products, FNT’s Research and Development (R&D) team has developed some very exciting new product ideas and innovations that will be presented during NetWork16 April 26-27, 2016. We are sure that some of the innovation products will be game-changing and open your mind to new ideas how to manage your data center in the future.
FNT is preparing a big exhibition booth to showcase many new products and innovations. Here’s a teaser of what you can expect at NetWork16 in Leipzig this year: Continue reading “Innovations at NetWork16 – Highlights you must see during NetWork16”

Run your Data Center as a Business – DCaaB: From DCIM via DCSO to IT Factory

The ongoing digitization of the world around us – driven by social networking, the increasing prevalence of mobile devices, cloud technologies, and the explosion in big data – is leading to major changes in the needs, expectations, and behavior of both the business community and society as a whole. Old business models are evolving rapidly, forcing IT to respond quickly and flexibly. IT and data center managers are becoming increasingly focused on secure, efficient, and flexible deployment of demand-based IT services. Continue reading “Run your Data Center as a Business – DCaaB: From DCIM via DCSO to IT Factory”

Expert Paper – The Eco-Friendly Data Center

Ways and means of improving energy efficiency in IT

Most of the energy used by information and communications systems is consumed by commercial data centers and servers. In Germany, data centers currently account for around 2 percent of total energy consumption. With the increase in mobile computing, rise of social networks, and spread of IT into virtually all areas of private and work life, data volumes are growing exponentially. The result is a continuous increase in both energy density within the typical data center and the resulting cooling requirements. It also means that green IT and efficient, sustainable resource management are becoming key concerns for data centers. Continue reading “Expert Paper – The Eco-Friendly Data Center”