Stories by Robert Mitchell

Premier 100 IT Leader: Karen Austin

Before Karen Austin reached her current position as CIO at Pacific Gas and Electric, her career road map included stops in the CIO suites at Sears and Kmart. That's why, she says, she brings a strong retail focus to the utility's IT operations.

Written by Robert Mitchell24 Feb. 14 16:09

Power Pinch in the Data Centre

For John Rowell, chief technology officer (CTO) at OpSource, keeping a lid on data centre power costs is a make-or-break proposition. The US-based company hosts software-as-a-service offerings. As OpSource expanded its operations to meet customer demand between 2005 and 2006, its electricity costs spun out of control.

Written by Robert Mitchell18 May 07 12:50

Seven Steps to a Green Data Centre

How green is your data centre? If you don't care now, you will soon. Most data centre managers haven't noticed the steady rise in electricity costs, since they don't usually see those bills. But they do see the symptoms of surging power demands.

Written by Robert Mitchell24 April 07 12:00

The Liquid Data Centre

Liquid cooling is coming to your data centre. It's not a matter of whether you want it or not. A migration from air to direct liquid cooling is simply the only option that can address surging data centre energy costs and allow the power densities of servers to continue to increase into the next decade. It will be too expensive not to adopt it. And it's coming sooner than you might think.

Written by Robert Mitchell23 April 07 14:52

Web 2.0 Users Open a Box of Security Risks

Google Apps, ThinkFree Office and other hosted Microsoft Office alternatives are gaining in popularity as ad hoc collaboration tools. But such software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings have few, if any, service-level or security guarantees and can leave a trail of potentially sensitive data on publicly accessible servers on the Web.

Written by Robert Mitchell28 March 07 13:58