Winter Editor’s Letter: Welcome to 2014
This year, challenges to Internet-based security and privacy, and the swell in the migration of data and services to the cloud will continue as leading topics facing the data center industry. One trend finds companies weighing the pros and cons of returning colocated services to premise-built data centers.
“Big Data Entails Big Enticements” provides insight as to how ViaWest, a provider of colocation and managed services, and HP’s Enterprise Services, make decisions regarding the location of their data centers. A diverse base of energy sources, including cooling sources, as well as tax incentive programs, are more and more attractive to the industry.
Also for your consideration is “Premise-Built Data Center Vs. Colocation Data Center,” which notes the pros and cons of these two approaches to managing your data.
Another trend in data center management is the decision by corporations to be involved in building wind farms to realize the environmental benefits of wind power in achieving their sustainability goals. Toward the end of 2013, a wave of companies announced investments in wind energy developments. In “Wind Energy Boosts Big Companies” we learn one of the more visible companies in wind energy and data center developments is Google, which intends to one day power its operations with 100 percent renewable energy.
Wind energy usage and projects are healthy, with more than 13 gigawatts installed in 2012. What’s more, the cost of wind energy has decreased by more than 40 percent in the last four years. “The Rush of Wind Power” shares more about this robust economic engine.
As a new year takes hold, aerospace industry members are engaged in a number of pursuits. At press time, The Boeing Co. was making headlines with its site search for production of the wing for the 777X, its new jetliner. The company planned to announce its decision early in the year.
Projects such as Boeing’s demonstrate the strength of the commercial aviation sector. One the other hand, cost overruns and delays in the implementation of the FAA’s $40 billion modernization effort will be one of the top management challenges for the industry in 2014. “Busy Times Ahead for Aviation and Aerospace” says it is a tale of two industries.
One of the more successful efforts in the aerospace sector is the emergence of unmanned systems as an important player in the future of the industry. On December 30, the FAA announced federally mandated test and research sites. The six sites will conduct testing in areas such as system safety and data gathering, aircraft certification and command and control link issues. Read “The Four “Ds” of Unmanned Systems” to better appreciate the vast potential of unmanned systems.
Best wishes for a prosperous 2014,