June, 2005

  • Architecting a solution's infrastructure for your operational and business success

    As infrastructure archtiects,how are we designing an infrastructure architecture for our own operational and business success today?
  • Infrastructure Architecture and ADAM

    Many have discussed the benefits of utilizing ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode) for their enterprise solutions. With introduction of ADAM, developers now have the opportunity to utilize powerful directory capabilities without requiring extensive...
  • Opinion on Firewalls: an component in a larger security architecture plan

    Firewalls are simply physical security components of an overall security architecture. Firewalls can be helpful. However, they do not solve, by themselves, all of a corporations security needs. Firewalls can do the basics: trap, analyze and then, allow...
  • What's wrong with Complexity?

    Many engineers have asked: what is wrong with complexity? Doesn't it lead to data center designs which are more precise and accurate? Doesn't it lead to data center designs which more optimally capitalizes on technical innovation? Of course it does...
  • How do we measure the success of an Infrastructure Architecture?

    While this is something we're all working on refining, here are some of my random thoughts: Thought One: I think all infrastructure architectures should be documented and categorized for quarterly peer review. During this time all initiatives should...
  • Measuring the Success of Infrastructure Architects

    Executives have often asked what are my thoughts on measuring the performance of their Infrastructure architects. So here are some of my thoughts. As this profession begins to mature, I'm sure there will be many more new ideas and refinements. I look...
  • Virtualization: A Pandora's box or data center panacea?

    Virtualization has received a great deal of attention from the press during the past couple of years. We have seen many products promoting storage virtualization, network virtualization and computational virtualization. Furthermore, with the promotion...
  • DSI: the basics

    As most of you know, a data center manages information. It processes it, communicates it and stores it. It does this with a variety of technologies, processes and role skill development. Currently, the growth and volume of applications and Services...