On the surface, this month's issue of Mission Critical resembles earlier issues in several key ways. The cover format remains unchanged, and our new art director, Jennifer Hall, hasn't redesigned the inside pages. Our cover story is very topical, describing one of the few Tier 3 colos in the U.S. Our lineup of columnists continues to bring excellent information to discussions about their areas of interest.
But something is very
In addition to continue
covering the ongoing debates over power and cooling and energy
efficiency and providing more information about best practices, we
are covering fire suppression, disaster recovery, and monitoring. In
short, three of the features in this issue examine physical and data
security in the data center. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the
interesting angles that these articles take.
the main focus of our cover story is the achievement of a high tier
classification by a U.S. colo, a surprisingly unusual accomplishment.
Still you can read through the article and see very quickly how the
article consciously examines the use of this data center as part of
disaster recovery strategy by hospitals and banks.
our feature on Rush Hospital provides significant information about
its fire suppression system, which represents the first time Mission
Critical has devoted so much space to fire protection in an
And a third feature is a case
history that describes how a new environmental monitoring system
provides early warning to a small software company about equipment
failures that have caused significant downtime in the
Of course, we continue to cover more
familiar topics such as metrics, maintenance, and design in articles
in this issue. I'm very glad to include on overview piece evaluating
air containment methods in virtualized environments by Julius
Neudorfer. He's written in these pages before.
you see, I'm proud of this issue not because it is different, but
because the change represents all the ways we are trying to grow to
better serve our readers.
Breaking the Mold
August 1, 2009