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Improving Your Data Centre Management Techniques

Without changing the way you manage the data centre, you won’t get the benefit of DCIM toolsets. So which comes first? tools, process changes or the people changes? This talk covers the issues that affect the efficient running of data centres beyond DCIM toolsets.
Recorded Apr 26 2012 48 mins
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David Cuthbertson, Managing Director, Square Mile Systems
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The Green Data Center Alliance strives to be the central repository of information for myriad industries that design, build, operate and support data centers who wish to contain, control, and reduce power consumption inside the data center envelope.

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