Author Archives: Carrie Higbie

About Carrie Higbie

Carrie Higbie has been involved in the computing and networking industries for nearly 30 years. Carrie currently works with The Siemon Company as the Global Director for Data Center Solutions and Services in support of end-users and active electronics manufacturers. Services include data center infrastructure design, audits, migration and cabling abatement planning to name a few.

IT now consumes 10% of the world’s electricity

In a recent article from The UK register, new estimates are out that show IT now consumes 10% of the world’s electricity.  The increases can be tracked to many things including BYOD initiatives, data center growth, and the increase in … Continue reading

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10Gb/s data center ports surpass gigabit ports!

According to Crehan research, a robust 2013 showed 10G port shipments surpassing gigabit to become the majority of data center ports.  The full blurb can be viewed here.  As we see customers adding cabling to take advantage of the power … Continue reading

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Federal Data Center Efficiency Legislation – One House Down, Senate to Go

In an effort to save taxpayers money, the House of Representatives has pass a bill addressing energy efficiency in government data centers. While this bill is not exclusive to data centers, it does provide mandates specifically for data centers as … Continue reading

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Data Center 3.0?

Google, IBM, Nvidia, Mellanox and Tyan work together on a new faster and more highly integrated Data Center Environment. Could this be a game changer? Google alongside IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Nvidia and Tyan Computer are set to form a development … Continue reading

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Remember the Catalyst? It may now be called the cloudy Catalyst.

With all the talk about Cisco’s Nexus product line, very little has been said about the good ole Catalyst product line.  Cisco separated data center switching from campus switching about 5 years ago.  But in a recent Techtarget article (link … Continue reading

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Ever hear of a yottabyte?

The newly coined term describes a staggering amount of data. The Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (1024 bytes) of data. (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes—so large … Continue reading

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Fibre Channel or Fibre Channel over Ethernet

The storage war is on in the data center.  There are some early adopters of Fibre Channel over Ethernet, but Fibre Channel in native form still holds a commanding lead in the data center.  This is due in large part … Continue reading

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10GBASE-T is here and a real power and cost saver!

According to PHY manufacturer Aquantia (www.aquantia.com), 95% of all the major switch vendors now have a 10GBASE-T offering.  These switches increase bandwidth and throughput in data centers and are significantly less power than the equivalent 10ea 1GbE ports.  Power is now … Continue reading

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TIA releases 942-A – what it means to you in simple terms.

TIA 942 was the first data center cabling standard in the US.  Many countries either follow or at least use its guidance.  In TIA (View the Standards Informant Guide to TIA Standards), standards are written with a useful life of … Continue reading

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Video: The Future of Data Centers @ The Data Center Marketplace’s New York Data Center Discussion Panel Event

Ever wonder what happens when you get a bunch of industry thinkers together and ask that question? Well wonder no more. Brady Lambert of Data Center Marketplace held an event Q4 of last year and was kind enough to post … Continue reading

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