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AFCOM Data Center World Was A Hit!

Posted by Allison Boen

Mon, 05 May, 2014 @ 08:10 PM

Alcatex attended the AFCOM Data Center World in Las Vegas last week and what a great show it was!

Aside from walking up and down the unending rows of exhibits in the AFCOM show room, we hosted our very own Happy Hour at the Rhumbar in the Mirage Hotel!

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It was a great decision! We were able to reconnect with many Customers we have known for years- as well as meet new ones!  We also had the opportunity to renew friendships with other Vendors that attended.  

AFCOM Data Center World Las Vegas...Priceless!  

 

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Alcatex - Processor Magazine's "Company to Watch"

Posted by Allison Boen

Wed, 23 Apr, 2014 @ 09:55 PM

Check out Alcatex's half-page Ad in Processor Magazine as a "Company to Watch"!

Processor will be giving away this issue in their booth at AFCOM Data Center World in Las Vegas next week, and so will Alcatex!

 

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"Don't Drink the Kool-Aid!"

Posted by Carlton Griffis

Thu, 13 Feb, 2014 @ 09:56 PM

I had the opportunity to visit a large Data Center the other day for a survey to provide evaluation of the existing Data Center Infrastructure equipment.

While on the tour, I noticed the server racks had cooling coils mounted on the back doors, some two, some three. As I investigated, I noticed that there were many unusual risky elements that could cause significant damage as well as potentially shut down the entire operation in the event of failure. At this point, I decided to stop counting all the potential risks and looked at the system from an objective point of view. That is when I realized that I had stumbled upon another trend”. The proverbial magic serum that cures all that ails in a single bottle. 

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This was unfortunately one of the many cooling solutions that swept the industry in the last few decades, and like many of those solutions, they no longer exist. This particular Customer searched the nation for all the spare parts they could buy to postpone the inevitable expenditure for a modern solution upgrade.

For now, I feel vindicated. Call me Old School, but I have always sided with proven technology, relying on the products and solutions that have experienced the maximum reliability and longevity. But keep in mind, there are only a handful of companies that meet this criteria and I have lost several projects in the past to widget dealers proposing these “trends” as the next best thing in the industry. (Who remembers Mr. Haney?)

This said, I am not completely negative about new technology and ideas that are presented as potential solutions to the Data Center. I have seen many of great ideas that should and could work, but, to me, most still fall into the category of  trends”. 

If we want to remain strong in this industry, we must continue to provide rock solid, proven technological solutions that will allow us, and the companies we support, to sleep comfortably at night and not worry about the choices we make.

Whatever you do... "Don't Drink the Kool Aid"

Data Center World 2014!!! (Trends or Attractions?)

Posted by Allison Boen

Thu, 23 Jan, 2014 @ 10:25 PM

DATA CENTER WORLD 2014!! April 28-May 2-The Mirage Resort- Las Vegas, Nevada

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Sounds great, doesn't it? We're all going to start booking our flights to Las Vegas Right?

Well, Hold on... Maybe I need to look at Trade Shows from the ROI angle.

"But I want to go! Everyone is going to be there!"  And yes, Alcatex has been a sponsor of AFCOM in Vegas for three years, but these are challenging times.

As we roll into 2014, while Companies have been cutting back due to this economy, where does this leave you?

I would like to beg the question:
Are you going to Vegas to find out the new trends in the Data Center Industry, or see The Beatles and eat the Buffet?

 

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