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Christopher Head
Christopher Head

Christopher has 20 years professional experience and is responsible for managing all aspects of Alden’s Information Technology systems. 

As Director of Information Technology (IT), Christopher is responsible for the development and implementation of Alden’s strategic IT vision to meet the increasingly complex requirements in the areas of engineering development, testing, and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modeling.  He is responsible for overseeing daily IT operations, as well as planning, designing, and maintaining the IT infrastructure for each of Alden’s five regional offices.  He has consulted for small businesses for 17 years, focusing on designing and implementing IT systems that improve efficiency and reduce cost. 

Christopher has a B.S. in Business Administration (minoring in Computer Science), is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has been with Alden since 2007.


Data Management Matters
The Hidden Costs of Data Storage in an Enterprise –– Over the years, end users have expressed the general concern that data management isn’t worth their time.  In all fairness, this misconception is understandable due to the inexpensive and continually decreasing cost of consumer-grade disk drives.  Ultimately, firms should work towards changing that mindset because the true cost is far greater in an enterprise’s production environment.  To identify the associated costs, I have prepared the following analysis of raw storage consumption, performance impacts, and resources needed to store data in a locally-hosted Microsoft Windows server environment. Raw Storage Needs for a 1GB File in a Sample Production Environment FIGURE 1 Referencing Figure 1, a 1GB file not only consumes raw storage across multiple storage platforms (e.g. local storage, backup volumes, etc.), but at a higher quantity than in its original form.  This is a direct result of high availability and fault tolerance achieved when using a Redundant Array of Independent Disks, better known as RAID.  One requirement for this essential feature with ...