The latest industry trends based on cloud services, colocation, data centers, interconnection, security & compliance, technology, infrastructure sustainability.
Machine learning is frequently used interchangeably with artificial intelligence, and while the two are similar, they’re not quite the same and have different implications for data centers. Artificial intelligence refers broadly to a machine’s ability to simulate human intelligence by performing human-like tasks while adjusting to new situations and stimuli. Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence research that focuses specifically on a computer’s ability to learn new tasks or to perform existing tasks more effectively on its own without human direction.
As more companies become reliant upon online services like cloud computing and take steps to improve their network security accordingly, distributed detail of service (DDoS) attacks have become a more attractive strategy for hackers looking to create chaos and disruption. Easy to organize and execute, DDoS attacks have become more sophisticated and intense over the last decade and show little sign of slowing. Although organizations and data centers have ramped up their cybersecurity efforts to mitigate the impact of these attacks, they can still be quite damaging for both the companies targeted and the customers who rely upon their services to do business.
Use this checklist to help protect your investment, mitigate potential risk and minimize downtime during your data center migration.
HIPAA and related data protection or privacy regulations don’t apply to just health care providers. They also apply to anyone involved with the transfer, storage, retrieval and review of relevant information. This is a natural result of the industry’s migration to more-connected technologies and systems.
Migrating computing workloads to a cloud environment is a big step for any organization, regardless of its size. As the cloud market has matured over the last decade, making the decision to migrate is only the first of many choices facing a company. Fortunately, data centers offer a wide range of connectivity options that allow them to help customers build the best cloud infrastructure for their business.
Brian Lee has been with vXchnge since May of 2015, and works out of the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota Data Centers. Brian is a Solutions Architect and helps customers create and implement complex IT environments. He has an extensive background in Data Center Facilities, IT Networking, Managed Services and is an advocate for cybersecurity being top of mind. When he is not working, he enjoys getting out into nature with his family.
Companies often invest millions of dollars into their IT infrastructure, building systems to their exact specifications to deliver the performance their business needs. They can go to great lengths safeguarding the system’s security, building in multiple paths of redundancy, and backing up both servers and offsite data to ensure that availability is maintained at all times. They use predictive analytics to anticipate user traffic and its impact on power and cooling demands to better manage their system’s health and optimize its performance.
As organizations consider their data infrastructure options, many of them must make the critical decision about whether or not to entrust their data and IT assets with a data center provider. For some companies, colocation of existing hardware can translate to significant savings on power and cooling, while others choose to scrap their existing physical infrastructure altogether and opt for a completely virtual “data center as a service” (DCaaS) solution.
Many organizations have difficulty when it comes to assessing the business value of their IT infrastructure. Unless delivering IT services is the core function of the company, such as a managed service provider (MSP), it can be challenging to determine just how to measure the effectiveness and benefits that IT brings to the table.
As 2018 comes to a close and people start assessing their situations, some people who are data center professionals might consider getting new qualifications or otherwise preparing to fill some of the data center jobs that'll likely be among the most important in 2019. Here are five of them.
Selecting a data center partner can be a stressful and confusing experience for many companies. From massive hyperscale facilities to smaller edge computing facilities, there are several types of data centers to choose from and not all of them are created equally. But no matter what services and features your business requires, there is one thing that all data centers have in common that should be at the forefront of every decision: The service level agreement (SLA).