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.
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.
Use this checklist to help protect your investment, mitigate potential risk and minimize downtime during your data center migration.
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).
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks pose a significant threat to today’s companies. Easy to orchestrate, DDoS attacks typically use malware to turn otherwise mundane computer systems into guided missiles that are then directed at a single network as part of a botnet. Overwhelmed by this influx of traffic, most servers end up crashing, disrupting services and costing companies an average of $2.5 million.
For most retailers, there are few days more important during the year than Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. While most of the attention is on the doorbusting sales and deals being offered at store locations, online shopping is quickly replacing the tradition of lining up hours before opening. In 2017, the number of people visiting actual stores declined slightly, but online sales rose significantly, helping contribute to a record $7.9 billion in sales over the four day weekend. With companies looking to bookend the holiday weekend with Cyber Monday promotions, it’s safe to assume that 2018’s figures will be even higher.
Not every organization is keen on developing and maintaining its own network or IT infrastructure. Whether they can’t afford the capital expenses, lack the experienced personnel, or would rather focus on their own market innovation, many companies are turning to third parties like managed service providers (MSPs) or cloud resellers that offer a variety of bundled services to resolve their IT needs.
For many companies, making the decision to migrate IT infrastructure into a data center environment is seen as a trade-off. On the one hand, they want to capitalize on the wide range of services modern data centers can provide, either through colocation options or data center as a service (DCaaS) offerings. But on the other hand, many organizations worry about relinquishing direct control over their valuable data and IT assets.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way over the last few decades. The history of AI development actually goes back farther than many people might think, although it didn’t really jump into the public consciousness until the 1990s with high profile media events like IBM’s Deep Blue defeating World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. Today’s AI, however, has become an almost ubiquitous part of everyday life, making many of the technology services that are taken for granted possible.
Every data center offers some measure of on-site support, but some go above and beyond to benefit colocation customers. These data centers offer remote hands, teams of technicians who handle internal IT issues within the data center environment so customers don’t have to constantly send their own staff to the facility when an issue arises. More comprehensive and involved than conventional on-site personnel, remote hands services offer a number of important advantages to data center customers.
A software defined data center (SDDC) is a data center facility with an architecture that utilizes virtualization technologies and techniques to abstract the computing and storage capabilities of IT hardware into software form. Once virtualized, this software can be bundled and sold as a service to customers, allowing many customers to manage their own services on the same physical server. To make a crude analogy, server virtualization is similar to dividing up a building into several distinct rooms and then renting those rooms out to anyone willing to pay for them.