Once the stuff of science fiction and spy films, biometric security technology has become a common feature of state-of-the-art data centers. This security process relies on scanning and verifying the unique biological characteristics of individuals to enter secure areas of a data center or access key IT assets like servers. While the biometric security technology is often used to manage access to facilities, it can also be incorporated into server cabinets as part of physical security measures.
Today’s companies have more flexibility than ever before when it comes to determining where to house their valuable data and IT assets. When public cloud services emerged as a viable alternative to on-premise data solutions, many companies jumped at the opportunity to rid themselves of legacy infrastructure and embrace the potential cost savings and versatility of the cloud.
Use this checklist to help protect your investment, mitigate potential risk and minimize downtime during your data center migration.
Decades of technological change and innovative disruption have upended many established industries, forcing them to reconsider their digital strategy and assess the capabilities of their IT infrastructure. In today’s economy, every company needs to think of itself as a “tech company” if it expects to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.
The internet has not only transformed the way companies do business, but has also fundamentally changed people’s relationship with their confidential information. While this information was once safely locked away (more or less), today much of it can be found somewhere online. With more people using network services for entertainment, managing their finances, and doing their jobs, cyberattacks aimed at gathering and capitalizing on valuable data have become increasingly common, leaving everyone at risk of internet exposure.
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.
Although organizations often take every precaution imaginable, the threat of server downtime is difficult to fully eliminate. With even a few minutes of downtime likely to cost dearly in terms of lost productivity and opportunity, companies are turning to data centers to keep their mission critical network systems up and running no matter the circumstances. For some industries, downtime is a minor inconvenience, but for others, it can cause serious disruptions that have lasting consequences.
Tech analysts have been predicting the true arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT) for many years, but the truth of the matter is that these smart devices have been part of everyday life for quite some time. Smartphones have been redefining communications and data networks for a decade now, and the telecom industry has been fighting to keep up with the latest innovations so they can deliver the level of speed and connectivity customers are demanding with the release of every new device.
By the end of 2017, more than 390 of the world’s data centers were big enough to be classified as hyperscale data centers.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have long been a concern among cybersecurity experts, but they’ve gained more prominence in recent years as the frequency and intensity of these attacks have grown. According to a report by NetScout Arbor, the total number of attacks increased from 6.8 million in 2016 to 7.5 million in 2017, with 60% of organizations surveyed across enterprise, government, and education sectors reporting between one to ten attacks. At the opposite extreme, 13% reported more than 100 attacks over a 12 month period.
Today’s digital world generates a lot of data. With the rapid growth of internet-based media and more businesses moving their operations online, it should not come as a surprise that the US alone produces more than 2.5 million gigabytes of data every minute. All of that information has to be stored somewhere, and much of it is flooding into the estimated 1450 exabyte capacity of the world’s data centers.