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.
Use this checklist to help protect your investment, mitigate potential risk and minimize downtime during your data center migration.
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.
Technology is rapidly changing the economic landscape and creating new opportunities for more organizations to consider how they can expand their IT solutions to capitalize on emerging markets. However, many companies aren’t giving much thought to how data centers, especially smaller operations can play a significant role in helping support leveraging new technologies in a way that will allow them to be more effective and efficient.
We're in the season of ghosts and ghouls, but there are things more frightening than those Halloween-related frights: cyberattacks. They're getting worse, and some industries get targeted more often than others.
Many people know the latest data centers feature advanced technology that promotes eco-friendly operations, enhanced reliability and more. So, it's probably not surprising that the next trend on the horizon is to use robots and artificial intelligence (AI) in data centers.
The cloud market continues to grow, driven primarily by Amazon Web Services’ (AWS’) ever-growing market share. TechCrunch covered AWS’ cloud infrastructure explosion in a recent article, citing findings in Synergy Research Group’s Q3 cloud market report.
Why Colocation in the Digital Era? The challenge of optimizing organizational systems and processes for a technology-first marketplace — all while managing infrastructure and “keeping the lights on” — is leading many IT leaders to embrace hybrid environments that encompass a range of on-premise, remote and cloud deployments.
Apple Inc. is invading the farmland with a new 400,000-square-foot data center in Waukee, Iowa. The $1.3 billion investment is an effort to better serve U.S. customers of popular Apple products like iMessage, Siri and the App Store. Construction of the state-of-the-art data center will begin in early 2018, with a goal of having it online by 2020.