One of the most significant factors that increases data center cost is one that is often overlooked: memory. The reason, according to experts, that data centers have to get much bigger and expensive is because of the need to increase memory, and in recent years, that memory increase has often focused on DRAM. Here, we’ll answer four of your questions about DRAM and the role it plays in data center management.
In April 2014, OpenSSL, a software library utilized mainly for the purposes of secure communications, revealed a gaping vulnerability in its software. Nicknamed Heartbleed, the flaw allowed attackers to take advantage of the dialogue between a computer and the server, otherwise known as the heartbeat, by sending malicious heartbeat signals to trick the server into sending back a chunk of its memory. Thanks to this flaw in the cryptographic software library, attackers were able to gain easy access to names and passwords of users, to eavesdrop on previously encrypted communications, and to impersonate both websites and visitors. Read More
At one time, data center efficiency was a method to measure energy consumption to which many data centers didn’t pay attention. Now, however, as nearly every business has an online component, and, in turn, a data center, data centers need to pay attention. The standard use metric is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). Here, we’ll answer some of your questions about PUE and how it can improve the efficiency of your data center.
Data Centers and Renewable Energy: Which Data Centers Made the Grade?
Data centers often aim to be sustainable and energy efficient both to help the planet and to save money. But, aside from the internal benefits of these improvements, data centers also get graded on their environmental efficiency by outside agencies. The well-known environmental protection group Greenpeace is one organization that gives out an annual “Clicking Clean” report, ranking tech companies on their use of renewable power and their encouragement of other tech companies to also be environmentally-aware.
Wondering about the factors considered in the report and how well-known companies fared? Here, we’ll talk about the most important factors of Greenpeace’s recently-released 2016 report. Read More
Data Center moves are very interesting projects that often feel like they are coming alive. Silverback Data Center Solutions is uniquely positioned to see all sorts of interesting things. Check out this infographic to see some of the unexpected project anomalies we have encountered.
The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC): Virtualization in the Data Center
One of the biggest trends in the data center in 2017 is set to be software-defined computing, storage, and networking. In other words, the virtualization of everything. These software-defined functions are becoming so common because of their benefits: they allow organizations to have flexibility and speed, and, at the same time, lower their costs. It’s not difficult to see why businesses have adopted virtualization on such a wide scale. But what does this increasing virtualization have to do with the data center? Read More
There’s no doubt about it: the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing. By 2020, specialists predict there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet. Further, in 2017, the technology and services revenue from the IoT is expected to grow to $7.3 trillion, up from $4.8 trillion in 2012.
This hyper-connectedness, means, of course, that there will be a greater need for data center storage, communication, and asset management. So, what does this mean for your data center exactly? Here, we’ll talk about three ways the increasing reliance on the IoT will affect your data center. Read More
In data center management, it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes open to new, promising, and efficient industry trends. In 2016, data centers started adopting trends like scalability and automation in large numbers. 2017 will also bring its own new trends. Here, we’ll talk about four trends that we think will become commonplace in the data center in 2017 and beyond. Read More
With upwards of 80 percent of enterprises and 63 percent of small and medium sized businesses investing in big data projects over recent years, and budgets of $1.6 million to $7.4 million, the question of data storage is at the forefront of many companies’ minds. One decision facing such companies as they look to store data is the choice between internal server rooms or external data centers. Here are some key components to consider as you make the data storage decision.