The Internet of Things (IoT) is a huge driver of contemporary technological advances. IoT devices, of course, are common household or personal products that, when connected to the Internet, can be controlled using smartphones or tablets. While you likely wouldn’t be surprised that the IoT is changing the way people think about common items, you might be more surprised about the way the IoT is changing the data center. Here, we’ll talk about three ways the continued popularity of IoT devices has and will continue to change the data center. Read More
If you think your company is unlikely to be threatened by a data breach because of your company’s nature or size, think again. Data breaches have started to increase in scale and frequency, and any business could be a target. These breaches have ranged from the large-scale Yahoo data breaches to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System’s data breach that affected thousands of patients. Read More
Moving technical equipment is an art. Some people like to finger paint on t-shirts, others use oil paints on chapel ceilings. Both strategies have merit, however, they do yield very different results.
Check out our infographic below to see some of the key differences in server/storage/network equipment packaging strategies. Read More
It may not seem like the physical location of your data center is important. However, even as more and more data center management moves to the cloud, the fact remains that the security of the physical perimeter of your location is still important. In fact, many experts suggest that security around data centers should be amped up even further. Skeptical? Here, we’ll describe ways to keep your physical data center more secure.
2017 is the year when the International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that the number of data centers will peak at 8.6 million. Every year after, the IDC suggests that the number of data centers will decline. What gives? Do these declining figures mean that data centers are no longer necessary? Here, we’ll answer four of the most common questions about IDC’s surprising data center prediction.
Approaching the task of choosing a data storage vendor can be a difficult one. From supported platforms to connectivity, company viability to disaster recovery, there are countless variables involved in deciding which company fits your business’ needs. Below are a few questions to get you started on the journey to picking the perfect data storage vendor. Read More
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.