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
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.
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
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