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Microsoft Opens Third Lab for the Internet of Things

One big story in recent tech news is that Microsoft has opened the doors to its first European Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Munich, Germany. There are already two other such labs located in Shenzhen, China and Redmond, Washington. Expanding into the European market makes sense, as industrial companies all over the world are eager to keep their operations ahead of the tech curve. Read More

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How IoT Devices Are Changing the Data-Driven Data Center

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

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The Data Center of the Future: Connecting to the Internet of Things

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

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Data Centers and the Internet of Things

Traditionally, when thinking of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, we envision computers and data centers networked via the Internet. However, in recent years there has been the development of a whole new class of connected devices—smart watches, smart cars, and even smart buildings—replete with their own software, actuators, and sensors. Given all these new points of networked connection, our “old” Internet has transformed into the Internet of things (IoT) with the net result being data centers will have both an increased workload and new security concerns.    Read More

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Digital and Physical Data Center Security

As cloud storage and computing are becoming further entrenched in the way average technology users go about their day-to-day lives, and as millions of iPhone users purchase the iPhone 7, nearly every one of them will be using iCloud to download all of their contacts, pictures, and contents which will get them back up and running in no time.  Read More

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New Wi-Fi-Spec for IoT Devices Eases the Burden

A newly introduced Wi-Fi standard could mean big business opportunities for data centers. The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a new standard called Wi-Fi HaLow, which addresses many of the issues plaguing Internet of Things devices. HaLow makes changes to the IEEE 802.11ah standard that increases range, removes clutter, and lowers power requirements. IoT is an important element in the future of data centers because the devices heavily rely on external servers to process data. Read More

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The Internet of Things, Data Centers, and Property Rights

Anyone involved in IT, and especially in data center technology, has undoubtedly heard the chatter about the Internet of Things and what it means for the industry. Are data centers capable of handling the constant tsunami of information flowing in from 50 billion connected devices? What about bandwidth? Is the cloud up to the task, or is fog computing the only feasible solution? There’s one question, however, that isn’t receiving a lot of attention: Who owns that data? Read More

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Are SSDs Worth It In The Data Center?

For decades, hard drives have ruled data centers as the only viable, cost-efficient way to store data. However, innovations like 3D NAND technology raise the amount of memory that can be stored in a single chip, lowering the overall cost per GB for solid state drives (SSDs). With renewed competition, SSDs are becoming cheaper than ever before, as prices are expected to cut in half by the end of 2015. Now that cheap, large SSDs are becoming so prevalent, is it time for companies to consider SSDs for their data center?

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