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The Decline in the Number of Data Centers: What Does it Mean for Your Data Center Management?

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.

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What You Need to Know About Power Usage Effectiveness

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.

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Consolidating Your Data Center

Data center consolidation is a buzzword in the IT world for good reason. By virtualizing servers and storages, adding cloud computing capabilities, and incorporating blade server systems, data center consolidation reduces IT assets to save you money. Here, we’ll answer some of the most common questions you might have about the nuts and bolts – and benefits – of data center consolidation. Read More

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Ransomware and Data Centers: Avoiding a Worst Case Scenario

Ransomware attacks make the news again and again, typically striking fear into anyone with important data on a computer or server. According to Trend Micro, ransomware is a family of malware that either prevents or limits access to computer information by encrypting data or locking the screen until someone pays a financial ransom. It’s an interesting paradigm shift in how malware operates because it prevents data access instead of stealing information. A ransomware infection can cause your business to lose time, work, and money. The best thing your data center can do to avoid losses from a ransomware attack is to take proactive measure to prevent attacks and devise a reactive plan. Read More

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New Approaches to Server Hardware on the Rack Level

A new technology implementation approach is poised to make upgrading your business’s data center hardware easier and more effective. Rack Scale Architecture is a new way to look at utilizing server power by pooling resources between servers within the rack instead of treating the rack as just a physical container to house hardware. This concept allows the servers housed in the rack to share assets as needed which not only makes the servers more powerful, but also makes them more efficient. Intel’s inter-device, high-speed communication technology OmniPath fabric is essential in making this new server approach a reality. OmniPath was designed to address mass-node supercomputing, but it also has applications for improving server clusters. Read More

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Three Unusual Data Center Locations

If you think all data centers are the same, think again. Yes, many of them are in anonymous, nondescript buildings sited wherever there’s a secure facility with decent access to cooling (or a temperate climate). But here are just a few of the growing number of less conventional data center set-ups. 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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Device Naming Theory

What’s in a server name? This question has inspired debate for nearly as long as computers have been around. And it’s a debate worth having, since a poorly thought out naming scheme can create some surprising challenges down the road. There are many differing schools of thought on the subject, but the real “right” answer tends to depend on the scale of your environment and its projected growth.

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