We certainly are in the age of big data: more than 90% of the world’s data has been created over the last several years, and the amount of data is doubling roughly every two years. By 2020, IDC estimates that we will produce 44 zettabytes of data every year — that’s 44 trillion gigabytes! This includes all of the data that humans produce through various online activities, in addition to the data collected by Internet of Things devices. Read More
Nobody is immune to data breaches. Companies from department stores to social media giants have suffered staggering security breaches in recent years. The fallout can be costly and embarrassing for a business. Huge corporations like Yahoo, Facebook, and Target have a lot of resources at their disposal to help them bounce back after such a disaster, but what about smaller businesses? Do you have a plan of action in place should a breach occur at your company? You should. Here are some tips to help you recover if it happens to you.
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
Is your internal team prepared for your data center move? Below are five questions you should be asking your internal stakeholders prior to a move. Read More
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.
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 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
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
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
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