Those who keep a watch on the Internet of Things (IoT) know this technology is going to shake things up for everything from households to cities. The data center won't be exempt from these changes either, as the sheer potential depth of the IoT will rise to the point where nothing can remain static when touched by it. So what's in the data center's future?
A Greater Need for Protection
Protection in the data...more
Gartner is an internationally-recognized technology analysis firm, and its Magic Quadrant study is routinely cited as a bellwether of technological progress. Recently, EmconIT was on the receiving end of an honor from Gartner, having been included in its report on third-party maintenance.
What Did Gartner Say About Third-Party Maintenance?
The Gartner report--titled...more
Some days it seems like everything's in the cloud. Cloud-based services for everything from voice to conferencing and beyond can be picked up from someone else's servers, and someone else's data center. It would be easy to think that no one really needs a data center any more. Sometimes, however, a data center can be the most valuable asset a company has.
The Cloud Has to Come From Somewhere
For any business with...more
Most of us don’t have to worry about a sudden surge in traffic that will bring down our servers. However, when it comes to data, we know it’s accumulating at a much faster rate than many experts expected – and we need to plan around our data center storage needs well into the future.
The downside of not having a strategy in place for data storage is that you’re going to experience performance problems if a capacity issue happens at some...more
It doesn’t matter what caused it – if you experience a data migration mishap, your reputation may be affected. Whether a massive hurricane swept through and wiped you out or malicious malware got to your data, the results are undesirable. When it comes to data center migration, what can you do to protect your data and your...more
A server is a central component of your infrastructure, and choosing one can be daunting. If your workload tends to be seasonal or varied or if you have some applications that have migrated to the cloud, your the choice is even more complex.
There are some considerations that can help streamline your decision-making process and lead you to a server choice that works for your company now, but also in the future:
The increase in migration to the cloud and the accompanying shift to paying for technology investments “as a service” is changing the outlook for how IT is structured and staffed -- including changes for your data center. Everything from software to platforms and infrastructure is being sold as a service, and soon it may be possible for your company to adopt an Everything as a Service (XaaS) structure for your technology needs.
When you're faced with End of Service Life (EOSL) hardware, data center costs can seem astronomical. Fortunately, there's a solution: utilizing a third-party maintenance (TPM) provider. TPM providers allow businesses to effectively ignore the EOSL condition -- and more.more
Data centers are perceived as meccas of constant uptime, housing the most mission-critical applications. In reality, data centers are vulnerable to a variety of threats.
There are many ways a data center can fail: power outage, halted cooling, broken equipment, underground cable disruption, natural disasters, and, increasingly, cybercrime. It only takes one incident to cause an outage for your business.
Not all colocation facilities are created equally, but most of them offer greater stability than hosting equipment on-site. If you are considering colocating, there are a few compelling reasons to do it.
Security - Your average office building is not equipped with the same level of physical perimeter security that you will find in a data center. Data centers are built with the intent to protect millions of dollars of customer...more
The data center is a major part of everyday operations for many firms and helps provide a slate of vital services, from analysis to customer experience measures and beyond. Thankfully, there are some simple methods to consider that might keep your data center running just a little more smoothly.
Focus on the Power
The data center isn't going anywhere without the necessary kilowatts to drive the network equipment,...more
Most every business needs a certain amount of hardware in order to continue operations. Whether it's a handful of desktop PCs or a complete data center, that hardware helps perform the functions that translate to profitability. Turning to a third-party hardware maintenance system could mean the difference between a system that runs smoothly and one that costs future opportunity.
Obsolescence is a fact of life. Every piece of hardware that rolls off an assembly line today will eventually reach its End of Service Life (EOSL) date. While most have accounted for this possibility mentally, it can still be a bit of sticker shock to find that a system that was running quietly for precious little incremental cost suddenly needs to be replaced for heavy cash. So what can a business do with hardware when EOSL arrives? There...more
When setting up a data center, there are generally three ways to establish it: it can be done totally on-premises, it can be done totally in the cloud -- which some call a hosted data center -- or it can be done as a mix of the two. Many see this hybrid cloud approach as optimal. Others, however, aren't so sure. Though opinions are split, there's little doubt this approach is having a major impact on the data center as we know...more
Trying to replace a data center can be a costly process, but some comparatively simple maintenance measures can help prevent sticker shock.
With so many demands on a business's budget, it would be tempting to just let some basic maintenance issues slide, particularly in the data center. (If it's not broken, why fix it?) Some very simple answers exist on this point, though, so for anyone wondering why bothering to get more life out of...more
A third-party hosted data center has its drawbacks, but there's also value to be found in using third parties for data center work.
If you want a job done right, the old saying goes, do it yourself. There's certainly truth to this concept, especially when it comes to a data center. Some, however, are finding benefit in handing the reins over to someone else. The reasons behind doing so make surprising bottom-line sense.
Cloud computing adoption is one of the best ways to maximize the benefits of a data center. The cloud is a valuable resource for maintaining a data center and consolidating its initiatives. This, along with its financial benefits, is why many organizations are incorporating cloud computing in the management of their data centers.
Cloud Computing and Data Center Efficiency
Cloud computing makes it easier to...more
Some might think that trying to compare data center colocation to Shakespeare might be a bridge too far, but it's not too far wrong. Oddly, it describes exactly the issues that users will face when considering whether or not to colocate a data center or maintain one internally. The answer to the question is, as is commonly the case, it depends.
Cost benefits are the biggest reason to colocate. Colocation is often done...more
Relocating a data center goes beyond moving servers and installing them at a new location. It is a complex and challenging endeavor that requires caution to avoid losing critical data or damaging expensive IT equipment. When undertaking this exercise, keep in mind that a functional data center is a business necessity -- not a luxury.
According to the AFCOM Data Center, 53% of American firms will either expand or relocate their data...more