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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...

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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,...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

To Colocate

Cost benefits are the biggest reason to colocate. Colocation is often done...

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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...

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