Discussing the Data Center of the Future

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Many children grow up with toys you’d expect: bicycles, stuffed animals, dolls, building blocks, etc. It wouldn’t be surprising to find a Magic-8 Ball in their arsenal that gives them ambiguous answers to the many seemingly important questions in childhood. Would you get that superhero costume you incessantly begged for? Will there be a snow day tomorrow, so you can play that new video game for hours? Was it going to rain and delay the baseball game you were practicing for? Most of the ball’s answers, generally along the lines of “reply hazy, try again”, disappointingly didn’t give you what you were looking for, but rather some ambivalent quip.

Operational Excellence: By the Book


This article was previously published in Forbes Voice.

Many large technology products come with a handbook when purchased. For example, if you buy a new large-screen television, the box in which it comes typically includes a handbook on how to set it up and what features it includes. Similarly, when you buy a car from a dealership, it includes a handbook on troubleshooting issues with the vehicle.

Operational Excellence: The Key to Safeguarding Your IT Infrastructure


Technology can streamline mundane tasks, enable people to more easily keep in contact with family and friends around the world and allow TV shows and movies to be viewed almost anytime and anywhere. However, when it doesn’t work correctly, it can be very frustrating.

Active-active vs. Active-passive: Which Data Center Architecture has the Advantage for Disaster Recovery? – Part 2


As I noted in part one of this blog, active-active and active-passive data center architectures are often used in businesses’ disaster recovery and business continuity plans. Without such plans in place, companies may face outages which hurt them financially while risking their brand reputation. An active-active data center architecture enables businesses to improve system availability, reduce or eliminate disruptions in service and provide quick and reliable failover in case of an outage due to a disaster.

Active-active vs. Active-passive: Which Data Center Architecture has the Advantage for Disaster Recovery? – Part 1


Companies in multiple industries continue to utilize colocation for their mission-critical IT infrastructure and data due to the scalability, reliability, resiliency and security it provides. It enables them to enjoy increased bandwidth, higher network speed and connectivity, carrier diversity, remote and on-site support services and meet compliance regulations while freeing IT staff to focus on initiatives that can help grow their business. Through colocation, companies also benefit from secure disaster recovery capabilities that allow them to mitigate various business risks and ensure business continuity.

Data Center Connectivity: Continual Improvement


Companies that utilize colocation need to have access to strong network connectivity, especially with the rapidly increasingly amounts of data prompted by “big data” and the Internet of Things (IoT). This enables them to keep connected with their customers through a network that offers high availability and low latency.

Talking Trends: The Data Center Industry in 2017


January is often a time to look toward a new year and perhaps find ways to improve from the one prior. It’s also a time for people to forecast what might happen in the near year, whether it’s a new sports team rising to the top, warmer weather or new political trends.

Network Diversity: Expanded Options


Having a lot of options is usually a good thing, especially when investing a lot of money through a purchase. For example, many people buy cars, but some buy them to fit a family with small children while others buy them for form rather than function. Similarly, some people looking to buy a house may want a grand structure with a swimming pool, while others may want a smaller house that doesn’t require much upkeep.