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Innovations in Data Center Connectivity

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Many businesses must avail themselves of the latest technology to remain competitive in their industry. For instance, many car manufacturers now include backup cameras, Bluetooth and GPS capabilities and in-car Wi-Fi in their newer models. Newer vehicles without those technologies that lack features like power windows or smartphone integration probably aren’t going to sell well unless priced very low.

Business Continuity Planning: The Distributed Data Center Approach (Part Two)

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As I discussed in my most recent blog, some companies utilize a distributed data center approach to achieve redundancy, scalability and high availability as part of their plan for business continuity. It enables businesses to help mitigate disasters that can affect a company’s financial and operational performance while reducing network congestion and ensuring uptime. According to Gartner, the rapid increase of network connections and data associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) will spur this approach.

Data Center World Global – Unleashing the Power of Colocation

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The greatest ideas – the most impactful innovations – come from recognizing an opportunity and then trying new approaches.  As I look forward to the Data Center World Global meeting to be held in Los Angeles, I think about what drives inspiration and innovation.  For the film industry, technological enhancements added sound, color and new realities to film.  Hollywood may have made stars, but the stars were illuminated by teams of engineers and technological crafts people.  As we look forward to where the new ideas and advancements will come in managing IT infrastructure, it is imperative that technical teams gather together to define the opportunities and then charge forward with great ambition to develop amazing solutions.

Business Continuity Planning: The Distributed Data Center Approach

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The terms “disaster recovery” and “business continuity” often are used interchangeably when applied to the data center industry. Though both terms describe areas that need to be addressed by businesses and colocation providers, disaster recovery is only part of business continuity. In general, business continuity is comprised of resiliency in how business functions and infrastructure are designed, contingency plans to cope with whatever incidents and disasters that may occur, recovery of data and the capability to restore functions that fail.

VMware Cloud: A Partner in Network Diversity

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Partnerships play a vital role in the success of many companies. For example, a movie production company can’t show its films to many people without partnering with movie theaters across the country and around the world. An author won’t be able to get his or her book to readers without a printing and distribution company. A coffee producer probably won’t sell much of its product without working with a delivery partner to take it to multiple markets.

Best Practices: Data Center Cooling

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The brilliant Albert Einstein once said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” That phrase can be applied to many things, including business. The most successful companies may keep a foundational strategy firmly in place but shift the way they achieve their goals to keep pace with emerging trends and competition.

In the data center industry, cooling methods have changed dramatically over the years through new and improved technology. Whereas water-cooled mainframes and commingled air distribution methodologies were used in the past, many modern data centers have standardized on “Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle layouts” that utilize physical barriers to separate the front of a rack (where cool air flows in) and the back (where the hot air flows out).

One thing has stayed the same, though – operators want to increase cooling efficiency while decreasing cost. This can be achieved in a multitude of ways, from simple and cost-effective changes to operating policies to more comprehensive technology deployments and upgrades.

To share some of these methods, I’ll be hosting a webinar titled “Data Center Cooling Best Practices” with CenturyLink’s senior mechanical engineer, Doug Florek. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 28 from 2-3:00 p.m. EST, this webinar will focus on hot and cold air containment, ASHRAE set points, temperature monitoring and balancing air temperature, flow volume and fan speed for optimal cooling. We’ll examine ways to build an efficiency-driven data center culture while providing guidance on key components of an optimally-cooled facility.

Registration for this complimentary webinar is currently open. One registrant will win a 7″ Amazon Fire Tablet, and five will win a $20 Amazon gift card! If you’re interested in how to select a colocation provider that successfully balances power, cooling, space, cost and planning for the future, please read our executive brief, “Data Center Selection & Design Best Practices.”

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

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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.