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Going Global: Expanding IT (Part Two)

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In my most recent blog, I discussed some challenges companies face when trying to expand their footprint on an international level. Whether spreading IT infrastructure among multiple, smaller data centers or lacking the knowledge to take advantage of interconnection in global markets, most companies aren’t fully prepared to spearhead a move into different parts of the world.

Going Global: Expanding IT

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There are many popular brands here in the United States that are also well-known across the world: fast food restaurant chains, athletic apparel vendors, technology companies and many more. However, these companies didn’t start out with a global presence – for most, it happened gradually.

Predicting the Unpredictable: Using the Right Resources (#3 in Series)

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Keeping a business running smoothly is tough enough without having to plan for IT needs and resources years into the future. Lacking an IT crystal ball, companies continue to invest in forecasting programs and models. One of the big questions they should ask is whether building a process to predict IT infrastructure needs is best served inside a company or by experts in data centers. Where should they spend their IT dollars and focus their IT resources?  

Diagnosing and Treating Your Data Center

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Sometimes, it’s easy to see when something is aging: a car starts to break down and needs expensive repairs, a washing machine stops washing or a computer is as slow as molasses.  Our own bodies start to feel more aches and pains. When it comes to data centers, there are multiple facets to examine to diagnose and treat them for continued efficiency.

Data Center World Fall 2016: The Changing Data Center Market

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Approximately 25 years ago, the Internet had just gone commercial, and bulky bag cell phones and new video game consoles were all the rage. Things were different then, too, in the data center industry. The wholesale data center was defined in real estate terms, featured long-term leases and limited services and required customers to bring their own network. The retail approach to colocation was comprised of defined service agreements, standardization and short to medium-term contracts with a broader range of services.

Predicting the Unpredictable: Consider the Cloud (#2 in Series)

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As I mentioned in my most recent blog, anticipating and responding to the unpredictable is essential for businesses, especially when it comes to their IT needs. The three biggest areas I see as crucial for long-term planning for IT infrastructure include data center scalability, migration to cloud and human and capital resource allocation. In this blog entry, I’ll discuss migration to cloud and connectivity issues. 

Data Center Strategies: Predicting the Unpredictable in Scalability (#1 in Series)

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Many things in life are unpredictable: the weather, the economy, the outcome of sporting events and more. In fact, as the wise character Remy in the Disney movie “Ratatouille” said, “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” Though unpredictability can make life interesting, the fear of the unknown can cause stress. This is especially true for businesses that aren’t prepared for change through growth, the introduction of new technology and trends and a revolving competitor landscape. 

The IoT and Business IT: a New Environment

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Every year brings new industry buzzwords, and 2016 is no different. I see terms like big data, actionable analytics, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things pop up in almost every newspaper article, white paper and blog I read that has to do with technology. Perhaps the most comprehensive of these popular terms is Internet of Things (IoT), which Gartner defines as “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.”