As a multi-tenant cloud environment, the public cloud offers companies with vast amounts of data a highly affordable option. However, it also presents a number of limitations including reliability challenges, a lack of control and transparency, and information security issues. First, uptime reliability can be a major issue for public cloud architectures. Popular cloud platforms – including Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, and IBM Cloud – typically offer a… Read More
How Modular Data Centers Can Provide a Foundation of Sustainability
When it comes to data, what was once novel is now typical – the internet-of-things, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing, just to name a few. A similar pattern shows up in data centers, where concepts once seen as novel and emerging are now becoming more commonplace. One such example is the rapid growth in adoption of prefabricated modular data center systems (PMDCs). A recent survey of 228 data center executives… Read More
Virtual Interconnection: A Necessity for Modern Data Centers
Why does Virtual Interconnection matter? Interconnection is a core service of most co-location providers that supports many-to-many connections between entities for rapid data exchange as well as an on-ramp to cloud services. The need for interconnection is growing in lockstep with the move toward digital business as constant connectivity becomes an essential element of partner, supplier, and customer relationships. It is the fastest-growing segment of the colocation industry, with worldwide… Read More
Are early Cloud adopters coming back to Colocation services?
For some years, there’s been a school of thought that colocation is out of date, and will eventually wither away in favor of the cloud. But that idea runs counter to the facts. The colo market is stubbornly growing. But it’s not the same market. Early cloud adopters are partially returning to colocation – and these return colo users are very different to the old school. It’s been fashionable to… Read More
When Will Data Centers Adopt Liquid Cooling To Produce The Best Heat?
For years we’ve been hearing about how great liquid cooling is, and how everyone will soon be using it to enable high power densities. At the same time, we’ve seen an immense amount of white space resolutely cooled by air, with no intention of ever being cooled by anything else. According to an Uptime Institute survey (see more on Monday), 85 percent of enterprise IT operators don’t use direct liquid… Read More
Data Center Trends To Follow For A Competitive Edge
As the world becomes more automated, the role of data centers grows more critical. Our hybrid IT infrastructure is ripe for innovation, which is fortunate because the demands are great and so are the challenges. As an industry, we must meet calls for accelerated capacity across the globe while improving data center sustainability and ushering in a new age of sustainability reporting. Let’s take a moment to look at some… Read More
How Data Centers are Breathing Life into Abandoned Buildings
The trend in data center construction has been to construct an entirely new building, designed to meet all kinds of demands, like maximum power and air conditioning efficiency. But alongside these greenfield developments, there have been some creative exceptions to the rule: old, abandoned structures which are given a new, modern life. Over the last few years, there has been an effort to convert abandoned buildings in densely populated urban… Read More