During the early days of the coronavirus outbreak many wondered if the internet would end up going down due to the dramatic increase in traffic from remote working, distance learning, and people keeping themselves occupied while stuck at home. Research from Cloudflare revealed that internet usage swelled by over 25 percent in most major cities around the world as a result of lockdown measures. Thankfully though, data center providers were… Read More
Data Storage: Server Room or External Facility?
With upwards of 80 percent of enterprises and 63 percent of small and medium sized businesses investing in big data projects over recent years, and budgets of $1.6 million to $7.4 million, the question of data storage is at the forefront of many companies’ minds. One decision facing such companies as they look to store data is the choice between internal server rooms or external data centers. Here are some key components to… Read More
COVID-19 and Minimizing Data Center Risk
As the COVID-19 response moves in and out of various phases, companies are moving from updating their response plans to implementing them. Each organization is different, and responses vary based on site environment, the number of COVID-19 cases in the area and government-mandated restrictions. One thing all companies hold in common, though, is their priorities: the health and safety of their staff, partners and customers; business continuity; and compliance with… Read More
5 Steps to a Flawless Data Center Migration Project
What is the key to a successful data center migration? Preparation. And, following these five data center migration steps. The more your company thinks through every stage in advance of the move, the more successful the migration will be. Step 1: Develop a Comprehensive Project Plan Do the prep work ahead of time and map out the migration in detail. Step 2: Label Every Device With a Unique Designation… Read More
How and When to Move to a Data Center Colocation
In case you missed the June 7×24 Event, here are the videos of How and When to Move to a Data Center Colocation featuring Al Nichols from Silverback Data Center Solutions. Part 1 Presentation: How and When to Move to a Data Center Colocation Part 2 Q&A: Panel Discussion 7×24 Exchange SoCal Chapter Virtual Meeting, Summer 2020
Data Center Equipment Basics: What is a Server Rack?
Providing physical support in every data center are the server racks, which house the essential hardware, from computer servers to patch panels. Several types of racks exist, and the ones you choose depend on your computing needs. The framework of a data rack can be open like a shelf or closed like a cabinet. Other factors to consider when choosing rack models include additional equipment, your data center’s security, and optimal cooling, among others. Racks… Read More
How rear-door heat exchangers solve the high-density data center problem
When the national weather services for Denmark and Switzerland upgraded their computing capacities, they each turned to supercomputers that are cooled by internal heat exchangers. It doesn’t take a supercomputer to justify liquid cooling, however. Heat exchangers have been used inside server cabinets for many years to dissipate heat and reduce the cooling needed from computer room air handing (CRAH) units. Recent advances are causing data center managers who may… Read More
Colocation and the Healthcare Industry
As the COVID-19 virus has impacted almost every way of life around the globe, it is heartening to know that we’re living in an age where data-driven computer models can complete certain medical tasks more accurately than doctors. For instance, a recent study published in the journal “Nature” found that artificial intelligence is more accurate than medical professionals at diagnosing breast cancer through mammogram analysis. The AI program reduced false… Read More
How is Demand Driving Data Center Market Growth?
Technology is rapidly changing the economic landscape and creating new opportunities for more organizations to consider how they can expand their IT solutions to capitalize on emerging markets. However, many companies aren’t giving much thought to how data centers, especially smaller operations can play a significant role in helping support leveraging new technologies in a way that will allow them to be more effective and efficient. Demand for new services… Read More
Guidelines for Installing Server Racks
Server rack installation in your data center can be complicated. Thorough planning and thoughtful preparation are both key components for ensuring a successful, hassle-free installation experience. The following are essential guidelines when preparing an installation or data center move. Make a plan: Which coworkers will be impacted by a server rack installation or move? Collaborate with them so they can schedule their projects accordingly. Anticipate possible expansion: During the server… Read More