Data Center News and Insights

17 March 2017

Dive Into Data Center Cooling: CRAH vs CRAC



Recently we’ve been talking about the innovations and trends within the data center world. One of the great innovations that isn’t necessarily ‘new’, but is becoming more and more prevalent in the construction and infrastructure of state-of-the-art data centers is utilizing air-handlers as opposed to air conditioners. The acronyms CRAH (pronounced “kraw”) and CRAC (pronounced […]

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8 March 2017

Cloud Adoption Strategies in Financial Services



With the vast amount of data and information that companies need to in order to operate; the cloud seems like an appealing option. However, industries that handle especially sensitive material like financial service institutions have to weigh the pros and cons of the cloud for a highly-regulated environment. Not all clouds are built the same […]

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3 March 2017

The Sky Is Falling! Lessons from the AWS S3 Outage



This week, I have been inundated with articles on the terror that was the AWS outage. I have read everything from an article touting the downfall of AWS to promises that their solution could have avoided the disaster all together. Well, as with most things the reality is neither that cut and dry or dire. […]

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22 February 2017

4 Tips for End of Life Planning Success



End of life planning is important because it serves as the technical team’s next three to five-year road map and there is typically no major deviation from that plan. This is very similar to how a baseball team has to build a team. They must pick and choose which free agents they sign and when [...]
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16 February 2017

Data Center Cost Savings Through Vertical Growth



One of the key trends to be aware of in the data center space is that of vertical vs horizontal growth. Even 5 years ago, multi-tenant facilities had a hard (read: expensive) time cooling even 10kW per cabinet, but we’ve come a long way since then. Now, Tier III enhanced facilities can maintain 22+ kW […]

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14 February 2017

Server Huggers Need Love, Too



Recently, Ron Vokoun wrote a piece for Data Center Dynamics where in he discussed his predictions for the data center market for 2017. In this article, you might be surprised to learn that he discusses the continued requirements of server huggers. When everyone is talking about the cloud and virtualizing just about everything, those in […]

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4 February 2017

How MSPs Can Make Money with Minimal Cost



White Labeling to Make Green. It’s the economy stupid. Money talks. Show me the money. Ok so we all get it. If you’re a business owner you get it more than most. In fact for a large percentage of you reading this there is a chance you’ve had to put a house up as collateral […]

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27 January 2017

What Is the Difference Between FedRAMP and FISMA, Anyway?



When discussing security at a data center or in a cloud environment, it’s easy to get lost in the swirling acronyms. SSAE, SOC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, FedRAMP, it’s a lot. When speaking about government infrastructure needs, FedRAMP and FISMA get tossed around like a hot a potato. Throw in FISMA High or Moderate and it can […]

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20 January 2017

Quick Questions: What Does the C-Suite Get Wrong About Data Centers?



There are many misconceptions when it comes to data centers and the cloud. Some execs think EVERYTHING needs to be in the cloud yesterday. Others have concerns about making the change from a traditional in-house server environment to the data center. Misconceptions can set you up for failure or deter your company from upgrading into […]

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13 January 2017

Three Things Your Organization Needs to Stop Believing This Year



The new year is well underway. Maybe you have resolved to exercise more, eat less sugar, or finally finish that travel guide to craft breweries in the Northeast. There are a few myths still live and well in many IT organizations that you should resolve to bust this year. Myth #1: We can build/fix anything […]

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3 January 2017

4 Tips to Avoid Oversubscribing to Power in Your Data Center



As the technology industry, and many others, move toward a ‘pay for what you use’ business model, I still find a constant issue with the over subscription of power. I’m sure it comes as a shock, but the facilities and power company benefit heavily when they contract for power that isn’t being used. When this […]

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16 December 2016

Data Center Trends to Watch in 2017



It’s December and while visions of sugar plums might be dancing along with budgetary headaches, now is the time to consider what is really happening in the data center market and consider what may happen in the year to come. For 2017, we’re seeing a shift in the cloud discussion away from complete public cloud […]

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5 December 2016

Three Reasons to Host in a Third-Party Data Center



It’s easy to be cavalier about where your hardware is sitting when it is functioning properly and easily accessible. However, there are many challenges facing those who decide to keep their infrastructure in places other than a professional data center. Below are a couple items to think about, and reasons why hosting gear in a […]

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29 November 2016

Keys to Developing a Hybrid Strategy in Regulated Industries



Hybrid is a growing trend among highly regulated industries, such as financial services, healthcare, and government, and for good reason – it allows these industries to get the best of all worlds while maintained strict compliance. It’s not a plug-and-play solution though and requires strategic planning to get it right. Like any generalization there are […]

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18 November 2016

Navigating Cost and Customization of Amazon Web Services: What You Don’t Know Will Cost You.



In an effort to try to understand Amazon Web Services (AWS) further and get a better grasp of how it is configured and priced, I asked Data Canopy’s CTO, Andrew Iwamoto, to walk me through some of the console. I’m not an IT manager by trade, but Andrew has spent years (and years and years) […]

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11 November 2016

The 9 Questions Your Cloud Provider Should Be Able to Answer



The migration to the cloud has been fast and furious over the past several years and it’s showing no signs of slowing. Often though, business owners are in such a rush to get into the cloud that some critical issues are overlooked and they find that their solution is much costlier than they anticipated or […]

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4 November 2016

When It Comes to Your Data Center Alternate Energy Advancements Matter



This week, AWS announced that it was investing in a 189 MW wind farm in Ohio to help power three new data centers it is building in the state. Their goal is to get to 40% renewable energy use on AWS global infrastructure by the end of the year and ultimately to make it to […]

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28 October 2016

Demystify the Public Cloud by Asking the Right Questions



The major public cloud providers have already done most of the homework for you on hardware and other infrastructure considerations and resources are available on-demand, so let’s go, right? Well, there are quite a few questions you need to ask yourself and your public cloud vendor before making the transition. For many companies, the public […]

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19 October 2016

Colocation and Disaster Recovery Save Insurance Firm $1M in Yearly Operating Costs



Like many businesses this $2B insurance firm’s infrastructure had aged and they were interested in upgrading their technology and colocation solutions so they issued a request for proposal. As part of their due diligence in responding to the RFP, Data Canopy interviewed the stakeholders at the insurance firm to more deeply understand its pains and business goals. What we identified […]

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12 October 2016

Trends in Cloud and Colocation Businesses Need to Consider



One of the questions I often am asked and think about myself as a business owner and technologist is what trends will affect me from a technology standpoint. This of course is like asking what will the weather be like on a Tuesday in June next year. Seemingly impossible to answer. The key is “seemingly.” […]

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17 September 2016

How SMEs Use the Cloud to Regain Business Focus



We’ve all seen the headlines and statistics about cloud adoption. 78% of small businesses are set to have complete cloud adoption by 2020. The cloud market to grow to $141 billion (with a B) by 2019. IaaS and PaaS forecasted to grow $27% – 30% annually. But beyond leveraging Salesforce.com and Microsoft 365, how are […]

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26 August 2016

Your Dark Fiber Primer



If you’ve ever wondered about connectivity, you’ve probably come across the term “dark fiber” among others. This blog post is intended to serve as a primer to all things dark fiber and connectivity so that you are in the know the next time someone is talking fiber. First a definition: Dark Fiber is fiber that […]

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9 July 2016

3 Considerations When Adding Public Cloud to Your IT Mix



A recent JP Morgan report, “CIO Survey Foreshadows Changing of the Guard” revealed that enterprise IT is shifting their workloads to the public cloud in rising numbers with a whopping 41% of enterprise applications projected to be in the public cloud by 2020. The IT department and data centers as we know it are changing. […]

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20 May 2016

Control Your Data: Make Colocation Part of Your Cloud Strategy



Data security is typically the number one reason why organizations don’t virtualize their infrastructure. Whether it’s due to regulatory concerns, connectivity, or speed challenges, oftentimes IT professionals choose to build a data center on site as a solution to their infrastructure needs. The result is that in-house IT resources often spend copious amounts of time […]

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27 April 2016

3 Tips to Get Your IT Consolidation Off to a Great Start



Sure, IT consolidation is an excellent way to reduce costs and improve efficiency of your IT resources. Let’s do it. But what do they say about failing to plan? Consolidating servers, databases, and more can be a bit of tightrope walk to navigate not only technical and budgetary considerations but also business goals and even […]

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7 April 2016

Tips for Finding the Best Ashburn, VA Colocation



You have decided to colocate in Ashburn, now what? You need to find a facility that will not only provide all your needed specifications but offer a true partnership. There are many options for providers so knowing what to look for will help narrow the immense field down to the perfect location. Here are a […]

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22 March 2016

Four Reasons to Review Your Current Hosting Contracts Today



The average data center client stays with their colocation provider for 5-10 years. If service is great and your needs are met, that’s great! But even so in 5-10 years, heck in 2 years, the market can shift pretty significantly and you might not be getting the best price or service any longer. Pricing fluctuates, […]

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8 March 2016

Six Considerations for Getting the Best Colocation Pricing



You want more security, a stable and scalable environment that provides a huge cost savings: colocation is the answer. Now you just need to pick a data center and buy a rack. Right? Wrong. When deciding on which colocation provider to go with it’s not just about the cost per rack. There are often additional […]

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3 March 2016

The End Is Here for the Traditional Data Center …So, Why Are They Doing So Well?



I have had the pleasure of being involved in many seminars, data center tours and conversations about the hosting industry over the course of the last two years. Geographically disperse as well as different tiers and designs, one thing is becoming increasingly clear, the data center is dead. Or that is at least the story. […]

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29 February 2016

3 Ways Healthcare Organizations Are Successfully Using Data Centers



As a healthcare organization looking to save money, but protect your patients as much as possible, the choice of how to host your data is critical. I’ve worked with organizations of all sizes and by far, the overwhelming requirement is to ensure data is secure (especially when it comes to HIPAA and HITECH compliance), and […]

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25 February 2016

How Geographical Redundancy Can Save Your Data Center from Disaster



When the word disaster is spoken it conjures up the images of earthquakes, tornadoes, floods. Weather events that happen out in the world to someone else, but not to your business. However, real disasters (and not just those from Mother Nature) impact businesses regularly and often lead to them closing. So how do you protect […]

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4 February 2016

Could Your Business Survive a $9000 per Minute Loss?



A data center outage isn’t always the result of a monster storm or other act of God, in fact studies show that only 10% of outages are weather related – and they’re more common and costly than you might think. A new research report from the Ponemon Institute reviews the current costs of data center […]

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3 February 2016

Come Out of the Closet and into a Data Center



The standard in data housing used to be an in-house solution. Expensive servers housing invaluable business data were stored in a small, dark, dusty closet or designated space within your office. With the ever-changing field of technology, colocation data centers are becoming the choice for many organizations as a viable option for hosting their equipment. […]

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29 January 2016

The Truth About Data Center Downtime



For the business owners and IT managers, data center downtime is the stuff of nightmares. Servers crashing and unresponsive, hours, days, even months of work obliterated, sales calls missed, clients angry, business slowing, it’s enough to make you wake up in a cold sweat. In the hyper-connected world we live in today, downtime is more […]

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26 January 2016

Four Reasons Your Colocation Data Center Should Be in Ashburn, VA



When choosing the best location for your colocation data center needs, often people look to their backdoors. If your back door is Ashburn, you have found the place. If you are not near Ashburn, VA, you should still consider Ashburn for primary or redundant or backup hosting. It’s one of the fastest growing data center […]

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6 January 2016

Beyond Price: Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Colocation Provider



We’ve seen it 1000 times, a company needs to host a few racks off site. They come up with their power requirements and a desired location and the bidding war starts. Just choose the lowest monthly cost and you’re set, right? Well, not really. The typical colocation contract is two years. Since you’re going to […]

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28 December 2015

Steps to a Successful Data Center Consolidation



You’ve no doubt heard the tales of successful data center consolidations taking an organization from 23 servers to 2 or seen the lofty initiatives put forth by the federal government to save billions of dollars. What many of these stories don’t include though are details on how to successfully tackle a consolidation project. While the […]

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11 December 2015

Forget All or Nothing: When Hybrid Cloud Is Best



In recent years, the cloud was seen as the answer to everything. Need to reduce costs? Move to the cloud. Want to improve efficiency? Move to the cloud. Want to consolidate? Again, the cloud. There are times, though when the cloud is not the best option and those times aren’t the same for every company. […]

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2 December 2015

4 Ways Enterprises Are Failing to Support IT Transformation



Often in business, as in life, we presume that because everyone is talking about how wonderful something is that everyone must be doing it and – we fear – doing it better than we are. This goes for everything from participating in grueling triathlons and flawless family vacations to undertaking a successful IT transformation. In […]

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24 November 2015

Prepare for 2016: 3 Considerations for Keeping Your IT Budget in Check



Your IT strategy should not be a Ron Popeil, “set it and forget it” undertaking. What worked for you last year may not work for you next year and simply adjusting the budget to accommodate for new hires and end of life hardware won’t cut it. As you look to 2016, there are several actions […]

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17 November 2015

Calculating the Impact of a Disaster on Your Business



In a recent CIO Magazine poll of more than 200 top IT executives, a 52% increase in business continuity/disaster recovery budgets was reported for this year. This increase in budget is a direct correlation to a rising awareness of the importance of disaster recovery. If your organization hasn’t devoted resources to disaster recovery efforts, now is […]

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13 November 2015

The Disaster Recovery Checklist for Every Business



More and more business processes are reliant on always-on systems to function. Locally hosted applications, SaaS applications, voice over IP phones, and more keep our businesses running and employees productive. When a disaster strikes, preparedness can mean the difference between getting your organization back online and operating quickly and going out of business. In fact […]

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30 October 2015

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Distance for Your Disaster Recovery Site



When it comes to choosing the disaster recovery site for your business, one size (or distance) does not fit all. There are several factors you must consider regarding your business’s unique risks to ensure that your DR site is appropriate and offers the protection you require. Environmental Impact – Consider seismic zones, flood plains, hurricane […]

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