14 April 2017

Fidelity & Guaranty Life Grows Strategically with Data Center Outsourcing




Fidelity & Guaranty Life operates a lean organization that competes in the market with companies that have many more employees as well as additional overhead. In order to relieve their overburdened IT infrastructure team from the tedious and costly efforts required to build and maintain their primary and redundant data center facilities, FGL turned to […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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