In the past, we were concerned with recovering application and data within the confines of the physical data center. Disaster recovery focused on how to rebuild the existing infrastructure of the hardware, software, and applications at a location apart from a compromised operations site. In other words, we needed to have a box to replicate the box.
The world of IT is undergoing a massive shift from the PC-based client/server-centric computing model of the 2nd Platform to one dominated by cloud, mobile, analytics, and social technologies. IDC refers to this as the 3rd Platform of computing. For 3rd Platform-based businesses, speed and agility are key to being future ready, today. They have the IT infrastructure and organizational practices in place to both initiate change and adapt to outside disruptions.
For your weekend reading, we present a recap of five noteworthy stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this past week.
Microsoft’s Seven Tenets of Data Center Efficiency – While robots in data centers are a thing of the not-too-distant future, Microsoft already has some of the most efficient data centers in the world. Here are its key data center design principles.
IO colocation is powering New York City-based Loud Partners’ managed services business. Loud Partners has doubled its capacity at IO, and moved from a shared data center environment to modular data center infrastructure.
IO allows Loud Partners to offer colocation services without them having to invest resources in building and maintaining their own data center.
CenturyLink opened a new data center in central Washington State and will tap the abundant hydro-electric power in support of its hybrid IT services portfolio. More than 85 percent of the utility power supplied to the facility is hydro-electric. The data center will have an initial 8 megawatts but will ultimately support up to 30 megawatts of IT load.
While EMC World conversations naturally tend to focus on infrastructure, one early surprise this year is the amount of buzz around the topic of applications. What’s driving the interest? My sense is that there are two major factors.
George Bedocs is the vice president of infrastructure engineering for Datto.
Every enterprise IT team carries some version of “The Worst Case Scenario Handbook” in its collective psyche. In the data center, that mental handbook includes envisioning what might happen if a storm takes out your power or – worse – an employee makes a serious error that yields Mother Nature-level repercussions.
What is the biggest challenge facing your organization today? If you are an IT professional, massive data growth is probably at the top of your list. For environments that are struggling with large volumes of data, deduplication — eliminating duplicate copies of repeating data — can be a real lifesaver.
The public cloud is not for everyone and that fact is bringing an end to the public cloud’s reign as we know it. The public cloud’s massive growth and popularity was a bubble that was built upon public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) being promoted as the ultimate IT solution for most, if not all, companies.
Steve Carlini is Senior Director of Data Center Global Solutions and Soeren Jensen is Vice President of Software and Managed Services for Schneider Electric.
Data center operators are under more pressure than ever to provide the fastest, most reliable data possible while balancing demands for higher computing power and efficiency.