Forward thinking to Protect Your Servers!

Forward thinking IT professionals are already thinking of the next steps to protect their servers. As data centres progress and more components become virtualized, challenges are created due to the data centre’s agility. Some data centre security can fall short on two counts – firstly,  the anit-virus storm – which is a degradation  in system performance due to simultaneous anti-virus programmes being run simultaneously where virtual machines are on a common physical host. Secondly, the correct level of security is not always available, and sometimes does not respond in time to changes such as rapid provisioning of new physical servers

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Swiss IT Privacy Laws

The Swiss privacy laws are second to none throughout the world, which has led to a huge opportunity for Swiss-based data centres. These privacy laws will benefit the new age in which digital information is as valuable, if not more valuable, than all your other assets. Switzerland has proven in recent years to be an excellent place for digital information to be stored, safely and securely away from the prying eyes of governmental officials and those who might try to steal your digital information either for personal identity theft or for corporate sabotage. Why does it matter? If you ask

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The Benefits of Data Colocation

If you have a small business, then you surely know how challenging it is to operate one especially during trying economic times. Business owners are always on the lookout for every opportunity to save on costs. Colocation is one cost-effective solution that you can try to implement on your business organization. In simple terms, collocation is the act of leasing and subleasing your data storage space. This is done to address the multitude of problems involved in managing an organization’s internet infrastructure. Small businesses don’t always have enough funds to keep their facilities backed up. This, in turn, poses a

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Human Factors in the Data Centre

Human factors play an essential role in data centre operations and needs to be given proper emphasis. Most focus in a data centre goes to the equipment; however, the human element has importance, and continuing education and training are necessary to ensure business continuity and higher utilisation. Figure 1 describes the types of people who work in a data centre. Figure 1 Figure 2 graphs the estimated global data centre workforce from 2011 to 2013 (source: DCDi Global Census). Figure 2 The rise of the CFTO.
According to a report from the Ponemon Institute, the stakeholders of the data centre now

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Latency and Data Centre Site Selection

Latency should be considered first for data centre site selection. Speed and power are critical considerations and you must consider how much speed is needed, where it is critical, and if you should locate where power is abundant when considering data centre location. Locating outside a city may have benefits; however not if it impedes market reach. Fiber latency, resiliency, redundancy, and capacity are critical to site-selection. For example, in high-speed trading, every millisecond advantage has a commercial impact. The argument for latency.
The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is a US $35 trillion business; more than the combined GDPs of

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The Five Principles of Asset Optimisation

Understand Your Assets. Understand on-hand assets before initiating improvements to storage resources—a process often with complications. Industry best-practice recommends IT departments use multi-vendor strategies to get more value, service-availability, and protection. SMB users have fewer tools than enterprise organisations, and often build strong relationships with one or two storage vendors, which can lead to reduced competition overall. While built-in tools can monitor storage devices, each produces information in different ways. When a manual process is used to uniformly-combine disparate outputs, errors can occur, providing inaccurate or incomplete information. Human-factors, the scale/speed of data growth, and dynamic environmental changes cause many

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Top Tips for Business Continuity Planning

Today, many companies are turning to OpEx data centre strategies to support critical infrastructure. As the data centre becomes a strategic issue, companies need to rethink their business continuity plans to ensure protection against all risks. Business continuity plans should account for four key elements: people, technology, information, and communications. If disaster strikes, companies need to ensure their digital and physical information is backed-up and made accessible to employees during downtime. Communication contingencies should be in place to ensure that key personnel remain contactable. A business continuity plan should embrace the following elements: Plan for the effect, not the threat.

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Data Centre and Capital Markets

The Data Centre Remains the Focal Point of the Capital Markets Battleground The financial-services sector is increasingly being seen as a battleground as data centre operators vie to provide financial companies with data-support. This is because the financial sector is poised to evolve in revolutionary fashion. In many cases, the trader needs to be a tech-guy to take advantage of the different software and hosting packages offered by a data centre. The players include companies like Equinix, Savvis (now Centurylink Technology Services) and Interxion (in Europe), which viewed FSI as a strategic market. Meanwhile, in Europe, the London Stock Exchange

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Top-Ten Legal Issues in a Data Centre

When establishing a data centre, firm grasp of legal issues can lead to quickly executed deals, lowered costs, reduced liability, and future-proofed business. Data centre deals vary in complexity and legal structures. Below are the top-ten legal issues encountered when setting-up a data centre. 1. Basis of the customer’s occupation. This varies between jurisdictions; like in the UK, where occupation is based on a lease/licence. Leases give customers more control, security of occupation, and protections if operator insolvency occurs. Additional costs (like property tax) are involved. However, leases provide customer-flexibility for installing/removing equipment, making alterations, or assigning/terminating contracts. Beware that

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Explaining Data Centre Colocation

Colocation is a popular option for companies with midsize IT needs—especially those in Internet related business—because it allows the company to focus its IT staff on the actual work being done, instead of the logistical support needs which underlie the work. Significant benefits of scale (large power and mechanical systems) result in large colocation facilities. Colocation facilities provide, as a retail rental business, usually on a term contract: • lockable rack cabinets or cages, • power in a variety of formats, AC and DC, • network connectivity—either in a ‘house blend’, where the colo provider is a customer of carriers,

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