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12 Jun 2017
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Data Centre Industry Outlook - Key Trends For 2017 [64265]
ITProPortal, June 12th 2017

"Compared to 2016, nearly 75 per cent of companies' data centre budgets have increased or stayed consistent this year.

Even as the majority of IT organisations are moving some of their workloads to the cloud, the percentage of workloads residing in enterprise-owned/operated data centres has remained stable at 65 per cent since 2014. That's a key finding of Uptime Institute's seventh annual Data Center Industry Survey, which examines the major trends and developments shaping today's IT infrastructure industry. The takeaway is that with the explosive growth in business-critical applications and data, enterprises continue to see the data centre as not just important, but essential to their digital-centric strategies..."
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06 Jun 2017
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Five Best Practices For Easier Edge Computing Deployments [64091]
Data Center Journal, June 6th 2017

"'Every time you use your bank card to pay for a cappuccino, join a conference call from the road, or access a streaming service to kick back and relax, you're benefitting from a big IT trend - the growth in edge computing.

Whether the goal is speeding the delivery of applications and content to remote users or collecting data from remote sites, edge sites are growing in number and importance. They range from regional and local data centers to the small computer rooms and communications centers in regional offices to network closets and Internet of Things (IoT) gateways in retail stores, school buildings, government offices and industrial sites..."
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05 Jun 2017
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Most Data Center Outages Aren't Caused By Tech Failure [64072]
Data Center Knowledge, June 5th 2017

"Many critical industries such as nuclear energy, commercial and military airlines - even drivers' education - invest significant time and resources to developing processes. The data center industry - not so much.

That can be problematic, considering that two-thirds of data center outages are related to processes, not infrastructure systems, says David Boston, director of facility operations solutions for TiePoint-bkm Engineering..."
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01 Jun 2017
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After A Data Spill: Containing And Repairing The Damage [63904]
GCN, June 1st 2017

"According to the Identify Theft Resource Center, U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a record 1,093 data breaches in 2016, a 40 percent increase from 2015. Not only are data spills becoming more prevalent, but the price tag associated with each is also on the rise. The 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis released by the Ponemon Institute reports that the average total cost of a data breach for 383 companies surveyed increased from $3.79 to $4 million from 2015 to 2016.

Data spills, also known as data breaches or data leaks according to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, are the unauthorized movement or disclosure of classified or sensitive information to a party not authorized to possess or view the material. Unlike a hack, where an unauthorized user attempts to gain and maliciously use data, spills are usually the result of human error or carelessness..."
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25 May 2017
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Why Data Centers Still Dominate Tech Deployments (Slideshow) [63734]
CIO Insight, May 25th 2017

"Despite the growing presence of the cloud, the majority of IT assets are still deployed at enterprise-owned data centers, according to the Uptime Institute's seventh annual "Data Center Industry Survey." The findings reveal that flaws within the cloud provider evaluation process may be contributing to this trend. Many organizations are, in fact, still addressing data and application storage demands with new data center construction, rather than with cloud migrations or colocation space investments. Data center outages still come with the territory, but most tech departments are getting to the bottom of downtime by conducting root-cause analyses of incidents, as well as measuring their impact on costs..."
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24 May 2017
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Data Center Strategy: Tips For Better Capacity Planning [63731]
Data Center Knowledge, May 24th 2017

"The world is littered with thousands of examples of the problems associated with data center strategy mistakes around capacity and performance.

For example, Lady Gaga fans brought down the vast server resources of Amazon.com soon after her album 'Born This Way' was offered online for only 99 cents. Similarly, a deluge of online shoppers caused the data center to crash after they bombarded Target.com for a mammoth sales event. And, of course, there was the famous healthcare.gov debacle, when an ad campaign prompted millions of Americans to rush to the website for healthcare coverage only to face long virtual lines and endless error messages. In total, it is estimated that more than 40,000 people at any one time were forced to sit in virtual waiting rooms as available capacity had been exceeded..."
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