Lifeline Data Centers

Data Centers: It’s All About Location

Has the location for your data center facility been properly vetted?  There are many considerations, and they have evolved considerably since many existing data centers were constructed and put into production. Basic Data Center Location Requirements First, from TIA-924-A-2012 (these are very basic requirements; they must be satisfied before any discussion of Tier 3 or …

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Rich Banta, IDCA Interview

IDCA: Rich Banta’s Interview Regarding the International Data Center Authority (IDCA)

The International Data Center Authority (IDCA) recently interviewed me about what their organization and standards have to offer. Here’s the video: Transcript: IDCA is a forward-thinking, modern-day standards organization. IDCA, to Lifeline, is all about modernizing standards and carrying standards of uptime and resiliency all the way up the stack for a cloud service provider. …

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NIST 800-53

NIST 800-53: Implementing Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations

One sure way to improve any organization’s information security is to adopt the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s security and privacy controls as outlined in its NIST special publication 800-53. NIST 800-53 recommends policies and procedures for topics such as access control, business continuity, incident response, disaster recoverability and several more key areas, and …

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NIST 800-171

The NIST 800-171 Standard and its Evolution

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is the official measure institute for the United States. It is a non-regulatory government agency that belongs to the Department of Commerce. NIST is responsible for creating measurement standards to improve efficiency in data centers. The NIST has recently released Special Publication 800-171 which covers the security …

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WannaCry Ransomware

Security Is Not Impossible. You Just Have To Work With The Right People.

WannaCry is not a problem when your software and data are hosted on NIST 800-53 (FISMA/FedRAMP) or NIST 800-171 (FARS/DFARS) certified systems. The WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack has stricken more than 300,000 computers, according to White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert. While the rate of the attacks is decelerating, the risk is in no way …

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Lifeline Data Centers

Top Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Continuing its Surge

It’s been 20 years since a professor coined the term “cloud computing,” using those two words to define what he considered a new “computing paradigm where the boundaries of computing will be determined by economic rationale rather than technical limits alone.” Fast forward to 2017: Gartner is now predicting that the public cloud computing industry …

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Alex Carroll and Rich Banta: Lifeline Data Centers

Public vs. Private Cloud: Why the public cloud is a real threat to security

The debate on public versus private cloud is a fierce one with advocates on both sides. Security experts, however, consistently fall in the pro-private camp. As a compliance and security expert, I have to agree. First, let’s be clear on the definitions. The public cloud is available to the public—in a free or pay-per-use capacity—and …

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Alex Carroll and Rich Banta from Lifeline Data Centers

Colocation Centers are Thinking More Green as Market Demand Increases

With the 2015 demand for colocation services surpassing previous records, interest in the data center solution is expected to continuously grow as companies seek alternatives to building out their own data center facilities. Along with that surge in interest for colocation centers is an increased focus on green initiatives that address the environmental footprint left …

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Alex Carroll and Rich Banta from Lifeline Data Centers

Why Data Centers Will Need to Beef up Cybersecurity in 2017

If we learned anything in 2016, it was this: The need to beef up cybersecurity — no matter the size or type of industry — is paramount in 2017. It has been a painful lesson learned as institutions and businesses — from Yahoo! to the Democratic National Committee and federal agencies — were added to …

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Alex Carroll and Rich Banta from Lifeline Data Centers

Top Emerging Data Center Trends for 2017 and Beyond

With 2017 upon us, now is a good time as any to take a look at the new developments that will be shaping the data center industry for years to come. Take a look at what leading researchers and experts say about the top emerging trends, including the shift away from corporate data centers and …

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