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More Companies are Asked to Ramp up Security Against Cyber Attacks

Financial, medical and retail institutions are just among the few entities put on alert in the wake of crippling cyber attacks. Now a U.S. government agency is calling on automakers to take measures to guard against cyber attacks, especially with the emergence of new vehicles that increasingly rely on electronic and computer systems that are …

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Companies Seek Innovative Ways to Adopt Renewable Energy for Data Centers

There’s no question the demand for IT is increasing, spurred by a digital revolution that includes Internet of Thing devices and Big Data. And it’s a challenge for companies to identify ways to implement renewable energy initiatives to offset the power used by data centers. According to the results of an AFCOM State of the …

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Alliance Sets Guidelines to Address Data Security Concerns About IoT Adoption

For the past several years, the Internet of Things has been promising homes and businesses that are smarter — adapting to make our lives more convenient. However, adoption of devices and products, such as driverless cars and smart door locks, may not be accelerating as fast as anticipated — primarily because of concerns about data …

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Trends that will Impact the Data Center Industry Within Next 5 Years

Climate change is among the trends projected to impact the data center industry within the next 5 years, according to forecasts by researchers. And the growing acceptance of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices will continue to shape the future of data centers. Research firm Gartner predicted that 90 percent of large data centers will …

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Cyber Attack Threats

Beyond logging: Using SIEM to combat security, compliance issues

As connectivity grows, so do threats to the IT infrastructures under your care—and, by extension, your organization’s ability to profit and serve its customers. Security strategies that worked fine in the not-so-distant past have grown woefully inadequate as the technology terrain shifts. You’ve probably heard the acronym SIEM being thrown around a lot these days …

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IT Department

When your IT department goes rogue, what should you do next?

In my last post, we discussed the latest habit of non-IT departments in organizations large and small: hatching rogue IT operations on the cloud, taking your company’s data for a spin in the Wild, Wild Web — unpatched, unprotected, and nearly undetectable. To recap, this trend involves departments buying IT services online through vendors like …

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FedRAMP

FedRAMP: A challenging path to operational excellence for cloud providers

“The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.”—FedRamp website That sounds positive, but getting approved for the FedRAMP certification is far tougher than most cloud providers anticipated. In fact, few organizations are truly …

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Why Edge Computing is Gaining Popularity Along with IoT

As the internet of things (IoT) gains in popularity, so does edge computing — with futurists projecting that they will grow in tandem. An alternative to cloud computing, edge computing has been identified as a way to process and store data closer to end users. But first, what is edge computing? With edge computing, IT …

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New Data Center Efficiency Standard Updated to Reflect Industry

Data center managers welcomed news that the ASHRAE, which sets requirements for energy-efficient building designs, has released updates to its data center efficiency standard, recognizing that they are different than other buildings. Since 1975, the data center industry has been measured by the “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings” or ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1. …

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Data Center Uptime Projected to be No. 1 Priority in 2020

Anyone in the data center industry understands the importance of uptime. Recent statistics show that it costs us, on average, $7,900 each minute that we experience a data center outage — an essential reason to minimize the incidents that cause downtime. While there’s already pressure for IT professionals and data center managers to maintain a …

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