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Climate Change Could Rank Among Data Center’s Top Threats

While climate change been a hot topic of discussion among politicians and environmentalists, it could be one of the top things IT experts will be talking about in the upcoming years. At least that seems to be the opinion of one of New York’s chief technology officers. In a CIO article, Cordell Schachter, who works …

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Data Center Uptime can Become No. 1 Priority with Growth of IoT

Just as consumers don’t have a high tolerance for glitches that make the lights go out or other utilities to crash, they will fully expect data center uptime to be around the 100 percent rate with the increasing emergence of connected devices at home and at work. That’s what a speaker told attendees during the …

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Energy-Savings Behind Recent Initiatives with Federal Data Centers

With the federal government getting more aggressive about tackling its own data centers that aren’t energy efficient, more companies may soon follow its lead in determining if it’s time to shift to more energy-efficient models. In a move to drive down spending and waste, the Office of Management and Budget announced that it is streamlining …

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When Failure is Not an Option, Go with RCM Protocols

Although reliability-centered maintenance is nothing new, progressive data centers are increasingly exploring this protocol when wanting to completely eliminate the possibility of failure. Commercial airlines and military operations have been trying to develop RCM since the 1970s, according to various reports. The commercial nuclear power industry followed shortly afterward. Even Disney, with its millions of …

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Study of CEOs Shows Cyber Threats, Energy costs, Taxes are Concerns

It appears that cybersecurity could soon be on the minds of nearly every single business executive out there. According to a recently released survey, 86 percent of executives are now expressing concerns about cyber threats and lack of data security — up from 69 percent in 2014. In the study of 1,409 CEOs polled, energy …

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$19 Billion on Tap to Boost National Cybersecurity Efforts

With cyberattacks looming large as the nation’s No. 1 security threat, President Obama recently unveiled the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) — a $19 billion initiative to update cybersecurity measures, boost the number of college students pursuing careers in cybersecurity, streamline federal computer networks, and certify Internet-connected devices as secure. The plan also includes measures …

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EMP Events More Than Just Political Hype; They Can Happen

With EMP attacks and other events becoming a topic of political debates, it could be tempting to dismiss them as merely sensational topics as some media outlets have done recently. Here’s what a recent article on Fortune.com had to say about recent predictions about the potential of an EMP attack: “Senator Ted Cruz wants us …

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Data Center Outages: The Top 5 Culprits May Surprise You

With Winter Storm Jonas living up to its Category 4 rating, crippling everything in its path throughout 14 states, IT experts encountered another test in ensuring that their data centers were able to operate and recover against the brutal conditions. Yet, as a recent study revealed, natural disasters still aren’t among the top 3 culprits …

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The new Rogue IT: A growing, invisible threat to your IT operations

Meet the new rogue IT — a growing trend that may have already found its way into your organization. Back in the day, “rogue IT” typically entailed departments building servers and putting them under their desks in an attempt to circumvent the IT department and all of the pesky security controls that came with IT-approved …

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Understanding the Tier Rating System Behind Data Centers

If you’ve done any research on data centers, particularly colocation centers, you’ve likely come across Uptime Institute’s rating system — which have been guiding standards in the industry for more than 20 years. The Institute awards Tier ratings ranging from I to IV based on a number of complex factors, with the Tier IV rating …

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