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How to Choose the Right Place for Your Data

For IT leadership, choosing a colocation data center may create anxiety similar to what parents feel when deciding where their children will go to school. In either situation, you’re entrusting a third party with a big responsibility. And even though an organization may present itself well online or in brochures, you need to do some …

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New Tool Designed to Help Banks Evaluate Cyber Risk

On June 30, 2015, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council rolled out a new assessment tool for financial organizations, with the aim of helping them detect and defend against security risks. The Cybersecurity Assessment Tool walks users through the process of analyzing their own systems, personnel policies and technology infrastructure to determine how prepared they …

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Breaches, Hackers and Audits: Part 1 of a 2-Part Post on Cybersecurity

At around lunchtime on July 8, 2015, trading at the New York Stock Exchange came to a halt when NYSE decision-makers recognized a “technical issue” associated with a software release. Reports since then have been vague regarding what the issue was and how it was remedied, but it seems symptomatic of problems that affect businesses …

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Indianapolis IT Expert Says NYSE Computer Outage Time Could Have Been Reduced and Might Have Been Hacked

The NYSE, along with United and WSJ.com, outages were cause for concern last week, raising a variety of questions in the midst of reports of “technical issues”. The official statement reads as follows: “It was determined that the NYSE and NYSE MKT customer gateways were not loaded with the proper configuration compatible with the new …

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Many ‘Things’ May Compromise Data Security

The “Internet of Things” or “IoT” … what is it, and what does it mean to your company? Simply put, the IoT describes what happens when you set off an alarm leaving a store, because a cashier forgot to deactivate the security tag on your item. The tag sends a signal to a receiver, which …

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How Server Efficiency Affects Power Consumption

When you manage your company’s data center, your primary focus is keeping servers up and running. But if no one is checking the efficiency of those servers, you could be maintaining machines that offer little value in exchange for the power they consume. In 2013, data centers in the United States consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours …

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What You Need to Know About Data Center Migration

By the time businesses decide to move their data center, or consolidate multiple data centers at one location, they’re eager to get to work and finish the migration as soon as possible. But this task requires a lot of planning and coordination, and rushing the process can create big problems. Following are some recommendations if …

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How Startups Can Save Money by Leasing Space in a Data Center

Running a startup requires a lot of guts, tempered with foresight. Great ideas aren’t enough. You need the right people to execute those ideas and a realistic budget. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs get so wrapped up in their vision, they forget about the steps needed to achieve it, and that’s when new businesses tend to fail. …

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Is Your Data Safe?

When trying to decide whether to move a data center offsite, some CIOs may wonder whether the safety of their corporate data can be guaranteed. If you decide to build and manage your own remote data center, physically protecting your facility from harm can significantly add to the expense of your building. But if you …

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3 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Outdated Data Center

When managing an outdated data center, there are improvements that may be out of the budget for your company. Keeping up with technology, equipment and servers alone are some of the most expensive updates you can make within your own facility. Other expenses such as remodeling the actual building and keeping up-to-date with security efforts …

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