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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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Assess the Rogue IT Benefits, Risks in Your Company

Several years ago, a Fortune magazine article predicted doom for corporations as their employees came and left work, increasingly armed with an array of mobile devices. Those were the tools that would lead to rogue IT wreaking havoc at work, it said. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find that most companies have accepted the …

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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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Have you implemented policies to ensure your business is risk-ready?

Data breaches are serious and very real threats in today’s digital world, and no industry sectors are immune. In the medical sector alone, the cost of client data breach liability, expense, and settlements surpassed the same costs from medical malpractice. Securing data and minimizing the probability and impact of data breaches is at its core …

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Demand for Business Intelligence and Analytics Hits Tipping Point

Gartner, known worldwide for its research and projections, predicted several years ago that data center managers would be swamped with a flood of demands for resources related to business intelligence and analytics. It appears that time has arrived, with Gartner recently announcing that the shift from the old way of things to the more modern …

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Stepping up defenses against cyber attacks as IoT demands grow

In what is expected to be a steady series of steps to combat cyber attacks, the GSM Association recently released guidelines to address the looming security problems that could result from the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend. The guidelines could go a long way in governing how well so-called smart devices are designed and …

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How to give your disaster recovery plan a test run

With major floods hitting states across America, including Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee, scientists are now predicting there’s plenty more to come over the next five years — putting residents, businesses and other organizations at risk. That’s why experts are increasingly concerned about the need for data centers to put disaster recovery plans in place …

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What Data Center Operators Need to Know About NFPA 75

With NFPA 75 increasingly gaining attention, IT professionals are questioning how data center will be impacted by the newly revised standards for data center fire suppression. Good question. It’s been a couple of years since the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) revised the standard, along with NFPA 76. But confusion still abounds. Although the specifications …

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The future of IT jobs and the competition for talent

While it’s considered the best of times to be working in the IT field, it could very well be the worst of times for HR managers to fill IT positions — especially if they’re working for non-enterprise companies. The demand for IT experts is so high that unemployment rates in the field are among the …

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