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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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Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan by Answering These 2 Questions

Every business, whether large, medium or small, should have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that guides employees on how to recover in the event of a breach caused by a natural or manmade event. Most of us realize that. But when was the last time you reviewed your plan and identified any gaps that may …

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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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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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6 ways to cut your data center’s energy consumption

Look around. Every company should be doing this on a regular basis, evaluating operations and processes for areas that can be more efficient — and, as a result, cut costs and increase profits. For many companies, those gains can be made by assessing the energy consumed by their data centers. According to the Data Centers …

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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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Data Center downtime takes a turn for the worse in 2015

2015 wasn’t a good year for data centers when weighing the damage of downtime. The costs related to downtime climbed to $740,000 in 2015 for a single data center outage. That’s up from an average of $690,000 in 2013. And experts are blaming cybercrime as one of the leading causes of the outages, according to …

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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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Prolong the life of Data Center equipment with proper cleaning

When you’re considering the risks of data center downtime, your thoughts likely turn to threats like cyber attacks, storms, fires and other critical events. Have you considered that debris and dust could be among the culprits that could cause power failures? Without a regular cleaning program, you could be putting your data center — and …

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