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Data Center World Fall 2016: The Changing Data Center Market

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Approximately 25 years ago, the Internet had just gone commercial, and bulky bag cell phones and new video game consoles were all the rage. Things were different then, too, in the data center industry. The wholesale data center was defined in real estate terms, featured long-term leases and limited services and required customers to bring their own network. The retail approach to colocation was comprised of defined service agreements, standardization and short to medium-term contracts with a broader range of services.

Predicting the Unpredictable: Consider the Cloud (#2 in Series)

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As I mentioned in my most recent blog, anticipating and responding to the unpredictable is essential for businesses, especially when it comes to their IT needs. The three biggest areas I see as crucial for long-term planning for IT infrastructure include data center scalability, migration to cloud and human and capital resource allocation. In this blog entry, I’ll discuss migration to cloud and connectivity issues. 

Data Center Strategies: Predicting the Unpredictable in Scalability (#1 in Series)

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Many things in life are unpredictable: the weather, the economy, the outcome of sporting events and more. In fact, as the wise character Remy in the Disney movie “Ratatouille” said, “The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability.” Though unpredictability can make life interesting, the fear of the unknown can cause stress. This is especially true for businesses that aren’t prepared for change through growth, the introduction of new technology and trends and a revolving competitor landscape. 

The IoT and Business IT: a New Environment

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Every year brings new industry buzzwords, and 2016 is no different. I see terms like big data, actionable analytics, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things pop up in almost every newspaper article, white paper and blog I read that has to do with technology. Perhaps the most comprehensive of these popular terms is Internet of Things (IoT), which Gartner defines as “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.”

Calculate Your Data Center Cost Savings

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Growing is a part of life, whether it’s going through the inevitable aging process or expanding our measurements – both vertically and horizontally. Preparing for that growth isn’t always possible, but the business world has to be prepared for growth in order to be successful and sustainable. While this growth usually includes more customers and an expanded line of products, businesses have to deal with more digital data than ever before with the constant introduction of new technology.

CenturyLink Data Centers: Innovation by Example

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Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

– Steve Jobs, IT entrepreneur and inventor

Innovations in technology often affect the direction of the digital world. About 15 years ago, smartphones were introduced to the mass market, and these days they are used by millions of consumers throughout the world. In fact, the sales of smartphones increased from a mere $3.8 million in 2005 to approximately $55 million this past year.

DCD Webscale: Big Data Decisions

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According to IBM, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created globally every day. That’s quintillion, as in one thousand raised to the power of six (1018) or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. It’s also the equivalent of 2,500,000 trillion. As large as the gross United States federal government debt is at approximately $19.3 trillion, that number doesn’t come anywhere close to the amount of data produced daily across the world.

Integrating IT Infrastructure to Meet Business Growth: Connecting the Dots through Colocation

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As technology continues to evolve and businesses expand their operations into new markets, data requirements are rapidly growing, requiring more bandwidth and increased network speeds. In addition, the widespread adoption of big data has enabled businesses to more easily implement tools for business intelligence, precipitating the need for more storage for that data and a more comprehensive IT infrastructure.