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Disaster Recovery (DR)

With hurricane season underway in the US, it is important to make sure you have a comprehensive disaster recovery (DR) plan in place to avoid outages. Climate change has made severe weather even more relentless, which can make it even more likely that disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, or even heat waves can cause problems for your data center. The main goal of a disaster recovery plan is to ensure that data can be fully recovered as quickly as possible after an outage. Here are some steps that should be taken to ensure you have a comprehensive and thorough DR plan:

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  • Make sure to gauge what risks your data center could face. You need to be prepared for any and all types of disasters, no matter how unlikely they may seem. While your data center located in a humidclimateislesslikely to be the victim of a wildfire than a data center in California, it’s not entirely impossible. Therefore, you should still make sure you have a plan in place should something like this particular event ever occur.
  • Create a straightforward, step-by-step plan to address the disaster. Make sure to distribute a physical copy of this to your employees as well, because in the case of an outage you may not be able to access any files housed on a computer or cell phone. Be sure this plan is transparent and includes appropriate information about any and all personnel that should be contacted in the event of a disaster.
  • Make sure you have a reliable backup site. You’ll need backup servers to minimize downtime in the case of an emergency, so make sure whoever you pick is reliable, redundant, and fast. Most importantly, you want to pick a business that is nowhere near your current location, as that is the region where the natural disaster is occurring. If both you and your backup center is down, you may experience a catastrophic outage.

Outages and the failure to recover lost data is one of the leading causes of data centers being forced to shut down, so make sure to keep these points in mind when creating your DR plan.


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Data Center Trends in 2019: Software-Defined Networks (SDN)

One of the trendiest topics for the last few years has been software-defined networking, or SDN for short. The technology allows for infrastructure to become “transformed” into a software-based system, which Software Defined Networkis an integral part of the software defined data center (SDDC) of the future. In 2019, the technology has seen a significant uptick largely due to the value it has for data center networks such as the following:

  • SDN allows networks to dynamically reconfigure, to reduce bandwidth bottlenecks by directing the flow of network traffic, allowing the network to work effectively with a multitude of applications
  • SDN can be incredibly cost-effective by allowing for a simplified network design due to the capability for the controllers to provide instructions, eliminating the need for multiple devices
  • SDN provides a high level of flexibility, allowing the speedy deployment of new applications and services

Want to learn more about the hot trends for data centers in 2019? Download our eBook today!

Data Center In 2019: An Aging Workforce?

Last year, Uptime Institute released a survey about the data center industry, and some of the findings pointed to the fact that young people are not very interested in pursuing careers in the data center. The survey consisted of managers and engineers of which 56% had over 20 years of experience, illustrating a distinct lack of entry level or early career employees.

Due to the lack of pre-professional and college programs, data center managers have found it hard to source employees that have the correct skills to work in data center operations. In fact, 65% of the data center managers surveyed said that they were facing these issues. However, all of that could be changing.

According to the most recent AFCOM State of the Data Center Report, 70% of respondents are starting to see younger faces around their data centers, but 34% are still finding it difficult to hireyoung people. So, how can we make the data center industry more attractive to younger generations? Here are some options: Data Center

  • Make your workplace more appealing to young people by considering the fact that younger generations, specifically millennials, all grew up being connected all the time. They know how to remain productive while using their technology, and oftentimes desire to work remotely.
  • Expose young people to the industry before college. Funds need to be allocated to programs that will expose high school and junior high school students to the industry, ultimately making it more visible. Instead of sticking with education focused on basic computer science or networking, there need to be programs that connect these concepts to the data center.
  • Increase diversity. Plain and simple, the data center industry is male-dominated and that needs to change. The industry need to integrate with STEM programs to support and recruit more women into the field, as well as the fact that skills developed in STEM programs will also help with future infrastructure implementations.

We are at a better place than we were last year, but this shift will take time. The changes in sentiment will not happen overnight, and high school programs won’t be funded at the drop of a hat. We need to come together as an industry to combat this issue, before all of our employees retire.

Stay Tuned for Our Upcoming eBook: “Race to 5G and What It Means for Data Centers”

Keep on the lookout for our upcoming eBook that will serve as a comprehensive overview of 5G. Throughout the last few years, 5G has maintained a significant amount of buzz from implementation to deployment. Even our own President is asserting that the US will “lead in 5G very shortly.” But what exactly are we racing to? How technically close are we to the official Race to 5Gand universal rollout of 5G? These are the questions we will answer in the upcoming eBook “Race to 5G and What It Means for Data Centers.”

Make sure to download the eBook upon its release, to read about some of the following topics:

  • Overview of 5G
  • Status of 5G Implementation in US
  • 5G and Data Centers
  • 5G Challenges / Opportunities for Data Centers
  • What’s Ahead for 5G – End of the Race?

The eBook will be available for download in the next couple of weeks; make sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for our updates!

Data Center Trends in 2019 – Liquid Cooling

It’s no surprise that data centers use quite a bit of power to operate. In fact, they use about 3% of power generated on the planet, but what is surprising is that 40% of power consumption can be attributed to cooling methods. This metric is typically associated with air cooling methods, which are definitely not the most efficient.

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By cooling the air in the room to ensure the equipment does not overheat, you end up doing a lot of extra work. Enter liquid cooling; allowing you to cool equipment directly at the source of heat, whether that be by submerging the actual equipment in liquid or implementing direct-to-chip cooling. Here are some details about the two liquid cooling methods:

  • Immersion Cooling: This method involves submerging the actual equipment in a non-conductive liquid. This is much more efficient for removing heat than air cooling, however is much more expensive than direct-to-chip cooling, as it requires a large amount of dielectric fluid, which is expensive.
  • Direct-To-Chip Cooling: This method involves a heat sink attached directly to a CPU, to which two tubes are attached. In one tube, cold water flows in and draws heat away from the heat sink, and the other tube carries this heated water away to be disposed of. This method is much cheaper than immersion, since there is no direct contact with equipment allowing water to be used in place of dielectric fluid.

While the idea of liquid cooling has been around for quite some time, it has only really started to come into common usage in recent years. What started off as computer enthusiasts wanting to overclock their home PCs has translated into companies like Google implementing liquid cooling methods for some of their heavy-compute equipment after finding that air cooling was not up to the task. Additionally, air cooling introduces a number of inefficiencies such as introducing pollutants, creating condensation in the environment, and equipment that often needs to be repaired. Liquid cooling eliminates these inefficiencies, and lowers power costs, but for now remains a bit of a costly endeavor to implement.

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The Data Center in 2019: Next-Gen Security

We wish we didn’t have to say it, but when will security NOT be an issue or a hot topic? Data centers must continue to address the critical issues around physical security as well as security of the IT workload. In 2019, there will be ongoing tightening of security standards and increased adoption of leading-edge security techniques, tools and software across the industry.

In 2018 alone, according to Datacenter Knowledge, the cybersecurity epidemic caused countless data breaches, exacerbated the cybersecurity skills shortage, and left organizations of all sizes struggling with ineffective security programs. As such, the three security predictions that Datacenter Knowledge makes for 2019 include:

  • Cloud providers adopting a ‘security by default’ approach, in which they take the security controls already built into their platforms and ensure they are “on by default.” Simplifying security in this way should reduce human error, along with associated vulnerabilities and gaps in security defenses.
  • Enterprises will revert back to security basics by starting with simple again, prioritizing policies and processes that focus on tried and true basics such as “AAA” : Authentication, think User Directory and Multi-Factor Authentication; Authorization, which handles the permissions a user should have once authenticated; and Accounting, which watches and verifies the integrity of the user’s account from internal and external changes.
  • Companies will favor all-in-one security devices over standalone point products.

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The Data Center in 2019: Edge Computing

Edge computing allows connected devices to process data closer to where it is created – the location known as the “edge.” It is estimated that by next year (2020), the average person will generate 1.5 GB worth of data each per day. As more and more devices continue to connect to the internet to generate data, cloud computing may not be able to handle it all, especially at fast speeds we are getting accustomed to. And here is where edge computing comes in.

So, what is the Edge Data Center?
Edge data centers are facilities that extend the edge of the network, delivering cloud computing resources and caching streaming content to local end users. They are located closer to these end users; hence they can deliver faster services with minimal latency.

When it comes to IoT networks, edge data centers aptly serve as clearing houses for data being generated by the IoT devices that require additional processing, but are too time sensitive to be transmitted back to a centralized cloud server.

Up until now, edge data centers were limited to Tier-1 cities such as New York, LA and Chicago – and users in Tier 2 cities such as Kansas City would have to access internet-based content from the closest edge location of Chicago. But today, data center provides like 165 Halsey Street and others are looking to develop strategies for emerging opportunities in edge computing. Edge computing is evolving in these areas:

  • Data centers in regional markets and smaller cities
  • Micro data centers at telecom towers
  • On-site IT enclosures and appliances to support IoT workloads
  • End-user devices, including everything from smart speakers to drones and autonomous cars

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – Hybrid Cloud

451 Research analysts predict that this year organizations anticipate that just under half (46%) of enterprise workloads will run in on-premise environments, with the remainder off-premise.

Enterprises today are striking a balance between cloud and on-premises systems. Such actions have even enabled companies like Microsoft to soar to the number two position in the cloud market very quickly and has given IBM a considerable boost. Other conglomerates like AWS and Google are quickly following suit.

In order to address increasing data center demands while adding advantages of agility, scalability and global reach, traditional data centers are transforming into hybrid data centers.

The following hybrid data center characteristics are emerging that differ from previously worn, traditional approaches:

  • Application suitability – More enterprises are modernizing existing workloads when possible to develop new net applications suited for the cloud, as legacy applications are typically unsuited to run off-premise.
  • Workload management – The variables that determine which data center environments prove most efficient include risk, cost and IT service performance.
  • Advanced software tools – Companies that manage hybrid environments commonly invest in software tools offering greater visibility into each of the three data center iterations and their performance.

Additionally, centrally managing on-premise and public cloud security policies allows for security policy consistency and protects from cyber adversaries.

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The Data Center in 2019: Hot Technologies & Trends – 5G Demand

Referencing an IHS Economics and IHS Technology Report from 2017, 5G is expected to lay the groundwork for technologies such as enabling self-driving cars to be more responsive to traffic changes or IoT sensors being integrated into smart buildings and smart cities in the coming years. This report also finds that 5G has the potential to create a staggering $12.2 trillion in global economic output by 2035.

5G promises increased speeds and capacity, lower latency (less than 1 millisecond!), and an improved user experience. To stay relevant alongside 5G,, it is imperative for data centers to host and stream data at significant higher speeds, volumes, and lower latencies.

It is critical for data centers to offer low latency so as to not slow down the data transmission, as well as strong reliability and redundancy. With 5G, users will come to expect instant access whenever and wherever, and data centers who want to comply with these services must adhere.

Today’s data centers, such as 165 Halsey Street, are well equipped for the new wave of mobile networks. The facilities that are not should consider focusing on hardware refreshes and upgrades to ensure the lowest latency possible, along with a wealth of bandwidth to manage the high volume that 5G and other technologies, such as Edge Computing will bring.

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