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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:
- 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.
To learn about what trends Data Centers are seeing in 2019, download our eBook today!
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:
- 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.
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 and 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?
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.
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.
Flashy headlines aside, data centers are driven by increasing complexity of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), edge services, and with that, comes the natural need for the data center to evolve accordingly.
More and more enterprises are discovering that their on-premises data center infrastructure has no strategic value for the company.
As on-premises infrastructure models shift to off-premises models, enterprises are weighing the options of managing all IT infrastructures themselves in-house or outsourcing and pushing workloads to the cloud or colocation. IT strategies are now based on workload placement. Factors such as compliance, data sovereignty, data latency and other key business requirements help enterprises determine whether applications should reside on-premises, in the cloud, at the edge, and so on.
As data centers evolve, what technologies are propelling the changes within? Download our e-book to see, and also to learn about the other hot technologies and trends in the data center 2019.
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2018 brought a wealth of new technologies and trends in regard to the data center. The Internet of Things (IoT), rising volume of digital traffic and ongoing rapid adoption of cloud-based applications are just some of the trends that continued to shape the industry throughout the year.
Need a refresher on what some of the top trends were? Take a look below:
Digitizing Financial Services
Multi-Access Edge Computing
Converged Infrastructure Green Initiatives
Data Center Modernization
As 2019 is off and running, 165 Halsey Street wants to make sure that you have the right colocation / data center provider on your side. As part of our commitment to the industry, we’re excited to soon release a brand new eBook focusing on the 2019 trends and technologies set to impact data centers the most.
Leave a comment below to offer up your predictions before the latest eBook is released!
Does your data center take security to the next level? In our latest e-Book, we address how you can best protect yourself from data breaches, the latest on privacy laws and more. To wrap up this particular e-Book blog series, we’re talking about common security measures you can find in secure data centers.
Hacking, malware and spyware are the most obvious threats to data privacy, and there is also the physical aspect of IT security to keep in mind. Data centers and carrier hotels, such as 165 Halsey Street, take security to a whole new level. Below are just a few examples of security measures that should be taken in a secure data center:
- Top of the Line Surveillance Systems
- Security Guards
- Strategic Building Design
- Access Control
There are many additional countermeasures employed by data centers. Check with your data center specifically on all security measures utilized.
Why choose 165 Halsey Street?
165 Halsey Street is a dedicated 1.2M sf data center/colocation/telecom carrier hotel with over 80 MW of power. The building has been operating a carrier neutral colocation business for more than 15 years, and presently spans over 180,000 square feet with no MRC cross connect fees and direct access to over 60 networks.
Located just 13 miles from Manhattan, 165 Halsey Street is independently owned and operated and SSAE 16-certified. With 165 Halsey Colocation, there are no monthly recurring cross connect fees between customers, allowing safe, convenient and affordable interconnection.
According to Gemalto Breach Level Index, data breaches compromised 4.5 billion records in the first half of 2018.If you guessed that the US comes in last place when it comes to these breaches, then you would be correct. The US is the most popular for attacks, “representing more than 57 percent of global breaches and accounting for 72 percent of all records stolen, though overall incidents are down 17 percent over the prior half. India accounts for 37 percent of the global breaches in terms of records compromised or stolen or revealed.”
Data breaches have a considerable, negative impact on a company’s customer base, particularly if the breach involves sensitive data. Not only do customers lose confidence in the brand and don’t feel that their data is secure, but data breaches put off new potential customers as well. How can companies best protect themselves against these data breaches? Below are just a few examples. To view the entire list, read our latest e-Book.
- Incorporate a cybersecurity specialist into the team.
- Keep all business and personal accounts separate, and encrypt all data.
- Continue to build awareness. Strengthen passwords and require both a two-step identification process and good antivirus programs.
In our ongoing e-Book blog series, we’ve addressed GDPR, stats on the latest global data privacy and more. Today, we’re taking a peek into the future to learn what lies ahead for additional privacy laws.
As of March 2018, in response to the EU’s newly enacted GDPR, all U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have enacted breach notification laws requiring businesses to notify consumers if their personal information is compromised. These new and amended state data breach laws further define personal information and specifically mandate that certain information security requirements are implemented.
The expanding global privacy and security community will need to address the complicated data security issues in the coming year. The issues include GDPR implementation and related data transfer rules for the EU and globally, as well as practical and operational issues that involve putting best practices for new data and technology into place. Data professionals are strongly needed to become “effective stewards of company data, with appropriate consideration of individual privacy and appropriate business goals,” and companies must focus on the need to manage individual data, while dealing with the onslaught of legislative and regulatory overlaps and the need for effective integration of privacy and security controls.
If you’re ready to talk data security with a professional, reach out to 165 Halsey Street today.