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!

Upcoming eBook Release!

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:

 

  • DataOps

  • Digitizing Financial Services

  • Serverless Cloud

  • 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!

Be sure to follow 165 Halsey Street on Twitter and LinkedIn for the announcement of our newest eBook; coming soon!

Data and Privacy: 2018-2019 Outlook: Data Centers and Security

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.

Network Security Challenge: Shortage of Skills

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As part of our six-part blog series on network security, we now focus on the next challenge: Shortage of Skills.

The cybersecurity industry is a rapidly growing, multi-billion-dollar-plus market, but it’s facing a serious talent shortage. Recent reports from Frost & Sullivan,  (ISC)2 , and Foote Partners highlight  the lack of cybersecurity talent and shortage of skilled technology workers. The reports project that the global cybersecurity workforce will grow to six million by 2019, but there will be more than 1.5 million of the positions unfilled by 2020.

So, what can companies do? Here’s a quick list – and for more on the challenges and opportunities surrounding keeping networks as secure as possible and thwarting cyberattacks, download the full eBook here.

 

  •  Assess workforce strategy
  • Improve outreach and engagement.
  • Build an ecosystem of professionals focused on cybersecurity.
  • Provide an amazing support program for the new hires.
  • Support ongoing learning and skill building.

We will continue our mini blog series on network security – challenges and opportunities, so please stay tuned each week for more!

Be sure to follow 165 Halsey Street on Twitter and LinkedIn as well for all company updates, including when new blogs are posted.

Thanks for reading!

#TEXcited for Telecom Exchange! June 20-21, 2017

In less than one week, Telecom Exchange’s doors will open at Cipriani Wall Street (June 20-21, 2017)! The 165 Halsey Street team will be on hand with an exhibit booth presence to discuss all things data center and colocation services.

Here’s a few quick facts about 165 Halsey Street:

  • We are an SSAE 16-certified carrier neutral colocation facility.
  • There are no MRC cross connect fees in our facility.
  • We grant access to 60+ top-tier networks through our facility.
  • We serve a variety of tenants, including Fortune 500 companies and SMBs across the technology, financial, government, medical, content industries.

If you’re a content provider, network provider, or tech startup in the market for colocation services, we would love to schedule some time to discuss what our 1.2M square-foot data center/colocation/ telecom carrier can do to meet your unique networking needs.

SCHEDULE A MEETING

Telecom Exchange is the award-winning industry networking event dedicated to neutral exhibit space for direct networking and C-level engagement that allows attendees to explore ‘Where Communications & Technology Meet.’ This year’s show is projected to host over 600 attendees, so the 165 Halsey Street team is looking forward to catching up with old friends and meeting new.

Tech Advancements in 2017: Do You Know What to Expect?

Believe it or not, we’re approaching the halfway mark for 2017! In many ways 2017 has already been a critical year in terms of technological advancement, but there’s still much more to come. Moore’s Law is ever-apparent these days, as everyone strives to make the ultimate pocket sized computer (otherwise known as a mobile phone), companies introduce more sophisticated IoT devices and VR/AR technology creep closer to resembling the experiences you’ve seen in 1980s science fiction movies.

So, the big question is, do you know what to expect in terms of the forecasted tech trends? On top of that, are you taking advantage of colocation services that are equipped to support the devices of tomorrow?

Luckily, the 165 Halsey Street team has authored an eBook, titled, “Technology Advancements in 2017: A Look at Cloud, Peering, IoT & More” that outlines some of the major technological projections for 2017. While every business is different, it’s important to explore the latest technologies to stay empowered, drive new efficiencies, act more quickly and deliver top notch customer service. This eBook explores where new technologies stand and can serve as a guide to steer your business in the right direction.

If you’re interested in our expert opinion on emerging technologies, please click below to download our FREE eBook.