cloud storage

Cloud Disaster Recovery – Why the hype?

Cloud Disaster Recovery – Why the hype?

Cloud Storage Services  There’s a lot of buzz around cloud services. Everything from accounting to telecommunications to everyday computing with virtual desktops, it’s all moving to the cloud. It’s not the wave of the future – it’s what’s happening now. Companies are embracing the cloud in droves, seeing the advantages over traditional, read “antiquated,” means of competing on the big stage. … Continued

Data Center Design and Maintainability

Data Center Design and Maintainability

There’s a saying, “Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong, will. Bell’s Law: Murphy was an optimist.” Yeah, we all feel that way on certain days when your planets are aligned for great misfortune, but it’s also an apropos saying for all things regarding your computer systems and even your data center maintainability. Things are going … Continued

Year-End and Holiday Maintenance – One Key Question to Ask

Year-End and Holiday Maintenance – One Key Question to Ask

Change management is a commonly embraced Information Technology (IT) discipline, and the planned maintenance that goes hand-in-hand is considered an IT “best practice,” but how you implement your downtime could determine your system update success or failure. There are a number of reasons why IT will plan maintenance. The IT objective of change management is … Continued

We Want the Power!

We Want the Power!

The only thing hungrier than Americans at Thanksgiving dinner are our data centers and their appetite for power. The power cravings are due to our ever-increasing ramp up of Internet usage. Yes, all those senseless YouTube videos that your friends make of their cats are adding to the overall power consumption. In fact, it would … Continued

What went wrong in the days before Super Storm Sandy?

What went wrong in the days before Super Storm Sandy?

“Not only were many firms unsure about whether their galoshes were waterproof,” Bart Chilton, the regulator at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said, “they hadn’t even tried them on.” Chilton’s sharp-tongued critique is in response to the apparent lack of disaster preparation in the days prior to the Super Storm Sandy. Chilton is still hot … Continued

Data Center Exposure and Recovery in New York City

Data Center Exposure and Recovery in New York City

Hurricane Sandy provided a fascinating opportunity to study the both the level of disaster planning and the resilience of New York City data centers. This article will examine a) what actually happened, b) what was the risk, and c) what are the lessons learned. What Actually Happened? Simply put, data centers in New York were … Continued