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Renewing Colocation Contracts: Getting More, Spending Less

Posted on 4/6/2021
Enterprises can successfully reduce costs and improve services during most contract renewals if managers are aware of market dynamics and intelligently plan the process.

What Happens When You Inject Security Into DevOps? DevSecOps

Posted on 4/5/2021
If you think that the security reviews that your DevOps team conducts are enough, give it another thought.

Salute Makes a Difference for Veterans, Data Center Skills Shortage

Posted on 3/15/2021
Saluting "Salute," an organization that trains and hires veterans for jobs in the data center industry.

SASE Key to Unlocking Zero Trust Adoption

Posted on 3/15/2021
Since Zero Trust was coined in 2010, it has been proclaimed by the network security community as the ideal access model to adopt. Still, it’s only recently that businesses have started to implement Zero Trust for their network security frameworks.

Salute Mission Critical Catches Eyes of Investor

Posted on 3/15/2021
Investment from LLR Partners to help Salute Mission Critical grow and flourish.

AFCOM Potomac Chapter Launches Internship Program for Third Consecutive Year

Posted on 3/15/2021
AFCOM Potomac Chapter announces it internship program for the third consecutive year.

Hybrid Cloud Central to Colocation's Future

Posted on 2/22/2021
As public clouds grow more sophisticated, it becomes harder and harder for data center providers to build compelling offerings by selling rack space.

100G to 800G: Building the Future High-speed Network

Posted on 2/22/2021
More than half of the data center switch ports shipped in 2024 will operate at data rates of 100 Gbps or greater. Here are the trends driving companies to upgrade.

Data Center Security Compliance and Standards: What's New in 2021?

Posted on 2/15/2021
New rules are being issued related to edge data center networking and security, data privacy in various parts of the world, and ransomware. Existing legislation is being broadened in scope.

Why Data Centers Need More Machine Learning to Improve Efficiency

Posted on 2/15/2021
Faced with hefty penalties for downtime, data centers are looking for new ways to maintain uptime, drive energy efficiency and stave off DDoS attacks. Leveraging machine learning can help a great deal, but challenges must be overcome.