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Best Practices for Your Emerging 5G Journey Checklist

Posted on 9/22/2020
5G is still an early development. With this in mind, here is a checklist of things to consider before embarking on your 5G journey.

Hyperscale Disruption: A Portrait of the Data Center Value Chain

Posted on 9/14/2020
Hyperscale has fundamentally transformed the data center market. We’re seeing suppliers, contractors, manufacturers and even end users adapting. This new value chain calls for greater partnership engagement and transparency to facilitate a new level

It's Time for a Holistic Security Review

Posted on 9/8/2020
It’s vital to dig a little deeper when assessing security to consider how a range of factors could impact the business and its ability to respond to a breach.

Monitoring Vendors a Never-Ending Project

Posted on 9/8/2020
If you think once you cross all the Ts and dot all the Is on an outsourcing contract, all the hard work is done, you couldn't be more wrong. You must continually measure and monitor the performance of your vendors and suppliers in order to ensure

Six Things to Do Now to Advance Your Data Center Career

Posted on 8/24/2020
Enterprises can successfully reduce costs and improve services during most contract renewals if managers are aware of market dynamics and intelligently plan the process.

Data Center World Expo: A Virtual Success

Posted on 8/24/2020
Enterprises can successfully reduce costs and improve services during most contract renewals if managers are aware of market dynamics and intelligently plan the process.

Renewing Colocation Contracts: Getting More, Spending Less

Posted on 8/24/2020
Enterprises can successfully reduce costs and improve services during most contract renewals if managers are aware of market dynamics and intelligently plan the process.

DCW Keynote: Apollo Expert Frank O’Brien - A Realist for 2020

Posted on 8/17/2020
NASA historian and author Frank O’Brien will present an overview of the computer and what made it able to navigate a spacecraft and its precious human cargo on a voyage from the Earth to the moon.

The State of the Data Center: How Much Can Change in Just a Few Months

Posted on 8/17/2020
Bill Kleyman will provide an update on The State of the Data Center at Data Center World, Aug. 24-27.

IT Can Prove ROI with Tighter Asset Management

Posted on 8/17/2020
IT teams can increase their ROI, and importantly, free up staff time for more value-added tasks. Here are five practices to consider: