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Making the Complex Simple: New Demands for Edge Environments

Posted on 4/23/2019
The key for organizations becomes not simply adopting edge solutions, but identifying the ones that reduce complexities and headaches.

Eight Key Steps to Create a Successful Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted on 4/23/2019
Despite the steep cost of unplanned downtime, many companies don’t have a plan other than reacting once it happens.

Combating Stranded Power in the Data Center

Posted on 4/15/2019
Knowing what causes stranded power in the data center and taking measures to prevent it can save money and power.

Five Simple Safety Best Practices for Data Centers

Posted on 4/15/2019
Safety considerations and potential hazards in today’s data centers are far reaching. However, there are simple safety best practices that you could employ to mitigate and/or control hazards while also strengthening your safety culture.

Data Center and Server Room Considerations: What You Need to Know

Posted on 4/8/2019
While it is almost impossible to know exactly the future needs of an enterprise, it is important that data center management solutions are flexible in terms of scale and new technologies.

The Great Talent Migration

Posted on 4/8/2019
In the 'great talent suck,' talent is being attracted to the cities where the hyperscalers, colo-providers and cloud operators are congregated.

Five Outdated IT Practices that Need to be Eliminated

Posted on 4/1/2019
One of the biggest security vulnerabilities a company can face is one of the simplest to address: outdated software.

Avoiding Downtime in a Hybrid Environment

Posted on 4/1/2019
The more unwieldy the mix of legacy, modern and cloud components, the greater the chance one could fail at any moment.

Why Market Collaboration is Imperative in the Hyperscale Era

Posted on 4/1/2019
When partnerships are formed, it can lead to standardization - a critical and given element of hyperscale.

DCI Board on Data Centers Five Years Down the Road

Posted on 3/18/2019
We asked DCI board members: How do you see data centers changing five years down the road and what will influence those changes?