Industry Featured Articles
Tuesday, January 09 2018
By Tim Kittila, Director, Data Center Strategy, Parallel Technologies, email@example.com
As the consumption and the creation of data multiplies at exponential rates, so does the demand for data centers and colocation facilities. These data centers provide critical network connectivity points, provide hosting services for private and public cloud options, or host variations of enterprise data.
Some would argue that as a result of this current “outsource” swing in the market place, additional data centers are being added to accommodate the growth in colocation and cloud options. Others see shift in the market place as network demands are forcing our data to be close to the end-user, calling for the growth of new “edge” data centers. The various demands and growth of IoT (Internet of Things), data availability, data storage, data processing, etc., is pushing the consumption of data center space. As a result, we see new data centers being required as the commodity of “data” becomes more valuable than the commodity of oil.
Wednesday, January 11 2017
By Angelos Angelou, CEO, Angelou Economics, and Allan Paddack
“There were five exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every two days.” Eric Schmidt of Google (2010)
Information has been called the oil of the 21st century, and managing it is big business. There are approximately three million data centers in the U.S. That’s about one for every 100 of its citizens. They contribute, either directly or indirectly, $1 trillion or more, to the economy each year, which is over seven percent of the nation’s GDP. Given the relationship of information to the economy, it is not surprising that nearly every community across the country is actively seeking to attract one to their location. Sure, there are jobs associated with a data center, but as has often been noted by data center critics that there aren’t many direct jobs in an automated facility. The real benefit to a community of a data center is the indirect economic impact of technology investment. That investment attracts other high tech businesses, raises the quality of jobs and wages in the area and, of course, the tax base. And, at the rate of data center expansion seen in the first decade of the 21st century, every city and town could expect to have one by 2020.
Wednesday, January 13 2016
By Dennis J. Donovan, principal of Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting and Joe Suppers, president of Node Com
Data Centers have been proliferating due to several forces including the economic recovery, cloud computing, big data, Internet of Things, insatiable demand for real-time information, mobile communications, and risk minimization.
The proliferation of data centers has occurred in nearly all industries. Perhaps the biggest growth has transpired in the technology industry (from Google to Facebook).
Scale still matters in data centers. Reports on the demise of “big box” operations have been exaggerated. In fact, many of the data centers established in the last couple of years have been well in excess of 500,000 sq. ft.
Tuesday, March 17 2015
By Yannis Gatsiounis, Associate Project Manager, AngelouEconomics
As companies grow, their data centers often follow – turning into enormous, expensive operations harnessing massive amounts of energy to operate. But advances in technology and business modeling are altering the data center landscape.
A data center is a centralized computer repository for a business’s IT operations and equipment. Data centers prevent disruption to a system’s IT infrastructure by providing backup communications connections, power supplies, data storage and security devices.
Cloud technology is the most talked about change to data centers in recent years. Transferring data centers to the cloud allows companies to scrap the on-premise hardware by storing the data on the Internet instead. The process also usually involves outsourcing operations including updates and maintenance to a third party, reducing the burden on in-house, IT staff and overall operational costs. Cloud data centers involve fewer applications – sometimes as few as one – a single hardware environment and software architecture, and less application patching and updating than traditional data centers. Lower costs and fewer infrastructural demands means clouds are easier to initiate.