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Types and Tiers of Data Centers: A Primer

By: Blair Felter
June 12th, 2018

Not all data centers are created equal. The Uptime Institute (UI), the IT industry’s most trusted global standard for the proper design, build, and operation of data centers, has developed strict standards in order to separate the very basic from the very best. Rather than assign grades, UI classifies data center types by four tiers. Each tier represents different levels of availability, hours of interruption per year, and data center facility and system redundancy standards.

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3 Reasons Edge Computing Is Critical to IoT

By: Blair Felter
June 5th, 2018

It’s no secret that today’s Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm has had a massive impact on IT – and specifically, data centers. Not only has the IoT movement pushed data center providers to enhance their services and operations and increase power capacities, it has also driven many businesses to re-think their infrastructure deployments and data center investments.

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Data Center Migration Checklist

Data Center Migration Checklist

Use this checklist to help protect your investment, mitigate potential risk and minimize downtime during your data center migration.

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Why are Data Center Switches on the Rise?

By: Blair Felter
March 1st, 2018

The market for data center switches is approaching $14 billion with no signs of stopping. Some industry experts predict that the switch market will eclipse $17 billion in the next five years. What’s driving the growth of data center switches?

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Why Amazon’s Rule Over the Cloud Is Good for Colocation Providers

By: Blair Felter
November 8th, 2017

The cloud market continues to grow, driven primarily by Amazon Web Services’ (AWS’) ever-growing market share. TechCrunch covered AWS’ cloud infrastructure explosion in a recent article, citing findings in Synergy Research Group’s Q3 cloud market report.

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Data Center Performance | Data Center

How MSPs Can Improve Uptime Reliability

By: Blair Felter
October 30th, 2017

When it comes to optimizing uptime, managed services providers (MSPs) are fighting two battles — meeting customer expectations for network availability and managing requirements for application integration, speed and security. And given the high costs of outages, MSPs are increasingly urged to find proactive ways to fight those battles. The question is, where do you start?

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Four Challenges to Uptime for Managed Service Providers

By: Blair Felter
October 20th, 2017

The managed services sector is growing rapidly. Research and Markets has projected the market to accumulate over $240 billion by 2021, with key segments like software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) expected to generate well over $30 billion individually in 2017. But while demand for these services is high, uptime requirements for managed service providers (MSPs) are even higher. In fact, according to the ITIC 2017 Global Reliability Survey Mid-Year Update, 99.99% uptime is now the minimum reliability required by nearly 80% of organizations.

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