Posted on February 23, 2018 by Gento | Comments (6)
According to the Gartner research company, the number of devices with wireless internet connectivity is expected to approach 21 billion by the year 2020. That places the average person, globally, in possession of roughly 1.6 wireless devices. In the west, the estimate per person is four to five such devices. This is the Internet of Things (IoT), and the one thing that’s certain is you will have a potentially unlimited number of tech vendors vying for your attention, information, and money.
The first thing we should understand in this coming sea of connectivity is the rights of customers. As a customer in the IoT world you will have the right to;
As competition within IoT grows, these ten expectations will increasingly represent vectors by which users can assess the quality of the service they receive. Any infringement of these rights can also serve as a warning sign that users may have a security problem.
The scale of the problem may be hard to imagine now, to understand the security risks that are approaching all you have to realize is how connected you are to an internet-connected device. Most households have at least one connected device that they use for a large chunk of things. As the IoT grows- people will have to adopt the technology in order to remain competitive in the workforce. That means your IoT service will be with you all of the time. Your mobile devices will interact with machines in your environment and be deeply interconnected with your daily productivity.
This is why basic Internet access has transformed from a plaything to an everyday necessity. Just as you have the right to expect your Internet service to function as expected in a secure and robust way- your IoT service will be equally indispensable.
So, what happens when your IoT security is breached?
Perhaps the best example can be found in the medical industry, which is adopting IoT faster than any other sector. Consider the fact that GPS devices are being used to track Alzheimer's patients and the developmentally disabled who could wander out of safety. What happens if a device belonging to such a vulnerable person gets hit with a denial of service attack?
Other significant vulnerabilities exist within manufacturing. These days, the manufacturing sector depends on IoT for basic functionality to monitor production and reduce inefficiencies. IoT has become so pervasive in manufacturing that companies cannot remain competitive on a day to day basis without constant service.
Other examples of IoT dependent industries include retail, transport, and even law enforcement.
Fortunately, IoT capability is not being implemented without concern for security. Manufacturers and security firms are working together to close backdoors and provide security on the level of the individual device. This means creating things like smartwatches, web-capable automobiles, and haptic toothbrushes that have the ability to safeguard the data they generate- doling it out only to authorized devices and recipients. It also means preventing bad-faith vendors from attacking the ability of a service provider to render connectivity and then offering their own service as a replacement.
As IoT continues to pervade our daily lives, we will endeavor to secure the gateways between devices and ensure the wealth of IoT data generated flows legitimate sources to legitimate repositories. Without a doubt, a noticeable level of uncertainty will present itself. But in time, those who are vigilant will successfully harness this technological wave and reap the benefits. Raritan understands the importance of security even with the expansion of IoT, to learn more about our safeguards in our PX intelligent PDUs, visit here.
Posted on May 22, 2018 by Gento | Comments (4)
Top Four Concerns for Data Center Managers
Preparedness is often the first step for resolving potential challenges and devising solutions. As such, in order to properly prepare for the future of data centers, it is important to first understand the top concerns for data center managers.
1. Climate Change. -- In a recent 2018 study, more than 50 percent of participating organizations were concerned about the potential for climate change disruptions to existing data centers. Throughout the globe, organizations need to take into consideration the potentially negative impacts of rising temperatures, growing floodplains, and an increase in violent storms. All three types of climate change coincide with the increase in region-wide disasters. In order to prepare for this potential challenge, data centers need to include disaster and emergency planning efforts into the broader business continuity plans for the entire organization.
2. Data Center Infrastructure Security Threats. -- Due to the nature of the sensitive business and personal information that they hold, data centers need to remain vigilant for potential infrastructure security threats. Recent studies show that these attacks are more frequently being conducted on an IP-basis. As such, organizations need to effectively control how machines are connected to their data centers. Through private networks, a limited number of access points, and stringent monitoring systems, data centers can remain prepared to effectively combat infrastructure security threats.
3. Emerging Edge Computing Capacity. -- Edge computing is set to be one of the emerging technologies that disrupt the data center sector. This type of technology is a direct response for the need to process data closer to where it is generated, consumed, integrated, and computed. As with any emerging data center technology, the concern for many managers lies in security and data sovereignty. However, as organizations require access to data at the "edge," these solutions will continue to be implemented for a variety of purposes. From "store and forward," to data consolidation and backup, self-contained micro-modular data centers will play a key role in deploying a viable solution for edge computing.
4. DCIM Strategies. -- Data center complexity is on the rise. As a response to this increased complexity, the requirements for control, management, and visibility from DCIM software has also grown. Fortunately, DCIM products have recently matured to now offer rich, scalable, and stable management solutions to increase the forecasting, agility, and efficiencies of data centers. While it is still an under-deployed technology, it is expected that as it continues to mature, so too will it become a more widely adopted solution. The challenge for data center managers will be creating and implementing the operational changes needed to support DCIM software.
The Bottom Line: Be Prepared for Upcoming Challenges
Climate change, data center infrastructure security threats, edge computing, and DCIM strategies are all concerning areas for data center managers. As these emerging technologies continue to be adopted, data centers will need to take a proactive approach. Through a state of preparedness, data centers can more readily adopt the technologies needed to meet the growing needs of organizations. Finally, with the right knowledge and preparation, data centers can continue to grow and evolve as they adopt new technologies, address the concerns of data center managers, and meet the evolving needs of organizations.
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Posted on May 17, 2018 by Gento | Comments (4)
With the rapid expansion of data centers creating highly complex IT infrastructures, it’s becoming more important than ever to find ways to increase the efficiency of day-to day operations. One of the most practical ways to achieve improved efficiency is through devices that are easy to use and easy to deploy.
Posted on May 4, 2018 by Gento | Comments (2)
Major changes in data centers operations have historically involved the location of data processing. At one time, this function was moved off-site to mainframes, but the advent of microcomputers, now known as desktops or PCs, brought data processing back to the customer’s own data center. Cloud servers and collocated data centers resulted in data processing being performed off-site once again.
Today, some organizations are using micro data centers to process data on their own premises. This solution can provide performance improvements that justify the initial expense of a data center and has the potential to gain wide acceptance in the near future.
Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento | Comments (17)
If you’re an IT leader, you’ve probably made significant investments in data center management over the past few years. That’s because the success of the organization you serve depends heavily on the technical and economic performance of your data center. So the more digital your organization becomes, the smarter you have to be about how you manage your data center infrastructure.
Chances are, though, that you’ve focused on aggregate management of your data center as a whole. That’s good – but it will only get you so far. To fully optimize the value your business derives from its data center capex and opex, you must aggressively pursue operational excellence at the rack level.
Posted on April 25, 2018 by Gento | Comments (16)
An Intelligent Power Distribution Unit (iPDU) is a networked power distribution unit that increases the efficiencies of data centers with real-time remote power monitoring, environmental monitoring, and data center infrastructure integration. Intelligent rack PDUs deliver technologies which enables a smarter IT infrastructure so you can stay ahead of problems before they occur. They help achieve the ultimate goal of any data center manager, maintaining uptime while reducing cost.