Flying solo is the way to go when IT is a profit center rather than a cost center for the company. A well-designed IT environment with the right “user experience” can be a lucrative means of differentiating one company from another. On the other hand, choosing to place your data center assets at a colocation (“colo”) facility can be a logical step for many IT-centric businesses. In this whitepaper, we’ll further discuss the pros and cons of each.
It used to be sufficient to regulate access to the data center as a whole, as long as you could reasonably ensure that no unauthorized personnel had access to your sensitive digital infrastructure. However, times are certainly changing. Escalating regulatory requirements across industries now require that sensitive systems and data be subject to their own specific protections. As a data center manager, you must track and monitor their access to specific sensitive systems and ensure they have the correct rights to a particular area. With that being said, in order to fulfill your rack-level compliance requirements with the utmost confidence and efficiency, you need to make some smart decisions for both the near and long term. This white paper outlines how you can accomplish this with limited resources.
Broadcast, control room, government, military and other users of high performance applications face several challenges when it comes to remote access and control. They require ultra-fast switching, high definition video, low latency, and support for dual video and monitors. In addition, IT, engineering, and other departments also require 24/7 access to these computers to make sure if something does go wrong, it can be fixed quickly.
IT has always supported computing at remote sites. But business-critical digital activity at remote sites is rapidly intensifying due to multiple factors that include pervasive mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), and real-time analytics. IT must therefore proactively rethink its approach to remote infrastructure in order to enable critical digital activity and to ensure that it continues uninterrupted — while at the same time driving cost out of remote site ownership
Most new datacenters operate at optimal availability and with infrastructural energy efficiency close to theoretical design targets. As such, it might be argued that the two biggest challenges of datacenter technology in the past 30 years have been addressed. But despite this progress, the pace of change in the datacenter industry will continue and is likely to accelerate over the next decade and beyond. This will be spurred by increasing demand for digital services, as well as the need to embrace new technologies and innovation while mitigating future disruption. At the same time, there will also be a requirement to meet increasingly stringent business parameters and service levels.
As our businesses become increasingly digital, we tend to think about technology in non-physical terms. Our IT infrastructure becomes “the cloud.” Our servers and storage become “virtual.” Our networks become “software-defined.” The reality, however, is that information technology (IT) always depends on physical infrastructure. This white paper addresses five key aspects of IT that are inextricably tied to computing’s physical realities, even as that computing becomes more virtualized, software-defined, and cloud-based.
Information Technology is so fundamental to every business today that every organization needs to establish formal processes to ensure that IT services are continually aligned to the business, and deliver efficient and reliable support over the entire lifecycle of products and services. These processes, commonly classified as IT Service Management (ITSM), may follow a well-known model such as ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) or, more likely, a set of internally-developed best practices.