More data centers are making their way underground. Colocation and data center providers such as Iron Mountain, Cavern Technologies and InfoBunker are already operating underground data centers, taking advantage of natural cooling and protection from the elements. However, are underground data centers a coming trend or a novelty? Is it time for data center providers to dig in and start putting their servers and computing hardware underground? What options should solution providers recommend to customers?

Is It Finally Time to Build an Underground Data Center?

How does an underground data center affect operating costs and efficiencies? Let’s assess some of the variables.
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Data is the lifeblood of today’s business. Sensitive customer data and intellectual property are a company’s most valuable assets; therefore, helping your customers protect their data can be the most valuable service that you can offer as a solution provider.

How Technology Better Protects Customer Data

Helping your customers protect their data can be the most valuable service that you can offer as a solution provider.
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating the latest buzz in the world of data centers. Solution providers and IT managers are trying to determine what to expect from the IoT, how to accommodate the anticipated increase in data traffic and how to deal with IoT security.

Does the Retail Industry Leverage the Internet of Things Best?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating the latest buzz in the world of data centers, especially when it comes to retail.
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The introduction of electronic health records (EHRs) has changed medical practice forever. Thanks to the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other government regulations, patients have been granted access to their medical records at the same time that new security measures have been mandated to protect patient privacy. Changes in healthcare regulations and health insurance, especially with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, have given consumers more incentive to advocate for their own healthcare and treatment, including increased online interaction with doctors, clinics and hospitals.

Dealing with Online Patient Interaction and Securing the Data Center

Here we'll explore how to deal with online patient interaction and securing the data center.
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The purpose of data centers is for computers to process data. Powerful servers are the data center's stars. But without an efficient network, no matter how fast the servers are, those data aren’t going anywhere. Particularly when it comes to big data analytics, which requires moving large amounts of data around, network capacity is crucial. Building a network that can handle data needs requires making the right design decisions and working with trusted vendors.

Which Vendors to Rely On When it Comes to Data Center Design: Networking

Building a network that can handle data needs requires making the right data center design decisions and working with trusted vendors.
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No matter how much network design has changed, servers are still at the heart of the data center. How those servers are configured and integrated is what is enabling the new enterprise infrastructure. With the boom in cloud computing. Virtualization, and software-defined networking (SDN), data center servers are available in all shapes, sizes, and capacities. Choosing the right vendors for your next data center depends on capacity planning and identifying the applications you need today, and growth strategies for the future.

Which Vendors to Rely On When it Comes to Data Center Design: Servers

The right vendors for your data center depend on identifying the applications you need today, and growth strategies for the future.
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CIOs are increasingly faced with a dilemma: How can they embrace the latest technologies and still maximize their investment in legacy enterprise systems? Companies have invested a small fortune in data-center hardware and software, and virtualization and cloud computing are making legacy systems obsolete. Despite the fact that it’s clear that the future lies in the cloud, many CIOs are reluctant to surrender their on premise solutions, at least not yet. With the right resources and creative thinking, value-added resellers (VARs) can show customers how to get more from their on premise systems while laying the foundation for migration to a virtualized infrastructure that takes advantage of cloud resources.

Vendors Changing the Way That VARs Think About On Premise Solutions

Despite the fact that it’s clear that the future lies in the cloud, many CIOs are reluctant to surrender their on premise solutions.
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Data storage is about more than simply writing ones and zeroes on disk drives. The data center's storage design needs to provide reliable storage and fast access, as well as meet compliance and legal requirements for data retention and security. In addition, the data needs to be backed up and accessible if needed for disaster recovery. There are many decisions that need to be made in coming up with a design that satisfies the requirements. Working with vendors with expertise in storage will help value-added resellers (VARs) develop designs that satisfy financial as well as technical concerns.

Which Vendors to Rely on When It Comes to Data Center Design: Storage

Working with vendors with expertise in data center storage will help you develop designs that satisfy financial as well as technical concerns.
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Does Data Center Consolidation Make Sense For Your Clients?

Data center consolidation is one strategy to streamline operations, increasing capacity with less hardware.
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