Data center design continues to evolve with the adoption of new technology, and the technology that has had the biggest impact on data center requirements in the past five years has to be cloud computing. Rather than reinforcing firewalls to keep out intruders, IT managers are more focused on creating virtualized infrastructures that integrate cloud and remote resources into a single, secure system. The evolution of the data center requires the IT department to look beyond the network that is within its immediate control to securely integrate external systems and applications.

How Data Center Requirements Have Evolved over 5 Years

Here we'll review how data center requirements have evolved over five years.
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Big data technology is maturing, and more organizations are dipping their toes into the big data pool and coming away with new insights about operations, customers and markets. Big data analytics is proving its worth with businesses of all sizes in all industries. The value of big data is that it can integrate almost any form of data set—structured SQL, unstructured data sources such as email or social media content and more—and it can reveal patterns and behaviors that were undetectable using data warehouse technology. However, as with any analytics, the answers are only as good as the questions. For big data to be valuable, you have to start with the right use case to define the parameters of the question to make sure the findings are valid. It’s often the reseller’s job to help customers create big data use cases that deliver ROI.

Five Big Data Use Cases That 2017 Will Bring

Here we'll explore some of the Big Data use cases that are gaining momentum for 2017.
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The latest enterprise technology buzz is around the Internet of Things (IoT): those everyday devices that have IP addresses so that they can be wirelessly monitored and managed over the Internet.

The Internet of Things' Role in Retail POS Systems

IoT technology is becoming more prevalent and sophisticated, and the benefits of applying IoT for POS applications and analytics are becoming more advanced.
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Where there is data, there is a need for analytics, and healthcare generates an inordinate amount of data about operations, patient care, prescriptions, work hours, insurance payments and more.

Business Intelligence and Big Data Analytics in Healthcare

Where there is data, there is a need for analytics, and healthcare generates an inordinate amount of data about operations, patient care and more.
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Equipment cooling is probably the least interesting aspect of data center operations. Data center managers tend not to give cooling a lot of thought, but solution providers who understand its mechanics, and can offer more cost-efficient options, can save customers a lot of money in energy and equipment.

Our Favorite Data Center Cooling Techniques

Here are our favorite data center cooling techniques.
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Data centers are anything but static, and with advances in technology and changes to data center infrastructure, new challenges arise and old ones evolve. Today, IT managers face many of the same management issues they have always faced regarding cooling, power, data storage and load balancing, but there are a host of new management issues such as virtualization and real-time monitoring.

The Top Seven Data Center Management Issues Your Customers Have

Every data center administration team has to juggle priorities for multiple management issues., here are 7 concerns that may be top of mind with your customers.
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Innovation is constantly shaping the data center, even in areas where everything seems to have been tried before. Power is one of the biggest operating expenses for any data center, and a good portion of that energy goes to powering the chillers needed to cool the server room. CIOs and data center managers have tried everything to cut their cooling costs, from building data centers in mountain climates to using water cooling for high-density equipment racks. Now Microsoft has introduced something totally new, an underwater data center.  

Evaluating Data Center Trends: What Are Underwater Data Centers?

Innovation is constantly shaping the data center, even in areas where everything seems to have been tried before. Learn more about this data center trend.
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The concept of using underground bunkers for protection is far from new. Underground facilities have been used as bomb shelters, as fallout shelters and even to store fissionable material. Why not apply the same underground protection to data centers? Building a data center below ground offers a number of advantages, from  the obvious savings in cooling costs to protection from natural disasters and outside elements.

The Underground Data Center: Should It Be Considered?

Building a data center below ground offers a number of advantages, from the obvious savings in cooling costs to protection from outside elements.
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Mobile computing is changing the way architects look at the data center. Now that users are completely untethered from the enterprise, data center designers must consider new ways to support mobile devices. The information explosion is putting new stresses on data center design. The volume and types of  data flowing through the network are increasing , and by disconnecting the workstation and supporting “bring your own device” (BYOD), IT is giving up  control of the access endpoints.

How Enterprise Mobility Could Affect Data Center Design

The growth of mobility in the enterprise calls for a new data center design strategy.
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