Data Foundry Blog

7 Ways to Compare Cloud Management Platforms

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Does your company have multiple cloud environments with no communication between them? This is a typical scenario for many businesses on the journey to implementing a hybrid cloud architecture, resulting in a lack of visibility across infrastructure. The only way to cohesively manage these environments is with a cloud management platform. Gartner defines a cloud management platform as “products that incorporate self-service interfaces, provision system images, enable metering and billing, and provide for some degree of workload optimization through established policies.” Choosing the right cloud management platform can save a company time and money, as well as determine how quickly and efficiently they can develop new products and services.

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Estimating Data Center Cost of Ownership: 5 Hidden Costs

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Trying to decide if you should build or buy your own data center? An essential step in your decision-making process is estimating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to understand how the long-term costs of data center operation compare to colocation. Companies often consider the upfront costs of owning a data center, such as buying the building, buying mechanical equipment, and the cost of securing and paying back a business loan. However, some of the recurring costs are frequently overlooked. Here are 5 recurring operational expenses that are commonly forgotten.

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Hybrid Cloud Architecture: Top Benefits & Challenges in 2018

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As of this year, over 80% of North American and European companies have multi-cloud infrastructures. Despite rapid cloud adoption, few companies have achieved a truly functional hybrid cloud architecture. According to a March 2018 hybrid cloud report from 451 Research and NTT Communications, around 63% of firms have a formal strategy for hybrid infrastructure. In this case, hybrid cloud does not simply mean using a public cloud and a private cloud. It means having a seamless flow of data between all clouds, on and off-premises. In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the highlights of this report, including how companies are using hybrid cloud and their perceived top challenges and benefits.

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Ignoring Messy Data Center Cabling? Here’s Why It’s Risky

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“We build our computer systems the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins.” – Ellen Ullman

If this sounds like your data center, it’s time for a change. That bird’s nest of cables costs you a little bit more every day in energy and productivity. Here’s why:

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How Much Should You Spend on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

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Many companies underfund their business continuity and disaster recovery plans, not realizing several hours of downtime can cost them hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars. Every company’s DR strategy and budget should be based on their unique requirements, not a cookie-cutter plan. The best way to approach spending on disaster recovery efforts is to first understand your compliance requirements, if you have any, and then calculate your cost of downtime per hour. Once you have an idea of what that number is, you’ll have a better understanding of the ROI on different approaches to disaster recovery. In this blog post, we’ll look at average downtime risk based on availability, and we’ll take a look at how much companies typically allocate for their DR budgets.

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6 Cost Reduction Strategies for Enterprise IT

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While the focus of many CIOs is and should be on bringing technological competitive advantages to the business, cutting unnecessary costs is always something to keep in mind. Here are six IT cost reduction strategies that allow IT departments to use more of the budget for new technologies that foster business growth.

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Backup and Recovery: Planning for Hurricane Season

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Ensuring you have a backup and recovery plan in place before the season’s hurricanes hit is essential for companies worried about business continuity. The last thing you want is to permanently lose data, or to experience several hours or days of downtime due to a power outage. If you don’t already have a backup system in place, there’s no time like the present to get started. Read our blog post on choosing a backup strategy for more information on how to begin. If you have a backup strategy, keep reading to see if your plan is sufficient to properly restore your systems and applications in the event of a local disaster. Just because you regularly perform backups does not necessarily mean your systems will be properly restored when the time comes.

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2018 Hurricane Season Is Here - 50% of Businesses Are Unprepared

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Tomorrow the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins, which will last through November 30. Last year was one of the most active hurricane seasons in history, with three of the costliest hurricanes to strike the U.S. hitting the coast in just one season. This year meteorologists predict there’s a 75% chance the season will be normal to above average. While stronger hurricanes appear to be becoming more frequent over the last decade, this year’s season is predicted to be calmer than last year’s. Meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict a range of ten to 16 named storms, including five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes – category three strength – or higher this hurricane season. “With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

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Texas 2 Data Center Grand Opening a Success

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We were delighted to have around 100 guests join us as we officially celebrated the grand opening of our Texas 2 data center last Thursday evening. Everyone enjoyed poke, shrimp and grits, and a salsa and queso bar (in true Texas fashion) as well as tasty hors d’oeuvres. The majority of guests participated in guided tours of the data center and visited the data halls, mechanical plant, office space and learned about the facility’s redundant infrastructure and security features.

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Liability and IoT Devices – A Legal Can of Worms

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As many cybersecurity professionals are aware, the Internet of Things (IoT) is proliferating without any established legal framework or regulatory guidelines. According to a Forbes article, the IoT market is expected to reach $457 billion by 2020, up from $157 billion in 2016. The interconnectivity of network-enabled devices makes the IoT a can of worms when it comes to legal liability. U.S. regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Commerce, the FTC, and the FCC are a long way from establishing clear standards for IoT devices. Could the business that owns a connected device be held responsible for carelessness in the event of a data breach or an attack, or does liability fall only to the manufacturer or the software provider?

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