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Data centers managers and system administrators have a lot to keep up with in 2014. The way we store and process data is changing rapidly, making data centers easier to manage, more environmentally friendly, and cost effective. While this post doesn't cover all of the ways that data centers are changing, here's a look at some of the top data center trends going on this year: Flash storage - Though still expensive, the cost of flash storage has been falling in recent years. It can handle data at much faster rates than conventional hard disks, which makes them an attractive option for managers weighing performance over cost. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) -Many small businesses need the flexibility and power of a data center, but cannot afford to invest in the necessary IT infrastructure. That's where IaaS comes in. Small businesses are able to "purchase" and scale... (more)

Virtualizing Your Data Center — What's Involved

Virtualization offers cost-value, performance and security benefits by reducing hardware costs, providing virtualized applications that you can reconfigure easily and meeting all regulatory and compliance guidelines. You don't need to make a prohibitive capital investment, and easy expansion into cloud storage and new technologies means that you have virtually limitless scalability. You can use one physical server to run multiple virtual servers, which drastically reduces equipment costs and operating expenses. Most servers today have more multitasking capabilities than most hos... (more)

Securing Your In-House Data Center

Securing your data comes down to making both physical and virtual changes to your data center. From interior and exterior surveillance systems to software that detects system-level changes across remote and distributed locations, you must make use of any and all available strategies to secure your data from interior and exterior threats. You need to upgrade your data center for a number of reasons, from reducing risk to increasing service availability. The recent attacks on financial services and online retailers give you another reason to rethink your data security measures. Le... (more)