Steve Francis

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Re-thinking Colocation in the Age of Cloud Computing - Featured Image

Re-thinking Colocation in the Age of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is very popular among businesses especially since it makes using servers and other storage applications easier. But, this industry has had very little growth and change over the last decade. Companies are now showing extreme interest in developing the Cloud industry to be more private, to run temporary workloads, and to have a safer way to migrate applications.
Reinvesting in IT Security: A Top Priority for Health Care Providers - Featured Image

Reinvesting in IT Security: A Top Priority for Health Care Providers

Millions had their personal credit and debit card information stolen by hackers during the infamous cyber attack on the Target Corporation last year. This could have been prevented had Target’s decision-makers been vigilant with security measures. What if something like this were to happen to patients in health care facilities? Data breaches in the health care sector Breaches and infiltration attempts are widespread in the financial and retail sectors, but the health care community is not exempt from similar vulnerabilities. Health records contain protected health information (PHI), like names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers, and health insurance details. Hackers profit off this data, which can end up on a black market and be used for fraud.  Health data breaches and theft are often the result of weak IT security systems and inexperienced IT security staff.
The Future of WebRTC — Unified Communications - Featured Image

The Future of WebRTC — Unified Communications

  Stephane Giraudie describes his efforts towards implementing WebRTC at his company.
Consolidation is Key: IT Management Best Practices - Featured Image

Consolidation is Key: IT Management Best Practices

A centralized computing approach is ideal for all of your platforms.
How to Get More and Do More with VDI Storage - Featured Image

How to Get More and Do More with VDI Storage

Virtual desktops bring plenty of short-term and long-term benefits to a company, providing great performance for each user and a reliable, scalable, cost-efficient, easy-to-manage infrastructure for the organization. But is that enough for your company to justify the expense?
The Business of Data Centers: Efficiencies and the Role of DCIM - Featured Image

The Business of Data Centers: Efficiencies and the Role of DCIM

Due to massive growth of data center traffic and the movement from in-house data centers to cloud-based, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is becoming more important in IT. DCIM can help to manage data center available and efficiency, as well as assisting in in movement toward more sustainable IT. There are significant questions as to whether or not a single vendor can provide a holistic solution which is also driving concerns regarding cross-vendor product compatibility.
Colocation Providers Solve Problems the Cloud Can't - Featured Image

Colocation Providers Solve Problems the Cloud Can't

Rather than IT departments storing, maintaining and housing servers on prem, they may choose to use a colocation provider to house their equipment. This is often times cheaper and more efficient than renting or operating servers in house. Bottom line is to do your research before choosing a provider. The advantages of this service far outweigh the disadvantages. 
The PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines - Featured Image

The PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines

If you are a company that accepts, processes, transmits, or stores credit card payment information and you engage with a cloud service provider (CSP) to manage your infrastructure, it is important to understand how that impacts your PCI compliance management.
Saving Energy in the Data Center - Featured Image

Saving Energy in the Data Center

Data share centers are being ridiculed for their incessant overuse of electricity.
6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Colocation Provider - Featured Image

6 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Colocation Provider

Choosing the proper data center is very important.
The Role of Internet Exchanges in Data Center Interconnect Market - Featured Image

The Role of Internet Exchanges in Data Center Interconnect Market

As consumers and businesses increase their demands for internet data, the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market is growing rapidly. Cloud computing, video downloads, and demands from mobility devices are testing the capacity limits of even the largest of data networks. An important partner in this system are Internet Exchanges (IXs). Most Internet Exchanges are headquartered outside of North America, and they are often created as nonprofit corporations. IXs also help to control costs, always an important factor for the end user.
Cloud Protection: How to Avoid Emergency-Related Outages - Featured Image

Cloud Protection: How to Avoid Emergency-Related Outages

How do we know when a hurricane, twister, tornado, flood or an outage will occur?