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THE EDGE IN 2020

In case you haven’t noticed, the “edge” is starting to become a pretty big thing. Makes sense since depending on who is doing the estimating there . . . will be somewhere between 20 billion and a trillion connected devices all looking for a compute and storage home.
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The Fundamentals of Data Center Site Selection and Design

I once knew a couple who built their “dream house.” Each kid had a bedroom, there was a massive playroom with a kitchen and enough bathrooms that no . . . one would ever have to wait– no matter how long someone took to get ready in the morning. Two years later they got divorced. It seems that the home of their dreams was, in reality, a financial nightmare—they went a teeny bit over budget—and the property they built on because of its affordability resulted in commutes that made the Bataan death march look like a pleasant stroll.
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An Edge Data Center Planning Primer

The continued emergence of new technologies and capabilities like IIoT, IoT, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) is providing companies with an . . . abundance of opportunity to improve their internal operations, enhance end user experiences and deliver new products and services to their customer bases. The common thread that defines this evolution is the increased degree of “time sensitivity”, referred to in terms of “latency”, associated with the transmission and processing of information to perform the necessary operations.
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The Edge Will Be More Than Faster Netflix Loading

The future of edge computing won’t just be the fast delivery of rich content. Although, no one will get angry with Netflix, and the facilities that . . . support it, for almost instantaneous access to Stranger Things, future applications that will be provided by Edge data centers will be slightly more robust than quicker movie downloads.
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Just What Exactly is an Edge Data Center?

The data center industry is good at many things, defining concepts isn’t one of them. The general tendency is to develop a descriptive term that . . . everyone initially thinks works just fine until everyone promotes their product or service under that umbrella it’s a little less precise than we may have hoped. I think we can all remember the schism over whether a data center was a wholesale or a retail offering, and does anyone think that we’ve fully defined the meaning of “Modular”. All kidding aside, the same type of questions are beginning to surround the definition of edge data centers. The purpose of this white paper is to offer a more accurate definition of the term than is currently being used.
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Accounting for Your Data Center

As we all know, nothing lasts forever and accounting practices are no different. In the world of data centers, this means a substantial change in the . . . way leases must be accounted for on the books of all companies following GAAP accounting guidelines beginning in 2018. The purpose of this paper is to explain the value that a Compass data center delivers to you from both a balance sheet and EBITDA perspective…
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Getting Close to the Customer: The Coming of 5G

The first portable cellular telephone, Motorola’s DynaTac 8000X was released in 1984. It was 13” tall, weighed almost two pounds, had a 30-minute . . . battery life and cost $4000. When first introduced, many skeptics questioned its future viability since you could make a call from any payphone for a dime.
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SDDC: Vision and Reality

In high technology industries, there are often large disjoints between vision and reality. In the data center world, this is typically exemplified by . . . volumes of pronouncements and articles that speak glowingly of capabilities and methodologies that provide the impression that “everyone” is, or should be, implementing said functionality.
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Blockchain: Disruptive or Foundational

As continually escalating volumes of data continue to intersect with the need for faster response and action, centralized processing structures and . . . human intervention will increasingly serve as impediments to the delivery of new applications and end user capabilities. As evidenced by the emergence of distributed data center networks that push their boundaries closer and closer to the end users of the services they house, the structure, and the capabilities, of databases will evolve as well….
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Hyperscale Campus Compartmentalization and Network Meshing

As more and more corporate applications find their way to the cloud, and companies elect to use some derivative of XaaS to access desired . . . capabilities, data center capacity, and their ability to scale, has become a primary consideration for providers. Capacity planning has always been more of an art than a science, but as the annual volume of information generated, transmitted and stored is geometrically escalating, even building a facility the size of the Taj Mahal is only temporary solution.
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Hyperconverged Architecture and the Enterprise: An Overview

Not every application supported in your enterprise data center needs to, or should, move to the cloud. Reasons for not using the cloud can vary widely . . . between applications and companies. Security, processing requirements or network issues are just a few reasons why your company may elect to keep some functionality in-house…
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Scaling Up: The Economics of Hyperscalability

Data centers just keep getting bigger. Sometimes it seems that not a day goes by without someone announcing that they’ve built, or intend to build, a . . . facility large enough to apply for statehood. Although every company isn’t an internet giant, the demands of things like the cloud, low latency performance, Big Data, IoT, augmented reality, and a host of others that are either available now, or already on the near horizon, is causing anyone contemplating a new facility to ask the question, “how big is big enough?”…
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IoT and the New Security Model

On October 21 a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn’s internet directory servers prevented a number of end users, especially along the . . . East coast, from doing a variety of internet related activities ranging from tweeting to binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix. As we all know by now, the attack was the result of a malicious botnet, Marai, doing its best Invasion of the Body Snatchers imitation, launching the assault from the multitudes of IP cameras it had infected.
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Cocktail Talk: Understanding Docker and Kubernetes

Have you ever been to a social gathering, a cocktail party let’s say, where you didn’t know anyone, and it seemed like everyone was talking about . . . something you couldn’t understand? While you stood by that fern hoping that no one would come up and ask you about the evening’s main topic of chit-chat, didn’t you wish that you knew something about the subject so that you could at least nod knowingly and laugh at the right times?
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The 10 Most Common Cooling Mistakes

In the average data center, cooling accounts for almost 40% of the site’s power consumption, so doing things right, or wrong, can have big financial . . . ramifications. Since we all know that “it’s the little things that get you” this white paper examines the most common cooling errors made by data center operators.
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Latency, Bandwidth and the New Data Center Network

For the data center operator, a time to sit back and rest on your laurels simply does not exist. They said you needed to virtualize your servers and . . . you did it. Move some applications to the cloud they said, and you did it. Implement DCIM, you did it, and you’re not even sure why since it doesn’t really do the one thing you wanted it to do.
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IoT and the Future of Data Center Network Architectures

No one denies that the volume of information traversing the Internet is growing at a rate faster than the rabbit population at your local pet store. . . . The anecdotal evidence surrounds us. In almost any public environment, the guy who stands out is the one who isn’t hunched over a glowing screen with his thumbs tapping out a message faster than a woodpecker assaults a tree trunk.
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Evolving Data Center Cooling Environmental Ranges and Standards

The demand for more efficient and cost effective computing has driven organizations large and small to reevaluate their strategies. This examination . . . can incorporate many aspects, encompassing system architecture and software platforms, as well as the IT hardware, and of course the data center facility. Moreover, there are many strategic options for the enterprise CIO and CTO to consider, such as the possibility of direct or indirect ownership and operation of their own data center facility, as well as colocation, cloud, or hybrid combinations thereof. Nonetheless, the IT hardware must ultimately reside in a physical data center that will provide conditioned power and safe environmental conditions for the IT equipment.
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The IT Metamorphosis

“We’re putting everything into the Cloud”
Has any phrase in recent years been so universally adopted to serve as the summation point for corporate IT . . . strategy than this one?
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Bare Metal Clouds and Dedicated Data Centers

When any person, product or technology reaches the level of public awareness where nuance has given way to ubiquity, and the singularity denoted by . . . the word “the” has become the accepted prefix to a name or descriptor, opportunity for competitors often begins to arise from their long shadows. For a number of customers, the shared nature of public clouds is an acceptable negative element of the solution’s experience, but as in the case of dedicated data centers, the unique requirements of a sizeable segment of the marketplace have led them to a perspective that is totally at odds with your mother’s admonishments regarding the relationship between your toys and your siblings and friends, in other words: it’s not so nice to share.
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The Cost of Water in the Data Center

As Coleridge made clear, water is essential for survival. In California for example, people are finding new meaning in the phrase, “water, water . . . everywhere and not a drop to drink”. Since data centers hadn’t been invented when he published The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 1798, he didn’t mention them. But if they had, he certainly would have included them in his epic poem since water is too often a common requirement for their operation. This water dependency is an area of consideration that businesses should factor into their plans for upcoming data centers.
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Compliance: Do You Comply?

Your data center, and the applications that run with it, are often required to comply with one or more standards organizations and/or regulatory . . . bodies. This white paper explains who these groups are and how we can assist you in identifying and completing your compliance requirements.
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The Calibrated Data Center and the Data Center Life Cycle

The Calibrated Data Center and the Data Center Life Cycle

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Big Data and the Data Center

Type “Big Data” into the search engine of your choice and you’ll get over 1 billion possible results. That’s even more than Miley Cyrus gets. . . . Obviously, this means that you need to be thinking about how Big Data might impact your data center since it’s mor e likely that you will have to accommodate that within your facility than Miley.
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The 8 essential data center RFP questions

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for mission critical data centers are interesting documents. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of . . . responding to one, think of them as your “Christmas List” for your next data center…
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The Ergonomic Data Center

When designing a data center, a wide variety of factors are considered. If you’ve spent much
time in these facilities, you quickly realize that . . . customer usability isn’t one of them…
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Are You Getting What You Paid For?

As industries mature they tend to adopt standards. These are typically best practices that have been formally adopted that provide customers with a . . . level of assurance that the product they are purchasing meets a proscribed level of measurement for performance, safe operations, etc. Customers rely on standards as a method of performing comparative analysis on competing suppliers. As part of the maturation of this standards-development process, qualified third parties verify the legitimacy of providers’ claims.
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Data Center as a Strategic Asset

For many CIO’s data centers are, for lack of a better phrase, a necessary evil. In relation to the applications and hardware that they house, they are . . . don’t change on a regular basis. It’s kind
of like buying a Ferrari and realizing that you have to have a garage to put it in. Required yes, sexy no. In most instances the decision regarding what type of data center to obtain, and who to get it from, is a process of determining who gets the most checkmarks on a feature summary check sheet. Power, check; 36” raised floor, check; and so on.

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Understanding Data Center Commissioning

Imagine this scenario: You’re a passenger on the inaugural flight of the latest luxury jet liner. Everyone is excited, you’re sitting in your . . . comfortably appointed seat, the flight attendants are…
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The IT Capacity Planning Dilemma

IT capacity planning has long been the “Gordian Knot” for data center professionals. Trying to account for the business’ hardware and software needs, . . . coupled with the vagaries of short and long term corporate strategies, typically makes projecting your organization’s capacity requirements an exercise akin to nailing jell-o to the wall. These efforts are hardly aided by the product offerings of data center providers who view capacity planning as a euphemism for “you need to lease your future space NOW”. This paper will examine the issues that have long characterized the process of capacity planning and explore a new alternative that serves as the metaphoric equivalent of Alexander the Great’s sword as the solution to the Gordian Knot.
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The Five-Tool Data Center

As corporate computing and storage needs continue to grow, the need to for more data center space follows. This continued escalation of demand is . . . generating the need for customers to demand more from wholesale data center providers. In a recent series of blogs we described the new requirements for providers as being the data center industry’s version of baseball’s five-tool player. This white paper is the compilation of that series.
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What Type of Data Center Do You Need?

Within the past five years data center providers have found that it is more cost and energy efficient to build out these facilities in an incremental . . . fashion. As a result, many providers have developed what they refer to as “modular” data centers. This terminology has been widely adopted but no true definition for what constitutes a modular data center has been universally embraced.
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Welcome To The Neighborhood: Economic Incentives And The Data Center

When you think of the leading data center markets in the country a few cities and states immediately come to mind: New Jersey, Northern Virginia, . . . Santa Clara California, Dallas, Texas, Jackson, Mississippi… While the capital city of the Magnolia state may seem more likely to conjure visions of mint juleps rather than rows of racks and servers, that won’t always be the case if the state’s governmental leaders have their way.
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