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In The News: The Future of USA-Based Data Centers

Anyone who has been to a data center conference or conference where data centers are discussed will be no stranger to countless talks and discussions on the conditions of data centers within the United States. The vast majority of data centers in the USA today are running on 20+ year-old infrastructure technologies, which have caused many companies to experience network downtime among other issues. Unfortunately, network downtime usually means a financial loss as companies lose their ability to be productive. One of the biggest challenges that data centers within the US are being faced with is being able to keep up with the demands of their customers. In the “Age of the Cloud,” end users now require greater network agility and performance , which the outdated data centers are struggling to accommodate. While network requirements are constantly changing to accommodate...
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Do You Want Your Next Datacenter To Run LISP And OTV? No You Don’t…

Whenever we are brought in to a project to do datacenter network design, lately the conversations start with “I want you to build a network with LISP and OTV, or with Fabricpath.”  These statements are immediately responded to with “No you don’t…”    In every one of these conversations, the end goal is to extend their investment in server or desktop virtualization to protect against a geographic datacenter failure to deliver some high availability solution . Datacenters have been connected for years with nothing more than dark fiber. We have been working in the financial sector for decades that have used this approach for connecting their locations.  They light the dark fiber and use it as if it were a really long yellow Ethernet cable.  It is not efficient, but it works.  More importantly, they understand how it works.  They can...
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Don’t Let Your ISP Dictate Your Data Center Hosting Solution

It’s a beautiful October afternoon and you’re sitting in an IT planning meeting thinking about what time you need to take your kids to football and cheerleading practice when the Director of IT informs you that he was tasked by the business to come up with a solution that will accommodate testing of new web service offerings that will require more servers and bandwidth than you currently have at your current office data center. And yes, DEV/TEST guys would like to start working on them in about 3-4 months. Your first thought is “there goes the holiday shopping and planned end-of-year vacation!”  Your second thought is “how many racks, what type of connectivity, what type of network equipment and what type of external addressing is needed?”  While you are trying to regain your composure and put your Network Engineer hat on, there will always be someone in the room with...
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The Pros and Cons of Using Data Center Colocation Providers For High-Availability

We all know how crucial it is for our workplaces to have high availability  because without it, the business can’t always function and we, the IT professionals, have our heads on the chopping block. Unfortunately for us, high availability isn’t always cheap. We need redundant power, redundant circuits, redundant cooling… redundant everything. N+1, 2N, 2N+1: what is enough?  It’s not cheap to build on your own for an office setup, to say the least. Using a data center colocation provider is usually the next of the go-to options for getting high availability.    One of the main reasons a business may not opt to use data center colocation providers for high availability is because in the old networking model, the servers serviced the users who came into the office to access the information by having their servers in their own building, they get high...
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How Data Center Mobility Can Assist in Disaster Recovery

  When it comes to IT disaster recovery making sure company data is easily accessible is a critical part of business continuity and sustaining revenue.  One of the ways companies are boosting the process of disaster recovery is through data center mobility which offers flexibility and faster recovery while being a cost effective alternative to other disaster recovery methods.   IP Address Flexibility Data center mobility greatly benefits disaster recovery efforts in terms of flexibility by eliminating the requirement to attach IP addresses to subnets.  Subnets or “subnetworks” as they are also called, are a separate part of an enterprise’s network and represent a group of devices in a single geographic location which can include a building, Local Area Network (LAN), or other type of location.  Since a subnet identifies a...
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