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Most organisations are now running big data projects. Why? They lead to smarter business decisions, increased efficiency and greater profits. There are a number of critical building blocks, however, that must be put in place if your data project is to be a success.
Satmetrix surveyed over 1200 IT employees, senior managers and C-level executives on their satisfaction with the top tools in the collaboration industry.
Dallas USA has boosted city services, improved public safety and cut costs, all with its new IP network. It is also an efficient platform for future expansion to address any communications needs that may arise.
A prominent trend reshaping the web conferencing market is the rapid uptake of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-application (BYOA) policies. Recent forecasts predict that 79% of organisations will support BYOD and BYOA by 2018.
For a data centre to be well built and consistently efficient it takes a lot more than a good design. Astute awareness of the actions required for each phase of the DC life cycle is needed to continuously meet the needs of the business.
Virtualisation is a game changer in the DC space. On implementation, your procedures and methods will need to change to take full advantage of its strengths and unique architecture. Backing up VM machines requires techniques and features designed specifically for virtual environments.
Public safety communications are changing with the adoption of broadband-based multimedia applications, IP-based radio and LTE. In preparation, TDM-based backhaul networks are being replaced by converged WANs. This transformation should include an IP/MPLS — the only work network that can provide the capability and reliability that is mandated by mission-critical services.
A popular strategy to improve DC efficiency is to raise IT inlet temperatures. This does not always have a positive impact on the data centre overall. Energy consumption of some systems increase while others decrease. To unearth the true effects of temperature, the DC needs to be analysed holistically.
Too many DCs use the same legacy backup application they have used for the last 10 years. Data protection has changed. Availability solutions that take advantage of new technologies are now obtainable. They are much more reliable, efficient and strive towards 24/7 availability.
Organisations requiring CCTV must ensure their mission-critical networks are built with the right architecture and technology. Otherwise, adding video traffic will severely impact all services on the network. A reliable, highly resilient solution is needed — one that can accommodate the convergence of all required streams and still deliver a premium quality of service.
Most industrial environments are three to five years behind the carpeted space. The typical needs for industrial wireless networks and mobile devices are well beyond what most equipment has been built to support.
Choosing hot-air containment over cold-air containment can save 43% in annual cooling system energy costs and increase DC power usage efficiency by 15%.
Companies are increasingly outsourcing their security functions and becoming more profitable more quickly. Outsourcing provides the expertise necessary to implement an enterprise-wide security strategy and access to resources you often could not otherwise afford, and substantially reduces infrastructure costs.
Rack power density directly impacts the capital cost of a data centre. A data centre with an average of at least 5 kW per rack is proven to promote significant savings. Densities higher than 15 kW per rack, however, tend not to promote any further savings.
Big data can provide valuable insights for organisations that can drive breakthrough ideas of efficiency. For big data visibility, businesses need IOT-enabled solutions from at-the-edge devices, through a data centre, to the cloud. With a growing range of devices available, there is an enormous need to manage them in a simple and standardised way.