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Machine Learning is Becoming a Must in Data Center Network Security

Posted on 8/19/2019
Enhancing security capabilities with machine learning can not only help, experts say, it is becoming necessary.

​Gone Fishin' for Data Center Facts

Posted on 8/19/2019
Where is the largest data center in the world and how big is it? What's the average data center manager's salary. Find out some fun facts about the industry.

The Virtual Networks Supporting 'As-a-Service' World

Posted on 8/13/2019
Network design, implementation and management techniques of the past are no longer enough to support current and future network performance requirements.

IT and Facilities: Keeping the Peace, Part 2

Posted on 8/6/2019
This is the second part of a two-part series in which AFCOM members share their best practices for establishing open communication and coordination between IT and facilities to accomplish the goals of the business.

IT and Facilities: Keeping the Peace

Posted on 7/29/2019
In this is the first of a two-part series, AFCOM members share their best practices for establishing open communication and coordination between IT and facilities to accomplish the goals of the business.

DCI Board: Why Can't We Just Get Along?

Posted on 7/29/2019
We asked DCI board members: Under what circumstances is it most important for IT and facilities to work in tandem?

Why You Should Consider Brand-Agnostic Data Center Hardware

Posted on 7/22/2019
Many IT leaders overlook the opportunity to cut costs by opting for brand-agnostic hardware – that is, hardware that can support any OEM brand or platform.

Mitigating Risks from Blockchain Technologies

Posted on 7/22/2019
Smart enterprises need to be wary and better understand the ins and outs of data confidentiality before they rush to embrace blockchain technology.

Why is Facilities Always Last to Know?

Posted on 7/15/2019
Each department should understand what it requires from the others, and there should be a final fiscal sign-off.

Cloud Gaming Relies on IT Infrastructure for Best User Experience

Posted on 7/15/2019
Colocating IT infrastructure allows gaming businesses to put their infrastructure on the backbone of the Internet for speed, stability and growth.