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Data Center Standards: Where's the Value?

Posted on 11/20/2017
Staying on top of all of the standards is a dizzying prospect for any data center manager. To make matters worse, many of these standards are in direct competition. They fight for dominance and data center attention.

Is Your Data Center Ready for Black Friday, Cyber Monday Onslaughts?

Posted on 11/20/2017
Before online shopping hits an even bigger “all-time high,” facility and IT managers must take steps to ensure their data centers are optimized and prepared for holiday e-commerce. Without preparation, there may be no presents this holiday season.

Six Golden Safety Rules for Data Centers

Posted on 11/13/2017
Data center companies have come to recognize that safety excellence is imperative to maximize uptime for their customers while reducing operational risk. Of the many safety issues that today’s data center operators must consider, Six Golden Safety Ru

Five Pillars of Big Data GDPR Compliance

Posted on 11/13/2017
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the European Union in May 2018. Chances are you’ve already seen quite a bit of buzz surrounding GDPR and for good reason - it represents a significant change in how data will be h

​The Denver Symposium: Misconceptions, Outages, Security and Multi-cloud Ecosystems

Posted on 11/13/2017
The one-day symposium hosted by the AFCOM's local Denver chapter on Nov. 8 at Sports Authority Field went off without a hitch.

Imagine If Copernicus Had the Means to Analyze Big Data

Posted on 11/13/2017
What if some of the great thinkers of yesteryear could do with the help of today’s high-performance computers (HPCs) that process at lightning-fast speeds and savvy software that lends structure and analysis to data—really Big Data?

Women Warriors: Data Center Construction and Family Balance

Posted on 11/7/2017
As SVP of Construction for Compass Datacenters, Nancy Novak's success hasn't come easy with balancing work and family as one of her biggest challenges.

Are You an Independent Woman?

Posted on 11/6/2017
You pay your own bills from your own bank account. You call the shots in your own life. But if you believe you're truly independent, there's a good chance you're wrong.

Best Practices for Management, Staffing of Data Centers

Posted on 10/30/2017
By applying best practices to the management and staffing of a data center, organizations can drive efficiencies into operations from both a facility and IT perspective. Here are several pointers to consider when creating a data center personnel stra

The Right Person, and the Right Job

Posted on 10/30/2017
As the pressure on data centers increases and personnel are expected to do more with the same resources, perhaps it is time that more people discussed the roles and responsibilities in data center management, and how they interact.