Lifeline Data Centers Wholesale Colocation, Wholesale Data Center 2015-07-02T13:30:25Z http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Alex Carroll <![CDATA[Telecom Issues Spur Regulations]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8322 2015-07-01T03:35:20Z 2015-07-02T13:30:25Z Technology seems to be evolving more rapidly than the law, with regulators scrambling to draft rules only after a dispute or question arises. Lawmakers and courts encounter new issues that didn’t exist decades ago … for example, whether social media evidence is admissible in a court case.

When technology grows to the point that it triggers regulatory concerns, the Federal Communications Commission is bound to respond. Recently, the FCC tackled questions about broadband Internet, when it issued the Open Internet order. Now, the FCC is being asked to re-evaluate how cell

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[How Server Efficiency Affects Power Consumption]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8310 2015-07-01T03:31:12Z 2015-07-01T13:30:12Z When you manage your company’s data center, your primary focus is keeping servers up and running. But if no one is checking the efficiency of those servers, you could be maintaining machines that offer little value in exchange for the power they consume.

In 2013, data centers in the United States consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. Here’s how much power that actually is:

A 500-megawatt coal plant can produce 5 billion kilowatt-hours per year
5 billion kilowatt-hours is the approximate annual electricity usage of a city of 140,000 people
That means data centers

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Big Data Needs Will Drive Data Center Expansion]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8302 2015-06-22T18:48:16Z 2015-06-25T13:30:06Z Shoe-buying preferences, family medical histories, annual household income – there’s a lot of data being stored about people, in a lot of places. Welcome to the rise of “big data,” vast repositories of information companies analyze in order to deliver a better product or to understand their target audience.

While data scientists may be the ones who analyze the data, decide what’s meaningful and how to apply it, there are many people within an organization that may need access to data every day. As such, for companies that rely on big

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Top Concerns for Data Centers in 2015 and Beyond]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8271 2015-06-24T19:20:05Z 2015-06-23T13:30:12Z With a rapidly changing business climate that includes data, cloud and analytics, data centers are expected to undergo numerous changes in the next few years to adapt. However, it can be difficult to predict what those changes might be.

Following are some of the biggest variables that could impact data centers in the immediate future.

Regulatory questions

The Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules forbid Internet service providers from favoring some Internet traffic in exchange for payment (that’s just one provision of the rules that are also known as net neutrality law). But

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Smart Labeling for Data Center Organization]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8285 2015-06-15T19:50:59Z 2015-06-18T13:30:15Z Cables, wires, conduit – these are the backbone of your data center, but their importance is often overlooked. If you’ve ever had to untangle a mess of wires to troubleshoot a problem, you know organization isn’t always a top priority for IT professionals.

When you label and color-code components, you can save a lot of time diagnosing connection problems or moving equipment. You can also save yourself some trouble by planning for growth, instead of getting the bare minimum equipment for your needs.

Smart labeling

Labeling may seem like an old-fashioned way of

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[What You Need to Know About Data Center Migration]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8283 2015-06-15T19:31:10Z 2015-06-16T13:30:50Z By the time businesses decide to move their data center, or consolidate multiple data centers at one location, they’re eager to get to work and finish the migration as soon as possible. But this task requires a lot of planning and coordination, and rushing the process can create big problems.

Following are some recommendations if you’re considering a data center migration.

Assign a project manager

The first step in your data center migration is assigning a project manager to oversee all aspects of the move. Depending on the level of expertise your IT

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[There are windows in your data center? Seriously?!?!?]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8289 2015-06-15T20:50:00Z 2015-06-14T23:02:51Z Are there windows in the shell of the building housing your data center? Let’s give this 5 milliseconds of serious thought, shall we?

First, relying strictly upon common sense, the #1 material threat to infrastructure in the Midwest is severe weather and/or tornadic activity. Large expanses of glass will likely be compromised in even an EF0 (Enhanced Fujita Category Zero) tornadic event. This likelihood is increased if the glass in question faces to the West. Also in the common sense category, if the weather doesn’t compromise the windows in the building

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Rich Banta <![CDATA[Save Your Server from Summer Power Outages]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8261 2015-06-08T18:39:32Z 2015-06-11T13:30:11Z Ah, summertime – sunshine, vacations and occasional devastating power outages! That’s right – blackouts are poised to steal the #1 spot from mosquitoes, on the list of top summer nuisances. And a power outage can do a lot of damage, especially when your business relies on a functional server.

In January, the middle of summer in Australia, a heat wave caused a power outage that shut down the data center for iiNet, the country’s second-largest DSL provider. The Perth-based business was inoperable for six or seven hours, after several air conditioning

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[How Outsourcing Can Stretch IT Budgets]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8259 2015-06-08T18:34:50Z 2015-06-09T13:30:47Z In its 2014 IT budget survey, Computerworld found that 43 percent of the 194 executives surveyed predicted their budgets would increase for 2015. In the same 2013 survey, only 36 percent of respondents had made that same prediction. If those survey results can be extrapolated, then that’s good news for IT execs.

Even with more money at their disposal, IT leaders may struggle with how to allocate resources and cut expenses. But shifting some of that spending to external – rather than internal – resources is one way to keep costs

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Alex Carroll <![CDATA[How Startups Can Save Money by Leasing Space in a Data Center]]> http://www.lifelinedatacenters.com/?p=8255 2015-06-03T20:19:58Z 2015-06-04T13:30:46Z Running a startup requires a lot of guts, tempered with foresight. Great ideas aren’t enough. You need the right people to execute those ideas and a realistic budget. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs get so wrapped up in their vision, they forget about the steps needed to achieve it, and that’s when new businesses tend to fail.

While there are many reasons startups fail, one of the most common is running out of cash. One way to keep startup costs down is to rent office space that allows for growth without breaking the

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