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LONDON – A new report released by DCD Intelligence identifies that almost a quarter of all data center footprint in the North America region is now outsourced. Covering the US and Canada, the North America Data Center Key Trends Report 2013-2014 estimates that the current amount invested in data center outsourcing & colocation has increased by 13% over the past 12 months and is now in the region of $8.8bn. A further increase of 15% is predicted by the end of 2014.

 

According to Nicola Hayes, Managing Director of DCD Intelligence, growth in the use of colocation across the region is being fuelled by the increase in IT capacity requirements as well as reduced budgets and the need to access new technologies. Hayes states, “The sectors that are the highest users of colocation services are currently public administration, IT services and financial services but we are witnessing an increase in the uptake of outsourced data center solutions across all industry verticals, this demand is fuelling further growth in the colocation sector in terms of build and this section of the market is expected to continue to show healthy growth through 2014.”

 

Space

The region is home to the largest data center market globally and now accounts for approximately 10million sqm of data center white space, a small increase of 3.5% over the previous year.  Growth in white space is expected to continue at a similar pace through to 2016 with a large part of this growth being fuelled by new colocation facility build.

 

Power

The North American data center market power consumption currently stands at 11.55GW, an increase of 6.8% over the previous year.  Due to an increased focus on energy management and increases in monitoring and efficiency practices, power consumption forecasts through to 2016 have been downgraded from last year’s projections of 8% year on year growth to 6% representing a saving of 1 GW by 2016.

 

North America Key Trends 2013-2014

The North America Key Trends report examines  the US and Canada and gives data and insight into growth and trends in space, power, new technologies and investment. Containing data on a regional, country and industry vertical level and containing forecasts on key metrics, the report offers a thorough examination of the North American data center market.

For further information please visit www.dcd-intelligence.com

 

About DCD Intelligence
DCD Intelligence (DCDi), the business intelligence division of Datacenter Dynamics (DCD), is a specialist provider of research and analysis on the global data center industry. DCDi’s research includes coverage of key data center assets such as “white” space and power. It also extends to operator deployment, outsourcing and investment strategies and the full range of facilities, IT and outsourcing services that are available to end users. DCDi’s business intelligence products include research reports, whitepapers, data tools and bespoke projects. For more information see www.dcd-intelligence.com.

 

About DatacenterDynamics
DatacenterDynamics, part of the DCD Group, is a premier full service B2B information provider, offering a comprehensive product and service portfolio tailored specifically for the data center industry through its divisions: Media, Events, Intelligence and Performance.

Digitally empowered customers are disrupting every industry; the age of the customer brings with it some inherent risks that will push organizations to increase spending on security software. In Asia Pacific, security software has leapfrogged other software categories and leads the region in terms of expected software spending growth in 2014 (see figure below).

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http://blogs.forrester.com/manatosh_das/14-01-12-asian_firms_are_gearing_up_to_address_age_of_the_customer_security_risks

IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau) — Neiman Marcus has been notifying customers of a data breach after hackers stole merchant card information for an undisclosed number of shoppers.

The high-end retailer said it was working with the U.S. Secret Service and a forensics firm to investigate the theft, which it said it learned about in December from its merchant card processor.

"On January 1st, the forensics firm discovered evidence that the company was the victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers cards were possibly compromised as a result," Neiman Marcus said in an emailed statement.

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http://www.cio.com/article/745839/Neiman_Marcus_Notifying_Customers_After_Card_Data_Breach

I’ve said many times in the past that physical infrastructure is and will remain a crucial component of the data environment. After all, software isn’t much good without a solid hardware foundation. But as virtualization and software-defined architectures continue to work their way into the enterprise, it is also clear that the majority of enterprise management activity will shift to these higher level architectures.

Hardware, in other words, will be important, but boring. And that poses some interesting questions as to how data environments are to be built and managed, particularly in the way the burgeoning field of enterprise architecture (EA) will come to supplant many traditional IT roles.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/enterprise-architecture-in-the-software-defined-data-center.html

Along with January renewals and analyzing whether existing policies offer sufficient coverage, the new year is a perfect reminder to review company-wide emergency plans. While 2013 may have been a relatively light year for catastrophe losses, there’s no reason to assume 2014 will be, too.

Check out this infographic from Boston University’s Masters in Specialty Management program for a jump-start on identifying the risks of natural disaster and updating plans for how to handle any emergency:

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/new-year-new-natural-disaster-emergency-plans

Dare to ask that question of your Top Management? Maybe not, but a Risk Manager would try to understand their attitude to risk and their mythical 'Risk Appetite'. As a Business Continuity Manager, why not explore their 'Maximum Attitude to Disruption' (M.A.D.) a phrase I believe I uniquely use and created hoping it becomes more prevalent in a commercially driven BC world.

Risk appetite is a feeling, a sense of danger perhaps. Your risk attitude is what you intend to do about avoiding that danger, your Maximum Attitude to Disruption is a mixture of your Top Management’s risk appetite and risk attitude expressed in a business continuity context.

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http://thebceye.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-mad-are-your-top-management.html

Demand for provisioning and managing physical, virtual and public cloud resources led to 100 percent growth in users of PAN Cloud Director

BOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Egenera, a leader in converged infrastructure and cloud management software, today announced a new release of Egenera Cloud Suite featuring enhanced workflow automation, simplified administration, and enhanced security through integration with Microsoft Active Directory. As Egenera continues executing on its cloud vision and product roadmap, the new capabilities benefit both service providers and enterprise customers for mission critical cloud services. Cloud Suite’s unique ability to provision and manage physical, virtual and public cloud resources from one management interface drove significant customer adoption in 2013.

The new release follows a year that included the acquisition of Fort Technologies and integration of Fort’s cloud management software with Egenera PAN Manager; the signing of new enterprise and service provider customers; new strategic relationships with key resellers and technology partners; and integration with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Cloud computing is an important part of any enterprise’s IT strategies, but so is continuing to utilize and leverage existing physical infrastructure,” said Torsten Volk, research director at Enterprise Management Associates. “A cloud management platform that manages both physical and virtual resources and has the ability to create robust hybrid clouds gives users faster access to the full range of computing resources they need. It also presents new opportunities for both IT organizations and service providers alike.”

Cloud Suite Enhancements

New capabilities of Egenera PAN Manager and PAN Cloud Director include:

  • Support for Microsoft Hyper-V and Active Directory: Gives customers broader choice of hypervisors and enhances security for Microsoft installations.

  • Expanded roles-based administration for both administrators and users of the cloud service: Enhances security and adherence to corporate policies

  • Billing enhancements: More granular usage based billing enables service providers to offer annual, monthly or hourly based-billing

  • Expanded Templating: Users can create templates for complete application environments containing physical, virtual and public cloud resources

  • Lease periods: With the new capability users can set expiration dates for the services they provision.

As the growth of cloud services is being driven by user demand for faster access to computing resources, enterprises are relying on a broad set of applications, with differing capacity requirements, levels of availability and security,” said John Humphreys, VP of sales and marketing at Egenera.Egenera is the only solution to provision physical, virtual and public cloud resources from one unified management framework, and is in high demand from service providers and enterprises alike.”

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About Egenera

Converge. Unify. Simplify. That’s how Egenera brings confidence to the cloud. The company’s industry leading cloud and data center infrastructure management software, Egenera PAN Cloud Director™ and PAN Manager® software, provide a simple yet powerful way to quickly design, deploy and manage IT services while guaranteeing those cloud services automatically meet the security, performance and availability levels required by the business.  Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., Egenera has thousands of production installations globally, including premier enterprise data centers, service providers and government agencies. For more information on the company, please visit egenera.com.  Follow Egenera on TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook.

Data Privacy Day is on January 28. But isn't all hope lost when it comes to the P-word? Interestingly, Daniel Solove is one key expert who doesn't think so: His recent Year in Privacy roundup sounds a number of positive notes, largely having to do with regulatory pressure driven by public pressure. In the age of the customer, we really can see "water wear away stone" when ordinary people demand change. 

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http://blogs.forrester.com/eve_maler/14-01-09-privacy_and_business_differentiator_must_get_cozier_why_and_how

CIO — Outlook connection problems? Salesforce.com system crashing repeatedly? Trouble connecting to internal human resources systems? You're not alone.

According to a recent study from Compuware, of the more than 300 business executives surveyed, 48 percent reported they experience tech performance issues daily, and three out of four of those executives say the frequency and severity of these issues isn't improving.

It's not that executives and IT leaders don't want to fix these problems, says Bharath Gowda, director of technology performance, Compuware. It's that they're pressured to focus on what are seen as larger, more pressing issues instead of these day-to-day headaches, he says.

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http://www.cio.com/article/745780/Tech_Performance_Issues_Plague_IT_and_Businesses

CIO — McAfee's comprehensive 2014 security report, released at the end of December, goes beyond rehashing the same set of threats in ever-increasing volume to instead reflect the impact of digital currencies, NSA leaks and social media. Going through the report, one thing becomes eminently clear: We are in no way prepared for what's coming in 2014.

I'll cover the report's main elements, but I suggest you read it thoroughly yourself — perhaps after a couple glasses of good brandy.

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http://www.cio.com/article/745773/McAfee_Security_Report_Suggests_2014_Will_Be_a_Rough_Year