The largest quantitative survey of the worldwide data center industry seeks relevant data and asks, “Will 2013 be ‘The Year of DCIM?’”
LONDON, UK, – DCD Intelligence, a division of DatacenterDynamics that offers an array of market research, business intelligence, analysis and reporting services, announces today its launch of the 3rd Annual Global Data Center Industry Census.
“The 3rd Annual DatacenterDynamics Industry Census is the largest comparable study of issues and trends within the data center industry,” comments Nicola Hayes, Managing Director of DCD Intelligence. “With 2013-2014 predicted to see enormous changes in the way data centers are operated, outsourced and managed it is even more vital that DCD Intelligence gathers the relevant data and feed it back into the industry.”
Results from the 2012 DatacenterDynamics Industry Census strongly indicate that although data center owners and operators had predicted a year earlier that they would be investing in and implementing DCIM solutions during 2011-2012, the reality is that in many cases the forecasted investment hadn’t materialized with budgets. Instead, budgets are being spent on ‘key staples’ needed to ensure data centers are kept fully functioning from a facility perspective. The results from this year’s annual survey of the world wide data center community will offer insight into whether or not 2013-2014 sees DCIM realizing its forecasted potential.
In addition to enabling DCD Intelligence to provide the industry with data on power usage, new technology implementation, investment levels and industry wide issues and challenges, its census targeting data center industry professionals will help raise a significant amount of money for charity. For each completed questionnaire, DCD Intelligence will donate $5 to its chosen charity. With last year’s census, together DCD Intelligence and the global data center industry raised over $40,000.
The chosen charity for this year is Fly-an-Engineer Appeal, which aims to help fund the travelling costs for Engineers Without Borders, a global group of NGOs that connect Engineers (and Universities) with sustainable community based development projects.
Key questions of the 3rd Annual Global Data Center Industry Census include:
- What is the worldwide power usage for the data center industry and has it increased significantly over the last 12 months?
- Have energy efficiency implementations slowed down the rate of growth in power consumption, and where have budgets been invested?
- Which countries are showing the highest growth in the rate of outsourcing uptake?
- Which countries/regions are the key data center growth markets?
Results from the 2013 census will be available in September 2014. To take part in the Census, visit http://www7.intellisurvey.com/run/dcdcensus_intro.
For more background information on the DCD Intelligence Census, go to
New Weather Alert System Applies Big Data to Disaster Recovery Preparedness
Wayne, Pa. – SunGard Availability Services, a leading provider of information availability and disaster recovery services, released its new Weather Alert System, which informs Recovery Services customers of severe storms and natural disasters and allows them to declare an alert with one simple click. SunGard Availability Services is leveraging real-time data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and using big data analytics to keep its customers abreast of threatening storms and other natural disasters.
The severity and frequency of natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other weather-related conditions are a continual threat to ongoing business operations. Consequently, many businesses are thinking more holistically about their preparedness and recovery solutions for crippling natural disasters.
Using the Weather Alert System, customers can quickly and easily pinpoint their location on a map in relation to NOAA weather advisories. If needed, they can opt to open an Alert Status depending on the storm’s predicted severity in their location.
“As a pioneer of disaster recovery, SunGard Availability Services has supported more than 2,000 disasters since 1990. Through the years, we’ve listened to our customers’ needs and are proud to be among the first IT service providers offering a weather alert system free of charge,” said Bob DiLossi, director, Crisis Management, SunGard Availability Services. “Many companies overlook business continuity during severe storms simply because they aren’t prepared. By using real time weather information combined with business analytics, we’re preparing our customers for what’s to come, giving them time to plan and take action.”
To learn more about SunGard Availability Services visit www.sungardas.com.
Disclaimer: The Weather Alert System is provided to SunGard Recovery Services customers as a courtesy incidental service. The System should not be relied upon by customers as the sole source of weather information. Customers are encouraged to obtain weather information for their region from other weather forecast services and monitor any guidance from their local government authorities as to evacuation orders or other weather watches and alerts.
About SunGard Availability Services
SunGard Availability Services provides disaster recovery services, managed IT services, information availability consulting services and business continuity management software. With approximately five million square feet of datacenter and operations space, SunGard Availability Services helps customers improve the resilience of their mission critical systems by designing, implementing and managing cost-effective solutions using people, process and technology to address enterprise IT availability needs. Through direct sales and channel partners, we help organizations ensure their people and customers have uninterrupted access to the information systems they need in order to do business. To learn more, visit www.sungardas.com or call 1-800-468-7483. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
With fears of potential security breaches and natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy and the recent Oklahoma tornado weighing heavily on IT executives, businesses nationwide have continued to grow and advance their business continuity and disaster recovery plans to incorporate the adoption of wireless network capabilities, cloud services and mobile applications.
The annual AT&T Business Continuity Study found that:
- More than half of executives surveyed (63%) cite the looming threat of security breaches as their most important security concern for 2013.
- 84 percent of executives are concerned about the use of mobile networks and devices and its impact on security threats.
- 88 percent of those surveyed understand the increasing importance of security and indicate that their companies have a proactive strategy in place.
- Nearly two-thirds (64%) of companies include their wireless network capabilities as part of their business continuity plan.
- 87 percent of executives indicate their organizations have a business continuity plan in place in case of a disaster or threat – a slight uptick from last year (86%).
The scandal surrounding the National Security Agency's Prism -gathering programme will impact all businesses that rely heavily on the processing and analysis of customer information, according to experts.
Technology giants including Apple, Facebook and Google have denied that they have participated in Prism and have said that they have not enabled the US government to access their systems through a "".
There's a logical fallacy that mathematicians are fond of quoting when humans exercise their considerable built-in pattern-recognition abilities to draw conclusions that could just be coincidence: correlation does not imply causality. But, as Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger argue in Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, what Big Data brings with it is a profound shift in our attempts to understand How the World Works. In their view, correlation may now be good enough all by itself.
For centuries we have focused on causation as a way of deriving general principles from specific cases. For example, once we understood that plants grew in response to ready supplies of sunlight, water and nutrients in the soil, we were able to apply this knowledge to promote more rapid and reliable growth. What's happening now is that by churning through huge masses of data we can find patterns that would not be trustworthy in smaller samples, and derive value from them whether or not we understand the underlying causality.
In the wake of the recent collapse of data centre provider, 2E2 (the company ran out of cash and asked clients including the NHS and numerous businesses to stump up extra money to avoid losing their data), it’s more important than ever that companies take the right precautions and ask the right questions to ensure their data is safe and that they have peace of mind. The amount of data being collected, transferred and processed across all businesses is increasing exponentially and storing it is now a key element of business operations, as is keeping it secure.
Like any business partnership, the first and perhaps most important consideration for a prospective client should be the people that will look after their data on a day-to-day basis i.e. the employees of the firm they are evaluating. Around 70% of instances of data being compromised are down to human error; so you need a team you can trust.
My recent blog assessed how 'disasters' fared in the U.N. Secretary General’s High Level Panel report on post-2015 development goals. This time, I consider the report’s implications for setting priorities for the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), the global agreement on reducing disaster risk. The HFA, like the Millennium Development Goals, is also due for renewal in 2015. Here are some preliminary points.
The next HFA should:
1. Ensure ‘tacking vulnerability and its causes’ is the dominant message. Here, very clear links need to be made to the post-2015 development goals that help to underscore the critical intersection of disaster risk and the causes of vulnerability and poverty. If backed by a disasters target in a poverty goal, as suggested by the high level panel, the successor to the HFA can then become a vision, operational plan and implementation guide for governments and the global development community. This will take equal recognition of the small (‘silent’) disasters, as well as the headliners, and therefore place ‘development’-oriented policy responses at the core of the next agreement.
Hurricane Sandy, the recent, deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and the Boston Marathon bombing are stark reminders that businesses and commercial and industrial properties are susceptible to a wide variety of emergencies. Hurricanes, extensive flooding, blizzards, ice storms, fires and utility disruptions are just some of the emergencies that can impact a business’ operations, bringing fresh urgency to the need for business preparedness and resiliency efforts.
Such emergencies and disasters have the potential to cripple or even destroy businesses – of all sizes and scope – that are unprepared for such events; studies show that 40% of businesses that do not have emergency plans in place do not re-open after a major incident.
Having businesses that are resilient to emergencies ultimately helps local communities and citizens recover from disasters faster – which is why business resilience is so important to FEMA. Engaging an entire community in disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities is a main responsibility of FEMA’s Private Sector Liaisons, who work in all ten FEMA regions across the country. As the Private Sector Liaison for FEMA Region I (which covers six states and 10 Indian Tribes in New England), I arranged for our regional office to participate in the “Weathering the Storm: How Properties Can Prepare and Respond” event that NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association, hosted on May 31, 2013.
Recent news of widespread phone and internet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) has raised serious questions over the ethical and legal obligations private companies face to protect the privacy of individuals. To what extent is it ethically acceptable for companies to assist in legal surveillance of innocent individuals?
Telecommunications companies are caught between the rights of individuals to protect personal data about themselves and governmental demands for personal information under the guise of national security. The fundamental problem is that individuals place trust in companies to protect their privacy, while companies are legally required to pass this data on at the request of the government under increasingly broad interpretations of laws permitting surveillance.
GENEVA – Amid human infections from H7N9 and MERS-CoV, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday released an updated guidance to help coordinate national and international pandemic preparedness and response.
The "Pandemic Influenza Risk Management: WHO Interim Guidance," incorporating lessons learned from the Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 pandemic and other relevant developments, replaces the "2009 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: a WHO Guidance Document."
Following recommendations by a review committee on Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, the new influenza guidance simplifies the pandemic phases structure, emphasizes the risk assessment and risk-based approach, and increases the flexibility of member states to take actions.