Security, like most aspects of IT infrastructure, has historically been a siloed function. Focused on protecting data, applications, network connections, and with the advent of BYOD (bring your own device) policies, network endpoints, it is a practice that, for most companies, evolved in a reactive fashion – new technology acquired and implemented based on a specific need.
It is not uncommon for a medium-to-large company to have 50 or more different security technologies in place. While fiscally inefficient, this approach has been somewhat effective up to this point in dealing with the types of attacks launched against it.
The threat landscape is currently changing more rapidly than ever, forcing businesses to shift to a more forward-thinking security model. The need to effectively address attackers who constantly evolve focus, attack approaches, and targets has never been greater. The need calls for a proactive approach and an overarching security plan.
By any measure, data center REIT CyrusOne (CONE) just knocked the ball out of the park last quarter, and this leasing momentum continued into the third quarter.
According to Gary Wojtaszek, CyrusOne president and CEO. “This was the strongest leasing quarter in the Company’s history, and we believe it is also a record for the industry,” He added, “These results reflect continued strong operational and financial performance, and our ability to deliver data centers at the fastest time to market has enabled our hyper-scale customers to keep pace with their increasing capacity requirements.”
Since speed to market was a major factor in winning these large-scale cloud deployments, hitting an inside-the-park home run — where a swift runner beats the throw to home plate — is a better analogy.
It is a real “head-scratcher” how a 34 percent earnings growth rate can disappoint investors.
If a natural disaster struck your business today, could it recover? For many business owners, the honest answer is no; some 30 percent of companies that are closed by a disaster never open their doors for business again. If you want to increase the odds that your business recovers after a catastrophe, you need to prepare for the unexpected.
Identify the Risks
What disasters are likely to strike your business? The answer to that depends partially on your location. Businesses in California probably do not need to worry much about a nor’easter, but they should know what to do in the event of an earthquake. For companies located in Maryland, the reverse is true. There are also some calamities that are universal. Fire and flooding can strike any business at any time. Consider the possibilities and identify what risks your business is likely to face. If you are unsure, contact your area’s emergency management office for guidance.
As we enter the era of Big Data and the Internet of Things, the enterprise needs two things from its data infrastructure: rapid scale and minimal complexity. Modular infrastructure satisfies both these demands, which is why it is gaining ground in both the enterprise data center and in cloud and colocation facilities.
According to Research and Markets, the modular data center industry is growing by nearly 30 percent per year, with an expected increase from $10.34 billion in 2016 to more than $38 billion by 2021. Key drivers include the need to expand performance and capacity while maintaining, or even decreasing, energy consumption, as well as reducing the complexity of overall infrastructure to allow for improved provisioning, integration and management. As expected, the Asia-Pacific region is the fastest-growing market for modular systems given its high data demands and relatively low installed base of traditional, silo-based infrastructure.
Being adequately prepared for an emergency requires a strong crisis communications plan. As an organization, if a critical event arises, you must be able to respond immediately with confidence, and having a plan is the only way to do so without creating additional chaos.
Emergency events can range from terrorist attacks and shooter-on-site threats to fires, snow storms, and severe weather or IT power outages and network cyberattacks. Your emergency communications plan should describe how your organization will respond to a critical event and it should be detailed and clear, yet broad enough to apply to array of potential incidents or threats. A well-thought-out, simple step-by-step emergency communications plan—with room for flexibility—is a key asset in incident response and business resiliency management.