Showing posts with label data center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label data center. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Data Management in the virtual World


The popularity of public cloud offerings have blossomed, and with Microsoft expanding Windows Azure globally it looks as though cloud computing is here to stay. However, there are certain drawbacks and obstacles to overcome if corporate users wish to implement cloud-based file sharing for good. A public cloud offering is great for the masses but is still not secure enough to convince CTOs at large corporations to make the switch. Data management in the Virtual world therefore becomes, a heated debate.

Cloud Management 

From chain retail locations to multinational corporations, the very mention of the word cloud challenges tradition. This is because the cloud pools multiple machines together to share resources and space on a network. But wherever there's shared space, there's a risk of security breach. Speed and reliability are also a concern for larger organizations. In the cloud, users create their own virtual server from a pooled resource; a cluster of servers strung together and partitioned off accordingly. Cloud management is potentially problematic because its reliance is dependent on a robust physical environment. 

The more data users push through the shared network, the higher the risk of network latency. Furthermore, the corporate cloud must be resilient enough to prevent network latencies from bogging down the switchgear and routers. Of course, all this info is passed through the virtual environment to servers located inside a data center facility. Even cloud providers need such a facility to house, manage and maintain this cluster of cloud servers in an effort to prevent downtime and boost security on all levels; the physical and the virtual level. So the issue of security and performance in the cloud, be it a public or private offering, is still omnipresent. So where does this leave us?

The Cloud Vs. Tradition 

Think of it this way; every online transaction eventually makes its way to a physical server. The question is, do you really want your money or precious data handled through a massive public cloud offering, without any robust level of security? Experts argue that the risk isn't much more than what we're used when we log into our Gmail accounts. So we don't care about the risk. Ultimately, the benefits of things like Windows Azure (or Gmail for that matter) far outweigh the risk of any data breach. However, CTOs at large corporations still see the cloud as an imminent threat to daily operations because of these risks. Until this fine technology comes around to improving switchgear, firewalls and virtual security, it's best to stick to tradition. 

About the author: James Mulvey, a content writer and blog director at Colocation America, wrote this post.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Thank Firebrand it's Friday - First Edition


Welcome to the first edition of "Thank Firebrand it's Friday", TFiF for short (because in Tech we all love acronyms). We work hard here in the Firebrand Comms team to bring you all the latest news, reviews and updates on IT Certifications and Technology via the Firebrand Blog. The Blog was created with the defining principle of adding value to our community, and helping you the reader in your day job by giving you the knowledge you seek.

For those that follow Firebrand closely, you'll have hopefully spotted our 'how-to' guides floating about the web on technical publications, if not here are a few examples on TechNet, ServerWatch and TechRadar Pro.

But we've felt like something's missing, something a little less serious, informative yet fun, something that is perfect for a Friday afternoon, and so we (I) have created TFiF. As it's the first edition it will likely evolve as time progresses and we'd love your feedback on how to shape it. Today it's a bit of a hotch botch of fun things found around the web...

LEGO™ just got technical

Man I wish littleBits were around when I was a kid (I say this as if I haven't ordered a set), these guys have taken the concept of LEGO™ building blocks and completely revolutionised it for the 21st-Century. For the Trekkies amongst you, think Borg assimilation, they've effectively taken LEGO™, injected it with technology and in the process made the practice of learning about hardware design accessible to kids. Check out this two minute video and try not to purchase a set at the end.

Check out some of the products already created, the hardware is open-source so expect some rapid expansion from the 50 modules currently available, allowing far more complex products to be created. If you read my previous post on the growing skills gap in the UK technology sector, littleBits could be the educational solution sought to address the issue at grass-roots level, especially in the the hardware design sector.

Leap Motion will blow your mind

If you haven't seen the Leap Motion Controller yet, you need this in your life. Planning to ship May 14th, 2013 this product from software and hardware company Leap Motion is set to revolutionise the way we all interact with computers. If this takes off then it could effectively destroy the emerging touch screen market being driven through Microsoft in Windows 8. 

Time to make a LEGO™ Data Center

Ever wanted to see a Data Center made of LEGO™ ? Me neither, but now you can thanks to the efforts of Eduardo Tanaka and the fact that it's a Friday afternoon.

Well that's about it for today, I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of TFiF, let's see where next week take us. And as I leave you; continuing along the Data Center theme, check out this shot from one of Google's Data Centers. You can see the full gallery here - Google Data Centers

About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint 2007 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Cisco releases CCIE Data Center Beta exam

Cisco has released a beta version of the CCIE Data Center certification. The beta exam is available from May 1 – June 15, 2012. You can find the exam topics here

The CCIE Data Center certification is due to go live in September 2012.