Data Centers & Data Center Networking

The data center is the repository for an organization's computer systems, data, and related equipment.

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  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-As-A-Service Providers, Q2 2019

    The Eight Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

    April 17, 2019 Naveen Chhabra

    In our 34-criterion evaluation of disaster-recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — DXC Technology, Flexential, IBM, iland, InterVision, Recovery Point Systems, Sungard Availability Services, and TierPoint — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals select the right one for their needs.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Assess The Pain-Gain Tradeoff Of Multicloud Strategies

    Learn The Difference Between Strategic Multicloud And Ineffective Complexity

    March 19, 2019 Lauren E. Nelson, Andre Kindness, Naveen Chhabra

    Multicloud and hybrid cloud are equally useless terms, and yet, in reality, they define your obvious cloud strategy. Having multiple platforms, cloud and noncloud, allows for flexibility and choice. However, complex flavors of multicloud have Forrester's infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros and leaders asking, "Is the pain worth the gain?" This report serves as a primer on the various types of multicloud, exploring the various pros and cons of each model along with its commonality among verticals and workload types.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: The State Of Business Continuity, 2018

    Risk Pros Are Expanding BC To Include Most Operational Risks

    February 11, 2019 Stephanie Balaouras, Salvatore Schiano

    As 100-year floods and cyberattacks grow more frequent, and as organizations become completely dependent on complex technology, business continuity (BC) preparedness must be a cornerstone of a resilient organization. A resilient firm can absorb the impact of any unexpected event without failing to deliver on its brand promise. In this report, the first in a series highlighting the current state of BC, Forrester examines today's shifts in mission, priorities, organizational structure, and funding.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Six Important Considerations That Affect Backup Data Location

    Don't Push Your Data Out To The Cloud Just Because You Can

    January 9, 2019 Naveen Chhabra

    Storage was one of the first public cloud services. Public cloud storage has since gained traction, as it allows firms to inexpensively archive large volumes of inactive data in a remote location. After finding success with that model, infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros started to send most of their backup and old data to cloud storage providers — but they often overlook other criteria that can affect the decision of where to locate data. I&O pros can use this report to make a calculated decision about where they store their backup, archival, and disaster recovery data.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Test Frequently To Ensure Disaster Recovery Readiness

    Annual Testing Doesn't Serve Business Expectations

    December 14, 2018 Naveen Chhabra

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are responsible for building disaster recovery (DR) infrastructure, managing operations, and ensuring that DR failover is successful every time. Practice makes perfect, so I&O pros need to practice DR readiness. However, they struggle to define how frequently they need to make practice runs, as there's no universally applicable standard. This report helps I&O pros understand the important factors, checkpoints, and criteria that influence DR test frequency.

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