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 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.

  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    REPORT: Adapt To Climate Change Or Face Extinction

    The Immediate Risks Require You To Evolve Your Business

    October 5, 2018 Stephanie Balaouras, Salvatore Schiano

    Climate change is one of the most important business issues of our time. Even as companies and countries around the world have committed to phasing out fossil fuels and stem global warming, the impacts of climate change are already here. In the coming years, businesses will need to adapt to a host of new physical, social, and political risks or face extinction. Many will also find ways to innovate and win market share. This report helps risk professionals navigate the evolving risks and opportunities posed by climate change.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Become A Unicorn With Infrastructure-As-Code

    Strategic Plan: The Infrastructure Transformation Playbook

    September 19, 2018 Chris Gardner

    For digital business models to evolve and succeed, infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams must disrupt their traditional infrastructure architecture strategies with infrastructure-as-code (IaC). This includes investing in not only hybrid cloud but also containers, composable infrastructure, and the automation to support these workloads, no matter where they live. "Unicorns" such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google have long relied on IaC for production. As we hurtle toward ubiquitous internet-of-things (IoT) and edge computing, a holistic strategy for IaC becomes more important to enterprises than ever. This is an update of a previously published report; Forrester reviews and revises it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy.

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