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: 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 Salvatore Schiano, Stephanie Balaouras

    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.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: The Nuanced World Of Cloud Adoption In Canada

    September 18, 2018 Lauren E. Nelson

    Infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals shouldn't judge North American cloud adoption by the US marketplace alone. Canadian cloud adoption is strong and gaining momentum with the entrance of the cloud giants over the past few years. Their presence is concentrated in Eastern Canada, leaving Western Canada challenged with significant latency to access these facilities while still meeting difficult compliance regulations. This report covers current cloud adoption rates, defines challenges faced by Western provinces, and highlights some of the most innovative cloud use cases in Canada.

  • For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

    REPORT: Ransomware Is A Business Continuity Issue

    Firms Are Just Not Prepared To Handle Cybersecurity-Induced Disasters

    May 22, 2018 Naveen Chhabra, Josh Zelonis

    Ransomware attacks hit firms hard on all fronts — the business, partners, clients, employees, and regulators. Successfully getting out of a ransomware situation requires I&O and S&R pros to work hand in hand. This report gives IT leaders a view of the state of readiness during ransomware attacks — and exposes the illusion of preparedness. It offers insights into why leaders should bridge the gap between S&R and I&O teams in their organization for the goal of a well-coordinated recovery.

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