IT - Operations

6 Data Center Trends To Watch
Networkworld, October 4th, 2021
Power failures remain the leading cause of major data-center outages, according to Uptime Institute's annual survey

"Data-center owners and operators face increasing complexity and operational challenges as they look to improve IT resiliency, build out capacity at the edge, and retain skilled staff in a tight labor market.

Meanwhile, use of the public cloud for mission-critical workloads is up, according to Uptime Institute, even as many enterprises seek greater transparency into cloud providers' operations..."

A Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) system is a way to have some kind of commonality of management between all aspects of the data center - including IT systems and building facility systems such as heating, cooling, and humidity control. The best DCIM software automates much of this previously time-intensive management

ServerWatch reviewed a great many vendors to find those best suited to offering DCIM for the data center. Here are our top picks, in no particular order:

  • BMC
  • Serverfarm
  • LogicMonitor
  • NetZoom
  • DCIMPro
  • Raritan
  • Eaton

Read on for details.

Best IT Management Tools 2021
ITProPortal, October 4th, 2021
Manage better your IT assets

"The best IT management tools make the process of managing IT systems simpler and easier, from customer support to diagnostics.

This is especially important, as running an organization involves keeping track of a wide variety of assets, both hardware and software. For a very long time, this task was handled by maintaining manual logs on a company spreadsheet. Now, it's done using dedicated software managed by the IT department..."

Data Center Security Compliance Checklist
SearchDataCenter, October 8th, 2021
In five steps, create a security compliance plan for your data center. Discover different standards, learn audit schedules and develop procedures to align with compliance

"Data centers must demonstrate compliance with industry-standard guidelines. This quick checklist can help data centers develop data compliance strategies to ensure the security of their customers' data and maintain high operational standards.

Data centers are responsible for ensuring secure data handling on behalf of an organization's customers. A single data outage or breach can devastate the business that relies on that data, but it can also be catastrophic for a data center facility..."

It's well-known that many cyberattacks take advantage of vulnerabilities in software that has not been updated, but in 2021, why are companies often slack in installing patches?

"A new report from Ivanti Inc. may provide answers to that question. The company surveyed information technology and security professionals and found that 71% consider patching overly complex, cumbersome and time-consuming.

In the age of COVID-19 and shift to remote work, 57% of respondents said remote work had increased the complexity and scale of patch management. That shift, with employees connecting with various devices to access corporate networks, data and services as they work and collaborate from new and different locations, is said to have made patching harder than ever..."

Joseph Carson, Chief Security Scientist at ThycoticCentrify, offers a 7-step practical IR checklist for ensuring a swift recovery from a cyberattack

"In a startling discovery, a recent report found that 98 percent of companies have experienced at least one cloud data breach in the past 18 months, compared to 79 percent last year. The same report disclosed that nearly 60 percent of the 200 CISOs and security decision-makers surveyed considered lack of visibility, and inadequate identity and access management, a major threat to their cloud infrastructure..."

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