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Jan 30, 2018

Two of the Biggest Data Center and Colocation Myths Debunked

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Data Centers Are Here to Stay.

Data centers play an essential role in the storage and management of a company’s data and digital information.

Large corporations may opt to store their digital information within their own data centers on site. However, many organizations rely on other companies to run the data center and will pay for the power and space – this service is known as colocation.

Colocation provides safe, reliable and affordable options that are essential to the growth and operation of many organizations and businesses. But due to the integral role they play, colocation and data centers are often also subjected to industry myths and misconceptions.

Here are two of the most common misunderstandings about data centers and their services.

Myth 1: The Growth of Cloud Computing Will Render Colocation Obsolete

One of the most popular data center myths is that the rapid expansion of cloud computing and services will eventually eliminate the need for data centers and colocation services.

It is true that the cloud has grown astonishingly in the last several years and this growth is sure to continue to rise; however, fear of the cloud’s size and strength is misguided. The cloud has not replaced onsite servers, so it’s unlikely it will replace data centers and the need for colocation.

Many businesses make use of cloud services to facilitate and improve their businesses processes, but very few businesses move all their data to the cloud. In most cases, living completely out of the cloud simply isn’t feasible. Some organizations just feel more comfortable storing sensitive data on-site or in dedicated data centers. While cloud computing is certainly growing, it is not growing monolithically. And as a result, blended infrastructure, with both cloud and colocation environments, are among the most popular setups for businesses.

For example, a business may choose to outsource repeatable business practices, such as emails or internal documents to the cloud, but that same business would choose to keep sensitive information and data housed within a personal server within a data center.

The growth of blended infrastructure solutions means that both colocation and cloud services will continue to have a role in handling the IT infrastructure needs of the future.

Myth 2: Data Centers Can’t Handle New Workloads

A second myth is that current legacy data centers lack the capabilities necessary to handle new IT workloads.

These infrastructure doomsday scenarios generally focus on the assertion that data centers lack the physical space and necessary power to properly handle our modern IT needs.

But once again, the reality is far less dramatic than critics suggest. New technologies and innovations in cooling and power usage allow data centers to be radically more efficient. So, while the amount of data being processed may increase, the amount of power being used stays relatively constant.

It is true that data centers need to adapt to a changing IT landscape; however, this change can be both sustainable and gradual. Rather than focusing on the dramatic, data centers can improve upon existing equipment. Data centers can continue to train and retain good employees, thus keeping performance and efficiency running at an optimal level. While new problems and situations may arise, data centers can still thrive in the current IT environment.

How Can Data Centers Support My Needs?

Data centers continue to play a valuable role in handling IT needs for organizations and businesses. Finding the right data center for your business is often about finding the provider who can give you the services and products you’ll need to keep your business applications running smoothly.

INAP’s data center specialists can assess your organization’s needs and find the right plan that fits your scale, scope and budget. Contact us today to learn more about INAP’s data centers and colocation services.

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Sep 20, 2012

Online gaming continues to explode — and not because of a grenade

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Online gamingNot surprisingly, there continues to be a growing library of online games. What may be surprising, however, is the rate of its growth — how quickly and how much. According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global gaming market was worth $70.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $117.9 billion by 2015. Market research firm eMarketer, recently reported that there will be approximately 76.5 million social gamers in the U.S. by the end of 2012, of which 48% will be social network users.

In the Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) category, even with limited amounts of time, many U.S. gamers migrate from one new MMOG to the next, although Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft has managed to keep 10.5 million subscribers and a top spot in the U.S. for years. In fact, there is much hype about the company’s highly-anticipated fourth expansion of the world’s most popular subscription-based MMO role-playing game. The release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria is scheduled for next week – with official launch parties planned, literally, all around the world. Here are some other articles containing staggering stats about the gaming industry:

Looking for an IT Infrastructure to support your worlds or realms? Check out the instant replay of our recent webinar: Online Gaming Infrastructure Trends — Capitalizing on a growing industry. Or read the Online Gaming Industry Handbook Online Gaming Industry Handbook for an in-depth look at this market today.

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