Tag: colocation

For the upcoming IMN Data Center East Conference, I’ve been invited to speak on the panel called “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services” about managed services for data center operators. From my experience, two of the highest value managed services a data center operator can provide are backup and managed security services. I wrote about backup services in a previous post, so this one is about considerations for offering security services around cloud computing and colocation. Hosted security as …

At the end of May, I’m speaking on a panel at IMN’s Data Center East Conference in New York City. The panel is titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services (for data center operators)” and will focus its message on market demand for managed services that deliver high value for colocation and cloud computing users. I define high value as an essential service that a service provider can deliver at a lower cost and with higher quality than their …

Here we go patting ourselves on the back again, but we can’t help it. Media outlets keep handing us awards! Most recently, CRN named Online Tech one of its MSP Hosting Service Provider 100. (Read full press release.) These 100 companies are a subset of CRN’s Managed Service Provider 500 list, which it hails as “the top technology providers and consultants in North America whose forward-thinking approach to providing managed services is changing the landscape of the IT channel.” The …

Scared of HIPAA? Don’t be. It represents huge opportunities for the IT world. That was the message from April Sage, Director of Healthcare IT for Online Tech, when she joined Karl Palachuk on his ‘Odd Tuesdays‘ podcast yesterday. (Find the replay here.) Palachuk invited Sage to join his bi-weekly show because its primary audience – managed service providers – has been engaged in a debate about whether HIPAA regulations and the HITECH Act make working in the healthcare space “so …

Customer Big Switch to Managed Services “Customers don’t want to deal with equipment anymore,” says Yan Ness, Online Tech’s Co-CEO.  We are seeing customers more focused on buying applications than dealing with their servers.  They want to use our fully managed services and HIPAA, PCI and SOX compliant managed server hosting environment rather than do it themselves. “They just want to pay the price and have someone else take care of it.” Online Tech offers a full range of secure …

If you’re searching for a new colocation provider or simply need to update your requirements for the new year, read on for a list of priority questions to ask potential or existing providers to ensure they’re operating at the highest level of security and efficiency. The last thing you want to deal with is finding out they’re not up to par only after something goes awry and your company is suffering from prolonged downtime and outages. Many audits and compliance …

To streamline IT service management and assets, the convergence of technology and processes to better meet business objectives is ideal. It also allows in-house IT teams to spend more time on other endeavors and projects for industry-specific, targeted business growth. A recent survey conducted by IDG Research Services found that more than half of IT executives have a limited process automation, meaning they still have several manual processes when it comes to managing their IT assets. The report also acknowledges …

So your company is expanding and growing at a rapid rate, and the demand requires more space, power and cooling – what do you do? Build a new data center, or buy (lease, or outsource your IT needs to a different provider). Research firm Forrester conducted interviews of IT professionals to analyze the economics of data centers and the classic build vs. buy conundrum that arises when it comes time to provision for additional capacity, IT infrastructure and operations. Leasing …

I’m looking forward to attending the IMN (Information Management Network) conference next week in Los Angeles, California to join the discussion on the growing demand for data centers and colocation, as well as the threats and opportunities that cloud computing brings to the market. The 2011 IMN conference “Fall Forum on Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centers” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza next Wednesday and Thursday. I was selected to moderate and speak …

2011 Data Center Market Trends

Posted on October 5, 2011 by

DataCenterKnowledge.com recently released their 2011/2012 Data Center Market Insights report detailing the key trends driving data center market growth. Their methodology included a poll of over 200 data center professionals, including IT executives and facilities management in more than 13 different industries. A rising trend toward data center outsourcing is gaining momentum as 62 percent of respondents reported they are currently outsourcing, testing, or planning to use a data center service provider. What accounts for the trend in using IT …

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