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Data Center and Efficient Energy Usage

Data Center Energy UsageThe rising costs of energy have caused data center providers and business leaders to analyze power usage very closely.

Even though equipment manufacturers remain focused on improving the energy efficiency of their products, certain industry dynamics are putting pressure on power consumption.  For example, the increase in big data initiatives will require additional data center traffic and compute capacity.

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Key Factors to Analyze When Outsourcing Data Center Services

Factors to Analyze When Outsourcing Data Center ServicesBy securing the right data center services, business leaders have the potential to increase their return on investment, improve infrastructure utilization, and lower operating costs.   To realize these benefits, leaders need to pay particular attention to some key areas:

  • The data center’s geographic location – Evaluate the risks associated with the location. One of the most significant threats involve natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and wildfires.  Other location factors to consider are power costs, accessibility to company facilities, availability of technical talent and nearby dangers posed by nuclear facilities, flight paths and construction activity.

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Why IT Talent and Businesses Flock to Austin Data Centers

IT Talent and Businesses Flock to Austin Data CentersTexas has seen a technology boom for several years now, especially in Austin data centers.  The state’s capital has long been a preferred location for both enterprises and colocation providers.  Big names, such as Citigroup, Hewlett-Packard and Lowe’s have built stand-alone data centers costing hundreds of millions of dollars.  Colocation providers, including CyrusOne, have made major investments in large-scale Austin facilities as well.

Why Texas?  For one, the state has its own power grid and can provide cheaper electricity than many other major technology markets.  It also offers a tax-friendly business climate.  In addition, Texas has lower weather and geological risks.  In Austin specifically, enterprises don’t have to worry about hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes or flooding.

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CyrusOne Honors America’s Veterans

CyrusOne Honors America’s VeteransObserved every year on November 11, the Veterans Day national holiday pays tribute to all American veterans.  On this day, our country gives thanks to the living veterans, and those no longer with us, who have served their country honorably.

Veterans Day originated on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary after the end of World War I.  It was initially proclaimed “Armistice Day” by President Woodrow Wilson.  However in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day.  Like the United States, Britain, France Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and II around November 11 each year.

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How to Evaluate Data Center Providers

How to Evaluate Data Center ProvidersData center providers offer organizations space, power, cooling, connectivity and security.  In an outsourced data center solution, IT departments can get everything they need to support their operations without the high cost of building an in-house facility.

For the best provider fit, businesses must weigh a multitude of selection criteria, such as:

  • Formalize the Evaluation – Given the exhaustive nature of the provider decision, companies need to devise a system to methodically evaluate their options. Failing to conduct a comprehensive analysis can lead to disappointing results.

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Enterprise Colocation and the Data Center of the Future

Enterprise ColocationAccording to AFCOM, the leading industry association for data center and facilities managers, many company-owned data centers won’t be equipped to meet the demands of tomorrow.  As a result, companies operating their own data centers will increasingly migrate to enterprise colocation services.

Businesses on their own, especially those operating data centers in the 5,000 to 10,000 square-foot range, likely cannot achieve the economies of scale of a colocation provider managing multiple 250,000+ square-foot facilities.  Small data centers are unable to realize the required return on investment for the in-house decision to be financially sound.

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CyrusOne Pre-leases Large Section of New Northern Virginia Facility

CyrusOne Pre-leases Large Section of New Northern Virginia FacilityA Fortune 50 company has pre-leased more than 12,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF) with first right of refusal on another 8,000 square feet at CyrusOne’s new facility in the city of Sterling in Loudon County Virginia.  This pre-sale represents a third of the 30,000 square feet of colocation space that will come online for the first phase of the 124,000 square foot building the company broke ground on in April.

A current tenant in one of CyrusOne’s other data center facilities is pre-leasing the northern Virginia space.  This tenant appreciates the scalability and flexibility CyrusOne can deliver, and has chosen to expand their footprint in Northern Virginia.

CyrusOne’s scalable Massively Modular® engineering design approach, with its ability to support future infrastructure growth, as well as the company’s exceptional service delivery levels were key contributors to the decision.

The company’s Massively Modular® engineering approach optimizes materials sourcing to enable just-in-time data-hall inventory to meet customer demand. The 124,000-square-foot building where the first phase of space for the Fortune 50 customer is expected to be located will also include 15,000 square feet of Class A office space and up to 12 megawatts of critical load. At full build, the 14-acre site will accommodate a shell of approximately 400,000 square feet, with up to 240,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF), 36,000 square feet of Class A office space, and up to 48 megawatts of critical load.

CyrusOne specializes in highly reliable enterprise data center services and colocation solutions. The company engineers its facilities with redundant power technology, or 2N architecture, to achieve uninterrupted uptime for excellent data center power availability. With 25 carrier-neutral data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia, CyrusOne provides customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific growth needs.

Renowned for delivering exceptional service, CyrusOne builds enduring customer relationships and high customer-satisfaction levels. CyrusOne’s more than 645 customers include nine of the Fortune 20 companies and more than 135 of the Fortune 1000.

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Safeguarding Data Center Operation with a Strong Colocation Team

Safeguarding Data Center Operation with a Strong Colocation TeamA recent article appearing on datacenterknowledge.com outlined how crucial it is for organizations to prepare for disasters.  The risks of natural or human-caused disasters are ever-present and can cause major issues in data center performance.

For example, the cost of a data center outage has increased by 41% since 2010, according to the Ponemon Institute.  In a 2014 study, this organization also calculated the cost of a single outage at an astounding $7,900 per minute. Considering the average outage lasts 86 minutes, the cost of one incident can skyrocket to $690,000.
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