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News & Ideas for the Data-Driven Data Center

Data Center Uptime: Why 0.1% Makes a Difference

This blog entry was originally posted by Xiaotang Ma from our partner, Server Tech Inc. We've seen a lot of negative PR around downtime lately, affecting the likes of American Airlines, LinkedIn, and as of yesterday, the French government. Both the aforementioned disasters and the information contained in this blog highlight the importance of maintaining uptime. Even the slight increase from 99.9% to 100% availability could be the difference between a costly, publicized failure and assurance.  Here are some statistics we've come across recently which support this:
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New C-Level Challenge: Accomodating Big Data Growth

on Wed, May 22, 2013 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | big data asset management corporate security
Big Data is not just about the volume of data, but also the potential strain it puts on infrastructure. Monetizing Big Data requires a substantial level of computing power, all of which is found within an extremely sensitive ecosystem. The result of this is that Big Data has a huge impact on operating costs, performance and management.
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Network Closets: Environmental & Power Monitoring Blind Spot

on Mon, May 20, 2013 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | environmental monitoring corporate security
Traditionally, network access equipment hasn’t been housed in the most environmentally friendly spaces. File rooms, storage spaces, even janitorial closets are often commandeered in order to support an organization’s growing communications infrastructure needs. And while it’s clear that this equipment must be stored somewhere, these spaces almost always lack appropriate air circulation or cooling, and often include plumbing, sinks, and other sources of liquids as well. One thing is certain: the vast majority of network closets are not well suited to protecting the sensitive electronic equipment they contain. 
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Big Data. Bigger Security Risks: How IT Asset Tracking Can Help

on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 By | RF Code | 0 Comments | asset management security News & Views
In April 2012, Canada’s Toronto-Dominion Bank, disclosed a security problem of its own making — the loss of 260,000 customers’ data on two server back-up tapes that went missing. In February 2012, Emory Healthcare lost ten computer disks containing encrypted personal information on over 300,000 patients. In 2011, back up tapes containing military and beneficiary medical data was stolen from the Department of Defense, resulting in a $4.9 billion class action lawsuit. In 2009, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee paid $1.5 million settlement and spent $17 in corrective action after losing 57 hard drives containing data on more than one million customers due to a burglary. Internal Security Threat on the Rise These are just a few of the hundreds, even thousands, of data security breaches caused, not by external forces, but by companies’ own internal negligence — including misplaced, lost, and stolen devices on which the data is stored. Companies are spending billions of dollars to fight the threat of cybercrime by deploying processes to keep hackers out of their systems and away from their data. Meanwhile, many of today’s most damaging security breaches occur from within. This internal security threat is every bit as serious, if not as sensational, as external threats — and comes with the same high cost regulatory penalties, lawsuits, and PR nightmares. Device Tracking Technology Boosts Security In today’s world of sophisticated technology, the public wonders: How can a company misplace a critical device containing customers’ private data? Worse, the explosion of big data in today’s corporations is only going to make the issue of securing data internally even more challenging — and critical. A new white paper from RF Code overviews the threats of internal data security and offers a solution that gives companies 100 percent tracking control over every device — dedicated asset tracking networks. Download Big Data. Bigger Security Risks. How Data Centers Can Track, Manage, and Secure Data With Dedicated Asset Tracking Networks today.
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