Reducing Data Center Damage Due to Earthquakes

Whether your data center is located in a high risk seismic activity area or not, earthquake damage can be devastating to an unprotected facility.  Somewhere in the world, earthquakes are always happening. Magnitude 2 or smaller earthquakes are taking place several hundred times a day across the globe.  According to the USGS , it is estimated that there are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year. 100,000 of those can be felt, and 100 of them cause damage with possibly more damage done by a resulting fire than by the earthquake itself.  Taking into account seismic activity should be a part of your organization’s business continuity and disaster recovery planning in the event of an earthquake. 

Edge Mission Critical Systems specializes in providing you with the best in class modular systems that form the backbone of data centers and critical backup infrastructure. We incorporate various proprietary processes to ensure our structures will endure the most vicious environmental conditions, anywhere in the world, without compromising structural integrity.  Our turnkey modular data solution product, Binary Bunker, is Seismic rated – Zone 4, UL752 Ballistic Rated (Level 8), 200+ MPH wind rating, Fire resistant – 2+ hour, Floor loading -250 lbs/sq. ft., Roof loading – 100 lbs/sq. ft. and Thermal – 0.08 Btu/F or less.   Contact us today for more information in mitigating data center damage from earthquakes or other natural disasters.

Security Hazards Rising in the Age of Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here to stay.  No surprise that our love for connected devices will continue to trend upward to 11.4 billion by 2018 according to Gartner.  However, with increased convenience of IoT devices, huge security risks also increase and staying vigilant about security is critical.  Security hazards become a big concern as IoT devices often times store sensitive information that can be tempting to hackers.  Also, in an effort to go to market fast with new devices, manufacturers may create smart products that are insecure and vulnerable to attacks where weak infrastructures are in place.

There is fast and furious adoption of the smart gadgets consumers have come to depend on to regulate temperature, watch over homes or businesses, monitor health and even respond to our every need.  Security may not get the attention it needs in an emerging market that is growing so rapidly.  The key is to balance security with ease of use and convenience of the device.  Being attentive and up to date with the most advanced security tools to mitigate risks against cybercriminals means adjustments may need to be made for effective protection.  Security and IoT are hot topics; read full article here.

 

 

 

Strategies for Avoiding IT Burnout in a World of Continuous Delivery

Our always connected world of today is overloading IT operations teams and putting them at danger for burnout. Tech engineers and developers take a heavy personal toll from constantly fighting fires and dealing with application casualties to the point where alert fatigue sets in and best practices within the organization can be overlooked.   In order to keep critical systems up and running at all times, on-call IT support staff are especially vulnerable to the stress of late night wake up calls to deal with temperamental infrastructure, false alarms or poorly designed applications.  However, strategies can be put into place for improving conditions to lower the risk of employee burnout while also achieving better business results.

Implementing a robust suite of monitoring tools is a good place to start.  However, narrowly focused tools will only provide partial answers when it comes to addressing complex problems.  Upper management needs to be aware of the people cost associated with a support team’s stressful on-call rotation schedule.  The high cost of turnover is real, not to mention the business impact on revenue, profits and customer satisfaction. For a closer look at actionable steps that can be put into place for better work life balance for on-call IT employees, read full article here.