Ben Hatton High Density Cabinets at Data Cave

Server Cabinets

The data center industry is shifting towards taller cabinets that can handle high density workloads.
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If you saw our July Data Cave newsletter, you may have seen a link to this recent article from Data Center Dynamics, titled Taller and Cheaper-The Future for Data Centers (if you don’t get our newsletter, then sign up!). This article touches on a growing trend that we have been tuned into as well, that data center cabinets have been getting taller over the past several years, in order to allow for higher density computing than ever before. The unofficial “standard” for data center cabinets has traditionally been 42U (just over 6′ tall), but that number has been steadily going up in recent years.

There are many causes for this trend, and here are a couple of them:

1) The shift from small server rooms to dedicated 3rd party data centers.

One of the big reasons that 42U has been the standard height for cabinets is because of how easily they can be moved through conventional office doors. For companies with their own internal data centers, the server cabinets are typically located in the same facility as their offices, so the 42U height certainly makes sense in those cases.

However, as many companies are now shifting from internal data centers to colocation at dedicated 3rd party data centers, they are often able to take advantage of more vertical space than a standard office affords, as well as more sophisticated cooling and power distribution.

2) In these data centers, it’s more cost-effective to build vertically than horizontally.

From a physical space standpoint, it is becoming more cost-effective to build “up”, or add equipment into your existing cabinet, rather than adding it into a totally separate cabinet in the data center. This is especially relevant for those who share colocation space in these 3rd party data centers with other companies, where it may be more difficult or expensive to lease an additional cabinet for new equipment. For these cases it’s more logical to make the most out of the space you already have, and features like taller cabinets and high density cooling can help you to achieve the same level of output within a much smaller space.

High density cabinets at Data Cave

As I mentioned at the top of the post, this trend is one that we at Data Cave have been tuned into, and our newest data suite has been specifically constructed to accommodate for taller 48U cabinets (a little over 7′ tall). Everything from the suite’s layout, cooling, and power distribution has been engineered to allow for higher density computing for businesses who colocate with us. We are confident that this will meet the needs for any clients who require a high density environment for their IT equipment, as well as those who wish to take advantage of the benefits that “building up” offers.

These taller and higher density cabinets are something we are very excited to offer to our clients, and we encourage you to Contact us for more information on them!

 

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Ben Hatton All the Facts on Data Cave’s Upgraded Business Continuity Space

You may have heard by now that we recently went through an upgrade to our Business Continuity space on our second floor (check out the first look at the project). Now that the work is officially complete, I want to show you the finished space, as well as provide you with the details on our new capacity!

Cubicle space

A look at our new Business Continuity space.

Cubicle space

Many more seats are now available, with much room to grow.

Keycard entry

Secure keycard access to the new space.

Cubicle space

A closer look at the workstations.

Conference room area

The space includes a dedicated, private conference room.



Key Features

Our expansive Business Continuity space can serve as a solid backup location for your employees, giving them a place to continue working when your main location is inaccessible. Here are the most important things you should know:

  • 240 Seats available, with space for expansion
  • Cross connect to any equipment stored at Data Cave
  • No additional equipment required
  • Secured area (only authorized users are granted access)
  • Includes a private conference room
  • A chair lift is built into the facility for easy access
  • Located in a secure and hardened facility
  • Space is accessible 24/7/365 (with 24-hour notice to Data Cave)

All of us at Data Cave are excited to offer this enhanced Business Continuity service to companies and organizations in Indiana and beyond. For more information on this service, or to schedule a tour, contact us today!

Check out our new whitepaper, coming soon

We are working on a new whitepaper that will feature several tips and insights that can help you in putting together your own business continuity plan. We look forward to making it available to you, and we hope it helps you as well! Keep an eye out for it within the next few weeks.





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Ben Hatton Data Cave Wins the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award

All of us at Data Cave are incredibly honored to have won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at this year’s Columbus Venture Awards! This event honors several local businesses and business leaders in the Columbus community for their innovation, leadership, and successes. Data Cave was one of three great companies nominated for the award. 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award

The companies nominated for each award were carefully selected from over 2,000 Columbus Chamber members, and the winners were chosen through an even more careful deliberation process. Even being nominated for such an honor was a very big deal for us, but winning it was simply thrilling!

Zack, Patrick, and Ben represented Data Cave at the event, and it was a positively great experience. In addition to spending the evening with many inspiring local business leaders, Dr. John Wall, Chief Technical Officer at Cummins, gave a speech on his own experience stepping out with risky business undertakings. It was great hearing about his many different experiences at Cummins, and why the ability to innovate and take risks is essential to their business model. The ability to innovate and take risks are vital in our industry as well, and they are things that we have taken to heart as our business has grown over the past several years.

Winning this award was an absolute honor for all of us at Data Cave, and we would like to congratulate the other winners, as well as all of the companies who were nominated. We are proud to be a part of such an excellent community!

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Ben Hatton How does the world feel about Data Privacy?

EMC Privacy Index infographic

This infographic represents many of the significant findings of the study (click for a larger version).

I recently read the 2014 EMC Privacy Index that was released a couple of months ago, and the questions it raises concerning data privacy are so relevant today that I wanted to dedicate a post to it. If you are unfamiliar with the study, it seeks to provide a pulse of how people around the world view their own data, as well as how they view the companies that store and use their data.  The survey involved 15,000 people in 15 different countries, and covered virtually all of the different types of interactions and transactions people have online. You can check out the study in its entirety here.

I want to really focus in on the 3 major “paradoxes” that were recognized from the results of this study, and look at the questions that they raise.

Paradox #1: We want to have our cake and eat it too, when it comes to our privacy.

The study revealed that, although people the world over are spending more and more time online shopping, banking, working and communicating, very few are willing to give up much if any private information in exchange for enhancing those experiences. Types of this private information includes things like search history, past purchases, places you’ve visited, and more, and when this data is collected, it can help improve the ease and speed of using different online services (if you don’t believe me then try using Google Now for a little while). However, here is what the study found:

  1. 91% of those surveyed place a high value on having quick and easy access to information online that is relevant to them.
  2. Just 27% of those people said they were willing to provide some amount of private information in order to make those online interactions faster and easier.

I think the adage of “having your cake and eating it too” is probably the best way to describe this paradox, since it’s not exactly realistic to expect a high level of ease when using online services, without the willingness to share at least some level of information that will help make that experience possible.

Paradox #2: Many of us have experienced a data breach at some point, but we don’t do much to keep it from happening again.

Dubbed the “take no action” paradox, the study also found that the majority of us have experienced a data breach at some point in our lives (60% of those surveyed), but we don’t take many preventative actions to prevent such breaches from occurring again. They found that:

  1. 62% of us don’t regularly change our passwords.
  2. 39% don’t enable password protection on our phones.
  3. 33% don’t adjust or customize the privacy settings on our social media accounts.
  4. When asked about how they would rank the top risks to the future of data privacy, respondents ranked businesses who sell their data, as well as low federal regulation as the highest risks to privacy, while ranking personal oversight of their own data as a very low risk (only 11%).

These stats indicate to me that there is a majority of people who believe the burden of protecting personal data lies on the companies who use that data and the government, but not on the individual. This is certainly troubling, and it’s reinforced by the 3rd paradox:

Paradox #3: We have no problem with sharing our personal lives on social media, even when we have very little trust in how they handle our data.

The final paradox reveals that we share tons of personal information on sites like Twitter and Facebook. While that’s no surprise in itself, we share this information while having very little confidence in both the abilities and ethics of social media companies.

  1. 51% of us have confidence in the ability of social media companies to protect our privacy.
  2. Only 39% have trust in their ethics concerning our privacy.

What these paradoxes mean

I feel that these paradoxes all point to one core issue, which is a significant disconnect between expectations and reality on data privacy. We expect great online experiences, but the reality is that sometimes some data must be shared for that to be possible. We expect companies to never have a data breach, but the reality is that breaches do happen, and we need to take measures to protect ourselves. We expect (or at least hope) social media companies to put a priority on our privacy, but the reality is this just isn’t always the case.

I think the burden to address this disconnect falls on both us as individuals, and on companies:

  1. Individuals: We should regularly be thinking about our data privacy, and taking charge of what types of information we share, who we share it with, and how we can best protect it.
  2. Companies: Companies that collect and use personal data of their customers really need to step up and prove that that data is valued by them as something to be protected, and deliver on that with action and policies that center around data protection and privacy.

At the end of the day, data privacy is a 2-way street, and with some knowledge and action on both sides, I think the issues surrounding it can become more concrete and less paradoxical.

What are your thoughts on privacy? I’m definitely curious to hear what others think on the subject as well. Feel free to leave a comment below!

 

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Ben Hatton Congratulations to Nicole Holcomb!

Nicole Holcomb

Nicole getting ready for the competition!

As you may have read in an earlier blog post, Data Cave was a proud sponsor of local CrossFit coach and athlete, Nicole Holcomb to this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games in California. Now that the games are over for this year, we all wanted to congratulate her for her amazing accomplishments!  She showed admirable dedication and determination throughout the entire competition.

Her determination especially paid off during the “Push-Pull” event, where she earned 2nd place out of 42 women with a total time of 5:10.12. It was definitely awesome to watch! You can check out a few photos from the event on our Facebook page. In addition, the CrossFit Games will be re-played throughout the year on ESPN as the “Fittest on Earth” contest.

All of us at Data Cave are incredibly proud to support Nicole’s journey to the Games, and we are excited to see what she does next! You can keep up to date with Nicole by checking out her new blog at www.nicoleholcomb.com.

Nicole Holcomb opened her own CrossFit gym in the fall of 2011. She is the co-owner and coach of 812 CrossFit in Columbus, Indiana. Her certifications and seminars include: CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer, CrossFit Movement and Mobility, and Bob Takano Olympic Weightlifting. Interested in Crossfit, or just getting healthier? Check out their website:  www.812crossfit.com.

 

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