Ben Hatton SPARK Columbus Event Hosted at Data Cave

Data Cave recently teamed up with the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and IUPUC to host the second ‘SPARK Columbus’ event! The large gathering was hosted at Data Cave on September 25th, and had a great turnout of over 80 people. The event showcases local business leaders in the Columbus community, giving them a platform to share their stories and entrepreneurial experiences. It was incredibly rewarding to have such good company at our facility, and to hear their stories!

Our CEO Angie May was the keynote speaker at the event, and she shared many insights into the story behind the creation of Data Cave as well as our sister company, Analytical Engineering, Inc. Angie stressed that a little bit of patience and a lot of tenacity will go a long way in helping to ensure that any entrepreneurial endeavor is a success; it was definitely an inspiring speech!

The SPARK event also showcased 2 other local entrepreneurs who are innovating in their respective fields:

Matt Barr, Co-owner at ClearWave Interactive

Terri Caldwell, CTO at SafelyFiled

It was very exciting to hear from them, and learn about each of these unique new businesses as well!

Here are a few photos from the event:

Data Cave signage and swag Angie speaks at the SPARK event
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For more photos of the event, check out the Chamber’s Facebook album.

 

We would all like to thank the Chamber and IUPUC for working hard to put on this great and engaging event! All of us were honored to host it at Data Cave, and we look forward to attending more of them in the future!

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Ben Hatton Buy vs. Build: The evolving case for Colocation

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Colocation continues to be the ideal option for businesses evaluating their data center needs. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

I came across a great article that was recently written for Forbes, that looks at some of the reasons that colocation is increasingly becoming the ideal option for businesses, as opposed to building or modifying an existing internal data center. This is a topic that we’ve talked about quite a bit at Data Cave (check out our Choosing a data center: build vs. buy post from 2012), and it is becoming more and more relevant for IT departments in every industry. The Forbes article (which you can read here) shows that the data center landscape has changed dramatically even in the last few years, so I really wanted to emphasize what my biggest take-aways were from it that apply to our industry.

How data is created and used has spawned the need for greater density and efficiency in data centers.

There are exponentially more Internet-connected mobile devices  (for both personal and business use) out there than ever before, and the number continues to grow. The people who use these devices expect connectivity to data on a wide range of web services that is fast and always available. In addition to using data, these devices are also constantly creating and sending data as well.

This has spurred the need for increased scalability and growth of data centers, since they are ultimately where all of these communications are processed. Modern data centers are becoming larger, while at the same time adapting new technologies that allow for higher density computing than ever before (essentially handling larger workloads in the same or less space). This is the direction that the industry is moving in, and it is a model that traditional data centers really aren’t able to support without significant investment.

Higher density computing requires scale and redundancy, which in turn requires investment. 

Building a data center infrastructure that is scalable and that allows for high density computing requires a very high level of capital investment, a level that the writer states is “well beyond the budgets of most IT organizations.” We couldn’t agree more with this statement; for a data center to be able to scale and keep up with these new types of workloads, significant up front and ongoing investments are required. Everything from the data center’s physical size, server room layout, power distribution, cooling, and more have to be implemented with high levels of redundancy and scalability in mind. All of this requires an investment level that will far surpass the IT budgets for almost any company that isn’t actually in the business of being a data center provider.

Buy vs. Build: Colocation just makes sense

When addressing the buy vs. build question in the article, the writer makes a strong case for why colocation just makes sense, compared to building or modifying an existing internal data center. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Even if a business opts to invest in building and operating their own facility, it still most likely wouldn’t be as efficient, secure, or redundant as a colocation provider who specializes in data center services.
  • Colocation providers can provide better connectivity options, higher levels of uptime and redundancy, and lower up front and recurring costs than investing in your own data center.
  • To borrow a line from Greyhound, the writer believes that “Leave the driving to us” can be a good tagline for colocation providers as well.

These notions are ones that we have felt strongly about at Data Cave for a long time. While we believe that colocation has always been a better option than building your own data center, the rapid changes in the IT industry are showing the benefits of colocation even more clearly than ever before. If the Buy vs. Build question has been on your mind recently, we encourage you to contact us to discuss the benefits of buying over building in more detail!

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Ben Hatton High Density Cabinets at Data Cave

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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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