2015

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 14:28

The discussion almost always starts the same way. A business is facing a substantial investment in upgrading IT infrastructure, which is usually caused by equipment nearing the end of its useful life, or because the business is growing beyond the current infrastructure supporting the equipment.

Disaster Ready Panel with Data Realty
Tue, 11/24/2015 - 08:47

It’s that time of year in business when departments are measured against annual goals and leaders make sure resources and processes are in place so team members can begin January on the right foot. Now is the time to update your corporate disaster recovery plan documentation, which should provide clarity and peace of mind to all team members.

Two figures holding connected cables.
Thu, 11/19/2015 - 09:10

Communication is an important part of our daily lives. Whether it’s Facebook message, Snapchat, or simple texting, we are connected to a whole network of people at the touch of a button. Virtual communication is great, especially when we use it to coordinate in-person interactions, too. "Meet me for coffee in ten minutes?", or "Meet me tomorrow to discuss the business plan?" might be something we’d send out regularly in an email or text.

Rack cabling at Data Realty Northern Indiana
Tue, 10/13/2015 - 10:04

Data Realty is excited to announce the decision of highly acclaimed “Top-5” global law firms to locate major portions of their data management and data center operations into the robust infrastructure at Data Realty Northern Indiana.

Racks in the data suite at Data Realty
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:36

Anyone decorating their first apartment knows the woes and struggles of furniture shopping. Whether it,s getting lost in a massive IKEA, frantically calling your roommate to coordinate, or Google-searching the dimensions of your new kitchen, the frustrations can be endless.

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 11:09

Let’s be honest, the word "compliance" is not always the most exciting of terms. Its associations with "auditors," "certification," and "standards" might also make for a seemingly mundane blog topic. So, let’s start this off with a definition from the always exciting and rarely trustworthy Urban Dictionary…

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:20

"I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man" - Henry David Thoreau
Starting off an entry with a Thoreau quote means we’re getting ourselves into some powerful stuff! The American man of many talents definitely has a point here that water not only sustains life, but is also consumed by the wisest people. So what does water have to do with being smart in the Big Data world, then? Water becomes the sustaining force behind hydroelectric power - an energy used by the wisest data center management teams.

secure firewall
Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:22

Gatekeeper (n.) -- one that tends or guards a gate; a person who controls access

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition seems relatively basic, but the term "gatekeeper" is something that we have heard in many contexts: a business sale, a fable or legend, and any other situation with a decision process involved. The computing world also includes a "gatekeeper" with a complex network security system. Firewall, a software or hardware-based system, controls the incoming and outgoing network traffic by analyzing data and determining whether or not it should pass the "gate."

Caterpillar generator at Data Realty
Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:21

"Effective": a key adjective and measurement standard for operations in any industry. While data companies offer other businesses more effective data management, they must also ensure effective operations internally at their data centers. The "Power usage effectiveness," or PUE ratio, serves this purpose.

Indy Big Data Conference
Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:00

Earlier this month, Aunalytics and Data Realty sponsored and presented at the Indy Big Data Conference. It was exciting for our team to be around so many other people all talking about data. Since we know many were not able to attend, we summarized key ideas every business decision maker should know.

computer motherboard
Sun, 05/03/2015 - 10:28

In the business world, it’s not enough to simply process a transaction or sale and hope for a repeat purchase the next time around. Successful businesses emphasize relationships and truly understanding the customers that they serve. Establishing these networks and customer loyalties involves repeated contact with the customers, knowledge of personal information, and a marketing strategy tailored to individual needs.

Colocation facility with Bergvik flooring at Data Realty
Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:19

The reality is, most people fear moving to a new data center because moving is not only complex, but also has an associated risk factor if all does not “go as planned.” After all, users expect their network, files, software, etc. to be available to them 24/7, so any downtime is unwelcome, requiring communication and careful coordination. 

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 10:49

At least most of us have had to move or relocate at one time or another throughout our lives. Whether it was carrying boxes full of textbooks and that stuffed animal you just can’t live without to your dorm room, navigating through city traffic in an oversized U-Haul, or packing up 30+ photo albums of family pictures, transition is inevitable and exciting, but often chaotic.

Piggy Bank lost in the Woods of Big Data
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:14

Everyone’s familiar with trading properties, picking up "Chance" cards, and exchanging colorful fake money during the game of Monopoly. For many of us, this simple board game was our first introduction into handling cash and doing our best to invest it wisely. Monopoly continued to entertain and educate us with the early millennium release of the Electronic Banking Edition, where card transactions replaced traditional dollar bills. Who doesn’t love a board game that includes fun tech-gadgets and still lets you play with money?

Infographic of colocation fueling the economic engine of businesses.
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 00:00

We love data and are always talking about the latest data-stories, launches and trends. But we’re weird and recognize that most businesses think about their own industries more than they think about data. Recently a client asked the simple question: "How does colocation fit into my overall data management strategy?"This is important because colocation is the foundation on which data analyses, enrichment, and interconnection are built.

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 10:28

We live in a society dominated by trends. We buy the fashionable winter boots, download hit songs from iTunes, and visit new downtown restaurants. In today’s world of connectivity and devices, and digital word-of-mouth promotion, we are presented with reviews of what other people liked, but are also delivered highly relevant, targeted recommendations on what we will like and want − all according to data. Companies like Amazon, Apple and other service providers have found great value in tapping into the sea of data, which consumers leave behind about trends, tastes and interests.

Schematic of the Hadoop Data Hub at Data Realty
Thu, 01/29/2015 - 00:00

Throughout 2014, there were numerous projects executed with Hadoop resources. The best projects resulted in businesses being able to answer questions that were previously unanswerable, giving executives real actionable insights. Data Realty has highlighted the top three uses of the Hadoop Data Hub in 2014: (1) Customer Retention & Recommendation Engines; (2) Interactive Business Intelligence Tools; and (3) Archival & Storage Needs.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:30

Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, the Batmobile, the DeLorean, Herbie the Love Bug, the Green Hornet, Knight Rider…. all iconic cars that fit the personality and needs of their unique individual owners. Finding and driving the perfect car is something that can happen outside of the Hollywood movie screens too. Think of your own friends and family and all the crazy schedules they manage. How does a "soccer mom" transport the entire neighborhood to practice? What about your teenage niece, that belts out Top 40s hits behind the wheel when she should really focus on making it to school on time? Your adventurous 80 year-old father that still plows through the snow to visit his beloved grandchildren?