Data Centers

When Milliseconds Matter – Supercharge Your Performance with Flash
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  September 19, 2017
Flash storage is critical for businesses that emphasize performance and move quickly. When milliseconds matter, flash just might be the solution to boost your I/O performance and stay ahead of the competition.
Let’s Talk Colo - Q&A with Karla Myers, OneNeck Director of Business Development for Data Centers
Reanna Gutierrez  |  September 05, 2017
I recently sat down with OneNeck’s Director of Business Development for Data Center Services, Karla Myers, to discuss what’s driving the shift to colocation, key decision points one must consider when deciding to colocate and ways to recognize and avoid hidden colocation costs. Here’s what she had to say...
Composable Infrastructure – The Next Big Thing in the Data Center?
Amy Gregory  |  August 22, 2017
The past several years has seen immense evolution in the data center, and yet again, we’re entering a new phase – composable infrastructure. Its self-service, flexible approach to application provisioning is enabling IT to operate much like a cloud provider by maximizing the speed, agility and efficiency of core infrastructure and operations. But how does it work?
Data Center Migration Checklist
Reanna Gutierrez  |  July 13, 2017
IT teams are often handed the task of migrating their on-premises data center and workloads to the cloud without much time to prepare. This is far from an ideal situation that will bring an ideal outcome. Successful migration requires IT develop, oversee and follow-through with a precise plan.
Happy Tech Dependence Day
Reanna Gutierrez  |  July 04, 2017
Today’s businesses are heavily dependent on IT. This increased reliance on 24/7 access to data and mission-critical applications to get business done makes high availability a top priority for IT, especially when leveraging outsourced support.
Smart City Technology — Making Smart Cities Smarter
Reanna Gutierrez  |  June 27, 2017
Smart cities are popping up all over the world as municipal planners marry urban living with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and connected technologies.
Keeping Your Healthcare Data Secure – What You Need to Consider
Reanna Gutierrez  |  June 06, 2017
Electronic patient records, new healthcare applications, connected medical devices and regulatory/compliance changes are making it easier for doctors to share patient records, affect patient outcomes and increase the quality of care; but are also contributing to an explosion in healthcare data.
Key Considerations when Migrating to the Cloud
Reanna Gutierrez  |  May 30, 2017
Transitioning to the cloud isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. But while organizations will have to relinquish some internal control, thorough research and careful planning will help to avoid those migration speed bumps.
Breaking Down Micro-segmentation
Amy Gregory  |  May 25, 2017
Micro-segmentation is a growing trend in security that enables fine-grained security policies to be applied to data center applications and individual workloads through virtualization. This software-only approach allows you to protect your data and applications in the event that the hardware-based firewall is breached.
OneNeck’s Madison Data Center is Expanding
Reanna Gutierrez with Terry Matula  |  May 11, 2017
Prior to making any data room available for customer use, OneNeck hires an independent, certified, engineering firm to provide a rigorous testing and commissioning process, called Cx in the industry.
Disaster Recovery Options
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  April 12, 2017
IT disasters are inevitable in this unpredictable world, but with the due diligence ahead of time, organizations can be ready to face them unscathed. Here’s what you need to consider when looking at your DR options.
Congratulations You’ve been Spear-Phished! Just kidding... April Fools!
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  March 31, 2017
April 1st is a day marked by good humored pranks, but the internet has changed that significantly; when you get pranked by a cybercriminal, your internet security is compromised, and that’s no joking manner.
Data Center Reliability Matters
Reanna Gutierrez  |  March 28, 2017
According to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data center outage rose from $690,204 in 2013 to $740,357 in 2016. The costs of downtime can be detrimental to the health of your organization or business.
Cloud Strategies Must Include No-Cloud Options
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  February 23, 2017
With legacy applications still at the backbone of many operations, it is important to understand that any cloud strategy must include no-cloud options.
How to Ensure Colocation Compliance for your Industry
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  February 16, 2017
When selecting a colocation facility, compliance should be at the top of the list.
Reasons to Invest in Colocation Hosting
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  January 31, 2017
Before making the decision to colocate, organizations need to assess all the pros and cons of establishing an internal data center or finding a colocation facility to host data center operations, i.e. build versus buy, or some hybrid strategy that includes on-premises and colocation computing.
8 Reasons to Embrace a Hybrid IT Approach
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  January 19, 2017
A hybrid IT approach to building a flexible, scalable and efficient architecture allows organizations to maintain a centralized approach to IT governance while experimenting with cloud computing.
Securing Your Azure Deployment
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  January 03, 2017
Microsoft Azure is known for its excellent security measures, but the responsibilities must be shared between the vendor and the enterprise.
The Colocation Provider Selection Checklist
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  December 27, 2016
Colocation is the perfect solution for many organizations who would like to reduce the overall cost of maintaining a data center but retain control over their systems. Once you have decided to colocate your datacenter, what should you look for in a provider?
Are You Keeping Pace in the Age of Digital Disruption?
Amy Gregory  |  December 19, 2016
Digital disruption is changing the way we do business, but many organizations fear change. It’s brought about by the perfect storm of low-cost communications (e.g., mobile networks, smart devices and sensors.) Organizations who embrace the digital age are rewarded with more efficient operations, an improved customer experience and the ability create better products and services to face future competition with ease.
The Cloud Journey in Today's State, Local Government and Education Organization
Reanna Gutierrez  |  December 13, 2016
Tight budgets and regulations mean the State and local agencies, as well as educational institutions, are looking to move to the cloud, but are often unsure of how best to proceed.
10 Considerations When Choosing Flash Storage
Amy Gregory  |  December 08, 2016
The top pain points IT managers face when it comes to storage are reducing storage-related costs, ensuring data compliance and protecting virtual machine data, all while increasing capacity and performance. When choosing a storage solution there are many factors to consider. Flash is now the new normal thanks to its affordability, agility, efficiency and speed – but how do you decide if it is best for your organization?
From Excess to Efficiency
Amy Gregory  |  November 22, 2016
What do Thanksgiving turkey and IT resources have in common?
Cloud Video-Making the Case for Cloud
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  November 15, 2016
Are you running out of space and capacity in your data center? Today, with the adoption of cloud, several opportunities exist to eliminate this IT challenge.
Cloud Video-Workload Demands
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  November 02, 2016
Do workload demands have your equipment performing poorly? The cloud may be your answer to this common IT problem.
Cloud Infographic-People & Resources
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  September 30, 2016
Is recruiting and retaining application and infrastructure IT expertise holding your organization back from accomplishing your IT goals? A viable option to bridging your resource gap is with the cloud.
The Struggle is Real to Find Cloud-Confident Resources
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  September 20, 2016
Organizations are struggling to find the right talent to design and implement a cloud strategy. The struggle to find cloud resources has impeded many organizations plans to migrate applications and infrastructure to the cloud.
Think Big with a Career in Technology!
Amy Gregory  |  September 08, 2016
The technology sector has been growing faster than other segments of the economy, and many top technology companies have been dubbed as “best places to work” because of their drive to innovate and challenge the status quo.
Enterprise Cloud Governance in a Multi-Cloud, Multi-Vendor World
Reanna Gutierrez  |  September 01, 2016
Large enterprises are using a combination public, private and hybrid clouds, as well as virtualized data centers, but multi-cloud environments are complex to maintain. Enterprise Cloud Governance allows organizations to centralize control, improve security and meet compliance mandates through a single pane-of-glass approach. By acknowledging a new approach is needed, IT can broker cloud services and allow users the flexibility to adopt new solutions without going back to the practices that caused the adoption delays of the past.
Making the Case for Colocation
Reanna Gutierrez  |  August 25, 2016
Colocation services, in which data centers operations are hosted in a professionally run and managed hosting facility, are seeing fast growth, with 451 Research projecting the global colocation market to be worth $36 billion by 2017, up from $22.8 billion in 2015. Colocation is a cost-effective, secure solution for companies who do not want to establish an internal data center and need access to a more flexible solution that will scale with their operations.
VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks - The Perfect Pairing in the Software Defined Data Center
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  August 16, 2016
The move to the software defined data center (SDDC) has driven a need to move faster, but without compromising security in a time where data is more vulnerable than ever. As the data center becomes more controlled by software, VMware's NSX enables this by simplifying the process of provisioning networks (not just servers anymore) so that it's fast, and IT can respond quickly to the needs of the business. However, with this increased speed, the need to not compromise security has forged a close partnership between VMware and Palo Alto Networks, a long-standing leader in security.
Another OneNeck employee becomes an Uptime Institute® Accredited Tier Specialist
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  July 29, 2016
To earn ATS certification, individuals with direct responsibility for data center uptime must attend an intensive training.
Understanding the Multi-Tenant Data Center Appeal
Reanna Gutierrez  |  July 26, 2016
Multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs) offer the off-site efficiency, scale and cloud-enablement organizations want, but with the privacy and control they simply can’t get from the public cloud. These colocation centers, can provide floor space, power, access to communications networks and physical security for a single server up to a full data center. 451 Research expects the MTDC market to reach $36 billion worldwide by the end of 2017, with worldwide MTDC capacity growing by 75% and global revenue growing by 63%.
Is Your Data Center Strategy at a Crossroad?
Reanna Gutierrez  |  July 07, 2016
Aging facilities, escalating energy costs, infrastructure sprawl and widespread cloud adoption are forcing IT organizations to make changes in their data center solutions. As IT leaders realize that owning and operating their own on-premises data centers is cost-prohibitive, they are at a crossroad facing difficult choices to repair, replace or hybridize their data centers.
Is Your Colocation Provider Cloud-Enabling or a Cloud-Impeding?
Reanna Gutierrez  |  June 16, 2016
Selecting the right colocation provider is a critical decision that will shape your organization for years to come. There are a number of questions to ask in order to make sure your colocation provider is enabling your cloud environment to grow for years to come.
The Risks of Offshore IT Outsourcing – “Keep Your Friends Close and Your Data Closer”
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  May 03, 2016
The offshoring phenomenon has been with us for some time now. The Internet has created a global network infrastructure, making it possible for routine tasks and support processes to be migrated overseas, mostly to reduce operating costs. However, more businesses are finding that offshoring isn’t always as cost-effective and safe as it might seem. In customer service, for example, many companies are pulling their call centers back to North America due to training and service problems with overseas call centers. Considering your data is the lifeblood of your business, is outsourcing the right move?
Azure Site Recovery is more than just DR in the cloud
Scott Morley  |  April 05, 2016
For a number of businesses, the conversation around business continuity and disaster recovery remains a difficult one. Many companies have already invested the capitol in an all virtualized server farm, set up in an N+1 configuration, with weekly backups being taken offsite. So with the IT staff already stretched thin it’s easy to ask why another set of expensive servers - sitting doing nothing – is needed. It can make a BC/DR solution feel like buying flood insurance in Arizona. The unfortunate reality, however, is that floods do happen.
Are you and your DR Plan feelin’ lucky?
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  March 17, 2016
Mid-March is the time we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, but IT professionals know better than to trust to the luck of the Irish when it comes to disaster recovery. As IT experts know, it’s never a matter of if a data center disaster will strike, but when. So top of mind for most IT managers is how they are going to protect business-critical data and what strategies they need to have in place to restore that data when disaster strikes.
Is a Private Cloud for Dynamics AX Right For You?
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  February 17, 2016
Regardless of their size, organizations today must keep up with the speed of business to remain competitive and profitable. Yet, it has become increasingly difficult to focus on the strategic aspects of business when the company is bogged down by routine tasks. Nowhere is this more of an issue than in IT, where daily operational tasks consume the bulk of critical resources, leaving little time to focus on reducing risk and streamlining processes to minimize costs, maximize customer satisfaction and increase shareholder value.
Considerations When Developing a Hybrid Cloud Strategy
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  February 09, 2016
The majority of companies now view a hybrid cloud – some combination of public and private cloud usage – to be optimum for an effective IT strategy. When seeking to develop a hybrid cloud strategy, companies with highly optimized hybrid strategies are aware of workloads and use consistent SLAs regardless of private or public cloud deployment. While the top performing companies with successful hybrid cloud strategies manage their workloads as a matter of course, smaller companies may not have either the skills or the resources to manage workloads in house. Companies that understand the benefits of an optimized hybrid strategy may want to engage with a partner for hybrid cloud help.
Understanding the State of Hyperconverged Infrastructure in 2015
Amy Gregory  |  December 17, 2015
Did you know? According to ActualTech Media, over 50% of IT professionals plan to deploy hyperconvergence in the next 24 to 36 months. Hyperconverged infrastructure IT is a new hot trend.
OneNeck Data Center Opens in Metro Denver
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  August 11, 2015
Denver Data Center Update: A Local Hybrid IT Experience Awaits You!
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  July 07, 2015
OneNeck IT Solutions’ opens 9th data center in Denver- A local hybrid IT experience awaits you! We have completed construction of our top-tier data center in the Denver area. Our $20 million facility opens with 35,000 square feet of built-out space.
Denver Data Center Update: The Commissioning Process
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  June 30, 2015
OneNeck is committed to instilling full confidence in our customers, and demonstrating that our new facility is tried and true. Learn about our data center in Denver and the upcoming launch.
Top 3 “Gotchas” for Outdated Data Centers
OneNeck IT Solutions  |  June 23, 2015
Now that you know the potential dangers of using an outdated facility, we invite you visit the brand new OneNeck Denver Data Center for a comprehensive no-hassle, private tour. Click here to schedule a tour for yourself and your colleagues.
INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Essential Characteristics of a Successful Virtualization Platform
 |  April 01, 2015
Do you know the difference between virtualization and cloud computing? While these two topics are often used interchangeably, they are in fact two different things.
Estimating WAN Latency
Bradley Urberg-Carlson  |  February 19, 2014