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Gone are the days of data centers that house little more than a few servers. Today’s data centers serve a variety of functions, incorporating hybrid-cloud deployments and the latest edge computing techniques. As more and more organizations implement the use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in their network architecture, data centers are scrambling to keep up with the latest trends in the technology sector.

The number of IoT devices is expected to exceed 20 billion by 2020, and all of them will be generating data of some kind. Even if these devices process data locally via edge computing, there will still be some information that needs to be sent back to a central server for storage or analytics processing. Data centers will therefore continue to play an important role in the network architecture that makes IoT possible, but their form and function may change depending upon the specific needs of their clients.

How Much Data?

So exactly how much data do experts expect IoT devices to generate? Industry estimates vary, but Cisco anticipates that the number will exceed 800 zettabytes per year by the end of 2021 and will grow exponentially, not linearly, in the years beyond. If that doesn’t sound imposing enough, consider that a single zettabyte is equal to approximately one trillion gigabytes.

Much of the data generated by IoT devices can be considered unstructured and must be mined by powerful analytics tools to produce valuable business insights. Data centers will play a key role in this process. While IoT devices are effective at processing information quickly to make immediate decisions, they lack the power and scope to make meaningful use of every byte of data they gather. Companies will need to leverage data centers for both storage and the kind of big data analysis they require for making strategic decisions.

How Many Data Centers?

With IoT devices generating so much information, data center infrastructure has been growing fast to keep pace with demand. One industry analyst projected that 400 million new servers will be needed by 2020 to support the demands of IoT which are expected to consume a staggering 20% of the world’s power by 2025.

Fortunately, organizations are taking steps to satisfy these massive storage needs. The US was already a world leader in data center usage, with almost three million data centers, or about one for every 100 citizens. It’s also home to 44% of the world’s 390+ “hyper-scale” data centers, the most famous of which, the NSA’s Utah Data Center (code-named “Bumblehive”), is said to have the capacity to gather and store a yottabyte (1000 zettabytes) – WOW!

With edge computing becoming more common, large data centers are not the only solution to data storage needs. Smaller, modular data centers that can be located closer to end users are being deployed in a number of ways and with each comes the opportunity to identify resource allocation within to maximize for the future.

Correlata’s CorreAssess Platform offers the world’s only horizonal and vertical glimpse into better and more efficient data center planning as you look to 2020. Better predictability contributes to better reliability and having access to a data center’s usage needs in real-time, increases the overall value.

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The data center industry is continuously challenged with staying up-to-date with the ever-changing technological advancements, as well as the growing customer demands. It’s getting more and more difficult for data center engineers and IT managers to ensure higher uptimes, handle costs, and deploy fast, all at the same time—but it’s not impossible either.

Correlata has identified the top three challenges that IT Managers, and Data Center Engineers face while implementing and managing data centers.

Challenge #1: Real-time Monitoring and Reporting

Data centers have a lot going on inside them, so unexpected failures are inevitable. There are applications, connecting cables, network connectivity, cooling systems, power distribution, storage units, and much more running all at once. Constant monitoring and reporting different metrics is a must for data center operators and managers. Having the ability to run a full data center diagnostic, like Correlata’s CorreAssess One Time Assessment, will better help you analyze your data centers’ resources, so you’re capable of taking well-informed decisions and immediate actions accordingly.


Challenge #2: Uptime and Performance Maintenance

Measuring the performance and ensuring uptime of data centers is the major concern for data center managers and operators. This also includes maintaining power and cooling accuracy and ensuring the energy efficiency of the overall structure. Manually calculating the metrics is of no or a very little help in most cases. You must be able to have visibility outside of the siloed approach to make it quick, simple, and easy to manage the uptime and other performance metrics.

Challenge #3: Staff Productivity Management

Tracking, analyzing, and reporting performances of all the data center infrastructure is a daunting task. It may take a lot of your staff’s time and efforts, yet you can’t ensure accuracy when monitoring is carried out manually. Once Correlata’s CorreAssess OTA has been conducted, you will be able to better automate these operations and free a lot of your staff’s time. You can also automate workflow approvals and assign technicians for particular tasks, along with the automation of other manual tasks.


With the developing technology, applications, data, and devices, data centers are subjected to continuously evolve with it. Now that you know a few of the challenges you may face as a data center manager and how to face them, let Correlata’s CorreAssess platform aid the process and make your life easier.

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The anticipation of 5G wireless technology has increased every year since the release of 4G. The demand for streaming services, artificial intelligence and other bandwidth-heavy applications has gone up significantly, which is driving demand for faster speeds and less latency—which all point to the data center.

5G technology could bring a possible latency, new technologies such as augmented reality, autonomous driving cars, and the explosion of IoT will benefit from the higher speeds and lower latency of 5G technology.

However, what’s the cost of this improvement in technology? From an end user’s experience, thought is rarely given to the infrastructure and the work that’s done behind the scenes, or on the back-end of their endpoint’s connection to the Internet. From a data center perspective, how will 5G affect the day in and day out operations and planning that go into managing and maintaining a data center?

While the thought of increased speeds, extremely low latency and IoT expansion is exciting, it’s important to take a holistic approach to how 5G technology will impact the data center, and those that support it.

The Data Center Must Evolve to “Many-To-One”

4G technology is geared toward a “one-to-one” methodology. When user’s endpoint device is connected to a tower, it will transition to the next nearest tower as their location changes. This provides the user with the experience they would expect from 4G connections.

5G connectivity will introduce the idea of “many-to-one” methodology as it relates to wireless connectivity. The user’s endpoint device will need to communicate with many towers or antennas at the same time in order to deliver higher speeds and lower latency. This will require more towers and antennas, which will require more data centers.

The construction of an edge data center will put the user’s data much closer and will process it locally to provide the expected 5G high speed/low latency experience. This process circumvents the need for the user’s data to traverse the cloud and back. This will help for use cases like streaming services.

The way in which we build these new data centers and retrofit the old ones will also need to adapt to meet the demands of 5G. For example, the “Three Musketeers” of the data center — power, space and cooling — will need to be revamped. 5G networks could demand up to 100x more resources than the typical 4G network.

Overall, more resources mean more equipment, power and space requirements. In order to meet the specifications of a 5G ready data center, environmental impact needs to be analyzed. The increase in resources and requirements to build and/or retrofit a data center for 5G readiness could have a negative impact on emissions and carbon footprint.

While most data centers do their due diligence in creating an environmentally friendly building, architects today will need to rely heavily on environmental efficiency when building the data center of tomorrow.

Correlata CorreAssess is leading the charge to help businesses create efficient data centers while identifying how to deploy green initiatives. 

Look for Part Two: How 5G Will Change the Data Centers on April 11, 2019

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As companies continue to focus on their digital transformation to capture the value of their data and improve processes, the momentum behind digital transformation is increasing, with greater capital being allocated towards digital investments, with spending expected to reach $1.7 trillion by the end of 2019 and nearly $2 trillion by 2022, according to recent reports from IDC.

In this wake, there remains another transformation that must be addressed; the ongoing threats of cyber-attacks and data leaks has resulted in many of today’s data centers simply adding more security protocols to their processes to protect their data, inadvertently slowing down their digital transformation and collaboration capacity, which ultimately strangles business operations. More, the threat of cyber-attacks has shown no signs of diminishing and business agility and transparency continue to be reduced.

How can organizations place themselves in a better position to gain maximum business value from their data?

Being able to collaborate effectively, in a way that doesn’t negatively impact business performance, is essential to thriving in today’s data-driven world. However, this delicate balancing act presents complications when it comes to ensuring a seamless and secure flow of information, both internally across different areas of the business and externally with other companies.

Organizations have to allow data to flow across many different business units to make business decision quickly, while at the same time ensuring that business-critical data is secure and protected from actors with bad intentions and Correlata’s CorreAsses is the industries only solution that can assess and address this complicated feat.

Many organizations simply don’t possess the infrastructure or expertise to effectively collaborate and share data securely, especially those using traditional centralized back-end data architectures.

Despite their best efforts, most enterprises lack the level of transparency and control required in the first instance, and further have no way to track of subsequent uncontrolled copies and shares of data. This raises serious risk and compliance concerns with worldwide legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), California Consumer Privacy Act, Act on the Personal Protection of Personal Information (APPI), among many others that are in place and will hold businesses back in their digitization efforts.

It’s clear that technology advancements and digital transformation projects will cause the amount of data being generated to grow exponentially over the coming years and any business looking to gain an advantage will therefore have to find ways to manage this information as effectively and securely as possible by enabling a seamless, secure and trusted flow of data.

Not only will this be essential to getting the most out of digital transformation and reducing risk, it will also unlock the ability to create real-time value chains and introduce new levels of business performance.

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What comes to mind when you read the words “regulation” and “compliance?” Complex? Costly? Endless? Burdensome? Perhaps, and especially so to your IT team.

Regulatory compliance is a responsibility that depends on your key providers as much as your own practices. Before organizations started regularly partnering with cloud and co-location providers, IT leaders were not certain that they could maintain security, privacy, and compliance if they relied on outside providers for their critical technology operations.

The cost of noncompliance can be significant, if not crippling and for businesses in healthcare, financial, and retail industries especially, ensuring the compliance practices of their key partners is instrumental.

What are the most important compliance standards related to data centers, how does noncompliance affect your organization, and what are all of the costs associated with such a failure?

The Standards of Data Center Regulatory Compliance

The two most important compliance standards that impact data centers are Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 and Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 18. Data centers with these certifications are known to meet the highest standards of information security.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) and HIPAA too is an incredibly important compliance measure. Data centers that pay close attention to the highest standards and offer top level compliance should be favored to protect your company.

The Importance of Compliance

Beyond the cost of noncompliance, a key factor for any business is ensuring your compliance has many other key benefits.

For starters, maintaining compliance is a product of keeping up with changes and innovation. It creates an opportunity to re-evaluate your systems and internal innovation. That process, which should include compliance audits, will give you valuable insight and analytics that empower you to make informed decisions regarding your security, systems integrations, and current and future needs. With more informed decision making, you’ll be able to grow while maintaining stability.

The total costs of a breach or leak stem from a number of different sources, of course. Breaches often incur attorney’s fees and accumulate costs related to the investigation, response, notifications to regulatory organizations, victim identification, public response, victim outreach, and internal and external communication campaigns.

Some of the most critical costs of noncompliance are the indirect expenses – from downtime and the operational and productivity loss to the reputational damage and loss of future business.

Is Your Data Center Compliant?

According to Cisco’s 2019 Data Privacy Benchmark Study, those companies that moved to being compliant, benefited from privacy process, as well, good data center hygiene habits. 

Choose a data center provider that will safeguard your assets, at rest and in transmission.

Learn how to take inventory of your data centers resources to stay ahead of compliance in 2019 with the Correlata CorreAssess platform now.

 

 

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We are thrilled to announce that our CEO, Ofer Laksman, has received the honor of being one of the 20 Best-Performing CEO’s to Watch Out For in 2019, as shared by Mirror Review today.

You can read more about it HERE.

The business has radically changed over the course of 24 months, affecting and exposing some of the greatest risks to the largest data centers in the world. Today’s businesses must understand GDPR, governmental policy and regulation to include the recent Department of Homeland Security Task Force assembly, data and privacy laws, third party, and supply chain ecosystems. Likewise, awareness of cyber-threats is vital to tackle rapidly advancing cyber-attack strategies.

Today, the data center management domain is experiencing a dramatic transformation with increasing cost and complexity. Data center design doesn’t allow them to “right manage” and “right size” their Business IT.

IT departments are more than just hardware. They’re made up of people, strategy, and policy. An errant key stroke or ill-conceived deployment could potentially endanger your most critical systems, causing faults that cost a fortune to fix, and you wouldn’t know what hit you until it’s way too late!

To face these problems, the knowledgeable CEO of Correlata suggests that IT and management must collaborate together and bring digital transformation in their businesses. Such change will be based on AI and machine learning, edge computing, and quantum physics. These advanced self-learning technologies have the ability to identify used and un-used resources within an entire data center.

Founded in 2010, the team of Correlata followed the mission to design, develop and build a leading business center placing IT at the forefront of executive leadership. Today, the leading business solution provider helps thwart catastrophic degradations, providing IT with full and comprehensive access to the data generated by IT assets. It provides a single platform for current complex business IT operations’ needs. Its solutions include business alignment, compliance, risk analysis, cloud migration, chargeback and sizing of infrastructure, greenlight investment, and investment efficiency.

IT departments are often unaware of strategic initiatives that can place increased demands on systems and infrastructure. They also lack the capability to translate business requirements into meaningful IT capacity planning. For such clients, Correlata helps optimize IT resources and provides visibility to grow their businesses.

Correlata’s CorreAssess platform identifies the chain of infrastructure elements and services allocated to applications. It also detects gaps between the real situation and the required resource allocation. This identification enables organizations to allocate the proper IT infrastructure resources to effectively meet business needs and budget constraints.

Considering today’s business challenges, Correlata’s CorreAssess platform enables CIOs and IT directors to exceed business needs while encouraging sustainability, corporate responsibility, and eco-friendly practices. This solution is based on the correlation of IT infrastructure applications, which are collected directly from raw data in heterogeneous environments from a variety of vendors using different products.

The CorreAssess platform recognizes and aggregates allocated infrastructure resources like storage, network, and computing elements to expose the infrastructure elements that are configured, connected but missing end-to-end physical and logical relationships.

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Just today, Correlata announced another strategic technology partnership with CNE Direct, Inc. This key partnership will enable CNE to sell and implement Correlata’s software platform to their clients globally. Correlata’s CorreAssess® Platform will be incorporated into the CNE service portfolio including pre-sales, sales, marketing activities, integration and support maintenance.

This partnership will enhance CNE offerings to deliver the most innovative set of solutions to utilize IT operational as a business driver to the organization. Correlata’s services provide complete transparency around data center costs and operational efficiency, becoming the consistent validation platform to ensure that all risks are predicted in advance, helping companies meet compliance and regulatory standards. Correlata turns data into real and practical insights, improving business continuity, and reducing infrastructure investment costs.

Ofer Laksman, Correlata’s CEO, states, “We are excited to extend our partnership network and ecosystem announcing that CNE Direct, Inc. is among the newest to join. Working close with CNE’s team, we will be able to offer a unique set of services that puts IT operations in a spotlight so companies can master their IT spend and gain valuable insights that fuel the organization investment decisions.

Jerry Quill, CNE’s CEO states, “CNE is excited to offer Correlata services to our customers globally.  This offering will help our customers understand their data center assets’ useful lives and how to optimize those assets. Likewise, Correlata’s services will help our clients better identify those assets that are past their useful lives and execute secure, economic, and environmental ways to dispose of those assets.”

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A standard phrase from any third-grade classroom or a top-rated cooking show states that we shouldn’t have tools on our desks or any appliances on our counter tops that serve only a single purpose. To be clear, anything without multiple functions is a waste of space and time. This same belief should extend to the IT world if we want some of these more leading-edge technologies to gain a foothold, and Correlata believes that is the new trend you’ll see this year.

Up to now, organizations of all sizes have been using a siloed operations model to build out data center infrastructures that serve a specific purpose or run a specific application. This “one tool for one job” has made many of the big, advanced technologies unavailable to small and midsize companies simply because they are not able to justify the cost.

So comes 2019; the year that large organizations embrace the notion of composable infrastructure: a fusion of all those single-use tools under a common control plane, and a resilient, advanced, operationally efficient Swiss Army knife for the data center.

It’ll also be a year of converging concepts that data center infrastructure has, until now, flirted with or struggled to wrap into a single offering until now, thanks to Correlata’s CorreAssess which provides advanced automation of mundane IT tasks and new levels of intelligence that is predictive rather than simply reactive.

Step Away from the Silo


Right now, we treat the core data center, edge, and cloud as very different environments that all need management tools and on-site utilization plans. But a combination of things will happen that will bring these different technologies into one infrastructure.

First, businesses will continue to become more comfortable with on-premise private clouds. They’ll better understand the importance of edge computing and they’ll also better see how the public cloud can help fill the gaps, whether it’s for burst capacity, for specific workloads, or to scale up and down for other needs, such as DevOps.

At the same time, we’ll see faster pipes, better compression and enhanced security, all making this public cloud a more realistic extension of your on-premises infrastructure. It will allow the edge and the core to start operating as federated systems and burst out to the cloud when capacities require it.

Resources will also be managed with advanced intelligence and by policies that determine which workloads need what resources and where it’s best for them to reside to optimize I/O operations and costs, as well as to guarantee SLAs. Correlata’s CorreAssess One Time Assessment Platform is aimed to take a load off administrators.

Can we get there in 2019?

Not all the way, but we’ll see major steps toward sharing some of the common tools across the various locations where previously you’d consider them compute islands.  With IoT adoption on the rise, 80 billion connected devices by 2020 and over 165 zettabytes of data generated per year, we’ll see vendors making great strides to ensure advances in composable infrastructure serve this unique nature of IoT.

Technology moves fast, and those with deep pockets will always have greater access to the best technology. But as we move into 2019, the increased accessibility of these cutting-edge innovations will lead to greater efficiencies and better outcomes for IT and business.

Learn more how Correlata is partnering with IBM, LRS, e-Shelter and others to move progress forward

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Correlata, a leading software company that specializes in data center cognitive analytics, helping GlassHouse Systems Inc. (GHS) bridge their clients’ business and IT objectives in a more effective way, announced today a strategic technology partnership. This key partnership will enable GHS to offer Correlata’s software platform to their clients in Canada and the United States. Correlata’s CorreAssess® Platform will be incorporated into GHS’s service portfolio while GHS will provide a full stack of solutions including pre-sales, sales, marketing activities, integration and support maintenance.

Ofer Laksman, Correlata’s CEO, states, “We are excited to extend our partnership ecosystem and having GHS working with us as our first partner in Canada. We are honored to have a relationship with one of IBM’s top premier business partners .”

This partnership will enhance GHS offerings to deliver the most innovative set of solutions to utilize IT operational intelligence as a business driver.  As a part of the three-year strategic agreement between Correlata and IBM, the company has completed the first stage of building a unique ability that provides, for the first time, the power to bring a holistic view, a choice for x86, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Linux on Z systems under a single information technology management platform.

Robert Moniz, P.Eng., President of GlassHouse Systems states, “Including Correlata’s advanced analytical engine is a natural extension of the value we provide our clients in providing world-class IT infrastructure consulting and support. The ability to efficiently map business value and risk within our clients’ environments allows GHS to deliver increased value and positive client experiences.”  

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