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  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Applied to Datacenters

    Abraham Maslow, one of the founding members of humanistic psychology, outlined a ‘hierarchy of needs’ in an influential paper, wherein the fundamental premise was that any social grouping moved through a set of developments from ‘basic needs’ to ‘emotional fulfillment’ in the form of a pyramid. The lowest 4 needs are referred to as deficiency needs that are there because of lack of something and they need to be satisfied first in order to move on to higher level needs.

    Maslow’s research describes what drives individuals in general but is it possible to apply it to businesses, particular to datacenter businesses? Yes and in fact, applying Maslow’s hierarchy to organizations offer a powerful insight into business prioritization. Business priorities, especially of Datacenters, could be defined as analogous frameworks to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Using the Maslow framework, business priorities could be aligned and determined. So, how does it all relate to your choice of datacenter? Data are the brain of the company and data center, where your critical resources are housed, is a significant investment for your company. It is really important that you choose a right colocation service provide to ensure a good return on your investments. The colocation provider should be able to help you run your business effectively and also support the growing needs of your business. Even if they all may appear similar, all datacenters are not equal. By applying Maslow’s hierarchy of need to the colocation partner in choice, you would be able to reassess where they stand and that would help you narrow down on the best colocation facility depending on the needs of your business.

    The first need which finds mention in Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ is the physical need. For colocation provider that would mean fulfillment of basic needs required of a colocation provider. The physiological needs which you should look for are uptime and availability. Check whether they have good provision for connectivity, power and cooling.

    The safety need should be derived from whether or not the colocation center is safe and protected, both from natural and cyber-attacks. The colocation provider should be prepared to face any kind of disaster without any disruption to your business.

    The third need is the need to belong and for datacenters, it translates to being a part of network ecosystem. Knowing how well the colocation provider is connected to its partner ecosystem of cloud/SaaS would be a key when your own company needs access to these ecosystem. Opt for providers offering support.

    The next step would be to look for the vision of your colocation provider. As your company grows, your colocation provider should be able to scale with you.

    At the highest level sits the strategy. What is the competitive edge that the provider is offering you?

    If you are on a lookout for a colocation provider that would fulfill all business hierarchical needs while providing a competitive edge, Data Facilities is your answer which is a global provider of premium carrier-neutral Datacenters & Hosting Services. With strategically located datacenters in The Netherlands in Spijkenisse and The Hague, Data Facilities offers superior flexibility, security and operational proficiency. With hybrid infrastructure, remote-IX access, and worldwide partner network, Data Facilities is changing the landscape of colocation services for good. To learn more about Data Facilities Data Centers, visit https://www.datafacilities.nl/

  • How to be ready for a Disruptive Data Center Future

    Lately, Gartner has been doing lots of research on disruptive data centers which could well be the near future technology of data center hosting. Vice president of Gartner Joe Skorupa notes that, “Current vendors are living in an “uneasy peace” that won’t last for much longer. “

    This proves that no matter what kind of business you are in, significant disruption is going to be the norm! Most of this is owing to the emerging technologies which serve as building blocks for digital based business model. With the ever-growing pressure on businesses to drive revenue, disruptive data technologies pave way to opportunities to create scalable and flexible environment to deal with the demands of an organization. This is a paradigm shift at the technology front but it is also a shift in the mind-set of businesses to go for scalable solutions.

    Failing to evaluate and adapt to the disruptive technologies, can lead to lost opportunities and your business wouldn’t be able to exploit new innovations in technologies as easily. Especially when it comes to data centers, choosing a data center which will help businesses scale up and scale down will be the right choice, failing which you wouldn’t be able to migrate to new standards. Not choosing a data center could also result in reliability issues which may be caused by out of support assets.

    So as the market evolves steadily towards disruptive data centers, how can you make sure you are making the right choice when it comes to choosing a data center. Read on to know few tips to help you choose a data center which is disruption-ready.

    Location:

    Data center strategies are being reconsidered now because of the emerging disruption. “The Snowden Effect” is playing a great role in it. Government agencies compromised the large data centers and are now trying to seek out smaller providers that offer white boxes and an option to use open-source technologies.

    Because of this, you need to know where your data centers are located and access it whenever you want. Choose a local data center which is located nearby but still have disaster recovery centers for safe-keeping your data.

    The Need For More & More Power!

    Power is the 2nd Part of Gartner’s disruptive data center equation. The research company points out to a couple of disruptive technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and Web-scale integrated infrastructure as potential starters for the data center revolution. If an existing provider decides to push into a new market or smaller vendors fragment the market by offering unique, customizable solutions, the entire game starts to change. What’s more, the rise of cloud-based mobile and consumer apps over in-house development is already increasing the demands placed on data centers.

    So, Is Power the biggest concern? Nothing comes for free, bigger bandwidth, better connections, and stacking high-density hardware requires some serious power management. Without proper management of N+1 and 2N power solutions coupled with optimal airflow, new technologies can disrupt company workflow and the market at large. A future-proof data center setup allows you to scale up rather than scaling out, but without the worry of servers burning out early or high-density infrastructure proving too hot to handle.

    Getting Ready for the Future

    As disruptive technology starts to unravel, make sure there’s no disconnection between your expectations and reality. Opting for local and open source setup gives you granular control over hardware and software, while investing in a provider that makes power management a priority means you’re ready to scale up as new technologies emerge.

    If you are on a lookout for a datacenter which is disruption ready, Data Facilities is your answer which is a global provider of premium carrier-neutral Datacenters & Hosting Services. With strategically located datacenters in The Netherlands in Spijkenisse and The Hague, Data Facilities offers superior flexibility, security and operational proficiency. With hybrid infrastructure, remote-IX access, and worldwide partner network, Data Facilities is changing the landscape of colocation services for good. To learn more about Data Facilities Data Centers, visit https://www.datafacilities.nl/

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