High availability is business-critical for the leading international commercial bank with one of the densest branch networks among German private banks: Commerzbank. With its subsidiaries, the company owns two of the world’s most innovative online banks and serves clients in all markets worldwide. Represented globally at every major stock market, network outages and downtime must be averted at all costs, especially for the Commerzbank trading center in Frankfurt. In mere minutes, a network outage could potentially affect as many as 500 traders and prevent millions of Euros from being invested.
Modern IT structures are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to control due to the disparate locations of IT assets and their components. As IT assets are constantly travelling throughout enterprise locations and organizational structures, implementing a comprehensive zone management solution is critical to keep track of assets, service lifecycles, and user responsibilities.
To keep pace with competitors, IoT and the rise of edge computing – network transformation is mission critical. However, as modern networks are highly complex, this transformation has the potential to be a time-consuming and costly process. From FTTA and C-RAN architecture upgrades, to laying fiber and connecting BBU pool resources to the core network, there are countless steps that must be taken to ensure data is properly transported over mobile networks to geographically dispersed users.
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DESY (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron), one of the world’s leading accelerator centers, develops and builds instruments that generate the world’s most intense X-ray light and accelerate particles to record energies. Each year, more than 3,000 researchers from over 40 countries use DESY’s large-scale facilities to explore the microcosm in all its variety – from the interactions of tiny elementary particles, to the behavior of new types of nanomaterials, to biomolecular processes.
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As digitalization permeates all areas of the campus, IT infrastructures are working at full capacity. To ensure quality education, institutions must transform their IT and cable infrastructure into a modern technological system that has the flexibility to adapt to the evolving needs of student, faculty and administration. There are three essential capabilities an IT infrastructure management system must have to ensure uninterrupted campus services, provide services more efficiently and at a lower cost: Documentation, Management, and Planning.
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According to Gartner in its December 2017 Market Guide for Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools report, “managing infrastructure has become more complex as the traditional data center view expands to include infrastructure housed in the cloud, micro data centers, colocation facilities or edge computing environments.” Gartner recommends that I&O leaders explore how DCIM tools can help using their Market Guide for insight. As Gartner reports, “DCIM tools require a bidirectional flow of data between them and adjacent software (such as CMDBs, BMSs, ITSM solutions, and workflow management systems).”
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When defining service portfolios in a highly competitive market, it is crucial for multi-tenant data centers (MTDCs) and hosting providers to put customers center-stage. From a customer’s perspective, value is determined by the service quality, associated delivery parameters, and a clear presentation of the options available (i.e. variants such as space, power, storage, third party services, hybrid options, version of IP, access, security, remote hands, back-up, etc.), performance, contractual terms and pricing.
To be successful in the competitive colocation market today, colocation providers must differentiate themselves with emerging connectivity services and develop a well-defined product and service portfolio. Though there are many different types of connectivity services that data centers can sell to their customers – all are derived from two basic forms of connection: intracolocation and intercolocation.
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The ability to provide customers with new digital services while managing the associated infrastructure customers require presents an opportunity to transform your airport into the hub of choice, even as pressure from competition intensifies. Providing superior service starts with gaining a clear and precise overview of your airport’s valuable IT infrastructure and cable network assets. Sean Graham, was recently featured in Aviation Pros to provide insight on industry-specific solutions for airports in today’s digital age. Click here to read the full article.
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Lost capacities within the data center are often the result of varying lifecycles between ICT assets, technical developments and facilities. As modern data center operations evolve past traditional design planning, both operational and financial challenges arise. For example, a typical data center is built to last at least 30 years, while facilities management infrastructure is designed to last 10-20 years. In this scenario, data center managers must determine how to reclaim lost capacities without investing in a full data center expansion.
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