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May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5

Scaling up your data center when demand exceeds computing capacity

When a business finds its computing demands outstrip its capacity, there are several options to meet those demands. One choice is to scale up the data center, but there are several other options to consider before making any concrete plans. Issues to consider before expanding your data center Part 1: A variety of options make data center expansion difficult Part 2: Scaling up your data center when demand exceeds computing capacity Outsource with managed services Some organizations demand more computing capacity but lack the in-house IT staff to manage the work needed for containers or colocation services. For them, managed service providers may be just the answer. Like colocation providers, managed service providers (MSPs) handle their own infrastructure and facilities, but the entire effort -- a complete platform with access to equipment, services and perhaps even canned applications -- is managed by MSP staff. Most MSPs provide little -- if any -- insight into their actual operations. "It's 'fire and forget' IT," said Chris ...

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