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Mission Critical: Paul Fox on Efficient Capacity Planning

May 10, 2016 - The Control Tower, The Leadership Table
In a recent article in Mission Critical magazine, Aligned Data Centers’ Director of Operations Paul Fox explains the 5 ways the data center supports efficient capacity planning.
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Hello Texas! 11 Reasons to Choose Aligned Data Centers in Plano

March 5, 2016 - The Control Tower
Our data center in Plano, Texas, will ultimately serve up 30 megawatts of IT capacity to enterprises, governments, service providers, and education institutions. The data center offers everything you’d expect: designed to Tier III standards, 24x7x365 access, 100% Uptime SLA. But there are other reasons to love Aligned Data Centers in Plano. They come down to experience and reliability.
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The Tipping Point – Cloud IaaS v. Data Center Colocation

January 29, 2016 - The Balance Sheet, The Leadership Table
For some companies, and some applications, there comes a time when colocation becomes a better option than cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Here, The Aligned Team shares stories of companies that have “de-clouded” – and where that tipping point was for them. Plus, 5 factors to assess when the cloud is right for you, and when it isn’t.

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May

Mission Critical: Paul Fox on Efficient Capacity Planning

May 10, 2016 - The Control Tower, The Leadership Table
In a recent article in Mission Critical magazine, Aligned Data Centers’ Director of Operations Paul Fox explains the 5 ways the data center supports efficient capacity planning.
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The Data Center Must Evolve

May 5, 2016 - The Balance Sheet, The Control Tower, The Greenhouse, The Leadership Table
Just because data centers have always been designed, built, and operated one way doesn’t mean they can’t change. The data center should and will evolve. Here, discover what an evolved data center looks like, what it means for you as a data center consumer, and how it can be delivered.
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April

John Picard on How Aligned Is Accelerating the Data Center Industry Toward Sustainability

April 25, 2016 - The Greenhouse
Conductive cooling is a first step in a new industrial evolution, says sustainability expert John Picard.
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Eliminating the Cost, Time, and Physical Constraints on Innovation

April 16, 2016 - The Balance Sheet, The Leadership Table
SpaceX is a perfect example of the fact that true innovation, most often, means rethinking the problem. Here, learn how Aligned Data Centers rethought the data center problem and eliminated cost, time-to-market, and physical space as constraints on our customers’ businesses.
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Video: Gartner’s Bob Gill on How Pay-for-Use Pricing Can Better Align Cost with Capacity

April 5, 2016 - The Leadership Table
In a recent Aligned Data Centers video conversation, Gartner analyst Bob Gill explains how traditional data centers are failing customers by locking them in to long-term contracts for far more power than they’ll ever need. But there’s a better way, and Gill, joined by Jakob Carnemark and Thomas Doherty, explains it here.
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March

Can Your Data Center Support Bimodal IT?

March 10, 2016 - The Leadership Table
Aligned Data Centers’ CIO Rajendran Avadaiappan explains how to find a data center provider that can support bimodal IT.
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Agile IT Becomes Stable IT – So Bimodal IT Must Be Collaborative

March 8, 2016 - The Leadership Table
Aligned Data Centers’ CIO Rajendran Avadaiappan explains how the only way for a business to grow and thrive in this digital age is to be both agile and stable – that is, bimodal.
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Hello Texas! 11 Reasons to Choose Aligned Data Centers in Plano

March 5, 2016 - The Control Tower
Our data center in Plano, Texas, will ultimately serve up 30 megawatts of IT capacity to enterprises, governments, service providers, and education institutions. The data center offers everything you’d expect: designed to Tier III standards, 24x7x365 access, 100% Uptime SLA. But there are other reasons to love Aligned Data Centers in Plano. They come down to experience and reliability.
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February

Enabling the Culture of Innovation in Greater Dallas

February 28, 2016 - The Leadership Table
As Aligned Data Centers celebrated the launch of our Plano data center, Jack Edwards, Director of Data Center Services, reflected on how excited we are to be joining such an innovative community. He shared his thoughts in the business section of the North Dallas Gazette. This is a recap.
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How Conductive Data Center Cooling Delivers 100% Uptime, Reduces Energy Consumption, & Cuts Costs

February 10, 2016 - The Greenhouse
Twenty-five years ago, when power and cooling infrastructure was a fraction of the total capital required for a data center, the efficiency of that infrastructure didn’t keep many people up at night. Reliability was paramount, and adding an extra chiller plant for redundancy was practically a rounding error. But that’s all changed. Here’s how.
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The Next Big Thing: Putting IoT Data to Use

February 4, 2016 - The Control Tower, The Leadership Table
The Internet of Things has captured our collective attention for the past few years, but in 2016 it’s time to get down to the business of actually putting IoT data to use.
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January

The Tipping Point – Cloud IaaS v. Data Center Colocation

January 29, 2016 - The Balance Sheet, The Leadership Table
For some companies, and some applications, there comes a time when colocation becomes a better option than cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). Here, The Aligned Team shares stories of companies that have “de-clouded” – and where that tipping point was for them. Plus, 5 factors to assess when the cloud is right for you, and when it isn’t.

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Top 5 Challenges Cloud Providers Face in Their Data Center

January 25, 2016 - The Leadership Table
For cloud service providers, the data center is the foundation of success. But colocated in traditional data centers, service providers face significant challenges.
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Data Center Efficiency through Innovation

January 21, 2016 - The Greenhouse
In North American Clean Energy magazine, Jason Ferrara shares three examples of energy innovation in the data center.
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Gartner: Require DCIM Tools in Your Colocation Contract

January 20, 2016 - The Control Tower
Data center colocation is not a commodity service. It’s not just about power. As such, IT operations managers should look to colocation providers for enhanced monitoring to give a real time view of the physical hardware environment. That’s the conclusion Gartner research analyst Tiny Haynes came to in his December 2015 study into the value of data center infrastructure management (DCIM) tools.
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December

Recap of Gartner Report “Colocation Pricing Models Are Changing – Don’t Overpay and Don’t Overbuy”

December 29, 2015 - The Balance Sheet, The Leadership Table
Historically, the complexity and lack of transparency in colocation pricing has made it difficult for customers to compare data centers, services, and prices. For an IT commitment that will last three to five years or even longer, that makes little business sense. But there is a trend toward power-based pricing, which can help you avoid overbuying and overpaying.
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Recap of 451 Research Report: “Aligned Data Centers Enters Dallas MTDC Market with Consumption-Based Pricing Model”

December 17, 2015 - The Control Tower, The Leadership Table
Although the Dallas multi-tenant data center (MTDC) market is competitive, Aligned Data Centers can find success as its pay-for-use pricing model generates considerable interest from not only cloud service providers but also fast-growing midmarket and enterprise customers that could benefit from it. That’s the takeaway from a recent report by 451 Research.
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Steve Fairfax on Reliability-focused Data Center Design

December 3, 2015 - The Greenhouse, The Leadership Table
When it comes to an always-on, always-available expectation, 100% uptime defines customer satisfaction and business success. Traditional providers believe the only way to deliver that type of reliability in the data center is to build two or more of everything. But it doesn’t need to be that way; we can have our cake and eat it, too. Here, learn from reliability expert Steve Fairfax about how Aligned Data Centers delivers truly best-in-class reliablity.
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November

7 Reasons We Love Plano for Data Center Colocation

November 28, 2015 - The Control Tower, The Leadership Table
“Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the top data center markets in the country.” That’s the Dallas Business Journal talking about some of the recent action in the regional data center market. Why is the Dallas area (which includes Plano) hot for colocation? Here are 7 reasons why we chose Plano for our newest data center, and you might consider it too.
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Big Data, IoT – None of It Is Sustainable Unless the Data Center Evolves

November 19, 2015 - The Greenhouse
U.S. data centers are on track to consume roughly 140 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually by 2020, according to a 2014 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). There’s good reason for that rise in energy consumption: data centers are doing more (think Big Data and IoT). But it’s unsustainable. To meet rising demand for data center capacity, the data center must evolve.
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Successful IT Leaders Go Beyond “Just Keeping the Lights On” (Think: IoT) Do You?

November 12, 2015 - The Control Tower
Times, they are a-changin. The role of IT is evolving. Now, the business looks to IT to do more than “just keep the lights on” – to be agile and responsive, and to take the lead on strategic initiatives like IoT. But as Gartner points out, IT can only meet those expectations if the data center evolves, too.
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Facilities Managers Are Satisfying the Demands of IT and the C-Suite – Are You?

November 5, 2015 - The Control Tower
It’s a challenging time to be responsible for mission critical facilities. On one hand, your IT team is asking you to deliver more capacity, more quickly – so they can meet the demands of the business. On the other, your C-suite bosses have tasked you to cut data center costs and boost efficiency (while maintaining reliability, of course).
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October

Your Board Is Concerned About the Data Center. Are You?

October 29, 2015 - The Leadership Table
Is the data center a CXO concern? Absolutely. Consider this from McKinsey: “Despite the huge amounts of capital tied up in data centers, significant inefficiencies exist. With average data center costs now threatening to crowd out other technology investments, the matter has become a board level concern.”
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