Week 8

The future of storage data is going to be very important, according to an article on techgenix.com as of 2014 there were about 28 million IT professionals, and on average they were responsible for about 230GB of data. It is estimated that by 2020 that average will rise to about 1,232GB of data. That’s almost six times the amount of data that an IT professional will be responsible for, which naturally will lead more jobs available for us IT, people. Obviously, this will create more jobs for everyone and become a specialist in this technology will also be something that will need to happen. Computers will never go away and with computers comes data and since one is not going away the other will not go away either.  Like anything else in life, there’s good and bad to everything, for example moving from floppy disks to hard drives was a great achievement. Now we are moving at a much faster rate that it’s become a little more difficult to keep up with the needs and it will not get any better. I remember when I first saw the terabyte hard drive it cost close to a thousand dollars. Which is very expensive and was probably only bought by businesses or people with a lot of very important data that needed to be stored in one location.

Today you can find a 2TB hard drive for as low as $85.00. Great for us the consumer but not so great for IT professionals, just means that there’s a lot more data on smaller devices. What this also means is that when data centers and new servers are being built this type of data storage will need to be taken into account, the ability to store what is there and the room to continue to grow in the future. Security will be a big concern too, having the right security protocol in place to protect all the data that is going to be stored on site and in the cloud.

Reference

Hall, Christine. “Future Trends in Backup and Disaster Recovery – StorageCraft.” StorageCraft Technology Corporation. N.p., 28 Mar. 2014. Web. 28 July 2017.

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Week 7 Clueless

As a supervisor we rotate weekends and a couple of years ago during my weekend (of course), the data center had to be shut down to prevent it from overheating and destroying all of our servers and other equipment located in there. I work in the call center so all day long, we get phone calls and we have to use our online applications to handle each customer. Well that day it all happened like a domino effect, my phone turned off and the internet cut off. I stood up and like lemmings everyone; one by one started popping their heads up telling me their systems stopped working. The call center started to get warm and nothing was working. When this happened I started calling around, I started calling the data center and leaving messages for them to find out if something had happened. After about 40 minutes, I finally got word that the AC stopped working and that the data center had to be shut down. At this point, we are not able to do any work, receive any calls or do anything and the room started heating up. We eventually had to get commercial fans and place them in the call center to hopefully start cooling things down. After spending all day on calls with everyone it was found that some fuse busted and that’s what caused the issue. By the end of the day, they were finally able to transfer everything to our data center in Ohio. It took about 3 days to get a piece to fix the problem and get the AC going and things switched back to our location. I was blown when this happened, a company that has a 24-hour call center and is a leader in banking technology would have had a backup to a backup to ensure that things like this don’t happen and at the very least doesn’t last all day. Thankfully, it was the weekend and we didn’t get a lot of calls. If this had happened during the week, it would have been devastating because of a number of calls we get. Having a better-equipped team at our location would have made a difference, having someone that can make that call to switch everything over to another location would also be a good thing to have. Eventually, they had one of our IT groups in another country keep an eye on things as well. Having systems in place that can monitor our systems would be something that is needed, this way they can see stuff go down and what is going down. Plus with the addition of another group watching our systems they can fix things quicker. Because being down for so long is not acceptable to me, I can’t imagine what it was like for my bosses boss.

Week 6 Object Storing…Great Scott

I like to look towards the future at times when doing these blogs and this week I took a look at what the future holds for storing data. It always amazes me how far we have come and I always ask the same question, where can they go from here. As a kid when I used floppy disks to save data I never imagined that it would lead to USB memory sticks that are capable of storing 30 times the same amount of data and from there it went from GB’s to TB’s. AMAZING! So what now? Well, a new thing is starting to make its way into big businesses called Object Storing; traditionally we have used Hard Drives, which stores data in blocks using numbers. In this type of storing, you only store the data, the system does not know what is on the file that is being stored. When you have to view what is stored you will need an outside application to read it, for example, Word or Adobe, without these applications you will not be able to view what is being stored. With Object storing, you store the file information with the file, for example, if you store a song it will also show the artist name, the song and what album it came from. It will do all of this without having to use a different application to view this item. The data within the Object carry’s its own integrity and is redundant so that if anything happens to one you will have the other there as a backup. This makes the nodes that are being used for storage highly scalable, so if one node fills up another node can be deployed, in fact, multiple nodes can be deployed are you’re able to move them to different sites so that not all of them are sitting in one location. This is the future of storage, with this method it gives companies a lot of flexibility when it comes to their storage needs without sacrificing anything.

 

Reference

2DeCipher. “Object Storage – the key to Cloud and Big Data.” YouTube. YouTube, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 July 2017. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl28V5tL3Wg&gt;.