This week, we look at new California regulations with big impacts on data centers; how to plan a migration to the cloud; and an update on Facebook’s green energy goals.
Data Center News Roundup for Friday, Aug. 30, 2018
Although it won’t go into effect until 2020, a new privacy law in California will attempt to prioritize the privacy of customers while sanctioning companies that don’t comply. We might dub this law GDRP Junior, a reference to the European General Data Protection Regulation laws that went into effect in May. Data Center Knowledge has the scoop on what data centers need to do to become compliant. Most important is that you don’t have to be based in California to be impacted by the law. If you do business in the state – including serving customers in California – you’re on the hook and need to be ready for these changes coming down. Learn what you need to do before 2020 rolls around.
Why do we need data centers? How do they work? These are the topics addressed in a rudimentary, but very clarifying article from RE Journals this week. Among the topics it tackles: a breakdown of where a majority of the nation’s data centers are located, the pros and cons of certain markets re: power costs, the availability of retail and industrial space and a look at some of the latest developments in data center real estate. Read it here for a refresher.
Planning a migration to the cloud soon? There’s a lot to consider and it’s not as easy as it might sounds. This week, Forbes has a solid rundown of the pros and cons of moving your on-premise IT setup to a more ethereal solution such as the cloud. Some takeaways: select your cloud solutions providers very, very carefully; define the scope of your migration; gather vital infrastructure data on your data center; perform a deep analysis before making a move; and finally, create a workload migration plan for your big move. Get the full list of tips here.
A report from the Uptime Institute shows that the data center profession is still largely populated by older men, Network World reports. A full 65 percent of respondents said they had some issues finding women and younger workers to fill critical roles in operations, management, security, networking, electrical engineering and cloud skills. See the full report here.
Talk about being ahead of schedule. Facebook, which in 2015 set a goal of powering 50 percent of its data centers with green energy by 2020, has done so as of August, Silicon Angle reports. The story reports that the social media giant has signed contracts for 3 gigawatts of renewable energy power and is on track to reduce greenhouse gasses by 75 percent within a year and a half. Read the full take here.