This Week in Cloud and Data Center News

Are you ready for an uncertain future? Prepping with a hybrid cloud operating model is a good place to start. At OCP China Day, data center leaders met to discuss the future of important industry standards. People are talking about a new kind of carbon footprint: the kind left by data centers. Developers are making some changes to security to keep their cloud applications safe. And Intel’s data-centric platform strategy promises to help partners up their data game.

Business Readiness: The Ripple Effect of Hybrid Cloud

You probably don’t need to be at the same level of readiness as doomsday preppers, but businesses do need to be prepared for an uncertain future. So what can you do to get ready? A hybrid cloud operating model is a good start; it can help you be ready to adopt new services, open a new data center, or deploy infrastructure at the edge. You don’t need a zombie apocalypse plan, but you do need a cloud strategy.

OCP China Day Integrates AI, Edge Computing, and 5G Topics With Open Computing

What happened when 1,000 engineers and operators in the data center ecosystem got together in Beijing last month? A lot of great discussions and keynotes about the progress of standards development for rack-scale servers, edge computing, AI, open computing, and more.

Data Center and Cloud Companies Need to Be More Transparent About Energy Usage

Do you know how much energy data centers use? How about the cloud? The answer, as it turns out, is pretty fuzzy. Often this data isn’t readily available, and energy usage in this sector is difficult to forecast. But we’re going to need a lot more transparency, because one day in the not-too-distant future, consumers might start asking what the carbon footprint of their digital energy usage is.

From Shift Left to Shift Up: Securing Containers and Serverless Architectures

Many psychologists believe that when a person looks up and to the left, it means they’re telling the truth. Truth be told, that’s how you know a developer is keeping their cloud applications safe. By “shifting left” (or building security into the beginning of the development cycle) then “shifting up” (or protecting the application tier post-deployment), organizations can minimize an app’s attack surface while making it easier to detect and respond to threats.

Intel’s Data-Centric Platform Strategy Is a Winning Hand for Partners

You might be tired of hearing about the floods/mountains/oceans of data, but let’s face it: Data is the name of the game for businesses these days. With the right data-centric strategy and tools, you can handle that data and turn your mountain into something useful. And you’re in luck: Intel has a data-centric platform strategy that U.S. Channel Chief Jason Kimrey says partners should bet their businesses on.