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Thank you for joining us for today’s Fast 5 event, #Fast5Services. This last Fast 5 event focused on Managed Services, IT Automation and Modular Computing. Your presenters, Bob Mobach – Director of Data Center Solutions, and Paul Miller – Senior Solution Architect were live from IO’s New Jersey Data Center in Edison, New Jersey.

There were a lot of questions asked during the live event today and we want to present you with answers to these questions in case you missed any of them:

1. What does it take to provision a modular solution?

Start out by sizing up your environment that you have today. It is important to become more space conscious and modular is all about space saving. Do a virtualization consolidation study if you can and maximize the advantage of a small footprint. Once you ID the strategy and redundancy you desire you can address the tiers of your applications.

2. What kind of visibility would I have into an off-premise environment?

Visibility in this type of facility is extremely thorough.  This particular facility is laced every 6 feet with hi-definition cameras. Your access is completely automated and offers very high security measures. The facility is SAE16 certified and BCI compliant, among others, and you can bring additional biometric readers into your modules if desired.

3. What type of security is available?  Both from an on premises and colo facility standpoint?

The facility has a gated, armored entry. It is practically a bunker, it is a building within a building that requires you to go through two separate security doors and sign your life away at the interior door to go inside. As we were setting up for this event, Bob was standing in front of a door and got a call from security watching him on the camera indicating Logicalis’ door was one over. It’s becoming really hard to duplicate the type of security you get in a modular unit like that. It is very secure.

4. What about latency issues in a modular computing environment?

Latency issues boil down to provisioning and distance. Take a look at the distance from a primary site to the modular solution. It is important to treat this like you would a traditional IT infrastructure. It is still important to discuss applications and what the requirements are.

5. If I think I want to move to modular computing at some point over the next several years what should I start doing now to prepare? What purchases should I stay away from?  I don’t want to make investments that are going to take me in the opposite direction.

It is very important to look at industry compliancy. Modular Data Centers make sense because you have the ability to predict and manufacture exactly what you need and have it scalable.  There is also the quality control benefit – everything is tested, everything is built in and is industry compliant. And they are energy efficient!

Thank you again for joining us for our Fast 5 live events. We have enjoyed sharing with you and we hope you have obtained insight that will assist you in creating the high-efficiency data center of your dreams!