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Cloud computing fulfills an ICT industry promise that goes back decades – to provide services such as software, infrastructure, and development environments at the press of a button. The advantages are obvious. Standardized infrastructures can be economically purchased from the service provider – as required and within a few minutes. Customers no longer have to invest in their own data centers and own IT systems.

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Requirements regarding the security and availability of data are constantly increasing. Contractual obligations, business processes, and regulatory requirements force companies to take measures to prevent data loss. Are systems infected with viruses or malware, has a system failed, or was a data record simply deleted? In all cases, a backup concept must ensure that it is possible to quickly restore the data.

 

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Financial providers need secure and reliable networks in order to transfer sensitive financial data around the world. They rely on service providers that have the necessary infrastructure and experience.

 

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Data warehouses consume a lot of power. That’s why energy efficiency plays a key role in data centers. Cooling is one of the major power consumers. It ensures that IT equipment can work at the ideal temperature. We show you how cooling in the data center rooms can be improved and how you can save energy at the same time.

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VoIP is the abbreviation for voice over Internet protocol. With this method, speech is digitized and, just like other data (e.g. this website), it is sent over the Internet in small packages. Your telephone will now be connected to the router instead of being plugged directly into the phone outlet. A usual Internet connection (DSL or fiber) handles the data transfer.

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IT infrastructures are facing increasingly complex requirements. They should be faster and more flexible with high-availability. Especially for IT departments in small and medium-sized companies, this presents both a personnel and a financial challenge, which is why an increasing number of companies are relying on cloud solutions. They are quick to set up and tie up a minimum of resources.

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Data centers need a lot of energy to operate all the equipment and systems. They have an annual electricity consumption of 1,661 Gwh, which is equivalent to 2.8% of Switzerland’s entire electricity consumption. Both from an ecological and economical standpoint, it is worthwhile to measure and optimize a data center’s energy consumption. The savings potential, especially for older installations, is substantial. Since electricity costs make up the lion’s share of the operating costs, each…

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green.ch has acquired a high-tech data center on the outskirts of Zurich from Zurich Versicherung. At the same time, the new office building in Lupfig is in the end stage of construction. We interviewed CEO Frank Boller about the growth drivers and his plans for the future.

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In October 2015, the European Court of Justice (EuGH) ruled that the previously valid agreement for data exchange with the USA was no longer valid. This far-reaching decision was based on the realization that the USA cannot offer sufficient data protection and that the data is not protected from government access. The Safe Harbor agreement is to be replaced by a newly negotiated agreement called the Privacy Shield. Since this new agreement offers only a few improvements related to protecting…

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In October 2015, the European Court of Justice declared the previously valid Safe Harbor agreement for transatlantic data transfer to be invalid. On February 2, 2016, it became clear that the two negotiating parties would work on a follow-up agreement. In the meantime, legal uncertainty prevails. Not only can data protection authorities submit further claims, the new Privacy Shield agreement still has to be passed by the EU states and the EU parliament.

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