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THE DATA CENTER JOURNAL | 1 Feature 2 Data Centers 2017: Year in review By Jeffrey R Clark Once again, a year is coming to an end and the data center industry has seen some interesting, if mostly expected, events. Among the biggest trends (or hype) are the move toward the computing "edge" and the need to support more Internet of Things (IoT) devices, with driverless cars on the horizon. Security has remained a top story, with the Equifax breach likely being the biggest event of the past 12 months. In no particular order, here are some of the main data center and IT happenings of interest in the year gone by. 8 Data Center M&as Cooling oFF, but venDor lanDsCape Heating up By Mike McClain By most standards, 2017 was the biggest year ever for acquisitions in the data center industry. DataBank, Digital Realty and Cyxtera are just a few of the companies that made headlines with billion-dollar deals. And there were dozens of smaller (multi-million-dollar) yet significant shakeups across the country. 12 tHe biggest HealtH-Care HeaDaCHes anD How to solve tHeM By David Kidd As health care moves to a value-based care model (the DHHS has recently moved dollars from fee-for-service to value-based programs), more onus is on patients to improve their health. Simultaneously, next-generation technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing health care. This influx of information technology will continue to have an impact on the outcomes of health-care facilities and their patients. 15 soFtware-DeFineD seCuritY For ClouxD- baseD arCHiteCtures: tHe new seCuritY iMperative By Patrick McCabe, Addressing security in an enterprise's IT infrastructure is paramount to profitability and success. In addition, immeasurable damage will occur owing to the loss of trust or reputation, customer churn, and reduced shareholder value, not to mention the cost of subsequent remediation actions or penalties. 19 Data Center trenDs Driving tHe next wave in tiMing innovation By Kyle Beckmeyer The rapid proliferation of streaming video, IoT, social media and cloud-based enterprise software as well as the upcoming adoption of 5G wireless are collectively driving the need for higher-bandwidth data centers optimized to run a multitude of complex tasks and applications. The rollout of new software and service offerings has traditionally depended on new hardware being deployed in data centers. Until recently, new software and service offerings had to align with the introduction of new servers, storage and switches, often on a two-year refresh cycle. The rate of new services being introduced for cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS) and web services is now outpacing this fixed-hardware upgrade cycle, presenting challenges for data center operators and web-services companies. All rights reserved. No portion of DATA CENTER Journal may be reproduced without written permission from the Executive Editor. The management of DATA CENTER Journal is not responsible for opinions expressed by its writers or editors. We assume that all rights in communications sent to our editorial staff are unconditionally assigned for publication. All submissions are subject to unrestricted right to edit and/or to comment editorially. AN EDM2R ENTERPRISES, INC. PUBLICATION ALPHARETTA, GA 30022 PHONE: 678-762-9366 FAX: 866-708-3068 | WWW.DATACENTERJOURNAL.COM DESIGN : NEATWORKS, INC., JOHNS CREEK GA 30022 TEL: 678-392-2992 | WWW.NEATWORKSINC.COM

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