Since 2000, data centers have more than doubled the kilowatt-hours of electricity required to run the computers centers of the world. If trends continue, the world will need more than 25 new power plants to run the Internet alone. The priority of “green” initiatives has never been more critical as datacenter managers look to reduce the energy use below today’s average of 50 watts per square foot.
The myriad of portable storage mediums today make it essential for corporations to prohibit or monitor the use of certain devices on the company network that can be potentially harmful to a corporation. Confidential data can easily be copied to any portable device, viruses can be introduced to the network and spread corporate wide and illegal software and content can be copied to the company network.
Securing the IT infrastructure in today’s computing environment may well be the biggest challenge faced by organizations. Not only must organizations ensure the
integrity of their systems and data, but often they must also prove that their security processes and policies measure up against standards and regulations established and enforced by national standards-developing entities. In addition, the recent popularization of virtualized environments adds a new layer of complexity to the security picture. Businesses are just beginning to comprehend the security implications of these environments.