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A look at issues connected with unified communications migrations.

Unified Communication Migrations Prove Value and Struggle with Increased Data

A look at issues connected with unified communications migrations.Unified communications improve mobile operations, add to emergency planning, reduce costs, or just improve communications within offices. These are just some of the benefits that have compelled widespread use. Yet the rise of big data along with unified communications has posed some challenges, and made unified communications migrations both difficult and that much more valuable. Read on to learn what challenges your customers may face with a migration.

What Impact is Big Data Having on Unified Communications Migrations?

Big data is delivering changes of its own and forcing those considering unified communications migration to look more closely at how it’s accomplished.

More data, more problems. Big data requires data to operate. It’s right there in the name. Unified communications systems can be positively staggering sources of data, but it needs to be collected, stored, and accessible by analytics systems in order to be put to use. This means that when the unified communications system is deployed, it also needs to have not only facilities to gather the data generated—call times, call lengths, content of the call and so on—but also a means to gather that data and move it to the analytics systems.

A cloud connection. Analytics functions have made great strides in cloud connectivity, and thankfully, so have unified communications systems. Since both systems have localized equivalents, though, it may mean that special accommodations need to be reached, especially for firms making the decision to do either analytics or unified communications in-house. An in-house analytics system, for example, may not be able to readily connect to a cloud-based unified communications system, and vice versa, unless proper advance planning has been done.

One improves the other. While it’s immediately clear how unified communications improve big data—it’s one big source of data fodder for analysis—it may be less clear that analytics improve unified communications. Take the analysis tools big data offers and discover all sorts of useful things. For instance, analytics can tell when a unified communications system is experiencing unusual lag or issues in voice quality. It can also tell why and provide insight on how to fix problems.

How to Help Your Customers Best Incorporate Big Data in Unified Communications Migrations

There’s a lot of value in putting big data to work, but it requires specific advances right at the unified communications migration level. Big data needs to be planned for and incorporated, start to finish. To make sure you’ve got everything you need to do the job right, start by getting in touch with us at MicroCorp. Our array of unified communications solutions helps ensure your unified communications migrations achieve all the outcomes you could want, including big data accommodation. So reach out to us and let your unified communications systems take full advantage of big data’s power.

Expanding Data Center Trend Continues

Learn how channel partners can stay ahead of the data center industry's growth.The data center industry continues its rapid growth in 2017 to meet the storage demands of existing robust cloud providers. At the same time, the vacancy rate of U.S. data center space is 4.6%, according to real estate brokerage firm CBRE. Even though tightness remains for server capacity, there is still much more data center development on the way.

Geography of Expansion

Most of the construction going on in 2017 for new data centers is in Northern Virginia, which is expected to add 121 MW of power. Other key places for larger data space include the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Silicon Valley in California. According to CBRE, about 271 MW of capacity is being built in big metropolitan areas, of which 160 MW is under construction without signed leases from vendors.

Will Expansion Pay off for Cloud Providers?

Data center facility owners are expected to do well in 2017 in terms of a balance between supply and demand, according to real estate experts. It appears to be a positive move for modern data centers that can offer a multitude of cloud and managed services. As owners of traditional data centers move into outsourced data centers, the door will be opened for more vacant facilities to be sold.

In 2016, data center asset sales reached $1.78 billion with an average price per square foot of $275. Acquisitions that had not yet closed by the end of the year included Equinix’s purchase of Verizon data centers in the Americas and CenturyLink’s proposed acquisition of BC Partners and Medina Capital. Data facility owners with the greatest potential to capitalize on rising demand for network connectivity and pricing are those in heavily populated areas.

What Expansion Means for IT

The IT industry is challenged by tight budgets and limited space. That puts IT firms in a position to make one of three choices, according to CenturyLink:

  1. Construct a new facility
  2. Upgrade an existing data center
  3. Outsource with a trusted provider

The key factor in choosing what to do to meet growth challenges will be for IT companies and the businesses they serve to evaluate costs together. The increasing emphasis among businesses on big data and analytics is part of what’s fueling this steady expansion. Other reasons for this growth include:

  • Demands to replace outdated technology
  • The trend toward globalization
  • Mergers and acquisitions, and spinoffs that require more space
  • Increasing interest in more disaster recovery server space

Conclusion

MicroCorp has been supporting MSPs, VARs, and agent partners for over 30 years. If you’ve run out of server space or need a more efficient data center solution, contact us to learn how we can accommodate your technology needs.