Talk of data centres used to be reserved for egg-heads, the assumption being that their role as IT professionals was somehow separate from the day-to-day reality of running a business. However, a number of pressing trends have changed all that. Virtualization, the “cloud”, security issues, energy concerns, and above all else the growing tidal wave of data have all brought the data centre to the fore of business discussions.
An Ottawa company has unveiled plans to bring the first large-scale movie download service to Canada. Its announcement on Friday comes just days before a CRTC hearing begins into internet throttling and other bandwidth management practices. Company executives are preparing to make their case before the commission July 7.
Critics of the country’s unsolicited telemarketing rules have been rebuffed by the chair of the CRTC. Speaking to the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto last month, Konrad von Finckenstein dispelled claims on the national do-not-call list’s (DNCL) illegal use, calling it an urban myth.
Think your business is too small to support a “real” data centre? Think again. Telemanagement columnist Carmi Levy warns that business capability and sophistication are no longer constrained simply because a company lacks hundreds of employees, a rich IT budget and dedicated, state-of-of-the-art facilities. No matter your size, protect your data – and your client base – with a few simple and proven tips.
Bell Canada is dismissing an appeal by the Canadian Association of Internet Providers and other parties to overturn a CRTC decision that allows the ILEC to keep throttling wholesale bandwidth, saying its critics are re-hashing old arguments and unfounded allegations for a decision they “are simply unhappy with”.