Why is North Texas a good spot for data centers?
This time last year, Facebook joined several of its fortune 1000 neighbors in North Texas, building a $1 billion, 750,000-square-foot data center in Fort Worth. Data centers of this size and grandeur are becoming commonplace in the Lone Star state. A study conducted by Dallas commercial real estate firm JLL indicated North Texas is the number three data center market in the U.S. According to one Dallas Business Journal piece, “The area hosts at least 56 data centers, almost half of all facilities in Texas, according to Data Center Map, a website that has cataloged 2,500 facilities in 90 countries…. Read more
Why is Network Security so Important?
You’ve heard over and over again that network security is one of the most important things to the continuity of your business, and therefore its success. You haven’t heard wrong, but you may be wondering exactly why it’s so important. Most people only have a vague idea of exactly why the security of their network is so important. Here are a few things that you’re protecting. Client information You most likely store all of the information that you have about all of your customers on your network. If this information were to fall into the wrong hands, such as competitors, or even… Read more
Why Colocation Server Hosting Makes Sense: The Economy of Scale Effect
Everyone benefits from the economy of scale effect. For the lone individual to locate and dig out of the ground the iron ore and various alloy additives and then proceed to produce an alloyed steel cutting knife is cost prohibitive. It’s far easier to take advantage of the chains of businesses that produce the alloyed steel, manufacture the knives, and distribute them to nearby store outlets. The knife’s low cost that you see at the store is due to the fact that each business in this supply chain is large enough to achieve a sufficient economy of scale to produce… Read more
Why Cloud Computing Is Better for the Environment
It was commonly assumed in the past that the move away from paper by business was beneficial to the environment. After all, less paper use means cutting down fewer trees and less demand for the output of paper mills which consume enormous quantities of water. Instead, the change from print to digital media merely altered the environmental impact. Large scale business use of servers consumes energy both in running and cooling them. Given the heavy reliance on coal for power generation in the United States, “going digital” is releasing more CO2 (a greenhouse gas) into the environment. Natural gas is also extensively used for… Read more
What the New Year means for organizing your old data
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS Statisticbrain.com lists the top three New Year’s resolutions people make in the order of most popular first as: lose weight; self-improvement; and better financial decisions. As a CIO, CFO, or a CEO the smart organizing of old data into an archiving system will slim down your active primary storage needs, improve your business’ data performance, which in turn will grow your bottom line… Really, it will. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Each organization, great or small, has data retention and storage needs for regulatory compliance, legal retention requirements and historic value, but that data is rarely… Read more
What Should You Do in the Workplace if You Suspect You’ve Received an Email Scam?
Email scams are some of today’s most insidious threats to every company’s computer systems. And because they can spread viruses as well as compromise private information, it’s a common issue we see here at Global IP Networks that compromises data. It’s one reason why we provide a data center that keeps your information safe, especially as part of a business continuity plan if your network ever shuts down or is compromised. But how can you manage email scams so they don’t become a major threat to your company? The best thing to do is set up a plan to check… Read more
What Makes Our Customer Service Unique
Global IP Networks (GIP) developed a business around building a safe and positive environment for its customers. That means creating a sense of trust and community with the businesses we work with; and while these virtues may not seem wholly unique on their own, our company has always made it a priority to offer more than the average data center colocation firm. Though it is, in essence, our people, our principal and our culture that so clearly sets us apart. Here are eight other tangible reasons our customer service is a cut above the rest. GIP offers tailored solutions to… Read more
What is NAS (Network Attached Storage)?
NAS (Network Attached Storage) is a category of dedicated file storage device. It provides local-area network nodes that have file-based shared storage through a standard Ethernet connection. NAS is similar to having a private cloud in your office. It provides the benefits of a public cloud onsite and other advantages are: It is easy to operate It is less expensive It is always accessible when you need it It centralizes your data storage in a reliable and secure way As your business grows, the data you accumulate also grows. Not all of it will fit nicely into a database and if… Read more
What is Business Continuity and Why is it Vital?
Whether you have 5 employees or 5,000, you want sustained uptime. That means the infrastructure that houses your company’s most critical data and the people who run it are invaluable, regardless of size. Do your employees know what to do in the event of an emergency? No matter how many of them do, a business continuity plan is essential for an unanticipated disaster. Last week we talked about six disasters likely to impact your data center. However, this list is far from exhaustive. Though it’s true that no one plan can protect you from every possible scenario, having a plan… Read more
What does Oracle Know About Cloud Computing That You Don’t?
Oracle is a world leader in data-based software. When Bloomberg.com discussed the company’s new marketing strategy, they revealed a future that’s focused on selling cloud-based software instead of traditional computer-based programs. What does Oracle know about cloud computing that you haven’t figured out yet? Their website explains one important idea that’s worth repeating, “Most businesses spend 4x more maintaining IT than innovating with IT.” Cloud computing can help businesses make simple operating changes that can save some of that time, effort, and money. Those things are pretty important if you want your business to grow. Cloud-based Applications With cloud computing you can run your… Read more