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Questions You Should Be Asking Your Data Center Provider

You may be looking to consolidate applications and data resources into one scalable and reliable storage location.  Or perhaps regulations require that your data is stored in a facility with state of the art, and regularly audited, security features. Whatever your reason for looking for an offsite data storage solution, all data centers are not equal in the services they deliver, the security they provide, the certification they have earned, or in the availability and the skill level of technical personnel. What may seem like an unbelievably good deal is usually just that: unbelievable.  Here are three critical questions that…

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How Colocation Services Can Fit in Your New Budget in 2017

Is your on-premise date center or server room at capacity? Don’t spend additional capex dollars by expanding before you consider Colocation. Moving your production and/or DR environment off premise and into a colocation facility has significant benefits. Security, scalability, reliability, multiple redundancy’s and a staff making sure it’s uptime is all the time 24x7x365. These are just a few of the many reasons a CIO will want to take advantage of colocation. CEOs and CFOs who are serious about containing costs will see the immediate benefits as the savings head straight for the bottom line. Slashing the Total Cost of…

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Data Center Infrastructure Trends 2017

Each year introduces us all to emerging technologies. Some of these new technologies will be nothing more than mere shiny objects, while others will resonate and disrupt the status quo. While it is good to keep your eye on what’s next, overall the 2017 trends summed up are all about making data storage infrastructure more dynamic and more secure and resilient. Because we know that as an organization’s leader, CEO or CIO, that at the end of the day your bottom line, data security, and compliance requirements are the key drivers that shape your decision process, we think the following…

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3 Things that Will Stop Your Business in Its Tracks

If you own or run a business, you understand how important it is to keep your business running all the time. As little as a day or two, or even a few hours of down time can ruin a good profits streak, and the effects can be seen for months, sometimes years. Unfortunately, as helpful as technology is, it is often the cause of these major problems. Here are three issues that can cause major problems to your business continuity. Data loss Your business most likely depends on the data it stores. Unfortunately, data storage systems are far from perfect. If your data…

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5 Tips For Building A Foolproof Disaster Recovery Plan

In just one years’ time, the entire continental US can be battered with tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, or winter blizzards. These acts of mother nature not only damage the environment, they can also devastate a company’s IT infrastructure. With so many dangers just a storm cloud away, it’s almost unbelievable that only 25% of small to mid-sized businesses have a disaster recovery plan (or DRP) integrated into their system. A well-rehearsed and comprehensive DRP can save a company thousands of dollars in the event of a disaster. Additionally, it will also streamline the process of getting back up and running…

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6 Disasters Likely to Impact Your Data Center

Mitigating risk is a good practice for any business. When it comes to protecting your IT infrastructure, it’s as mission-critical as the data and applications it powers. Though downtime can arise from multiple seen and unseen factors, in a third of cases (33.9%) it can be attributed to one cause: natural disaster. But which are the most likely disasters to impact your data center? Familiarize yourself with this list to better form your business continuity plan and ensure uninterrupted up time. Hurricane or Tornado High winds from hurricanes and tornadoes can create devastating effects on your data center. Authorities like…

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A Cloud Computing Glossary

If you are new to cloud computing or are beginning to move an IT network to a private or public cloud, here is a top list of terms that you should know while researching cloud solutions. Platform as a Service (PaaS) – PaaS is simply delivering Operating Systems (OS) to desktops as a service via the Internet. Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS) – IAAS allows you to spin up additional machines in the cloud depending on your local networks bottleneck. For example, if your Active Directory (AD) servers get hit hard at a certain time of day, you can spin up additional…

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Advantages of Using a Data Center: Why Your Server Closet Won’t Cut it

Imagine you’re a chef trying to cook in a kitchen the size of a shoebox. While the space may work as you perfect your recipes, once you’re ready to expand, the lack of room will prevent growth. Similarly, businesses may start out with an onsite server closet and quickly find that the room doesn’t have the ability to expand with their business. Often, despite how integral these information centers are to the operation, they may be an afterthought to anyone except the IT department. That is until there’s a problem. On a good day, you’ll lose a few billable hours…

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