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    Business Continuity Planning

    Preparing for Disasters: How to Create a Comprehensive Business Continuity Plan The creation and implementation of a Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can be a complex undertaking; however, it doesn’t need to be. The necessary steps, which may seem overwhelming, are easily broken down into a basic process that’s applicable to any industry. Not having a DRP or worse, not...

    Disaster Recovery

    Maximizing vCPU Performance: More Isn’t Always Better

    Maximizing vCPU Performance: When More Isn’t Automatically Better No matter what you’re purchasing, you want to get the highest return on your dollar. In a recent study, Cloud Spectator evaluated the virtual machines (VMs) being offered by several public cloud providers. The study focused primarily on how well the VMs performed in relation to their price tag, known...

    Cloud Computing

    Here’s how one Cleveland company keeps your data on lockdown.

    Accessing Expedient Data Center’s newest Cleveland location is a little like entering an exclusive nightclub. Inside an unmarked building, a stalwart doorkeeper buzzes authorized visitors with valid ID through two sets of doors. The premises are constantly monitored with 32 closed-circuit cameras. Such measures are all for the sake of security, which is what the data center business is all...

    Data Centers

    What does Cleveland’s New Data Center mean for the Northeast Ohio Community?

    If you haven’t heard, Expedient completed and went live with their third and newest Cleveland data center facility, adding 13,000 square feet of space. The new available capacity will accommodate the increased demand for cloud services and related managed hosting products as well as colocation services. With the new data center facility comes the opportunity for new relationships and the...

    Colocation Data Centers

    Data Center Outages, Vol. 3: Human Error

    An additional common cause of outages is human error. A number of miscalculations at the hand of employees can lead to an outage, costing many companies far more than they can afford to pay or lose. What are the most common examples of human error? Incorrect configuration changes—networks, servers, SANs Incorrect backups Load balancing misconfiguration and errors Firewall misconfiguration...

    Data Centers Infrastructure Availability

    Hybrid Cloud: The Strategy of Choice

    According to the 2014 State of the Cloud Survey, the majority of enterprises currently employ a multi-cloud strategy, while 48% are in the planning process for hybrid cloud adoption1. While there are benefits to both public and private cloud configurations, creating a hybrid cloud strategy for your business can offer the best of both worlds. Not everything can be virtualized...

    Cloud Cloud Computing

    Data Center Outages, Vol. 2: Connectivity

    Another cause of service outages is network connectivity. A loss of connectivity resulting in downtime can lead to a number of negative business impacting events. What causes a loss of connectivity? Equipment failure Software crash Human error Denial of service (DoS) attacks Fiber cuts Companies that manage network connectivity in-house to support mission critical applications are more susceptible...

    Disaster Recovery Data Centers Ken Hill

    White Paper: Exiting the Data Center Business

    White Paper: Is It Time to Start Thinking About Exiting the Data Center Business? Companies make a choice to either redirect IT management functions to partners, or continue to maintain IT services internally, for a variety of reasons. From allowing staff to focus on what’s important to ensuring proper disaster recovery planning, turning to a third party provider typically...

    Colocation Data Centers

    Outages, Vol. I: Power

    In the world of data centers, there are three common causes of outages: power failure, loss of connectivity and human error. No matter the cause, it’s common knowledge that unplanned data center outages result in immense costs to unprepared businesses, including: Brand and reputation suffers Legal and regulatory ramifications Equipment damage Lost confidence among stakeholders Negative impact on productivity...

    Colocation Infrastructure Availability

    Disaster Recovery Planning: Geographic Diversity

    What Do You Have to Gain From Geographic Diversity? In the world of data centers, what is geographic diversity, and why is it significant? Geographic diversity is an important disaster recovery term—it describes adequate distance between primary and secondary (or backup) sites. Why is geographic diversity important? Geographic diversity is imperative when it comes to...

    Disaster Recovery Data Centers

    Why Expert, On-site Staff Matters

    When utilizing the services of a hosting provider, you’re entrusting your critical systems to a third party. While working with a trustworthy hosting provider brings many benefits, it’s important that your partner can ensure your data will remain secure. Part of security means the ability to depend on expert staff who are on site, 24x7x365. Hosting providers that function as...

    Data Centers Infrastructure Availability