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    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

    Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 7: Change in Leadership or Ownership

    Leadership and/or Ownership Change Leadership changes often cause short-term uncertainty within a business. New leaders bring fresh ideas and expect fast results. It’s important for leaders and their teams to focus on core business objectives and avoid the distraction that sometimes go with maintaining a high capacity, highly available IT infrastructure. During a time of executive transition, it is...

    Data Centers

    Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 6: Recent Outage

    Experiencing an IT Outage Experiencing a natural disaster or an unplanned outage is a valid reason to look at moving your IT environment to a professional data center provider. In doing so, you will benefit from multiple layers of built-in redundancy for power, cooling and network connections. The burden and stress of ensuring resiliency and uptime shifts from your...

    Disaster Recovery Data Centers

    Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 5: Hardware Refresh

    Is your hardware reaching the end of its life cycle? A hardware refresh can be complex and cumbersome, and may require a significant capital expenditure. When purchasing hardware, you must forecast your needs well into the future. As a result, you are most likely paying for capacity that you do not need in the near-term, or risk performance issues as...

    Cloud Data Centers

    Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 4: Cost Reduction

    How would your business benefit from reducing the cost associated with your IT infrastructure? The cost of running an internal data center can greatly exceed the cost of utilizing a cloud services provider in many ways. One of the single greatest benefits of cloud technology is cost reduction not only from a capital basis, but also from an operating...

    Cloud Data Centers

    Common Reasons to Transition Away From the Internal Data Center, Vol. 3: New Application

    New Application Development Developing and managing a new application can be a complex undertaking. Doing so while managing and maintaining an internal data center can also tax an IT organization and may ultimately delay the successful completion of your project. So the question is, can you afford to manage the infrastructure components while giving equal attention to developing the...

    Cloud Data Centers