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Earth Day and Your Data Center – Green is Not What It Used To Be   no comments

Apr 19, 2022 @ 9:00am New York Datacenter

As we celebrate Earth Day, many businesses, organizations and individuals will take additional time to reflect on their impact on our environment and the contributions we can all make to a sustainable future. Organizations like EarthDay.org help spearhead awareness and direct-action options we can all consider in our own lives to be ‘greener’.

The term “Green”, “Being Green” or “Going Green” all have multiple variations and meanings, but in general, we all accept that it means to help sustain the environment in some fashion. Many years ago, the Earth Day movement started more with a focus about recycling. Today, it has evolved into an awareness of sustainability by reducing overall carbon footprints through less consumption (and output of non-renewable resources to produce the goods and/or power we consume).

One of the largest non-green impacting areas we see is electronic devices like our mobile devices, computers, and servers. While desktop computers at least have power saving modes that often can reduce their usage, they still consume (and impact the environment) roughly the same as 4,500 miles driven per year of a typical US car. Servers are the worst offenders of the bunch, running 24/7, consuming large amounts of energy to keep your email, files, apps, and websites running all the time even when we are asleep.

Those high energy consuming servers, and in some cases office desktop PC’s, can all be moved to the cloud through cloud-based servers and colocation.  It may not seem obvious, but moving your servers and desktop PCs into the cloud can make a huge impact. While data centers can consume massive amounts of energy to keep those cloud-based servers running 24 hours a day (especially the massive industrial air conditioning and redundant power systems in place to support these facilities), the fact is that data centers can be scaled up to effectively utilize the best-in-class options to be efficient and sourced from green energy, to substantially reduce, or in fact eliminate their entire carbon footprint. If you colocate or host your servers in such a data center, you effectively reduce your impact on our environment significantly.

TurnKey Internet’s Green Data Center was built to have an effective carbon footprint of zero  – sourcing all its power from a massive on-site solar array and hydro-electric power provided by New York State’s Recharge NY program, on top of the most cutting-edge power efficiency and data center cooling technology.  TurnKey Internet’s state-of-the-art data center won the New York State Environmental Excellence award and The U.S. Federal Government’s Environmental Protection Agency awarded the facility the 2nd only New York Energy Star Certified Data Center designation.

So from our stand point, green is about minimizing or having zero impact on the environment – and more so, we are helping businesses take their office servers, computers, and other IT infrastructure into the cloud to minimize their carbon footprints too. This Earth Day, take a look around your home or office – and see what small changes you can do to help improve your impact on the world.

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Why Website Speed Matters   no comments

Apr 5, 2022 @ 8:00am Web hosting

If you’re in a store and ready to check out but you can’t find someone to help you, chances are you’ll stick around. You may even wait quite a while since you’ve gone through all the trouble of going to a store and selecting which items you want. However, if you’re waiting a long time for a website to respond, you can be on another site making the same selections within seconds.

For this reason, it’s essential that your website runs quickly and loads within mere seconds. People have a large selection of websites that they can get information from or do business with, and you need to be sure that your site is providing what people want very quickly. Additionally, it’s not just sites that sell items that need speedy load times. Sites that generate revenue from ads also need to load quickly to prevent the loss of income.

Importance of Website Performance and Speed 

It is important to understand that today’s customer is always online. This means that if they want to access information online, they will do it through multiple devices. Speed is an integral part of the user experience. This blog details the top reasons why website speed is important and why it is essential to optimize website speed. 

It Can Lower Your Conversion Rate

Studies show that people are steadily becoming less patient when it comes to waiting for web pages to load; 47 percent of people expect a website to load in two seconds or less. For mobile sites, you are given about three seconds before more than half of the visitors say they will leave. Even if you’re getting people to stick around, a slow load time can drop your conversion rate.

A study done by Amazon showed that just a 0.1 second slower load time resulted in a one percent decrease in sales. While Amazon is enormous and your website may not be able to generate that much traffic or sales, it shows that even tiny slowdowns can still have a tangible effect on your business. If slow load speeds are driving people away, then it’s driving your sales away. 

Search Engine Ranking

If you run a business website, you’re probably at least familiar with the concept of search engine optimization, which involves signaling to search engines that people who are searching for particular terms or phrases would benefit from visiting your site. Google, and other search engines, include user experience as a metric when determining where your website will end up in search engine results. 

User experience includes several things, including the quality of content on a site, if it’s easy to navigate and how quickly the website loads. Google doesn’t generally release specific information about how metrics are weighted, but a slow website can dramatically reduce your user experience score. With SEO being so competitive, the last thing you want is a slow website dragging your ranking down. 

User Experience

One of the reasons that user experience is a part of many search engine ranking metrics is because people tend to not return to websites that worked poorly for them. Research done by Statista indicates that almost 80% of shoppers will abandon an online shopping cart if the website is too difficult to use. 

Having a slow website can also make visitors do more than just wait. It can also keep certain parts of your site from working because scripts still need to load. Someone may fill out a form or attempt to add an item to a shopping cart and get an error or find that nothing is happening. 

Additionally, when a website is slow, it may not load properly or things on the page may start adjusting themselves, changing the locations of images and text as people are trying to read or use the site. These types of frustrations can easily send someone away from your site with a commitment to never return. 

The Need for Speed on Mobile

Mobile users can be even more impatient than people on desktops. With the number of individuals using mobile devices to both surf the web and make purchases, you mustn’t be driving away customers and visitors with a slow site. In addition to needing to create mobile and desktop versions of your site, you need to be sure that mobile versions load quickly and aren’t just designed to fit on a smaller screen. 

People on mobile devices often have data caps, and although powerful, smartphones have far less processing power than computers. Images need to be shrunk in terms of both pixels and file sizes, and scripts need to be kept down to the minimum required for the site to function. Along with rating user experience for desktop websites, Google also measures user experience for mobile sites. Furthermore, in the last year, they’ve started ranking mobile-friendly sites higher when people do searches on a mobile device. 

Loss of Ad Revenue

Depending on the ad network that your website is hosting advertising from, you may only get credit for ad views if the ad loads properly if the visitor to the page has the ad show up on their screen, or both. If your website is very slow, ads may not be loading properly, depriving you of revenue. Google found that 25 percent of mobile sites with load times under five seconds had higher ad revenue. 

Resolving Your Speed Problems

Whether you have a slow site or would just like your site to run faster than it already is, one of the first things you should look at is cutting down on scripts and reducing the size of image and media files. Scripts can slow down even a bare-bones site because they use a server’s bandwidth, processing power from the server, and processing power from the computer they are being loaded on. Unless your site – and the page that someone is on – needs a script or function to run, consider ditching it. 

Media files can also dramatically increase the amount of time that it takes for a site to load. Instead of eliminating image files, see if you can’t compress them or use another file type that results in a smaller image. A small loss in image quality can cut an image’s file size in half. 

Another consideration is the server or hosting provider you’re using. You may need more bandwidth or processing power, and if you’re using shared hosting, it may be time to upgrade to a VPS or Dedicated Server solution.
 

Speed matters. It affects your user experience; it affects your search ranking. It affects your sales and conversions. 

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Written by David Maurer on April 5th, 2022

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Every Day is World Backup Day   no comments

Mar 23, 2022 @ 9:00am backup
World Backup Day
March 31

The amount of data collected daily is growing exponentially. For many businesses, data is one of their valuable assets. In some instances, data is the only asset they have. Data backup is crucial for protecting your business’s continuity. World backup day, March 31st is a day to remind ourselves how critical data is in our daily lives. Whether for photos, documents, confidential information, or your business.

Backing up your data is a simple but essential step to protect your business.

Importance of Backup

No matter if your data is personal or business-related, you should think about backing up your data. Backups are crucial for data protection. A regular data backup saves your important files from inevitable data loss situations due to common events such as internal mistakes, theft, cyber-attacks, hardware failures, or natural disasters. Backup saves a significant of resources that you would otherwise need to spend on restoring the lost data.

World Backup Day

On March 31, the world celebrates World Backup Day. No, it’s not an official holiday, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of the day. World Backup Day was created to raise awareness of regular backups for files, data, and other work.

We all have data that is very important to us. This data takes many forms and if we lost it, could greatly affect our businesses. A rewind button doesn’t exist for life, but for data it does. With a backup solution along with full business continuity and disaster recovery plan, you can avoid various threats to your data. Don’t be an April Fool – be prepared and back up your files often, not just on the 31st of March Questioning how to back up data? Consider using these four best practices for backing up your data.

TurnKey Internet Backup Solutions

Turn to TurnKey for the utmost in safety and data protection. TurnKey Internet’s next-generation Cloud Backup technology offers true Business Continuity and peace of mind through cloud-based redundancy that allows you to restore anything, anytime, anywhere

Need help getting your company’s backup and disaster recovery plan up and running? Visit turnkeyinternet.net/myplan to receive a FREE consultation!

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Finding the Right Data Center for Your Business   no comments

Mar 8, 2022 @ 9:00am datacenter

Finding the Right Data Center

Once you have decided that utilizing the Cloud is the right decision for your business, you will need to find the right data center provider. You are placing all of your important data or even your company’s entire IT infrastructure in this data center, so you must make sure that you choose the right one.

The best way to find the right data center is to begin by talking to some of the provider’s current clients. These are the people who have already made the decision to trust the provider, and they will have the best insight into how the data center works and what it can offer. Try some of these questions to discover more about the service that you are considering:

  • Did you find the on-boarding process relatively easy to accomplish?
  • What is the technical support like when you encounter problems?
  • Have you personally experienced any serious security concerns or incidents?
  • How have your security concerns been handled by the provider?

If you are dissatisfied with any of the responses to these questions, you do not have to use that particular provider. Keep looking and asking questions until you find a data center that meets your needs and that makes you feel comfortable.

Technology is constantly changing and improving, and you need to be able to trust that your data center provider will keep up with the evolution of security needs. For any cloud or data center solution, find out whether there are security protocols in place, including:

  • Physical security of the data center
  • Environmental controls
  • Back-up measures for power and internet
  • Back-up measures for your data
  • Technical support when you need it

Frequent system audits are also necessary in order to ensure that all data centers meet or exceed industry standards for data security. When you are searching for a cloud provider, ask potential candidates about their compliance to SSAE-18/SOC. This set of standards measures the amount of control that a data center maintains over your sensitive data and financial information. An audit will report any flaws in data flow. You should also inquire about compliance to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This regulation ensures the security and privacy of private health information that is stored or hosted in a data center.

If your cloud provider’s datacenter is compliant with both of these standards, you can rest assured that your sensitive data will be monitored and its integrity will be maintained.

Choosing to put your business information or IT infrastructure in a data center rather than housing it on-site is an important decision that requires careful vetting of your potential provider. Once you have chosen the right provider, you can trust that they will keep your company operational and important information secure.

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private, SSAE-18 certified, data center located in New York’s Tech Valley region. Owning our data center, we have been able to design, build and maintain every aspect of its construction to provide an ideal hosted server environment. This allows us to provide our clients fast, secure and reliable performance at all times. We’ve also been able to leverage the state-of-the-art in green technologies, making our data center among the most energy-efficient world-wide.

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Written by David Maurer on March 8th, 2022

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When is it Time to Upgrade to a Dedicated Server?   no comments

Feb 15, 2022 @ 9:00am dedicated servers

Dedicated Servers

For many clients just starting out with a website or a new business, a Shared Hosting solution or Virtual Private Server (VPS) is often enough to get off the ground. But, for many there comes a point when these solutions just aren’t enough.

The most obvious sign that it’s time for an upgrade is when your website has started regularly requiring more bandwidth or power than your current plan provides. Sure, this is kind of a no-brainer, but it’s a good idea to upgrade before you start running into trouble. If your site starts topping out the charts, it could temporarily go offline and that’s not good for business. Often we will see clients’ websites explode all of a sudden because they ran a special promotion or got some good press, and we will always work with them to make the transition to a dedicated server as seamless as possible. But, if you start seeing things getting busy, you can avoid a stressful situation with a preventative upgrade.

Another time an upgrade is a good idea is when a web application transitions out of beta or the development stage. While you’re working the bugs out of your application, a VPS can work fine. With just a few developers and beta testers in the system, a dedicated server would probably be overkill anyway. Once you release your application to the public, however, you’ll want to make sure you plan for the inevitable boom in traffic. Nobody wants their newly released project going down right out of the gate!

Regardless of the content of your website, if you’re worried about stability, dedicated servers are always the safest bet. Below you will find a summary of all the benefits a dedicated server provides (and how TurnKey Internet maximizes those benefits for our customers):

  • Speed and Performance: Server and network response times in a shared hosting environment depend highly on the activity of others with whom you share space and resources. With a dedicated server you have significantly faster response and page load times because all the systems resources (such as CPU, disk, RAM and network bandwidth) are controlled and utilized solely by the applications on your server.
  • Reliability: With a dedicated hosting environment, you have unlimited access to the operating system, server resources and software applications. This gives you a reliable way to manage the needs of your website and database system: it’s all there when you need it. If a neighbor causes a problem by over using resources, it will not impact your website or your business.
  • Security: Dedicated servers provide better security than any other form of hosting since you are the only one with the root “administrative” access to your resources (disk, CPU, RAM, etc.) and can configure customized security policies server-wide such as firewall protection, user-level permissions and even restrict the types of applications that run on the server. With other forms of hosting, such as shared hosting, the neighbors you share space with could jeopardize the security of your web and database systems.
  • Customization and Flexibility: Dedicated Servers offer unlimited customization and flexibility to meet your hosting application needs. You have access to fine tune and optimize all aspects of the server such as custom versions of Apache, PHP, MySQL, Perl/CGI or custom database configurations to suit your application needs, providing substantial performance gains over any other form of hosting. You maintain full root ‘administrator’ access to the server and can install, remove, or modify any applications you wish. If you need even more power behind your hosted application, TurnKey can customize your server with additional RAM, disk and bandwidth to suit your needs or provide you with advanced enterprise level solutions such as clustering, virtualization, load balancing and mirroring of your dedicated server.
  • Easy-To-Use-Software: TurnKey Internet offers easy-to-use, pre-installed and pre-configured hosting applications for your web, database and mail system needs. If you know how to use a web browser, you are ready to use a TurnKey Dedicated Server with your choice of control panel, such as cPanel or Plesk. You can even select your choice of Operating System, such as Linux or Windows.
  • Multiple Domains: Dedicated servers provide a cost-effective and management-friendly solution to multiple domain hosting. Rather than dealing with the burden of numerous accounts on shared hosting servers, you can host a virtually unlimited number of domains on a single dedicated server. With our server management software, it’s easy to create, manage and delete accounts whenever you want, and all from one interface.
  • Worry-Free Operation: TurnKey Internet provides Fully Managed Solutions to ensure you don’t have to worry about your server and can keep your focus on running your business. From offsite backups to managed Firewall and Security monitoring, TurnKey takes care of everything for you.


As you can see, dedicated servers are the best solution for those that are serious about their website or business and want the assurance that hardware, software and resources are dedicated exclusively to them. If you are considering hosting numerous domains, a high traffic site, an e-commerce site, reselling hosting to others, have sensitive data contained in your site or simply want more speed, power and control, it’s time to upgrade to a dedicated server. For more information visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/dedicated-servers Follow Us : Facebooktwitterlinkedinyoutubeinstagram
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Written by David Maurer on February 15th, 2022

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TurnKey Internet Launches Customer Loyalty & Affiliate Bonus Programs for Black Friday 2021   no comments

Nov 16, 2021 @ 9:00am black friday,Press Release

Leading Data Center and Cloud Hosting Solutions provider TurnKey Internet announced today their Customer Loyalty & Affiliate Bonus programs combined with the launch of their Black Friday promotions, offering some of the best Dedicated Servers, Cloud Servers, and Web Hosting deals for 2021. TurnKey Internet was recently acquired by ColoHouse to super charge its premium bare metal and services offering.

TurnKey Internet is known for running its eagerly awaited, industry-leading deals and specials, and this year is no different. TurnKey Internet is offering up to 90% off on nearly every product they offer – Dedicated Servers, Cloud Servers, Web Hosting, and much more. More information can be found at turnkeyinternet.net/blackfriday

In a bold move in contrast to other companies that exclude or limit their best seasonal deals from existing clients, TurnKey is rewarding existing clients with an additional loyalty bonus. The customer loyalty bonus is applied as a free month of service for every previous year of loyalty when purchasing additional services during this Holiday promotional period. This gives existing clients access to deals greater than 90% off when factoring in the free loyalty bonus months of service included.

In addition to the customer loyalty bonus, TurnKey also announced Black Friday Bonus Commissions for their Cloud Hosted Affiliate program. The bonus is designed to ensure that marketing partners are rewarded for their efforts during the holiday season, using a trusted straightforward system that delivers the highest commission payouts available. Affiliates will earn an additional $20 bonus commission for every customer they refer that purchases a dedicated or cloud server during the Black Friday and Holiday promotional period.

TurnKey Internet’s Cloud Hosting Affiliate Program is available through CJ Affiliate (formerly Commission Junction), the most reliable and trusted affiliate tracking service in the industry. Affiliates have access to custom tracking, statistics and real-time commission reports via CJ Affiliate. Tracking cookies have a 90-day lifespan, ensuring our marketing partners get the credit they deserve for referrals.

“We love our loyal clients and realize our success comes from the trust our clients have placed in us over the years. I am truly excited to launch our Customer Loyalty Bonus program during our Holiday promotion,” remarked Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. “While most companies offer only their best deals to new customers, we shake up that model and put the customer first. TurnKey is focused on giving back to our clients – and in turn they are our best advocates telling friends and colleagues about their experience.” He continued, “With our affiliate bonus commissions, we are giving our marketing partners an additional opportunity to generate substantial commissions throughout our Black Friday and Holiday promotions.

For more information about TurnKey Internet’s Customer Loyalty Bonus Program or to speak with a Cloud Hosting Solutions expert, visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

About TurnKey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet is a full-service Cloud Hosting Solutions provider with Data Centers in New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California specializing in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to clients in more than 150 countries. Services offered include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Dedicated & Bare Metal Servers, Backup & Disaster Recovery, Online Storage, Web Hosting, Managed Hosting, Hybrid Solutions and Enterprise Colocation. Headquartered in New York’s Tech Valley Region, TurnKey Internet’s flagship company owned data center is SSAE-18 SOC 1 and SOC 2 certified, as well as HIPAA compliant. The facility is powered exclusively by on-site solar and hydroelectric sources to provide a 100% renewable energy footprint and in 2013 was designated as the 39th ENERGY STAR® Certified Data Center in the United States. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net

About ColoHouse

ColoHouse is a worldwide retail colocation, cloud, and managed services provider with 26 locations in 21 cities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Our full suite of colocation, cloud, metal, and add-on services gives our customers the flexibility to customize their IT infrastructure needs to meet their business objectives. We focus on delivering quality infrastructure, services, and support, giving our customers the ability to allocate more resources toward their core business. For more information, please visit http://www.colohouse.com/

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8 Tips to Get Your Website Ready for the Holidays   no comments

Nov 2, 2021 @ 9:00am Holidays,Web hosting

holiday-ready

As the holiday season draws near, it’s time to start thinking about updating your website to capitalize on the increased traffic that often accompanies this time of year. Satisfied customers and a successful holiday season will make any business owner smile, and your website can play a big role in making that happen. Taking extra time to prepare now is a good way to avoid technical problems and other issues during the holidays.

1. Optimize for Mobile Devices

Thanks to the growth of smartphones and other mobile devices, online shoppers don’t have to be chained to their computer desks to check off purchases from their holiday shopping lists. Developing a simple and functional theme specifically for your mobile users can increase your potential customer base. The easiest way to do this is to make use of responsive designs. With a responsive design, your website will modify itself automatically to create the optimal layout for the customer’s mobile device; these designs can accommodate both smartphones and tablets. Due to the smaller screen size typical of mobile devices you probably won’t be able to maintain the exact same design from your desktop version, but you can still use the same branding and color scheme.

2. Improve Your Website’s Loading Time

You may want a website with all the latest bells and whistles, but consider your website’s performance before you load it up with high-resolution graphics and elaborate scripts. Sluggish loading times on your website frustrate your customers and may encourage them to shop elsewhere. Before the holidays start, have your technical support team run tests on your website to see how fast each page loads for the average user. Changes to your design, such as reducing large images and eliminating complex coding scripts, can help your website perform better. You can also opt for a better cloud solution or web hosting server for your website to see even more improvement in loading speeds.

3. Secure Customer Data

Shopping online is always risky; some websites don’t safeguard customers’ data properly, putting these individuals at risk for identity theft and other issues. Investing in robust security software is a good way to protect your customers’ important data. Your technical support staff should keep apprised of the latest developments in online security to help your customers stay safe. To help alleviate your customers’ concerns, you can include information on your website about the security protocols that you use and offer tips on how your customers can shop online safely.

4. Offer Friendly Customer Support

Browser problems, incorrect stock levels and missing orders are just some of the common customer issues your staff will need to work through. Having enough staff on hand is an essential ingredient to helping your website survive the holidays. If possible, offer a live chat support option to those who are currently browsing your website. Keep an eye on your social media profiles in case a customer tries to reach you through those networks. Some customers may prefer to use email to get in touch with you; using a ticket system to handle incoming customer emails is a good way to keep track of issues. Help your staff to cultivate a customer-centric attitude, and try to anticipate common problems so that you can develop solutions ahead of time.

5. Boost Your Search Engine Presence

Improving your search engine rankings before the holidays begin can help fuel your success during the holiday rush. There are many ways to help boost your search engine rankings, starting with updating older pages on your website; offering fresh information to your visitors is a good way to impress search engines and show that your website is active. Adding special features, such as a blog, can also help. If your blog content is particularly noteworthy, you can expect more traffic to head your way. Your blog content should offer something useful to readers, such as tips for using your products.

6. Prepare a Festive Look

A festive design for your website encourages your customers to start thinking about the holidays. You don’t need to spend excessive money on a festive look; changing some pictures and making some cosmetic changes, such as altering the font color, can help dress up your website. Your holiday look should also include banners displaying any specials you plan to run, including discount codes.

7. Brush Up Your Social Media Presence

Social media networks offer an excellent way to connect with individual customers, generate buzz about your products and direct traffic to your website. Don’t let your social media networks sit unused with only a link to your website; update them frequently and interact with your customers. Make sure your profile on each platform matches so that you have cohesive branding. As the holidays draw near, using social media to announce your specials will help you get more interest from potential customers.

8. Beef Up Your Website’s Server

If your website is unable to handle massive amounts of traffic at once, a crowd of shoppers on big sales days could lead to sluggish performance or an outright crash. Major server problems are not something to be taken lightly; investing in the right server infrastructure for your expected traffic is a good way to avoid these issues. If your customer base is larger, you might need a dedicated server to keep your website afloat during the holidays. Dedicated Servers may cost more than basic shared or cloud hosting, but your website won’t be at the mercy of problems caused by other websites/users on the server.

Examining every aspect of your website before the holidays arrive can help you prepare a strategy to improve customer satisfaction and your own business success. A good website requires many things, including fast loading times, quality customer service and security. Working on these elements early can ensure that your website is ready long before your customers even start to think about tackling their holiday shopping lists with your business. Follow Us : Facebooktwitterlinkedinyoutubeinstagram
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Written by David Maurer on November 2nd, 2021

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How Colocation Can Benefit Your Business   no comments

Oct 5, 2021 @ 9:00am colocation

Colocation-Benefits

Modern office workers find it increasingly difficult to imagine the era that existed before computers began to invade almost every business function, but older organizational habits die slowly. Many businesses tend to treat their computers and networking equipment as just one more set of machines to be maintained by the same support personnel who repair copying machines, fix broken drill presses and replace burned-out light bulbs.

Both Power and Fragility

Notwithstanding the persistence of outdated attitudes, information technology (IT) infrastructure is special. Even as computer technology affords great power to leverage core business competencies and to greatly reduce or eliminate costly manual labor, it also brings oftentimes underestimated fragility and vulnerability. While uncommon these days in most industrialized countries, sudden power failures can abruptly bring vital business processes to a grinding halt, and extended power failures can wreak havoc on critical information processes and the integrity of irreplaceable databases.

Furthermore, the majority of businesses can’t afford extensive security measures, and a stolen server might mean the loss of critical accounting records and customer databases. Limited bandwidth availability at a local office might mean sluggish internet communications, potentially driving away customers and digging into profitability.

Server Colocation Providers

While outsourcing non-core business functions to cloud-computing enterprises is a growing trend, many firms still prefer to keep a close eye on their most critical business functions and databases. Internet professionals such as website hosting providers and website designers are well aware of vast server farms that rent dedicated servers to website design firms, retail concerns and innumerable other commercial and non-commercial organizations, but colocation providers generally have worked quietly in the background. Still, they continue to offer invaluable services to businesses that wish to retain ownership of the computer servers that host their core business functions and intellectual property while also outsourcing hardware management and its associated concerns to industry professionals.

For many companies, offloading the care and feeding of computer servers onto trained IT professionals at a colocation provider carries multiple advantages. Indeed, colocation services have steadily expanded year after year with leading industry experts expecting the global colocation market to exceed $33 billion by 2018. An in-depth examination shows that five major considerations lie behind the decision by CIOs and other corporate officials to rely on colocation services.

Heightened Security

In an age of brazen corporate espionage by overseas agencies, ensuring physical data security can be a challenge. Even in the absence of foreign or domestic interest in valuable intellectual property held by a business, employee honesty and awareness of basic security precautions aren’t always guaranteed. Hard drives and other computer components sometimes have a habit of walking out the door, and allowing direct physical access to servers located inside open offices also increases the risk of malicious hacking attacks by criminal gangs through the agency of malware-laden USB sticks left lying around in company parking lots.

A well-equipped colocation provider likely will lock down its facilities with multiple security measures, including burglar-resistant, alarmed entry and exit doors; coded access procedures that track all physical access to hosted servers; strategically placed surveillance cameras; biometric scanners to prevent unauthorized access by intruders and even individually locked cages for each client’s servers. Spreading the cost of these high-security measures across hundreds or thousands of servers allows the colocation provider to efficiently offer economies of scale otherwise unavailable to the great majority of small to mid-size businesses.

Extreme Connectivity

Colocated servers are only as good as the internet connectivity that allows them to cram immense flows of data up and down the line, and colocation providers typically subscribe to multiple high-level broadband providers such as Level 3 Communications to establish superior bandwidth redundancy and to encourage competition that results in cost savings for both the colocation provider and server owners. Quite apart from the sheer efficiency of sharing top-tier bandwidth access across innumerable servers, the climate-controlled environment keeps servers within a consistent temperature range to ensure that sensitive network equipment and server components don’t fail from extended exposure to excessive heat.

Improved Scalability

As a business expands or contracts in response to unpredictable economic swings and marketplace developments, its computing needs may similarly fluctuate. Managing human resources typically represents the largest expense for the great majority of firms, and the hiring and firing process is invariably expensive and painful. Instead of suffering through unpredictable demand cycles for in-house staff to manage IT hardware resources, business customers may purchase additional servers from the colocation provider or else instruct a responsible staffer to purchase additional custom equipment to be delivered to the colocation provider for installation.

Financial Predictability

Maintaining in-house data management facilities typically invites unexpected capital outlays that play havoc with limited quarterly budgets. Many firms prefer the predictability of a fixed monthly outlay that covers the great majority of expenses associated with managing critical IT hardware capability across all corporate functions. Strategic planning and corporate accounting become easier with fewer surprises for the unwary.

Increased Stability

The impact on productivity from moving corporate offices, encountering a natural disaster or suffering through an extended interruption of electrical power can be disastrous. Even the most efficient company may experience a series of unfortunate events that repeatedly delay its return to full operational status. In the meantime, customers may be yelling about misplaced orders and bungled services, and employees may be left without real work as core business processes fail to function as expected.

More than a few CIOs and other upper-management staffers prefer instead to shield the company’s critical server operations from such potential chaos by entrusting them to an efficient colocation provider with multiple power backups and contingency plans for dealing with everything from earthquakes through cable-chewing squirrels.

Closing Thoughts

Only robust discussion among company principals can determine the ultimate wisdom of outsourcing IT hardware management functions to a dedicated third party. However, the cost savings, significantly improved operational stability and peace of mind offered by the colocation option have proven to be compelling value propositions for an expanding number of commercial enterprises, as well as SMBs and other organizations. For more information regarding colocation as well as the Colocation Solutions we provide here at TurnKey Internet, visit our website: turnkeyinternet.net/colocation

Why Colocate With TurnKey Internet?

TurnKey Colocation is the ideal solution for companies, service providers, small businesses and IT resellers who want a stable environment in which to completely control their assets.

When utilizing our state of the art colocation facility you are able to control your hardware, software and networking to your needs without worrying about the supporting infrastructure. In doing so, you will immediately recognize tremendous savings while also getting peace of mind that your equipment is hosted in a SSAE-18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, 100% green, secure facility.

Traditionally, customers would create their own localized infrastructure which is costly and inefficient making colocation with TurnKey Internet the ideal solution. By colocating in our facility you are able to focus on your business and not on office networking, power or server issues that plague localized installations and office infrastructure. We provide redundant networking, power and cooling to ensure your services remain online and accessible at all time.

Our facility is redundantly networked with several TIER-1 peers allowing us to offer several connectivity options allowing our customers to reach theirs as quickly as possible and without worry of network downtime, which is completely SLA protected.

All colocation customers have 24/7 hour access to their equipment and also receive network reboots per-port or per-strip at no additional charge. Whether you purchase a single U, multiple racks or an entire cold containment POD, we include rebootable PDU’s or PDU ports with EVERY colocation purchase.

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Written by David Maurer on October 5th, 2021

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4 Best Practices For Backing Up Your Data   no comments

Sep 14, 2021 @ 9:00am backup

Data BackupData corruption, hardware failure and malicious attacks are just a few of the threats that can harm your personal or business files, and if you failed to properly back up your data, you will be out of luck. Taking the right steps when backing up your data will give you peace of mind because you will know that your files are not in danger. No matter if you are trying to safeguard family pictures or business contacts, the following information will help you reach your goals.

1. Utilize The Cloud

When protecting your data is your No. 1 goal, you might feel as though creating a local backup is enough, but it’s not. If all of your files are stored on the same server, then you will still lose everything if that server gets destroyed. The good news is that you can combat this problem by utilizing a Cloud Backup solution. This option involves uploading the data that you want to protect to ‘The Cloud’ – a cluster of servers located in a remote, secure data center.

If something happens to your main or local storage server, cloud backups enable you to still have access to the files that you need. Best of all, your data will be available anytime, anywhere, and from nearly any device.

2. Set a Schedule

After learning about the importance of keeping backups, many businesses either dedicate a server to secure their files or rent one. At first, they put in the effort to create backups on a regular basis, but they don’t remain dedicated to the process. As time goes on, they often stop using their backup servers. To avoid that situation, you can determine how often you need to create backups and set a schedule.

When you do so, staying on track will be that much easier. Some people backup their files one time each week, but others do so every night. The number of backups that you want to create will depend on several factors, but the important part is to remain consistent.

3. Set a Retention Limit

Once you have a backup system in place, you want to decide on the amount of time that you will store your data. Many businesses will delete some backups every few months or years, but you might need to keep some records for as long as you can. For example, tax records should be saved for seven years if you don’t want to encounter problems.

Although deciding which files to keep is not always an easy task, prioritizing your data can help. The length of time that you will keep each backup will also depend on the amount of storage space that is available to you. So if your current solutions are not meeting your needs, then it could be time to consider upgrading.

4. Use Encryption

Backing up your data is a smart move, but you also need to protect your files from unauthorized individuals. Criminals try to target servers that have the least amount of protection because they want to access data easily. If you don’t secure your files, then you could become a victim. If you own or manage a business, then you are also putting your customers’ data at risk, which is not acceptable.

When you encrypt your data, you scramble the code in a way that makes it all but impossible to read. Even if someone can obtain your files, they will not be able to do anything with them. Only those authorized with the decryption key will be able to actually view your data.

Don’t make the mistake of ignoring the threats that can destroy your data. If a business loses its clients’ contact information, then that business could fail. Even if a company can recover from data loss, the fallout could have a lasting impact on its reputation. If customers don’t think that a business takes steps to keep their digital information safe, then they will find a company that does.

Looking for the easiest way to protect your data while utilizing all of the best practices mentioned above?  Look no further than TurnKey Internet’s next-generation Cloud Backup solutions.  What makes us the absolute best Cloud Backup solution on the market is our system was built from the ground up with business users in mind. From encryption so strong that even we can’t see your data, to the most advanced features on the market – like Live Cloud Replication, bare metal recovery and the ability to restore a server, PC or even an entire office of computers, live, in real-time, into a fully functional, cloud-based virtual environment accessible from anywhere over the Internet.

TurnKey Internet’s next-generation Cloud Backup technology offers true Business Continuity and peace of mind through cloud-based redundancy that allows you to restore anything, anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit TurnKeyInternet.net Follow Us : Facebooktwitterlinkedinyoutubeinstagram
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Disaster Recovery – How to Survive When Ransomware Strikes (Infographic)   no comments

Aug 17, 2021 @ 9:00am disaster recovery,Infographics

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DON’T GAMBLE – Be prepared when IT disasters strike

Receive a FREE consultation of your company’s Disaster Recovery Plan, visit www.TurnKeyInternet.net/myplan

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