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Cloud Backup Business Continuity : Prevention That Sizzles   no comments

Feb 2, 2016 @ 9:20am cloud,Web hosting

billy-mays1When discussing Cloud Backup with our staff here at TurnKeyVault.com I am reminded of a saying from the Late Billy Mays, that said “Prevention doesn’t Sell”.  The famous  pitchman, and star of his own Reality Show “PitchMen” often said that your product has to have a visual “wow”, and prevention based products just don’t sizzle because you can’t effectively demonstrate and produce the WOW effect for potential buyers.

Backing up your data, to the cloud or otherwise, is basically prevention; prevention from disaster, your own financial and corporate demise is what you ultimately are hoping to prevent.  Recently some new advances in the cloud backup space have come to market, that specifically being business continuity backup services that have added some new WOW to a prevention based product line giving it some new sizzle that is getting the attention of business owners and IT managers alike.  It may not have the WOW effect visually on TV of getting a stain out of a shirt, but the right backup solution will save you time, and ultimately keep you employed if you ever need it.

 

Cloud backups

 When I say cloud backup, what immediately comes to mind? I personally imagine a white, puffy cloud in the sky that resembles a vault. Was that what came to mind for you? If not, that’s quite all right. A cloud backup is a piece of software that takes a snapshot of your server or desktop computer and then stores the data in the cloud. What exactly do I mean by the cloud? The cloud is a piece of software or data that is stored off-site that can be accessed from any location. Cloud backups allow for greater flexibility than a local disk or tape backup. A disk backup or tape backup has the limitation of only being able to access the data locally and can be damaged, lost or stolen leaving you without your backup data when you need it most.  Even with cloud backup, to get back up and running from a disaster requires that you setup new computers, and copy back your data, and in many cases reconfigure and re-install most of your applications.  That’s how local and cloud backups have done things for years and quite frankly it doesn’t sizzle any more like it used to.

Now there is some WOW factor – the next generation of cloud backup service offered by TurnKeyVault.com offer live cloud replication and complete business continuity.   Cloud Replication allows restoration of your cloud-based backed up data to any virtualized server in rapid fashion.  That means you can restore your desktop or server including the entire operating system, applications, licenses, settings, and all your data to a perfect copy just as it was before the disaster struck.  Providers like TurnKey Vault even offer fully automated cloud replicated desktops and servers that utilize cloud-based infrastructure to make your data available instantly and allow you to access them remotely from anywhere in the world.  The key aspect here, the sizzle, is that cloud replication removes the bottleneck of the traditional backup technologies that would rely on local internet service providers bandwidth availability, and saves potentially hours of business critical time waiting for your systems to be back in working order.

Should a disaster occur in which your infrastructure is no longer available or accessible to be restored, the need to purchase new hardware and set it up in a new office can be completely eliminated. Utilizing cloud infrastructure you can be back online in minutes, not days. Employees can continue their work from home, remotely accessing images of their old workstations running live in the cloud, ensuring your business does not skip a beat.  Prevention may not sizzle on TV commercials – but in the IT world, knowing there is a business continuity plan regardless of possible disaster scenarios will leave you thinking of the WOW of your new backup plan.

 

 

 

Written by Adam on February 2nd, 2016

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Did Your Web Site survive Mobilegeddon? Is your Web Site Mobile-Friendly?   no comments

Jan 26, 2016 @ 9:36am Web hosting

 

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It’s been less than a year since Google’s April 21st change over that created what was thought to be mobilegeddon – where web sites that didn’t meet Google’s design and layout plans for being mobile friendly would be pushed down in the tankings (penalized if you will) to encourage more web sites to be universally accessible and usable. You see, big changes came to Google’s search algorithm. More specifically, the ranking of sites that are mobile-friendly. You may be wondering by what exactly I mean by “mobile-friendly” and how having a “mobile-friendly” website can increase your Google  SEO rankings. In order to clear up your confusion on mobile-friendly websites, let me start by asking you another question. Have you ever tried to view your favorite website on your cell phone or your mobile device? Chances are that in this information driven, technological day and age, that you’ve at least attempted to view one website on your mobile device. How was it? Did the site look as you thought it would and work properly? Or did see a funky website with styling’s out of whack and no idea on how to navigate this crazy looking website?

 

You see, my friend, that site wouldn’t be considered “mobile-friendly”. If you haven’t figured out what a “mobile-friendly” website is by now, then let me enlighten you. A mobile-friendly website is a website that has been designed for your mobile phone. This could mean the website looks completely different, however, the basic functionality of the site is still there. For example, go to yahoo.com in your computer browser and then go yahoo.com on your phone. Notice any difference? You see, yahoo is a great example of how a mobile-friendly website is supposed to function. The site when viewed on your phone may be slightly different, however, the site is still providing the same content.

As more and more users view websites on mobile devices, Google decided that it’s time to make it easier to find relevant, mobile-optimized websites. To do this, Google will now use mobile-friendliness as a factor in ranking search results. If you’ve not created a mobile-friendly website, no worries as Google has provided guides on how to create a mobile friendly website and also a mobile-website friendly tester.

Also, in addition to favoring mobile-friendly websites, Google announced that it will include content from mobile apps when ranking search results. Google is terming this App Indexing and it requires manually activation for your app content to be scanned and appear on search results.

With all of that being said, many people passed over “Mobilegeddon” without realizing it – and maybe now is a good time to re-review what you thought was mobile ready and where google thinks you are, and if you didn’t prepare last year then now is the time to consider revamping your web site.

Is your website mobile-friendly? If not sure or you want some tips check the links below:

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/mobile-sites/get-started/?utm_source=wmc-blog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=mobile-friendly

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/?utm_source=wmc-blog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=mobile-friendly

https://developers.google.com/app-indexing/webmasters/details?utm_source=wmc-blog&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=mobile-friendly

 

Written by Adam on January 26th, 2016

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Will Your Local Grocery Store Be Selling Cloud Hosted Services Next?   no comments

Jan 12, 2016 @ 9:34am Web hosting

grocery-storeWill your local grocery store be selling cloud hosted services next?  This may seem like a silly question but the reality is big companies in many markets like HP, Dell, and major telecom companies have chased the cloud services market spending billions.   The theory is anyone can get in on the cloud services gold rush.

 

The great Cloud Services gold rush is real – for the last few years major corporations like HP, AT&T, Verizon, TechData, Dell, and many more have spent billions trying to re-tool their tired business models into new trendy cloud-services models.  The unfortunate problem is that they each keep coming up short, and shuttering the doors.  HP announced the end of its cloud services at the end of 2015.  AT&T already handed over full control of it’s managed hosting to IBM and is rumored to be in talks to sell off the $2B in datacenter and hosting assets shortly.  Centurylink one of the nation’s largest telecom companies recently stated they are “considering alternatives to data center ownership” to exit the hosting market.  Telecom power house Windstream sold its datacenter and hosting business in 2015 to exit the market. The list goes on, and in 2016 we are sure to see others strategically and not-so-strategically exit the cloud services and datacenter market place

There is no question as to why every company on earth seems to be trying to get into the cloud services market, the perception of great riches and perceived low barrier to entry (people think its as easy as buy or rent some computers and put up your virtual lemonade for sale sign).  But the reason why even the deepest of pockets on earth can’t make those cloud services business profitable and viable at the same time cloud service companies continue to flourish, grow, and show industry and sector growth rates and profitability has major hedge fund managers, investors, and CEO’s scratching their heads as each major player unceremoniously exists the market.

The reason for success (and unfortunately failure) is so simple, it’s literally in the name – Cloud Services, and that is the word SERVICE.   That would be service you can provide only with experience – when its your core product, your core competency and you have you have been doing it for many years with a customer-focused vision to deliver what the client wants.  The word I believe best describes it would be  hubris.   So many big companies thinking they can successfully translate selling or delivering groceries, cd’s, software, desktop pc’s or computer parts into a cloud infrastructure and cloud services company comes at a large price tag, billions lost by these companies that are shuttering the doors and pulling the plugs on their cloud services gold rush attempts.

When was the last time you called any of the failed ventures from the company names above to ask for help, or get some good old fashioned customer service?  Customer Service – talking to someone, hand holding a client as they transition to the cloud and genuinely having someone present to answer questions and help is the corner stone to what made the Web Hosting industry successful for key players over the last 20 years to help those players evolve into today’s cloud services companies that remain successful.  When was the last time you called the telephone company for help, how did that go for you?  Exactly – and that’s why customers, revenue and growth flock to where there is genuine customer service.  Service comes with experience of course, and you don’t just become a successful cloud services company over night.

Don’t get me wrong – there is a place for non customer service oriented offerings in the cloud landscape for do-it-your-selfers and through partnering service companies that add on top that layer of a cloud infrastructure offering.  AWS has captured the lion’s share of the market space with that strategy, but that didn’t come over night but evolved over 20 years.

There is a great quote in the 2011 movie Margin Call from actor Jeremy Irons that sums it up – “there are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat.”  And I don’t think you are going to see any of these pc makers, or telephone companies accused of cheating their way to the top of the cloud services race while they fight over each other to sell off and unplug their cloud business units in the next few years.  The cloud service companies that have been around and made the right investments long ago in people, infrastructure, and culture will continue to succeed by delivering and focusing on what customers want.  Those that try to jump into the cloud services gold rush hopefully have the right core competency’s and culture to support a cloud services business model.  So next time you are at your grocery store, feel free to ask one of the cashiers or managers if they’ve heard any rumors about their grocery chain expanding into cloud services any time soon.  You might be surprised at the answer.

Written by Adam on January 12th, 2016

Ditch the Messy Server Room and Move to Colocation   no comments

Jan 5, 2016 @ 9:13am colocation

messy-server-room-wiringIn the late 80s /early 90s times where starting to change, this wonderful technology era we live in now was just beginning. Businesses now, need to be online in order to stay competitive and grow with this new age.

Like most business a Server Room was built, in a spare room or space in your office or home and today now resembles a pile of mis-colored wires that you could spend days trying to untangle. You purchased equipment that easily fit into your budget, and your team was able to configure the networking without any troubles. This setup was the same in all business across the board. In the beginning of this era, you could get away with this. There was no thought of cooling systems or ventilation. No notion of backup power systems, or any real working order was to be found in your Server Room.

Once again, the era of technology has changed. Businesses need their operations to run with super speeds, be secure, maintained, monitored, and most of all be redundant. The terms Server Room and Data Center could once be used interchangeably, no longer can they now.

A Server Room can be any room, in any building that houses servers. Whereas a Data Center, is a whole building designed to support and provide a secure, power protected, environmentally controlled space, used for accommodating servers, networking, and computer equipment.

 

Some of the key points to a Data Center, a Server Room does not have.

Security and Monitoring:

Most Server Rooms do not have a high volume of security. Besides the buildings overall security, there may be a lock on the Server Room door.

Data Centers pride themselves in the security features they offer. All entrances and exits are secured with a key coded entry system, as well as alarms. Not just alarms for entry. Alarms for temperature control, air pressure, fire / water control, ect. All Data Centers have network cameras, accessible to their staff and security team in a needed event. The cores / racks the servers are housed in are all locked. Only opened when your team needs to visit or by the Data Center staff, if needed.

Connectivity:

What good is your server if you have a fixed bandwidth rate? Most Server Rooms are capped off by their ISP as they are using a residential internet service.

Data Centers do not use any type of residential internet service and most times are able to set the bandwidth limits as they are needed by the server.

Redundancy:

If there is a power failure at your business, do you have a backup power plan? Most Server Rooms run from the same power source, as the full office. Making your sites and servers go down if there is ever a power failure.

Data Centers have a plan for any type of failure. When it comes to power failures, most Data Centers have battery backups, automatically triggered if the main power supply is not responding. When the system sees the backup batteries are being utilized, another backup power source is engaged, the generator.   At this point the battery backups turn off and all power is controlled by the generator until normal power is restored.

Affordability:

With a Server Room, you are accumulating all the costs that go along with it.  You may have had to cut advertising short or possibly even lay off good employees as the costs to maintain and house your equipment have risen. At a Data Center all those costs are tied into your package and at a much, much lower cost.

 

Environment:

Datacenters control the cooling and humidity – to a precise and perfect level to keep your equipment running as long as possible.  Storing equipment in non-conditioned environmental space like your server room or office closet will shorten the life of your equipment significantly (meaning it will cost you real money to replace broken equipment sooner).  Electronics are sensitive to things like electrical and static shock, which occur due to improper humidity (moisture) and you can even find corrosion on the electronics in some poor environmental conditions.  Its crucial if you have valuable equipment to store it in a properly humidified and cooled location like a datacenter.

 

Green (going Green):

Some modern datacenters, like TurnKey Internet’s Green Datacenter , offer one additional benefit ontop of everything above.  Your IT equipment and servers consume less energy in terms of cooling and power draw in a modern green-focused datacenter – and in TurnKey Internet’s datacenter your equipment consumes energy provided by only by the Sun (on-site solar array) and Water (Hydro power) providing zero carbon foot prints for your IT infrastructure versus having it at your office.

 

Our offices do not look anything like they did 20 years ago. Our businesses are not what they were 20 years ago. Most companies have employees living all around the world, remoting in for work. Your administrative staff is no longer dependent on white out, typewriters, and filing cabinets. You attend conferences and meetings by using a phone, tablet, or even your watch. The majority of your business is conducted over email and most of your sales are placed through your website. In order to keep up with these growing times, we now need to ditch the Server Room and head to the Data Center.

 

The Cyber Monday Blues : Don’t Let Your IT or Web Site Let You Down   no comments

Dec 1, 2015 @ 3:11pm cloud

target_crash_cyber_monday_2015Black Friday is in the rear view mirror, and Cyber Monday is quickly passing by – did your web site survive the storm?  Both Target.com and Paypal.com experienced major outages for Cyber Monday this year.

Being prepared for large spikes in traffic is one thing, loosing sales and upsetting customers can have long term ramifications that can’t be easily fixed.  One of our own employees happened to be participating in this years land rush to Cyber Monday during his lunch break, placed an order online Target successfully only to get emailed hours later that the order had been cancelled due to availability sold out (After having accepted the order).  He was luckier than most, the site took his order online – but the end result the same as other angry Target.com shoppers yesterday – he was left out in the cold this winter shopping season.

 

Target’s response online twitter confirmed the issues, multiple site delays and crashes and mentioned this year’s traffic exceeding double the previous year’s as a cause (though online traffic reporting and analytics company’s Alexa.com and Netcraft.com could not confirm a double in volume or remotely close to that regarding Target.com).

It brings up a good lesson for any business to keep in mind.  Just what impact is there on your business if your web site or customer data, inventory, or ordering systems are inaccessible or worse, crash and loose data.  Do you have a business continuity plan and what is the financial loss (time, sales, and loss of good will for the future) mean to your business?

Just a couple of years ago around Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping season Target announced falling victim to millions of account’s being compromised including credit card information – among the worst hacking scandals of the last decade in the news.  Yet Target has survived and continues, but not all business are so lucky to survive major mis-steps like these and being un prepared or blind sided when their IT infrastructure is not adequately prepared.

Being prepared for the best (big volume spikes for the holiday shopping season) also means being prepared for the worst (outages, data loss, data corruption, and more).   Having your web site or IT infrastructure hosted in the cloud using a seasoned IT firm like TurnKey Internet can offer a safety net utilizing hardened technologies to provide the scallability and redundancy crucial for your business.

Also, consider having your corporate data, servers, and web sites mirrored into the Cloud with a service like TurnKey Vault – regardless if you are a Billion dollar retail chain, or a small business office – we all need continuous reliable access to our data to keep the lights on.

Proper planning can mean the difference of going out of business versus surviving in an unexpected crisis – not every business gets multiple strikes against them and lives to tell about it.    Don’t wait until next holiday season to evaluate your cloud-based infrastructure.

TurnKey Internet, Inc Expands Customer Loyalty Bonus Program for Black Friday 2015   no comments

Nov 19, 2015 @ 12:51am black friday

black-friday  LATHAM, NEW YORK (November 23, 2015) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the launch of their 2015 Black Friday Deals offering some of the best cloud services, datacenter facility services, and web hosting offers for 2015.

TurnKey Internet is known for running its eagerly-awaited, industry-leading Black Friday specials, and this year is no different. TurnKey Internet is offering 80% off for the life on nearly every product they offer – cloud servers, disaster recovery backup services, cloud storage, dedicated servers, virtual private servers, cPanel web hosting, Microsoft Windows web hosting, enterprise colocation services, SEO optimized web hosting, and much more. More information can be found at https://www.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 a loyalty bonus. The loyalty bonus is applied as a free month of service for every previous year of loyalty when purchasing any new services during this Black Friday promotional period. This gives existing clients access to deals greater than 80% off when factoring in the free loyalty bonus months of service included.

“We love our loyal clients and I’m truly excited to expand our loyalty bonus during our Black Friday 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 loyal clients with added bonuses on top of access to the very best cloud hosted services. Last year exceeded all expectations- and I am happy we are offering deals like these to our valued clients and potential new clients across the globe. “

About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY— New York’s Tech Valley Region —. TurnKey offers cloud-based hosted services, web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/media.

 

 

Written by Adam on November 19th, 2015

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TurnKey Internet, Inc Launches Business-Class Cloud Storage and File Sharing Service   no comments

Oct 6, 2015 @ 6:45am cloud

turnkeycloud-logo LATHAM, NEW YORK (October 6th, 2015) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the launch of TurnKey Cloud the secure next-generation file sharing and data storage service . The cloud-based file sharing and data storage service targets corporate and business users by delivering a foundation of security, auditing, and privacy features ideal for businesses requiring true cloud-based compliance tracking.

TurnKey Cloud offers enterprise-ready features for secure online cloud-based file sharing and data storage allowing unified access to your data from any desktop or mobile device securely through private key encryption, local caching for off-line and traveling workers, reporting tools, data roll back, shared data among departments, and secure apps for Apple IOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices.

TurnKey Cloud was built from the ground up with business users in mind. From encryption so strong no one but you can see your data, to the most advanced features on the market demanded by enterprise users. Included management controls provide granular access and sharing policies, coupled with historical auditing of every file access, changed file, login and device that touches your company’s data. TurnKey Cloud’s unique business-class features like file access reporting and version control tracking help maintain business privacy and security policies and provide compliance tracking.

“Most cloud-based file sharing services are not focused on privacy or security and focus on consumer grade options like photo or music sharing.” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet, Inc. He continued “TurnKey Cloud fills the gap that businesses are asking for by delivering a secure and easy to use end to end encrypted experience that provides access controls, reporting, and total compliance tracking”.

TurnKey Cloud offers the industry’s most secure all-you-can-eat models offering unlimited file sharing and data storage per user – combined with no user minimums, no contracts, no file size limits, and much more. For more information visit https://TurnKeyCloud.com

 

About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers cloud-based hosted services, web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/media.

Written by admin on October 6th, 2015

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TurnKey Internet, Inc Launches Cloud Backup with Business Continuity Service   no comments

Sep 22, 2015 @ 2:54am backup

TurnKey Internet, Inc Launches Cloud Backup with Business Continuity Service

turnkey-vault-logoLATHAM, NEW YORK (September 22nd, 2015) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the launch of their TurnKey Vault Secure Cloud Backup service. The all new product delivers next-generation online backup services focused on business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) to individuals, businesses and large scale organizations across the globe.

TurnKey Vault offers next-generation backup technology including bare metal recovery, Linux, Windows and Mac operating system support, encrypted data protection, as well as backups for enterprise databases such as Oracle, MSSQL and MySQL. TurnKey Vault fills the void that exists with typical online backup solutions, by offering true business continuity disaster recovery (BCDR) through next-generation Virtual Disaster Recovery combined with live cloud replication to provide instant recovery to businesses by restoring any server, PC, or laptop into a cloud-based virtual private server that is accessible via the Internet.

TurnKey Vault’s live cloud replication allows instant restoration of your operating system, files, configuration, registry files, software programs, licenses, and everything to bring your laptop, PC, or server back into full production without any additional hardware or IT staff.  Your fully restored cloud-based server, PC or laptop is cloud-ready and accessible via the Internet via any mobile phone, tablet, PC using remote desktop protocols or any web browser to access your entire system.

”Data loss is a reality – you are more likely to lose your business data in the next 7 years than get audited by the IRS.” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet. He continued, “The reality of the current generation backup solutions out there is that it’s not enough to just backup your data and hope to put the pieces back together after disaster strikes- that can lead to countless days or weeks of lost business productivity and expensive IT support staff time. With our TurnKey Vault technology combined with our cloud-based datacenter services, we can literally restore an entire office building of lost servers and PCs back into fully accessible and functional copies so your business can get back up and running fast.”

TurnKey Vault offers a free for life 10 GB plan with all enterprise features enabled and a reseller system for VAR’s and channel partners to offer private label branded Secure Cloud Backup services to an unlimited number of clients or devices. For more information visit https://TurnKeyVault.com.

 

About Turnkey Internet

Founded in 1999, TurnKey Internet, Inc. is a full-service green data center and leading provider of sustainable web hosting and IT solutions. From its SSAE 16 Type 2 and ENERGY STAR® certified facility in Latham, NY—New York’s Tech Valley Region—TurnKey offers cloud-based hosted services, web hosting, communication services, web-based IT systems, software as a service (SaaS), enterprise colocation services, and computing as a service to clients in more than 150 countries. For more information, please call (518) 618-0999 or visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/media.

Written by Adam on September 22nd, 2015

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Earth Day And Your Datacenter – Green Is Not What It Used To Be   no comments

Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:29pm New York Datacenter

Turnkey_Internet-16As we enter into the 45th anniversary of Earth day on April 22nd, 2015 – many business, 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 spear head awareness, and direct action options we can all consider in our own lives to be more ‘Green’.

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 and has involved today into awareness of sustainability by reducing overall carbon foot prints 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 are those electronic devices like our smart phones, laptops, office computers and computer servers.  Believe it or not , your trusty iphone consumes more energy than a refrigerator (see this article for the power comparison math by time magazine) – and while desktop computers at least have power save modes that often can reduce their usage, they still consume (and impact the environment) roughly the same as 4500 miles driven per year of a typical US car.  Computer servers are the worst offenders of the bunch, running 24 x 7 and consuming maximum energy all the time to keep your email, files, and web sites running all the time even when we are asleep.

Those high energy consuming computer servers, and in some cases office desktop PC’s, can all be moved to the cloud through cloud-based servers and virtual desktop PC’s.  It may not seem obvious, but moving your typical computer servers and desktop pc’s into the cloud can make a huge impact.  While datacenters can consume massive amounts of energy to keep those cloud based servers running 24 hours a day, and especially the massive industrial air conditioning and redundant power systems in place to support these facilities – the fact is that datacenters can be scaled up to effectively utilize the best of class options to be efficient and sourced from green energy to substantially reduce or in fact zero their entire carbon foot print.  And if you house your computer servers and desktops in a cloud based environment in such a datacenter, you effectively reduce your impact on our environment significantly.

TurnKey Internet’s Green datacenter was built to have an effective carbon foot print of zero  – sourcing all its power from a massive On-Site Solar Array and Hydro-Electric power provided from New York’s Recharge New York System, on top of the most cutting edge power efficiency and datacenter cooling technology.  TurnKey Internet has been focused on Green on our state of the art datacenter and 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 Datacenter 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 and computers, and other IT into the cloud to minimize their carbon foot prints too.

 

Here are some pictures of TurnKey’s cold containment systems that provide the frame work of our ultra efficient cooling systems, just one piece in the multi tiered efforts we have in keeping forth in our mission for a Greener world, and Green Datacenter.

 

https://turnkeyinternet.net/datacenters/new-york/latham/

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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.

Three Certain things in Life : Death, Taxes, And Data Loss – Make April 15th Your Backup Checkup Day   no comments

Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:01pm backup

death_taxes_and_data_lossAs Tax day hits here in the United States, the dreaded April 15th, there is the old saying from Benjamin Franklin that there were only two things certain in life, Death and Taxes.  While that remains true, the reality is in this digital age there is one item just as likely as paying taxes this year, you are going to run into some form of data loss this year.  Tax documents are supposed to be saved for 7 years, the reality is you are far more likely to loose that data in the next 7 years than get audited, and you probably want to avoid both like death.

Data loss is a reality, just like taxes – Kroll’s survey about data loss states that 61% lose their data because of an inadequate data protection plan, and less than 33% of companies that had a data loss in the last year were able to recover all of their data! – that can mean no backups, or backups that didn’t do the job to keep your data safe or your business running when you need it most.

Computer servers, office pc’s, online web sites and mobile devices – all are at risk every day from outside threats like hackers and inside threats like careless or malicious employees, and the fact that hardware breaks eventually (certainly when is the last time a hard drive, laptop, or mobile device been around for the 7 years you need to store those tax returns in case of an audit?) makes data loss as inevitable as death and taxes.

Having a backup plan is a good start, there are many pieces of do-it-yourself software out there, tape backups, and even external USB drives you can copy data.   There are even many traditional online cloud backup service providers out there – but these methods just copy some of your data, leaving you often with an inadequate true data backup protection plan to get you back up and running after disaster strikes.

The reason the traditional method of backing up your data or traditional online cloud backup services are still inadequate, and leave over 2/3rds  of companies unable to recover 100% of their data is because when something breaks or is lost –  you still can be offline for days or weeks while you re-install operating systems, your specific software, or try to find the same old operating system files to install on a new server only to find it is not compatible with the new server like you thought.  Then you waste more time trying to restore files that wont work on the newer version of software you had manually re-installed- and you now have spent days and $1000’s on expensive IT consultants to try to pick up the pieces and put it back together from all those well intentioned backup plans.

The next generationg of secure online cloud backup service like TurnKey Vault offer new technology to solve this – with cloud-based replication and complete business continuity in mind.  You remotely backup your data securely over the Internet like traditional cloud based services to a secure remote data vault that encrypts and stores your backups.  Unlike traditional backup services, TurnKey Vault  gives you the option at the push of a button to restore your data like traditional services, or replicate your entire office as cloud-based servers, pc’s and laptops.  TurnKey Vault lets you convert your backups to live fully identical to the original pc’s, laptops, and servers  right into the cloud to be securely accessed remotely over the Internet.  So no more re-installing applications, operating systems or replacing broken hardware in the event disaster – the cloud is easy and fast to access with completely secure copies of your office servers, pc’s and laptops.

So if you want complete peace of mind – make April 15th not only your tax filing date each year but a chance to double check your backup plans are adequate, and if not consider moving to the latest generation of cloud based backup technology to get peace of mind.  While Death and Taxes can’t be avoided, data loss can at least be survivable if you put the right plans in place before its too late.

 

Written by Adam on April 14th, 2015

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