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Choosing the Right Cloud Provider and Datacenter   no comments

Posted at May 30, 2017 @ 11:52am cloud

Choosing the Right Cloud Provider & Datacenter

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

 

The best way to find the right cloud provider 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 provider 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 cloud service 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 datacenter will keep up with the evolution of security needs. For any cloud service, find out whether there are security protocols in place, including:

  • Physical security of the datacenter
  • 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 datacenters meet or exceed industry standards for data security. When you are searching for a cloud provider, ask potential candidates about their compliance to SSAE-16/SOC1. This set of standards measures the amount of control that a datacenter 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 datacenter.

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 cloud provider’s datacenter 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 their datacenter will keep your company’s important information safe and secure.

 

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Written by David Maurer on May 30th, 2017

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Is Your Business Benefiting From The Cloud?   no comments

Posted at Mar 7, 2017 @ 10:48am cloud,Small Business,Web hosting

Cloud Benefits

Running a business of any size today requires that you make use of today’s most innovative and affordable technology. Whether it’s to improve performance or Disaster Recovery planning, utilizing cloud-based servers and backup solutions is essential. When you want to expand your brand without putting a lot of money into a restrictive and outdated IT infrastructure, you can stay at the top of your competitive game by moving your company to the cloud today.

 

As the cloud goes mainstream, businesses everywhere are capitalizing on the new technology—both internally and as a potential area for expansion. The faster you move your business to the cloud, the faster you will be able to incorporate new technological advances into your business model. The longer you wait, the more difficult getting a handle on the new services will become. Start now, start small, and soon enough your business will be launching ahead of your competition. It is not every day that an opportunity presents itself to take a giant business leap forward without any risk to the business’ foundation or to day-to-day operations. You can get cloud services up and running while everything else stays in place then, when you are ready to switch over, do it seamlessly and without any glitches.

 

IT infrastructure is extremely costly, from a monetary and environmental perspective. Housing, cooling and powering your business servers requires a large amount of energy. From an individual business’ perspective, this matters, but it also matters on a macro level. Provisioning a virtual cloud server for each of your clients is far more efficient than providing a dedicated server for each one. As more and more businesses move to the cloud, we will reduce carbon emissions exponentially. That alone is a good enough reason to switch.

 

Time is money when it comes to serving your customers. When your IT infrastructure goes down, you are unable to help your clients and thus end up losing money that your business needs to survive and grow. You could even lose sales and profits to your competitors. Because it is not prone to costly, time-consuming outages, the cloud proves to be the better, more affordable option for your business. You avoid losing time and money and your business can grow and profit at a pace that is not available with outdated technology. The latest studies show that more companies of all sizes are deciding to switch to cloud and away from outdated, costly, and time-consuming technology. By 2020, close to 80 percent of all businesses worldwide will have made use of cloud technology.

 

By moving your business to the cloud, you stay on top of your competition and make available technology that will let you serve your customers better and increase your profits to even higher levels. For years, many businesses have been utilizing cloud services to run things behind the scenes. There is no foreseeable end to the cloud—it is growing every day as more people realize how powerful, cost effective and useful it really is—and for many small and medium-sized businesses, the sooner they implement cloud services, the better for their bottom line.

 

If you are serious about your business, you plan to grow – and picking TurnKey Internet as your Cloud partner provides you future growth ready flexibility. TurnKey Internet offers a wide range of cost effective cloud service options and platforms to get your business online. From value-priced Web Hosting Plans, Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated Servers, Managed Servers to Secure Colocation Services, TurnKey Internet can meet your cloud-based needs from 1 small virtual server up to hundreds of dedicated servers. The foundation and core of TurnKey Internet is structured for lighting speed and rapid growth through our company-owned network and datacenter.

 

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Written by David Maurer on March 7th, 2017

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Price Matching In the Cloud – The Art of War Without a Fight   no comments

Posted at Oct 18, 2016 @ 11:45am cloud

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Negotiation is both an art and a form of war.  On nearly a daily basis I find myself discussing with a potential new client reviewing our Cloud Server offerings that makes a general statement that the price is too high and could we match another offer they found on the Internet.

Often these requests are inclusive of a generic statement that they saw a lower priced offer on social media web site or forum from a competitor that may or may not be named, and may or may not even have a specific online offer, but our potential new client insists we should match the deal to earn their loyalty.

 

It’s not unheard of for someone to try and negotiate a deal, and sometimes people may bend the facts of a competing offer to see how far they can push  a discount or deal – after all we are living in a Black Friday ‘discount’ society now – year round bargains, and a good deal is front and center in just about any discussion between a customer and a business.  Deals are not just about TV’s and electronics any more – Cloud Services, IT Services, Internet Access – its more and more common to ask for a deal these days on everything,.

 

Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ suggests “Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” – and closing a sale when a potential client looks to you to match their perception of a good deal can be a real battle.  When I see these types of requests I seize the opportunity to showcase what I’m bringing to the table, and that few if any other competitor can come close to the total value being proposed. When I hear a potential client asking if I can “match their price”, I focus on asking the potential client if their other offer can “match what our service provides”.

My response usually looks like this.

Thank you for considering TurnKey Internet’s Cloud Servers – and I appreciate the opportunity to help showcase why we are the best fit for your IT project needs. You asked if we could ‘match’ this other offer you referenced, and I wanted to first clarify to help ensure we are comparing apples to apples (or at least apples to another fruit!)

Does this other competitor offer and provide :

  • A money back guarantee, in writing – do they stand behind what they sell with a written policy?
  • A 100% Service Level Agreement (Uptime, Network, Security, and more) in writing to guarantee your business?
  • Do they Answer the phone – Pick up the phone right now, dial the phone number, does a real person talk to you within 60 seconds?
  • Do they use latest Cloud Technology (watch out for vendors offering cut-throat deals using insecure, or outdated technology like OpenVZ based Clouds).
  • Do they have 3rd party verified reviews about their product / offer or company – including BBB report cards, and public audit / certifications.
  • Do they own, operate, and maintain their own Datacenter, servers, stoarge systems, staff, and infrastructure – or are they just a wholesaler or middleman between you and the people who do the work?
  • Does their offer include Backups at no additional charge?
  • Do they offer free Cloud-Migration assistance ?

While I am not personally familiar with the competitor / offer you mentioned – can they match what TurnKey Internet is offering you in this proposal?  Can they match what we offer – and will they agree to match the quality, service and price that we are offering?  

I understand that you always want the highest confidence in the online partners you choose, and I assure you TurnKey Internet is committed to your online success in every way possible.  I assure you that once you add in the entire scope of our proposal you will see that the our price is not only the best, but the total proposal is the best fit for your long term Cloud Services needs.

 

While some potential sales negotiations can’t be swayed to avoid the ‘price match’ war, the ones who see the value are the clients that will be there for the long term when you deliver what you promise.  The key is to showcase what you bring to the table – that sets you apart from the competition.  For those who remain price fixated who may choose a different path they may still find their way back to you eventually thanks to leaving them with the positive aspects in mind.

 

 

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Moving your Business to the Cloud – Why it Makes Sense   no comments

Posted at Aug 23, 2016 @ 8:16am cloud

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Today’s fast-paced and competitive business market demands that you keep up with the latest technology if you want to outperform your rivals. One of the greatest challenges with running a business today centers on storing your business’s information securely and efficiently. Rather than get bogged down with costly, time-consuming, and outdated IT infrastructures, you can increase your profits, expand your brand, keep your information secure, and outpace your business competitors by moving your small business to the cloud today.

 

Serving Your Customers Better

Time is money when it comes to serving your customers. When your IT infrastructure goes down, you are unable to help your clients and thus end up losing money that your business needs to survive and grow. You could even lose sales and profits to your competitors.

Because it is not prone to costly, time-consuming outages, the cloud proves to be the better, more affordable option for your business. You avoid losing time and money and your business can grow and profit at a pace that is not available with outdated database technology.

 

Growing Your Corporate Brand

Onsite or in-office data centers only allow your business to grow and expand so far in the market. When you want your company to go beyond your current limitations, you can go just about anywhere when you move your business to the cloud.

With its mobility, easy access, and user-friendly design, the cloud does not limit you to a physical location or within a specific boundary in the local market. You can access your company’s information from any location as well as send out projects to your employees regardless of where they are when you move your company’s operations to the cloud. This mobility puts you on target to reaching more customers and getting your business’s brand before an even larger audience.

 

Staying Up with the Latest Trend

You are not alone in your decision to move your business to the cloud. In fact, you will find yourself in great company as more business owners likewise decide to take advantage of this technology.

The latest studies show that more companies of all sizes are deciding to switch to cloud technology and away from outdated, costly, and time-consuming IT databases. By 2020, close to 80 percent of all businesses worldwide will have made use of cloud technology. Why be one of the last ones to take advantage of the newest and most innovative technology when you can make the switch today to the cloud? By moving your business to the cloud, you stay on top of your competition and make available technology that will let you serve your customers better and increase your profits to even higher levels.

Running a business of any size today requires that you make use of today’s most innovative and affordable technology. Whether it’s to improve performance or Disaster Recovery planning, utilizing cloud-based servers and backup solutions is essential. When you want to expand your brand without putting a lot of money into a restrictive and outdated IT infrastructure, you can stay at the top of your competitive game by moving your company to the cloud today.

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Written by David Maurer on August 23rd, 2016

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Cloud Backup Business Continuity : Prevention That Sizzles   no comments

Posted at 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.

 

 

 

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Written by Adam on February 2nd, 2016

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

Posted at 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.

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

Posted at 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.

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Written by admin on October 6th, 2015

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HostPC Managed Cloud Servers with choice of cPanel, DirectAdmin or Windows Server 2012   no comments

Posted at Mar 30, 2015 @ 1:00am cloud

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TurnKey Internet, Inc Announces HostPC Fully Managed Cloud and VPS Services

LATHAM, NEW YORK (March 30th, 2015) – Sustainable IT solutions provider TurnKey Internet, Inc. announced today the launch of their premium Fully Managed Cloud and VPS (Virtual Private Server) Service offering under the HostPC brand.

The HostPC cloud and VPS service offers a simple one-price bundle that  includes premium enterprise management including firewall setup, customized 24×7 server and application monitoring, Off-site Server Backups, 24/7/365 Technical Support, Free Migration assistance to the Cloud, and a 100% Uptime SLA guarantee!  Also Included are all the needed software and 3rd party licenses to run your server including cPanel, DirectAdmin, and Windows Server 2012.

HostPC Cloud and VPS servers offer enhanced performance over typical public clouds and traditional virtual server (VPS) platforms by use of cutting-edge new Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 Deca-Core (10 CPU Core) 2.3 Ghz Processors – offering 40+ total CPU Cores of processing power combined with ultra-fast Samsung SSD solid state drives attached via Raid-10 redundant connections provide over 600,000 DISK IOPS (input/output operations per second).   All HostPC Servers come with Un-Metered Gigabit Bandwidth (1000 up x 1000 down) which provides up to 1000x faster speeds than the traditional broadband connections used by small business offices.

“Combining the 15+ Year history of the HostPC team’s Full Management and expertise on top of our high performance enterprise grade cloud infrastructure creates a compelling option for businesses who are looking to not only cloud-source but out-source their web site, office server or custom applications.” said Adam Wills, CEO of TurnKey Internet.  He continued, “The 24×7 Access to the know-how and expertise the HostPC team brings to the table removes the traditional hurdle and worry that small businesses have when considering if it’s time to move their IT infrastructure to the cloud”.

HostPC has launched an all-new web site and product offering with this announcement which includes a 25% off for life discount, for more information visit https://HostPC.com

 

About HostPC

HostPC Internet Services has provided fully managed hosted solutions for over 15 years and is a fully owned and operated subsidiary of TurnKey Interenet, Inc.

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 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.

 

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Written by admin on March 30th, 2015