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Data Centers: Better Protection For Your Company’s Data   no comments

Posted at Aug 21, 2018 @ 10:06am data center

Data Center Security

The question of where to store data and sensitive information continues to concern many businesses. If you are like most companies, you worry about the security of your data. You may be thinking that you need to keep the data as close to you as possible, storing it at your own office server room where you can “keep an eye on everything.” How could you possible know what is happening with your data at servers far away from your office space?

The fact of the matter is, however, that your data is much more secure at a data center than on your in-house servers. A data center is able to offer you many more security features and guarantees for your data than you have in your own space. A quick look at the many benefits of cloud storage may help convince you.

  1. Data security – One of the main priorities of a data center is security. With some high-profile companies becoming the victims of data breaches in the last couple of years, data centers have upped their investments in access control, identity management, intrusion prevention and protection. These improvements have resulted in increased security protocols and more protection for communication between users and servers.
  2. DDoS protection – Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are designed to overwhelm servers, flooding them with requests until the security breaks down and actual user needs are ignored. Such an attack can derail a business quickly, losing revenue, customer trust and authority. Data centers are now providing services that monitor and protect against DDoS attacks.
  3. Reduced in-house data costs – Migrating all of your IT infrastructure to a data center will allow you to reduce the size and cost of your on-site location. For example, you will be able to remove servers, lower your software costs and potentially reduce IT staff without compromising the integrity or security of your data. Most data center solutions are paid on an as-needed basis, so you will only pay for the amount of server and infrastructure capacity that your business needs, and you can change that amount at any time.
  4. Constant availability – Data centers are exceptionally reliable. The connection is on 99.99 percent of the time, only going down for maintenance, and you will have access to your applications and data at all times and from practically anywhere.
  5. Improved mobility and collaboration – Cloud storage is available to those who need it no matter where they are located. With today’s internet connections via tablets and smartphones, you will be able to access your data and your applications no matter what you are doing. You can also share your information and conduct collaborations via shared storage capabilities offered by data center providers

 

Once you have decided that moving your IT infrastructure to a data center is the right decision for your business, you will need to find the right provider. You are placing all of your important data in the hands of this provider, so you must make sure that you choose the right one. Technology is constantly changing and improving, and you need to be able to trust that the data center you choose will keep up with the evolution of security needs. 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 servers meet or exceed industry standards for data security. When you are searching for a data center, ask potential candidates about their compliance to SSAE-16/18 SOC 1 and SOC 2. This set of standards measures the amount of control that a service organization 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 on cloud services. A HITRUST CSF audit will demonstrate holes in the security of such specific and sensitive data.

If your data center choice is compliant with both of these standards, you can rest assured that your sensitive data will be monitored and its integrity will be maintained.

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private, SSAE 18 SOC 1 & SOC 2 certified, HIPAA compliant with HITRUST CSF certification, data center located in Albany, NY. 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. For more information about TurnKey Internet’s Green Data Center, visit: https://www.turnkeyinternet.net/datacenters/new-york/albany/

 

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Written by David Maurer on August 21st, 2018

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How a Green Data Center Can Help Your Business   no comments

Posted at Jul 10, 2018 @ 10:37am data center

Green Data Center Servers

Businesses are relying increasingly more on proper computing software and hardware. Regardless of the type of business, computing plays a role of some sort. Small contracting service type businesses use computing for accounting and to market to their clients, while a larger business with hundreds of staff members manage computer networks to carry out all of the various processes of their respective business.

 

Promoting Green Initiatives

One of the common denominators in many of today’s businesses is the promotion of green initiatives and making environmentally correct changes in their business as an image builder to their clients. These green practices range from energy efficient lighting to utilizing biodegradable cleaning products. Most of these businesses make sure it is well known and promoted that they are doing their part in protecting our environment. It has become almost a necessity for many industries that they promote green initiatives to be accepted by their customer base.

Some may question the sincerity of many companies that on one hand self-promote when they make a decision to switch to something like recycled paper while their computing infrastructure is having an increasingly negative effect on the environment. No one is saying they should eliminate their computers and just use recycled paper to run their business. However, they should become educated on the effects outdated computing has on our environment and make the appropriate decisions to upgrade their computing infrastructure to one that is more technologically advanced and more energy efficient.

 

Benefits & Savings

The latest studies have revealed that the average PC which is 3-5 years old uses approximately 150 Kilowatt hours of electricity at a cost of about $.12 per kilowatt hour or $18 a month. A server for the average office would generate about double the cost and electrical usage of the PC. To succeed, businesses need to keep both costs in line as well as do what seems to be politically and environmentally correct. What many are considering is migrating to the Cloud, by moving some or all of their computing infrastructure to an energy conscious green data center. Cloud Computing is growing in record numbers for several reasons such as cost savings, security, accessibility as well as being the right thing to do environmentally. So depending on the amount of computers or servers your company utilizes, you could easily determine your savings along with the numerous other benefits of moving to the cloud.

 

TurnKey’s Green Data Center

At TurnKey Internet’s company owned data center we have done as much as we could have regarding green initiatives. We utilized the latest technology that would allow the systems we put in place to be the most energy efficient available. Additionally the electricity we use to power all of our systems comes from 100% renewable resources. We utilize our own rooftop solar power plant along with hydro-electric power fed directly from Niagara Falls. Our data center was designated by the EPA as a certified ENERGY STAR® Data Center, and as a Green-Certified Business by the Green America Organization. We are also a certified Green Business Bureau member.

So if you are considering moving your business to the cloud, I would hope you consider TurnKey Internet not only for the technology, service and security we could provide for your company’s computing needs, but also because you would be making an environmentally correct choice.

 

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Written by David Maurer on July 10th, 2018

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What Makes a Green Data Center Green?   no comments

Posted at May 1, 2018 @ 9:00am data center

Green Data Center and Cloud

It shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that we humans haven’t been too kind to Mother Nature lately.  In fact, it seems that every time you open the newspaper or turn on your TV, there is a new fact or statistic telling us all how we are destroying our planet. And it’s not just you and me. It’s the sum of our everyday, first world amenities that may be slowly taking a toll on the rest of the plant. The airline and automobile industries, the pharmaceutical industry and businesses involved with fertilizers are just a few things we take for granted that could possibly be hurting us more than helping.

But while over 7 billion people roam the Earth, many of us, are slowly becoming more conscious on the effect we are having on our planet. Here at TurnKey Internet, we realize the effects data centers can have on the environment as well. Ever since we established our company, we’ve been taking large strides to make our data center as green as possible.

But how can you make a data center green? And what does it take? Well, let us tell you!

We’ll start from the outside.

If you drive up to our data center, you may not notice one of our coolest and biggest features that make us so green.  We have an advanced on-site solar array that provides clean, pollution-free power that covers our entire roof!

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As we head inside, you probably wouldn’t notice something else that would be right in front of your face. The lights! You know those little energy saving lights you buy for your home? Well imagine if you could bring them to work with you, replace those awful florescent lights, and save money while using a lot less energy.

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Next, we head into the data center. If you have been in a data center before, then you might notice something drastically different about ours. Well we call them “pods” or to be more specific, state-of-the-art Smart Aisle Cold Containment Pods. These awesome things use a fraction of the amount of energy typically used in a data center by using in-row precision spot cooling. This spot cooling works with in-rack temperature sensors that regulates the climate and keeps the servers at an optimal temperature.

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Finally, another great feature at our data center is that we receive hydroelectric power for New York’s Niagara Falls, thanks to Governor Cuomo’s ReCharge New York program.

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That’s right. Those beautiful falls are helping us become one of the most energy-efficient data centers around. Because here at TurnKey we mean business… and we mean green! 

To learn more about TurnKey Internet’s Green Data Center, visit www.turnkeyinternet.net/green

 

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Written by David Maurer on May 1st, 2018

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