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Data Centers vs. In-Office Server Rooms   no comments

Posted at Jul 2, 2019 @ 9:00am colocation,data center,datacenter

Datacenters vs. Server Room

Businesses of all sizes need to be online in order to stay competitive and grow. Initially, most businesses relied on building their own online IT infrastructure, by converting a spare room or space in their office or even their home, into a “Server Room.” 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 these Server Rooms.

Today, businesses need their operations to run with super speeds, be secure, maintained, monitored, and most of all be redundant. To achieve this, businesses are moving away from on-site or in-office server rooms and instead are utilizing Data centers.

Here are some of the key advantages 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 suppression, etc. Data centers also have network cameras, accessible to their staff and security team in a needed event. The racks or cages the servers are housed in are all individually locked and are only opened for pre-authorized individuals or by the data center staff, if needed.

 

Bandwidth

What good is your server if you have a fixed bandwidth rate? Most in-office Server Rooms are capped off and limited by their ISP as they are using a residential internet service. Datacenters do not use any type of residential internet service and are able to set their own bandwidth limits.

 

Backup Power

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 IT equipment have risen. At a data center all those costs are tied into your package and at a much, much lower cost.

 

Controlled Environment

Data centers 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 data center.

 

Some modern data centers, like TurnKey Internet’s Green Data Center , offer one additional benefit on top of everything above. Your IT equipment and servers consume less energy in terms of cooling and power draw in a modern green-focused data center – and in TurnKey Internet’s data center 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 green data center is the choice of clients in over 100 countries who turn to TurnKey as both an economical and ecological answer to their IT needs, & TurnKey’s environmentally-conscious approach assures low-impact, low-energy answers to them. Click Here for more information about TurnKey Internet’s Green Data Center.

 

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Written by David Maurer on July 2nd, 2019

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Does Your Data Center Staff Take Fire Safety Training? – National Fire Prevention Week   no comments

Posted at Oct 8, 2018 @ 11:32am data center

Data Center Fire Prevention and Safety Training

At TurnKey Internet, we take fire prevention, protection, and safety very seriously. In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, our entire team, from front desk, to back office, to engineering and data center staff, all recently participated in our latest Fire Safety training, presented by Albany Fire Extinguisher.

Data Center Fire Prevention and Safety Training

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country.

On top of the fire safety training, TurnKey Internet’s Data Center utilizes state of the art fire detection and suppression systems including a fully integrated and automated FM-200 Fire Protection and Safety system. Our alarm system is fully monitored 24x7x365 by our own in-house staff and is directly tied to the local fire department. FM-200 (Heptafluoropropane) is a safe, clean fire-protection agent that wont harm people, the environment or cause collateral damage to technical equipment.

 

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Written by David Maurer on October 8th, 2018

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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.

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, 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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