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Data Centers: Keeping Your Data Safe in the Cloud   no comments

Feb 13, 2018 @ 10:09am cloud

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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 on-site server room where you can “keep an eye on everything.” How could you possible know what is happening with your data at a data center 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. However, you have to feel comfortable with your data center keeping your data. A quick look at the many benefits of cloud storage may help convince you.

 

Benefits of The Cloud

Choosing to migrate your data and IT infrastructure into a data center or cloud provider is no easy decision. However, the number of benefits that data centers offer to you and your business can make this change well worth it. Consider the many benefits, including:

  1. Data security – Possibly the most important aspect of cloud storage, data security is the main priority of data centers. With some high-profile companies becoming the victims of data breaches in the last couple of years, data centers and cloud providers have upped their investments in access control, identity management, intrusion prevention and virus and malware 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. Regulatory compliance – Data centers are required to follow the industry and governmental regulations that oversee their sectors. This includes guarantees and restitutions for your data in the event of a breach.
  4. Reduced in-house data costs – Migrating all of your data and infrastructure into 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 cloud storage is 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Improved mobility and collaboration – The Cloud 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 cloud providers.

 

Choosing the Right Data Center

Once you have decided that storing your information in the cloud is the right decision for your business, you will need to find the right data center provider. You are placing all of your important data in the hands of this provider, so you must make sure that you choose the right one.

The best way to find the right data center is to begin by talking to some of the provider’s current clients. These are the people who have already made the decision to trust the provider, and they will have the best insight into how the 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?
  • Did the service provide education and training about the new technology for your staff?
  • What is the technical support like when you encounter problems with the service?
  • Have you personally experienced any serious security concerns or incidents?
  • How have your security concerns been handled by the provider?

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

 

Your Security and Peace of Mind

Technology is constantly changing and improving, and you need to be able to trust that your data center 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 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/SOC1. 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 HIPAA 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.

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

TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private data center located in New York’s Tech Valley region. Our SSAE-16 Certified data center was a former U.S. Government building that was purchased by TurnKey in 2010. It is made to U.S. Federal Government standards, with 1-foot thick concrete along the perimeter, plus additional reinforced walls and security enhancements. We have installed advanced security systems, and infrared based surveillance monitoring cameras. Employees all undergo background screening, and clients are not permitted within the facility except with photo ID and escorted by trained security personnel at all times. 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. For more information, visit www.TurnKeyInternet.net

 

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Written by David Maurer on February 13th, 2018

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