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Colocation : Leveraging the Benefits of The Cloud   no comments

Posted at May 22, 2018 @ 10:00am colocation

TurnKey Colocation

Have you ever heard of colocation? Did you know it is a GREAT way to grow your business?. You get the benefits of the Cloud, along with the performance and security of having your own servers and infrastructure.  To sum up colocation for you, it’s when you utilize a data center to house your servers. This could be one server all the way up to a full rack of servers. Here at TurnKey Internet, we have several clients who lease several racks from us that house their entire IT department and infrastructure.

Now that you know what colocation is, lets take a look at some of the key benefits that it can provide to your business:

 

A predictable expenditure model

When you have a small to medium size business, chances are you can’t afford to spend large quantities of money on your IT infrastructure. This could be everything from hiring a full-time IT engineer, to setting up your own network infrastructure. The prices you would pay could exceed what you have budgeted for your business. For example, one of the most expensive items with owning a data center or housing your IT department will be the power. The power that each server uses. The power to keep the servers running 24×7. The power needed to run a generator or battery backup in case your office encounters a power failure. Power is just one example to use, but I used power to show that you may not know the amount per month you will be spending on just power alone. Factor in setting up redundant network, bandwidth pricing or the amount you have to pay your IT engineer to keep it running and your business could be looking at well over six figures.

This is where a major benefit of colocation stems from. You can sign up for a colocation contract at TurnKey Internet and receive one flat rate for all of those items. Your bill per month would be predictable as you would know each month how much you’re going to be paying to run your IT department. Colocation takes a lot of the variability out of the equation

 

Better access to space and power

Does your office or business currently have enough space within it to run your IT department? Keep in mind that you will need ample space for the servers themselves. You will also need room to bring power into your business to run the servers. Don’t forgot about cooling, batteries and a plethora of other options you will need to run your IT department. Do you currently have enough space in your business for those services? If not, colocation could be a great option, as all you would need to do is send your servers to the data center. They will take care of spacing and power needs. You wouldn’t have to worry about your office overheating from 20 servers running and not enough room to disperse the heat. You could also include this under cooling.

 

Network connectivity

One of the biggest costs in running your IT department in house are the costs associated with keeping your network at 100%. This may seem like common sense since you’re running a business on the internet, but are you aware of how often your network can lose connectivity? This can be caused from a faulty network cable all the way to a full scale DDoS attack. When an attack or faulty cable goes down, you entire business can become crippled. How will you send email? Is your site still online? Can you communicate with your customers? Most people only worry about these type of things when they can no longer use them, however, as a business owner, you do not have that luxury. You have to stay on top of your network to ensure that you’re able to connect with your customers and vice versa. While yes, you could do this yourself, but what if you’re not a fully qualified network engineer? Will you know all of the items you will need to keep your network secure and stable? This is where colocation comes into play. Since you’re paying a fee to colocate your server, network connectivity is taken care of for you. Highly qualified network engineers will constantly monitor your network for any connectivity issues and remedy them should the need arise providing you with peace of mind

Listed above are just 3 GREAT reasons that colocation may be an option for your business. It will help streamline your business and provide you with piece of mind that your IT department is being handled by professionals. You can see our current colocation offers at: turnkeyinternet.net/colocation

While this is by no means an all inclusive list of the benefits of colocation, it should at least provide you with a starting point to determine if colocation is right for your business.

 

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Written by David Maurer on May 22nd, 2018

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Why Green Data Centers Should Be Given More Consideration   2 comments

Posted at Aug 21, 2012 @ 9:47am green

Green Business Initiatives!

Business success is 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.

One of the common denominators  I have seen 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.

As someone knowledgeable with both computing and how we can all do our part to protect the environment, I question the sincerity of many business managers 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. I am not saying they should eliminate their computers and just use recycled paper to run their business. I am suggesting 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.

The latest studies have revealed that the average PC which is 3-5 years old uses approximately 176 Kilowatt hours of electricity at a cost of about $.17 per kilowatt hour or $30 a month. A server for the average office would generate about double the cost and electrical usage of the PC. To succeed business managers need to keep both costs in line as well as do what seems to be politically and environmentally correct. What many are considering  is moving some or all of their computing infrastructure to an energy conscious green data center. Cloud Computing as it is referred to 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 your company utilizes you could easily determine your savings along with the numerous other benefits of moving to cloud computing.

At Turnkey Internet’s company owned data center we feel 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. You can learn more about just how we managed this by viewing a short video about our data center. Additionally the electricity we use to power all of our systems comes from 100% renewable resources. We utilize our own rooftop solar system along with hydro-electric power fed directly from Niagara Falls.

So if you are considering moving to cloud computing for your business, 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 also be making an environmentally correct choice.

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Written by Tim Kirsch on August 21st, 2012

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