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Colocation or ‘Colo’ is a solution offered by major data centers that provides businesses and organizations a place to host their servers and other IT hardware in a secure, high-tech facility. Whether it’s a small business that doesn’t want to hire an entire tech department, a large company that wants the stability and security of a data center, or somewhere in between, Colocation offers benefits to all types of businesses.
Security & Protection
Most data centers that offer colocation have high levels of physical security. Features such as security cameras, 24×7 on-site staff, individual cages or cabinets have locks, as well as biometric scanning at all access points and more! If the proper security is in place, a data center may also be SSAE-16 certified. This allows businesses to colocate their equipment and benefit from the SSAE-16 compliance already in place to avoid costly and time-consuming auditing of your company’s office or facility.
With Colocation, businesses own their equipment. Since they own the equipment, only their staff has access to it and the data it holds. Unlike typical web hosting solutions, where data may me stored on a shared server, they will be the only ones with access to their data.
Most businesses run 24×7. Even after ‘store hours’ a business needs to be online and connected, especially if they operate an online store or website. Being down for minutes or an hour can spell disaster. Imagine an organization’s IT infrastructure down for a day or a week while the power’s down due to a storm. This disrupts potential clients from accessing their servers! In a colocation facility like TurnKey Internet’s datacenter, your company’s IT infrastructure is housed in our redundant, high-speed Internet-connected facility, with continuous power provided by industrial UPS battery systems and on-site diesel generators for emergency backups.
Room To Grow
In a typical office IT environment, if a company quickly needs to increase bandwidth or add physical space to the office, they could wait weeks or even months. When their infrastructure is located in a colocation facility, they can provide huge amounts of additional bandwidth within minutes or hours. A typical data center can have a bandwidth capacity 10,000 times that of a typical office cable Internet connection.
Businesses that build their own on-site IT infrastructure can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, to have the same bandwidth capabilities and enterprise grade power and cooling systems featured at a colocation facility. Fiber optic lines, connecting to major internet hubs across the world are not purchased for pennies either! Add in redundancy to their office, and businesses are paying tens of thousands of dollars a year. On the other hand, if they instead chose to utilize a colocation facility, it might have cost them less than $100 a month.
Colocation is the ideal solution for companies, service providers, small businesses and IT resellers who want a stable environment in which to completely control their assets. It provides complete control of your hardware, software and networking to match your needs without worrying about the supporting infrastructure. By colocating with TurnKey Internet, you are able to focus on your business and not on office networking, power or server issues that plague localized installations and office infrastructure. We provide redundant networking, power and cooling to ensure your services remain online and accessible at all time.
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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 datacenters 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 cloud provider than on your in-house servers. A cloud service 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 cloud provider keeping your data. A quick look at the many benefits of cloud storage may help convince you.
The Benefits of Cloud Storage
Choosing to move your information and data to cloud storage is no easy decision. However, the number of benefits that cloud providers offer to you and your business can make this change well worth it. Consider the many benefits, including:
- Data security – Possibly the most important aspect of cloud storage, data security is the main priority of cloud services. With some high-profile companies becoming the victims of data breaches in the last couple of years, 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.
- DDoS protection – Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are designed to overwhelm cloud 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. Cloud providers are now providing services that monitor and protect against DDoS attacks.
- Regulatory compliance – Cloud providers 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.
- Reduced in-house data costs – Migrating all of your data to a cloud server 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.
- Constant availability – Cloud providers 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.
- 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 cloud providers.
Choosing the Right Cloud Provider
Once you have decided that storing your information on the cloud 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.
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 onboarding 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 cloud service 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 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 servers 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 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 cloud provider 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 at your datacenter.
Choosing to put your business information in a cloud service 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 your datacenter will keep your important information safe and secure.
TurnKey Internet owns and operates its own private datacenter located in New York’s Tech Valley region. Our SSAE-16 Certified datacenter 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 re-inforced 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 datacenter, 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.Share : Follow Us :
Neighbors called in after tweets (audible, non-Twitter) were heard at the Latham data center. Luckily, TurnKey Internet’s facility contains a state-of-the-art security system that safeguards their SSAE-16 Type 2 certified building.
“The bird just swooped in, tried to knock over all the security cameras so he could sneak inside! Then realized how secure the buildin’ was,” local resident Emily Wegener said of the incident. “He flew away and disappeared in some bush-tower-tree-thing and I never done seen that creature again!”
The bird stands about three inches in height, is red in color and has a white belly. The culprit was last seen fleeing the scene to a nearby maple tree. If you have seen this bird, have any additional information, or have any suggestions for when birds attack, please contact your local authorities or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share : Follow Us :