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From the early days of cloud adoption not too long ago, to today’s mainstream acceptance of cloud technology, companies have flocked to the public cloud for its perceived cost savings. While it is true that a single user virtual machine (VM) in the public cloud is less expensive than a dedicated server, as a business grows past R&D and technology needs change, the cost can easily exceed that of a private or hybrid cloud solution. Unexpected cost increases are causing some companies to run limited services in the public cloud and transition more costly applications and other IT assets to...

As more and more companies turn to a third-party data center as their IT partner of choice, it is important to evaluate the redundancy measures these data centers have in place to ensure that you are able to conduct business when, where and how you want. Data center redundancy defined. Data center redundancy refers to: the way in which the data center infrastructure and the network are designed. the duplicate components which are available and ready to be engaged when needed. The intent is to safeguard the data center and its clients from any network or facility outages. If a...

The ability of the United States government to defend our country is grounded in its capacity to transform quickly and utilize innovative technologies while at the same time maintaining unwavering security. To achieve this, the U.S. Department of Defense looks to its community of defense contractors to employ cutting-edge IT solutions. The firms leading the charge are transitioning from their own data center infrastructures and use of the public cloud to a more customizable private cloud alternative managed by an independent data center. The private cloud provides a compelling value proposition for companies in the business of providing for our...

It is important to remember that when we drag a computer file to the trash, it is not really deleted. The data still exists on the hard drive. It is only the index file that is removed which includes the file’s location on the hard drive. When a file is “deleted,” the index entry for that file is eliminated so your computer can no longer find it. The problem is that the actual file itself still exists. It has not been destroyed.

The growth of cloud computing and its acceptance by companies of all sizes has caused a shift in how businesses use and save their electronic files. These companies are turning over human resource files, personal health information, financial records, payroll documents, and other confidential data to third-party data centers who they entrust with storing, monitoring, and maintaining this data. Any breach of security can have critical implications for both the company who owns the data and the data center...

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