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Security is an ever-present challenge. Whether you’re talking about the physical security of an office building or network security, it’s a constant threat to your company’s well-being. So, you may think that comparing security measures in an in-house server room to a third-party data center is simply a matter of semantics. Let’s take a look. Your Server Room or an In-House Data Center? Consider that the building you’re in right now was most likely designed as an office building where people go to work every day. It was probably not designed with the intent to hold millions of electronic files...

When we send an Excel spreadsheet to a colleague in another city or a large graphics file to a customer in another country, we rarely, if ever, think about how it’s going to get there. What route will it take? How long will it take? Will it even arrive? Because no one network is large enough to connect every business around the globe, the movement of data across the Internet requires the connection of multiple networks to get your data from your location to its destination. The two, primary means of interconnection are peering and transit. In this post we’ll...

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...

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