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De-risk the move to colocation and make it better ..

Over the years Small and Medium sized businesses have become increasingly reliant on their IT hardware and systems to deliver mission critical applications for their organizations and customers.  So much so, that many of these SMBs are considering or have already moved their critical applications to cloud infrastructure.  The benefits of which we’ve discussed in previous posts, ( check them out here ..)  but what steps can be taken to de-risk the move to colocation?

But what if you are not ready or, just can’t let go of your hardware, but need added security and protection for your mission critical systems?  Then you should consider co-location – often referred to as a “Data Center” – a colocation (co-lo) facility is a purpose built building that offers multi-tenancy rental space for organizations to install and operate their physical servers.  Co-lo’s offer significantly superior IT facilities to those typically found in an SMB office – that’s code for better then the server closet located next to the water cooler!

There are a number of considerations to look at when choosing a Data Center and these will vary depending on your specific needs.  In general, some of the key considerations include:

1)     Security (physical & access policies)

2)     Services (power, network, cooling, fire suppression etc…)

3)     Redundancy & Fault Tolerance – (power, resource duplication, network duplication, power grids etc…)

4)     Network throughput and cost

The higher the specification for each of these the more expensive the space becomes.

So if you’re considering or have made the move to a co-lo it is a great first step that is likely driven by your organization’s need for higher reliability and to de-risk your business in the event of an office facility failure, physical security breach or, even worse, a significant disaster such as fire or flood.

But – what about the second step?  How to improve reliability and de-risk the move to colocation?

You have made the effort to move to a secure and fault tolerant facility but many of the same IT conditions and risks remain.  Have you considered the risk of your server hardware failing?  Whether it is at your office or in a co-lo – hardware still fails!  What about data backup, recovery and restore or business continuity?  Then you should consider the cloud – although your servers may be installed in a co-lo this doesn’t prevent you from implementing cloud based services to address these issues.  In fact, careful planning could lead to co-location and cloud services being located in the same facility providing and added benefit of saving on network traffic (or transit) because the data is in fact running on the internal network rather that over the internet.

Back up & restore services – a hosted, cloud based, backup allows businesses to protect their critical application data in the cloud and manage long-term retention needs.  It can be as simple as installing a software agent on your physical server that encrypts all data before transferring it from your co-located servers to an array of redundant cloud based disk storage.  This “set and forget” approach eliminates the ongoing burden of backup and restore management and de-risks the organization by implementing a backup solution based on enterprise best practices.

Business Continuity – takes backup to the next level and enables small and medium sized businesses to implement a cloud based business continuity plan that provides instant recovery of the physical servers and data located in the co-lo and migrates them to a virtual server provisioned on the cloud in the event of failure. This gives near continuous access to data volumes on physical servers.  You can recover an entire volume with near-zero RTO of minutes.  Backup and replication technology records concurrent snapshots of single or multiple servers, providing near instantaneous data and system protection and recovery.  You can resume the use of the server directly from the backup file without waiting for a full restore to production storage helping to reduce recovery windows to meet stringent RTO and RPO requirements.

The sales pitch – HostedBizz offers a variety of cloud based backup and restore solutions including basic backup to bare metal restore to cloud servers. All of which are located in a Canadian Tier 3 Data Center. For more information on co-location facilities as our cloud back up line please contact us at 1-855-GO-HOSTED (464-6783) or info@hostedbizz.com

About HostedBizz:

HostedBizz is a Canadian company based in Ottawa specializing in Cloud based Hosted IT services for business. The company provides a suite of cloud based managed IT products consisting of Virtual Private Servers, Backup and Disaster Recovery & Virtual Desktops built on an enterprise grade cloud infrastructure.

 

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