You may have seen the term “Colocation” and wondered what it meant. Simply put, colocation is the renting of space in a provider’s data center. Usually, this space is used to house important electronic equipment and hardware. There are many reasons companies do this, from simply saving space to fulfilling one part of a complex disaster recovery plan.
Possibly the most important thing data centers offer is reliable constant operation. Data centers by design offer 24x7x365 uptime. Specialized cooling systems and redundant power options ensure that all equipment within the data center remains functional and at optimal temperature for efficient and long-lasting operation.
Data centers can also often offer speeds unattainable at a customer’s location. Their proximity to the ISP as well as peering partners allows for the highest speeds available.
A solid disaster recovery plan demands that you store some important equipment offsite, but what if you occasionally need to access or update that equipment? Keeping it somewhere that’s far from your location, but not TOO far, can make such access quick and easy. A data center’s redundant power, in addition to exceptional fire suppression and alarms, ensures that even in a local disaster situation it would remain much safer than most business sites.
In addition to alleviating proximity concerns, data centers offer enhanced security. Cameras, key card entry, written guest logs, sometimes even physical security are all often employed to keep unauthorized parties from entering the facility. Once inside, guests are escorted to their own separately locked space. Every data center has their own combination of security layers, but any will have security that far exceeds that of your average office building or data room. In fact, most data centers undergo external audits to ensure they’re compliant with privacy and safety laws.
So why not just build your own data center? Well, building a data center can be extremely costly. Economies of scale allow colocation providers to offer the benefits of a data center at a fraction of the cost.
Another popular reason to take advantage of a data center is managed services. Many administrative IT functions can be extremely time-consuming, but colocation allows an IT department to offload many of those functions, thereby freeing up staff to work on projects that directly contribute to their company’s bottom line. IT departments who work in virtual systems can replicate those systems on their colocated machines, offering an enhanced layer of safety. Additionally, again due to economies of scale many data centers offer the highest quality malware software solutions.
CTS Telecom does offer private colocation space. The CTS data center has maintained 100% power and network uptime since inception for 3 years straight. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, CTS also offers voice, internet, IT solutions, and data transport. We invite you to discover how CTS Telecom can take care of your business’s needs. To get started, contact us today.
We’ve all heard the old saying “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” The unspoken part of that advice, of course, is that if you drop the basket, all of the eggs will break. In the fast-moving world of business, you won’t be making any omelets from your broken eggs – you’ll be crying in your cereal. Cloud storage services can help keep your precious data eggs safe and sound, ensuring you won’t lose time and money repeating work or even worse, having to shut down for a period of time.
So backing up your data is definitely important, and we recommend that anybody who cares about their data have at least some sort of backup plan in place. We’re not going to take the route of this blog and invoke one of the biggest U.S. tragedies of all time, but we do think you should be at least a little bit frightened at the prospect of losing all of your data in some kind of catastrophic event.
Security standards in technology are changing all the time, but most experts in data storage services still recommend what’s known as the 3-2-1 Rule. This rule, simply stated, is that you should have 3 copies of your data, on 2 different types of media, with 1 of them being offsite. So, you have your “production” data, or the data on your computer or network that you use every day. Then, you have a regular backup copy, usually made daily, on an external hard drive or other network external to your regular network. Finally, you have one more copy, ideally also made daily, which is located offsite.
The reason to have this offsite backup is obvious – in case of physical damage like fire or flood, both of your local copies could be at risk. Storing the data offsite is the only way to protect against data loss associated with physical damage to your premises.
Now when it comes to storing your data offsite, we’re not talking about an external hard drive at your friend Bob’s house. We’re sure Bob is a standup guy, don’t get us wrong, it’s just that his house is susceptible to the same dangers as your business location – flood, fire, temperature fluctuation, possible humidity, and more. So really, when you’re looking for the “1” in “3-2-1,” it’s a good idea to leverage cloud storage services to work for you.
While it’s not exactly true that “the Cloud is just someone else’s computer,” as a popular meme would have you believe, for the purposes of the 3-2-1 Rule we can look at it that way. However, unlike most computers, Cloud copies are backed up regularly and there is almost no way to lose the data permanently.
Probably the easiest way to take advantage of cloud technology services is to hire a provider like CTS Telecom to set them up for you. Many of these solutions come with their own software that make the backup process easy. Once they are in place, running backups can be a simple automated process, ensuring that you’ll always have the “1” in 3-2-1. And if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, CTS also offers colocation, voice, internet, IT services, and data transport. We invite you to discover how CTS Telecom can take care of your business’s needs. To get started, contact us today.