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Should You Own or Outsource Your Data Center?

Back in the day, it was not abnormal for even the smallest of companies to run their own servers. Sure, they may have been unorganized, inefficient and possibly even a fire hazard, but there simply were no other options. Today, businesses are increasingly coming to realize that technology has improved and there are alternatives. As a business owner, should you run your own data center or outsource your data storage and computing needs from a third‐party vendor?

If you have chosen the route of building your own data center, you need to ask yourself some questions first: How big will it need to be? How resilient can you make the hardware? Are you going to rent the location or purchase it outright? Additionally, you will need to update the equipment and operating systems every three years or so in order to remain up‐to‐date. Are these expenses ones you are willing to make?

Building a data center from scratch is ideal for companies that need to keep a close eye on sensitive information. For example, governmental agencies may have access to social security numbers and other information that could lead to detrimental consequences if compromised by unauthorized access.

For those with a tighter budget, outsourcing your data storage and hosting needs to a reputable cloud hosting provider is an ideal option. This solution provides the customer with a reliable option for storing their data and applications, meanwhile only paying for the resources they use. In addition, colocation is a great option if you have your own server, but need a place to house it. Colocation allows businesses to avoid the high cost of in-house storage, power, and bandwidth.

Choosing between owning and outsourcing your data center may not necessarily be easy because there are many factors to consider. However, outsourcing is a great option for the average SMB business, and owning is an equally great option for larger corporations storing secure information. Let the experts at Atlantic.Net help you find the best solution today. Call 1-800-521-5881 to get started.

CenturyLink Acquires Qwest – A Data Center Opportunity

CenturyLink acquiring Qwest is surprising news for the IT and Telecom Industries. For the longest time, I thought Sprint would be a good fit to merge with Qwest but I guess I was wrong!

CentruyLink surprised us all last year when they acquired Embarq, and now Qwest?  Although it eliminates consumer choices in some areas, it also makes a strong statement about a smaller company taking over one of the larger conglomerates, a statement that I personally like! Continue reading

Thoughts.com Selects Atlantic.Net for High Availability Colocation!

With the growing number and popularity of social media networking sites, Thoughts.com is an exciting addition to the new generation of social media outlets.  Atlantic.Net is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Thoughts.com, a new breed of social media networking websites, encouraging discussions rather than “catching up”. Continue reading

Atlantic.Net Protects Businesses Through Another Hurricane Season!

As the 2009 hurricane season draws to a close we can all let out a huge sigh of relief. For some, that sigh will be larger than others if they weren’t prepared.  Atlantic.Net is always ready to weather the storm and we take pride that we are constantly thinking into the future.  Some of our preparations for this hurricane season included putting a new roof on our building, performing an entire overhaul of our industrial grade UPS-complete with new components, and performing preventative maintenance on our HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning).   As always, our secure, hurricane proof Data Center is staffed 24x7x365 with a back-up generator and multiple redundant connections to the Internet backbone. Continue reading

What is Colocation?

Colocation is a popular practice among small, medium, and large sized businesses to house their mission critical data and data network equipment in a data center environment.  Many companies decide to colocate for various reasons like network up-time and to avoid high cost of in house storage and bandwidth.  Colocation can be beneficial to businesses that have already put out the upfront expense of creating their network and server infrastructure.

Moreover, Colocation data centers are highly popular for business that already staff their IT departments. With colocation, companies are able to not only lease space in climate and humidity controlled environment with ample power and bandwidth, but they are also able to set up redundancy which otherwise may not be available in-house. Continue reading