Until recent years, cloud-based mass data storage was impractical because of prevailing internet connectivity speeds, and the lack of robust management options for remote storage and access to large amounts of data. Since most if not all companies had their primary IT infrastructure in-house, cloud-based storage required immense throughput and was considerably less responsive than local storage options. In addition, the cost of running a suitable data center meant that cloud storage was economically un-viable for most common cases.
Fortunately, broadband connectivity has become nearly ubiquitous in the business world, remote application design has emphasized proportionately less data throughput, and advances in data center design and storage technology have dramatically cut the cost per GB. As a result, cloud-based data storage is now a cost-effective and convenient alternative that offers a number of advantages over local data storage, particularly for applications like managed data backup. Backup is one of a suite of essential managed hosting services that can be added to any cloud-based IaaS package.
Storing your data in the cloud means you have automatic colocated storage to ensure data security even if a disaster strikes your home office. In addition, top service providers like Atlantic.Net use carrier-independent internet uplinks to preserve access to your data even if a connection goes offline. And the sophisticated monitoring algorithms used in cloud data storage give you protection against local hardware failures, as well as simple mistakes like accidentally deleted, corrupted or missing files.
Backups can be scheduled at convenient intervals, and data integrity is verified by a hosting team. Backup options (full, incremental, differential) allow you to tailor the storage terms to balance throughput, cost and response time.
Perhaps the most important advantage of cloud data storage is that it’s easy to obtain. You don’t have to set up or maintain an in-house storage solution, and your capacity can grow as required. By making data storage in general and backup in particular easier to implement, cloud storage makes it far more likely that a suitable protection will be in place when a mishap occurs. For all these reasons, cloud-based data storage is the perfect complement to cloud servers, and recent advances in communications and security technology mean there has never been a better time to move your storage to the cloud
Disaster recovery planning is crucial. Ensuring you have a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan in place is one way to prevent an outage. Having one in place, however, won’t prevent an outage and not knowing how to implement it won’t mitigate loss associated with downtime. Make sure your staff is properly trained on the policies and procedures in order to facilitate a smooth transition to help ensure your engineers meet their recovery time objectives.
When Atlantic.Net was asked to help answer some questions for an article to be published in the computer world, we turned to Tony S., our Sr. Windows Administrators. With his 15+ years of full spectrum IT experience, Tony is a Microsoft specialist and also holds certifications from Cisco, Citrix, and VMware. He has experience in development of advanced technology solutions and designing/building/managing IT operations for both internal and customer-facing systems. Continue reading “Fix the Net Today!” »
Even the world’s most advanced, well-planned data center operations are not immune to outages due to the unexpected. According to a recent study by the Uptime Institute, “human errors account for nearly 70% of reported outages.” Data center facilities are run by people, so be prepared by ensuring you have a Business Continuity plan in place.
Cold Site storage of your data backups , and even a clone of your online web presence is always a good idea to avoid costly repercussions of downtime from an outage caused by human error.
This paper serves as a primer on preventing “data loss,” an umbrella term that encompasses two distinct phenomena: system failure and network intrusion.
Firms that fail to protect their data – often proprietary customer information – not only suffer from unflattering news coverage but the often crippling expenses related to churn, Service Level Agreements and project redesign. A good deal of the fallout from data loss can be prevented with a measure of investment that seems minute in comparison to the risks of remaining vulnerable. Continue reading “An Introduction to Data Loss Prevention” »
Setting up redundant systems is vital to mitigate downtime associated with a network outage. If you store your servers in-house, you can always opt for a second cable or Internet connection. This can significantly reduce downtime.
Several weeks ago it was decided across the board that I needed a fast computer for my daily activities here in our corporate office. I contacted our NOC, told them what I wanted and a few days later a shiny new desktop sat atop my desk. I took care of all of the necessary transfer of data and whatnots and politely asked the guys, “So what do you want me to do with this dinosaur? Toss it?” They looked at me like I had a third eye and quickly informed me that there are “proper” ways to dispose of your computer. Gently removing it from my death grip they carried it out of my office, never to be seen again.
So there I stood, with empty hands and I began to wonder what in the world they were going to do with it. What about all of that customer data (possibly the reason they refused to leave it)? I’ve seen Forensic Files one time too many, where some ridiculously smart computer guru is able to retrieve data from a suspect’s computer, uncovering hard core evidence which implicates the suspect. I also began to think what would happen if that information got into the wrong hands (flashback to the 1995 film The Net with Sandra Bullock). Were they going to try to rebuild it? “Gentlemen, we can rebuild. We have the technology. …. Better than before…. Better, stronger, faster.”- anyone remember The Six Million Dollar Man ? Since my inquiring mind and overactive imagination wanted to know, and I’m sure I am not alone, I sat down and spoke with Joe Cosmano, Director of Engineering, and Josh Simon, Director of Data Center Services at Atlantic.Net, to find out what to do with old computers to ensure that they are either disposed of properly or rebuilt to become the Six Million Dollar Machine. Continue reading “Disposing Off Old Computers And Servers.” »
Productivity gains are more important than ever for organizations working to be more efficient. Equipping all employee workstations with a standard power backup UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) provides a five-minute window to save work and properly shut down computers in the event of a power outage. Regular testing of this UPS equipment can help ensure the success of this backup plan. Alternatively, you can also setup remote workstations in the cloud by using cloud servers.