Cloud Hosting: Behind the Scenes at an Atlantic.Net Data Center

Adnan Raja
by (177 posts) under Cloud Hosting

Pricing, services and experience are all important, but at the end of the day your cloud hosting provider is only as good as the infrastructure behind the scenes. Many of the benefits of cloud hosting, such as security, reliability, and redundancy, are heavily hardware-dependent. And of course the advantages of Infrastructure as a Service are only advantages if the infrastructure behind the service is up to the task.

Atlantic.Net is proud to have world-class data center infrastructure, and we want to highlight some of the key features in this post.

Secure facility
The data center building itself is hurricane-protected concrete. Biometric scanners (palm and iris) control access, and the facility is staffed and monitored 24/7/365. Redundant heating and cooling systems control humidity and keep the interior temperature at 73º F (± 6º) year-round. We have installed a VESDA system (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) and advanced fire suppression throughout the facility to provide early warning of any potential hot spots before they become fires. In short, the physical environment is the best money can buy, and indeed we’ve invested millions of dollars in equipping it.

Dependable Power Supply
Power failures are the #1 cause of data loss, and dependable power is an absolute must for any data center. We use multiple parallel Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) modules in an N+1 configuration to provide spare capacity even if the grid power and a UPS module fail simultaneously. In addition, we have an onsite multi-megawatt backup generator with a 24-hr fuel supply.

Continual Monitoring and Maintenance
Our facility is staffed with qualified engineers 24/7/365, and a maintenance team performs daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly checks of critical hardware. Monitoring software alerts us to any problems with hardware or network performance, and allows us to make repairs before a component goes offline.

Multiple Internet Up-links
Of course, keeping the servers running is insufficient if they can’t communicate to the outside world. So Atlantic.Net maintains multiple redundant high-speed connections with different carriers so that we can maintain our clients’ services even if one of our data center ISPs experiences downtime.

Put all this together, and you have a SAS 70 Type II Audited and Certified world-class data center with the power, dependability and flexibility to serve a wide range of cloud hosting roles. This level of investment and expertise allows us to deliver on our 100% Network and Infrastructure Guarantee.

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