Data Center

Security Considerations when Adopting the Cloud

The issue of security within a cloud server environment may no longer be the issue it once was, but it never hurts to be cautious when incorporating preventative measures into your business strategy. Here are some guidelines for maximizing the stability and security of your information within the cloud.

One of the biggest challenges that Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are facing today is learning how to define the appropriate control measures to classify and secure data entering the cloud. There isn’t an official set of rules regarding what information to put in the cloud and what data to leave on a local hard drive, so the details can be pretty ambiguous.

Generally, it is best to view the cloud as a separate environment out of your organization’s control. Your data and applications may not necessarily be protected against malicious attacks to your cloud server. So, it would be best to store very sensitive information, such as tax documentation, employee information and other human resources-­‐related documents on a secure local drive.

Different providers may interpret the cloud in different ways: some may build state-­‐ of-­‐the-­‐art redundant data centers with appropriate security measures while others may build a server on a shelf on a dirty porch. Do your research before you make any agreements with a provider: tour the facilities, read the fine print and talk to others to gain their impressions.

When it comes to the security of your sensitive information, it is best to be extremely cautious. If it’s personally identifiable, don’t put it in the cloud! If the provider isn’t willing to show you where your server is located, don’t use them! Use rational judgment and your information will remain safe and sound.

 


Why Do Companies Colocate?

Colocation is one of the options for hosting offered at Atlantic. With colocation, you get space and bandwidth. Essentially, you are taking advantage of the expertise of a hosting company for providing the right type of physical environment for your hardware and its abilities to properly and effectively feed you onto the web.

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Check Out These Amazing Cloud Statistics!

I think I’m suffering with brain overload; not that I’m trying to defeat the object of learning. I just decided to quantify in this article how much storing data on the cloud affects us. It’s no small thing I’ve discovered, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here at Atlantic we are operating at always increasing our upper limits of capability, redundant internet service and backbone connections, to make sure that we can provide optimum services in the event of peak loads. Here’s 3 articles that allow you to grasp the unseen efforts of data management:

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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

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Major Consideration When Choosing a Data Center: Don’t Choose One Near an Airport!

Last Friday, a plane crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Fort Lauderdale, killing 3 people and causing a lot of property damage.  Apparently, the plane departed from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, realized something was wrong, and tried to circle back around and land – unfortunately, this effort was unsuccessful.

The plane crashed within 2 miles of Peak 10’s data center in Fort Lauderdale.  As a result of this unexpected plane crash, many people are raising questions about the location of Peak 10’s data center and why they chose to locate it in such close proximity to a major airport.  Similarly, there are many other data centers all over the world that are located in close proximity to airports, including right here in Orlando, Florida.

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How Can Colocation Benefit Your Business?

When it comes to hosting your business’ data and/or website, there are many options.  For starters, you can host your server in-house or rent rack space for your server in a data center.  While some companies have the resources and the space to host their own assets, many simply do not.  At Atlantic.net, we offer colocation web hosting so you have one less thing to worry about when running your business.  But first things first – what is colocation and how can it benefit your business?

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A Few IT Services You Can Leave to the Cloud

The cloud is not just for file backups anymore.  On top of saving companies from needing a data center and actual infrastructure, cloud computing can perform many IT services for your business that you would traditionally have to use a lot more resources to get.  In addition, switching to a cloud service provider offers businesses the potential to significantly improve communication and collaboration.  Your business can use cloud for a wide variety of applications in an overall effort to increase your business’ productivity.

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Importance of Security in a Data Center

Unsurprisingly, data security is the key concern for the vast majority of businesses, and for good reason.  A business choosing a data center is likely doing so because their information is vital and needs to be secure.  The company may hold valuable information and want to protect it from being lost, stolen, or compromised by unauthorized users.  Businesses must be able to rely on their data center so that their customers can rely on them.

Things to consider regarding the security of your data at the data center:

  • Does my data have protection from hackers through software security? Software based security solutions encrypt the data to discourage people from stealing it.
  • Is the physical security of the facility adequate? Physical security denies unauthorized access into the data facility.
  • Does the data center have disaster prevention systems in place? These can include data backup systems in order to lessen or avoid damage when disaster strikes.
  • Is the data center certified? If a data center is certified, this means that they are committed to maintaining high service standards and growing with the industry.

You need to be able to trust that your data is secure in order to effectively provide service to your own customers.  At Atlantic.Net, our facility in Orlando has biometric palm scanners, in conjunction with proximity card readers, for controlled access to the facility and data center floor.  In addition, we have successfully completed the SSAE 16 (SOC 1) TYPE II Certification, which confirms the reliability, security, availability, and processing integrity of the Managed Server Hosting, Dedicated Servers and Server Colocation provided through our world-class data center operations.

Trust the experts at Atlantic.Net to keep your valuable data secure with our advanced security systems.  Give us a call today at 1-800-422-2936 or internationally at 1-321-206-3730.


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