Data centers and colocation can provide superior data management.
Utilizing data center class infrastructure to manage both backup and production environments can virtually guarantee data preservation and uptime, minimizing business exposure and losses related to failures. Grudi Associates can help you evaluate your needs, provision the right services for your company, assist with implementation and provide ongoing support to ensure an optimal, cost-effective solution.
Today’s data center and colocation solutions go farbeyond the “ping, power and pipe” services of the past. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provides a robust menu of services for the offsite storage and management of both backup and production (real-time) business data. An array of benefits can be obtained, from increased data security and compliance, to cost savings, added efficiency and much more. Advances in technology and growth in the number and quality of data centers have made it an attractive and cost-effective option that every business should consider.
Types of Data Centers – Data center services widely range, from simple warehousing of data to ultra-secure data hosting and management with top-level, comprehensive services. The solution Grudi Associates provides depends on your requirements and preferences. The colocation of servers can occur in two ways:
1) Colocation can be achieved for your business by physically locating your servers in our data center partner’s facility. The servers remain your property and can only be accessed by those you authorize.
2) Our data center partner supplies the servers and a variety of support services, such as security of the servers and the environment within which they reside. Our partners also ensure the power supply, HVAC, network connections and other services. The level of service guarantees is determined by the level of the data center you require.
Data Center Description – Our partners’ data centers are large, specially constructed buildings, designed for maximum security and reliable maintenance of utilities and services. They consist of bays where individual servers can be segregated and protected from unauthorized access. Special systems are in place to prevent damage from fire, water, temperature and other threats. Our robust security systems provide 24x7x365 video monitoring, alarms, sensors and other safeguards.
Data Center Tiers – Data centers are rated Tier 1 to Tier 4, which reflects their security, reliability and other factors. The standards were set by the Telecommunications Industry Association and accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute). Our data professionals can help you select the right level for your business.
DATA CENTER BENEFITS
The advantages of storing data offsite in a colocation center are extensive:
Security – data centers typically have rigorous security systems and procedures that protect data from unauthorized access and potential compromise
Power Backup – depending on the level of the center, redundant power supply virtually ensures uninterrupted operation
Climate Control – facilities are carefully designed for optimal conditions and backup systems are usually in place to maintain the ideal environment
Access Control – the physical design and features of data centers, as well as their security systems, ensure that only authorized individuals can gain access to data
Compliance with Industry, Manufacturer and Agency Requirements – data centers usually meet the stringent standards required for management of data for financial, medical, public companies and other monitored industries and applications
Redundant Network Connections – higher level facilities and services offer totally independent backup network connections that ensure uninterrupted data access when the primary provider goes down
Bandwidth/Latency – data centers typically maintain ample network bandwidth with low latency to ensure support of demanding requirements, including real-time data access and streaming
Flexibility – data center providers can offer a variety of services and options, which can be changed at any time to meet the evolving needs of a business Staying
Current – data centers regularly and automatically update their hardware and software to remain current and function optimally
Support – data center providers maintain staffs of knowledgeable IT professionals to provide services and support to businesses
Economy – in many cases, maintaining data in a data center actually saves cost by reducing the demands on IT and administrative staff
Energy – significant energy and cost can be saved by not needing to run servers, cooling equipment and other systems
Data centers and colocation offer a highly effective approach to optimally managing your data – both backup and production. The key to success is doing careful needs analysis and planning, followed by expert provisioning and implementation. Grudi Associates is ready to help you put to the optimal solution in place and provide the ongoing outsourced management you need.
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