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Scaling Up: Understanding the Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Scaling

Scaling Up: Understanding the Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Scaling

Almost every business that experiences constant growth over time comes to a point where it needs to scale up its resources to meet demand. And when this happens, your data center company will usually present you with two options: horizontal vs. vertical scaling.

So, now, you’re met with the following dilemma – which one should you go for? No matter if you choose horizontal or vertical, both will allow you to boost the resources you have on your system. However, the two options still differ in other ways, and knowing how they differ can help you choose the ideal one when the time comes.

In this article, we’ll cover both options in great detail so you can understand their differences. Also, it’ll provide you with a comprehensive guide on which option is best at what time and more. 

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What Is Scalability and How Does It Work?

Scalability shows if a system or computer functions properly when faced with changes in size and volume. Let’s explain it further with an example. 

Say you have a website. Your website has been growing exponentially, but you’ve been able to handle the increased demand with no need for additional resources up until now. However, the growth has reached a point where it needs to be supported with more RAM, bandwidth, storage, etc. 

Suppose you’re able to get more of those resources without any hassle or disruptions in service quality. In that case, your...

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Maximizing Efficiency: The Top Benefits of Colocation Data Centers

Maximizing Efficiency: The Top Benefits of Colocation Data Centers

In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, businesses across industries are increasingly reliant on data-driven operations. From storing vast amounts of information to running critical applications, maintaining the integrity, availability, and security of data has become a paramount concern. To meet these demands, organizations are turning to colocation data centers as a robust solution. In this article, we will explore the essential need for a colocation data center and the key benefits it offers, such as N+1 redundancy, a dedicated server room, and comprehensive service level agreements (SLAs).

Colocation Data Center Benefits


1. Enhanced Reliability with N+1 Redundancy:

One of the primary reasons why businesses opt for colocation data centers is the unparalleled level of reliability they offer. The concept of N+1 redundancy lies at the heart of these facilities. N+1 redundancy means that there is always at least one additional backup component available to ensure uninterrupted operations. Whether it's redundant power supplies, cooling systems, or network connections, colocation data centers are built with redundant infrastructure to mitigate any single points of failure. In simplest terms, if a business needed two generators to operate an entire facility, to ensure N+1 redundancy, it would have three generators in the event one malfunctioned.  This design principle significantly reduces the risk of downtime and guarantees optimal...

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What Is a Cross Connect in a Data Center and Why It Matters?

What Is a Cross Connect in a Data Center and Why It Matters?

Connectivity is a crucial factor for anyone that is part of the online world. As such, it is a vital part of the operations of each data center company. There are many network connectivity types out there. The one we will be talking about today is the cross connect.


As one of the connectivity types, you need to know what is a cross connect. This will help you learn if and how you can benefit from it. 

Also, the more you know about them and their impact on network performance, the easier it will be for you to pick the right connectivity option for your business.


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What Is a Cross Connect and What Does It Do?

Cross connects are a network connectivity type that links two separate hardware assests in a data center. The two hardware assets or servers are linked via physical cross connect cables. These cables establish a private network connection between the two. 


Also, two servers that are linked using this network connectivity type do not need to use the Internet to be connected.


They can be maintained either by one or across many data centers. Firms use them for many things. One of them is to connect to global networks. This allows them to conduct their business more quickly.


Also, colocation* customers can ask their provider for cross connects. This way, they will set up more reliable, high-performance links with each other in the same data center.


To set up this type of connection ...

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kVA: What Is It and How to Calculate It?

kVA: What Is It and How to Calculate It?

From WATTS to AMPS, to VOLTS, to kVA, there are plenty of power ratings out there that each data center company uses to express power usage.

Because kVA is mostly used in the generator industry, many people don’t know about it. Today, we’ll cover what is kVA, what is kVA power, how to calculate kVA, and more.


what is KVA

What Is kVA?

kVA or kilovolt-amps is a measure of apparent power. A kVA unit is 1,000 volt-amps. It shows the total amount of power that a system uses. When a system is 100% efficient, kVA will be equal to kW.

However, most electrical systems are not 100% efficient. So, only a portion of the apparent power is converted into working output.

What Is kW?

kW or kilowatts measure the true amount of the power that is converted into working output. That’s why kW is known as actual or working power

The Power Factor

The power factor (PF) measures the electrical efficiency of the system. If you know the efficiency of the electrical system, you can convert it between kilovolt-amps and kilowatts. The electrical efficiency of a system is expressed as a PF between 0 and 1

A PF closer to 1 indicates that the kVA is efficiently being converted into working kW. A 100% efficient electrical system has a PF of 1

kVA vs. kW

Kilovolt-amps show the total amount of power a colocation or any other service provider uses. Kilowatts show the actual power that is converted into output. 


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Why Your Business Needs Data Hosting & Data Storage

Why Your Business Needs Data Hosting & Data Storage

No matter the size of your business, you still have IT needs that need to be met. Whether you’re a small business keeping track of a few accounts or a large organization with 500 employees, you have to be able to store your data and host that data somewhere.

When you use in-house data hosting and data storage, you end up incurring additional costs such as an IT person, maintaining equipment and backup, and more. Here are some reasons why your business in Orlando, Space Coast, Tampa, and other areas in Florida should consider using the cloud for data hosting and data storage.

1. Using the cloud for data storage and data hosting reduces your costs.

When you host and store your data at your business, you use more equipment that has to continually be updated. You also have to have an employee on-site who has the knowledge to effectively manage your company data and hosting. Using the cloud helps to reduce these costs, as you no longer need to update equipment or pay a full-time employee to handle these issues.

2. A cloud provider can handle any software updates needed without someone in your office needing to spend time on those updates.

When you have a cloud provider, they can set the software to automatically update or manage the update process for you. This means your in-office staff is freed up to focus on other aspects of your day-to-day operations.

3. Cloud data storage and hosting make it easy to share files and information.

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