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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.
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.
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.
As the data needs of companies grow, they should evaluate moving from on-premises computing to off-site data processing for fast, secure access and business continuity. As cloud-based technologies grow and become more reliable, newer options have emerged.
Rather than housing their own IT infrastructure, companies and individuals have the option of choosing traditional colocation services with dedicated servers that house their data at a third-party data center virtual colocation, which involves the storage and compute on a cloud-based system at a remote data center; or a hybrid option using both. All choices come with a set of pros and cons for prospective clients to weigh.
Key considerations are CapEx vs. OpEx and total cost of ownership (TCO). Which is best for you? Well, like a lot of things, the answer is - it depends! Most importantly, it depends on your business needs. Many customers have compliance requirements or unique business propositions and applications that are better served by traditional colocation. Some content providers need to be in carrier-neutral data centers with access to lots of networks for best performance. Other businesses can meet their business needs with less upfront cost and greater scalability through virtual colocation.
In any event, both are provided through data centers that provide improved uptime and business continuity through redundant cooling systems, redundant UPSs, SLAs, back-up generators and security.
No matter where you may be located in the United States, there is a possibility that a disaster could strike. From tornadoes to fires to hurricanes to floods, disasters can happen at any time. For businesses, it’s paramount to have a disaster recovery plan in place.
A key component of that disaster recovery plan should be where and how you plan to store your data. If a wildfire rushes through your area and there’s no time to save data, then you could be out years of records and other invaluable business information if the data isn’t securely stored elsewhere.
Here’s why colocation should be included in your business disaster recovery plan if you live in Orlando, Space Coast, Tampa, and other Florida areas as well as other parts of the United States.
When you host and store your data in the same building as your business, you’re taking a risk. In the event of a disaster such as a fire or flash flood, you could be looking at a complete and total loss without off-site data storage. Losing years of information, data, billing info, and other aspects of your business without any backup can be disastrous in itself, but if you have that information stored off-site, it will be protected.
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The latest business disaster that many businesses did not contemplate was the stay at home order and lock down associated with the pandemic. Many of Colo Solutions’ customers were able to seamlessly transition to their workforce working from home. Some use Colo Solutions’ DaaS services and others collocate their own equipment in Colo Solutions’ data center.
DaaS also known as virtual desk tops or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) or remote desk tops has been a great help to businesses during the pandemic. Colo Solutions’ existing DaaS customers were able to easily transition to working from home during the pandemic as the infrastructure provided by Colo Solutions was already in place. Colo Solutions customers that already found the VDI use case beneficial in situations where they had numerous remote offices, or a highly variable work force, among other things, discovered the additional benefit of being able to easily transition to work from home. Perhaps the biggest benefit of DaaS or VDI to a small or medium sized enterprise is the personal support services and management provided by Colo Solutions’ staff to deliver the VDI infrastructure and services and assist with the transition to WFH. Please see our Blog entitled “Physical Desktop vs. Virtual Desktop for Your Business” for a deeper discussion.
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Since the Internet began, it has constantly evolved into the entity we now know today—sending data all over the world and throughout the country. Without edge computing and other services such as Internet exchanges (IX), it would take a lot longer for that data to travel. At Colo Solutions, one of our customers recently established an IX (the DACS-IX South) inside our carrier-neutral colocation data center.
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