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What If All Of Your Business Applications Were Down For 2 Weeks?

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment

Recently I had a very sobering realization.

Sobering because what I’ve been seeing in the marketplace has led me to believe that many small and mid sized businesses in America are in serious danger.

I’m not kidding or exaggerating one bit. Let me explain.

Here at my company we provide IT infrastructure services and managed services such as cloud, server colocation, connectivity and managed services such as disaster recovery, backup and firewalls.

In other words, we provide services that help keep a businesses critical data and applications protected and up and running 100% of the time.

What I’ve realized is that many small and mid sized businesses in America are totally exposed if they were to have a disaster that wiped out their servers.

Examples of this type of disaster could be a fire, flood or natural disaster or if a server just simply crashes.

Many organizations think they’re covered because they back up their data to tape or disk which is not unusual.

What many organizations may not realize is that if there servers are destroyed or fail it could easily take two weeks or more to get the business back up and running.

Why?

Because even if you have the tape or disc stored offsite (many companies don’t) you still have to restore that data to something that resembles your original environment.

By original environment I mean your original computing and networking equipment like servers & switches. Again, you have to have something to restore that data to.

So in other words you have to order new servers and switches unless you have spare ones on hand. Most organizations don’t.

Then you have to set up and network those servers and switches and then you have to restore all the original data back to the new environment.

In some cases this can take more than 2 weeks. There are A LOT of moving parts here.

If your office had a fire, flood or natural disaster where are you going to set that new environment up? Are you going to quickly lease a new office? How long will that take?

What is your desired equipment is on back order from the manufacturer?

See what I mean. It’s a bit scary.

What if you are a healthcare provider like a nursing home or a large physician practice?

What would happen if you couldn’t get to your EMR systems to access critical patient data for two or more weeks?

For a nursing home how do you know what medications Mrs. Smith gets and when?

You don’t have to be in the healthcare field to experience major business issues.

Think of it this way. What if you couldn’t get to the programs you use everyday in your office like CRM, accounting, operations, inventory, ect. for two weeks or more.

I’m not exaggerating when I say many companies and professional practices would literally go out of business.

So what is the disaster recovery plan for your business?

If you don’t have one your at risk.

If you want help contact me by phone or email for an absolutely no pressure evaluation of your situation. 443-570-0414 ed@edworthington.com.

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What is Server Colocation?

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

With so many IT related buzzwords being thrown around on the internet these days it can be hard to get a good understanding of what these terms mean to you and your organization.

One of these terms is “server colocation” or sometimes referred to as just “colocation”.

Server colocation is the practice of moving your organizations servers, storage and networking equipment to a commercial data center where you rent space.

The commercial data center (or colocation facility) provides space, power, cooling, connectivity and physical security for the equipment of multiple firms thereby reducing the cost for each firm.

The power and cooling aspects are provided in a safe and redundant manner using equipment like surge protectors, power distributions units, and generators.

Redundant connectivity is achieved by the data center hosting multiple telecommunication service providers.

From a security standpoint data centers are locked down from the public using features like key card access and bio-metric scanning. Once inside the data center each companies servers are housed inside of a locked “rack” which provides additional security.

So why would you use a colocate your equipment to a commercial data center?

The first reason is that in order to provide the same levels of redundant security, power, cooling and connectivity you would have to build a your own data center potentially costing your organization millions of dollars in up-front capital expenditure.

But the most important reason is PEACE OF MIND. When you colocate your equipment to a legitimate commercial data center you can rest assured that your equipment will be safe in an environmentally controlled environment with many safeguards in place.

This will free up your time and mental hard drive to focus on other important tasks.

By utilizing a commercial data center you get the best of both worlds. All the features we discussed above without spending large amounts of money upfront to build a data center.

I hope this helps.

If your considering server colocation or a move to the cloud please contact me or fill out the form below to get any of your questions answered and a NO OBLIGATION quote.

My company, Expedient Data Centers, owns and operates 9 data centers in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Boston and Indianapolis. We offer server colocation, cloud computing, connectivity, managed backups, disaster recovery as well as a host of other managed services.

Thanks!

Ed Worthington  443-570-0414  ed@edworthington.com