More and more companies are offloading commodity servers and storage to large cloud providers including Microsoft and Amazon. This is great and cost effective on the surface – but these large providers have had their share of major outages. Consider the number of outages SecureData 365’s cloud has had in more than seven years (zero) and the prices we’re charging for our virtual computing services and you’ll find a better cloud. After all, who would have better clouds than Northeast Ohio (it’s a rain joke).
More and more local companies are using SecureData 365’s cloud services for these non-critical/commodity servers because the SecureData 365 Cloud is designed to be always up and is located in the same data center (either our Cleveland or Canton facility) where their critical/strategic systems are already running on their own hardware/private cloud – this gives our customers LAN speeds between their hardware and the cloud and takes advantage of the network infrastructure they already have in our data centers.
Not one of our cloud/virtual computing clients has ever had an outage on one of our servers – Amazon Web Services can’t say that! We’ve made significant investments to increase the redundancies of an already redundant data center including mirrored flash storage, redundant high speed SDN switching capabilities, as well as redundancy enhancements to our blades/chassis have all been made to make sure SecureData 365 is your most reliable option for your cloud solutions. We’d love to show you firsthand how safe, secure, and rock solid the SD365 cloud solutions are, if you would like a tour, please contact us.
SecureData 365 Has a Special Set of Skills to Prevent You From Paying a Ransom
Until recently “ransomware” was the IT’s equivalent of either Fight Club or Voldemort. We don’t talk about it – and saying it out loud only tempts fate. Except this past week saw the largest global ransomware attack ever (due to un-patched Microsoft software) hit computers everywhere. The attack has claimed at least 200,000 victims – hopefully you and/or your organization are not one of them.
As you know, ransomware can easily infect your network – it only takes one click from one individual on your network to take your business to a place where you are running the cost-benefit analysis of paying the ransom. It’s a virus that doesn’t just infect your data- it’s encrypted and your access to the data is taken.
The good news is that SecureData 365 has a special set of skills to help you from being a victim. Comprehensive backups stored at SecureData 365 – isolated from the rest of your network – gives you a clean solution to getting your data back, without paying a ransom!
We’ve discussed ourselves the tremendous growth and economic impact in the data center space. Right here in Ohio, our Cleveland center is rapidly filling after being open for only a little more than a year. We’ve seen a job multiplier effect of our own data centers as thousands of IT professionals come through our doors every year. So jobs are indirectly created as these professionals will, more often than not, be within a reasonable vicinity to their primary data center.
In a feature in The New York Times a few weeks ago they did an in-depth dive into how data centers in Texas are creating a min-economic boom. Within the article, Ross Perot Jr. (not that one… his son) calls data centers the modern equivalent of America’s early 20th century factories.
While SecureData 365’s own data centers are rapidly growing, the industry across North America experienced significant growth in 2015. U.S. multi-tenant data centers (like SecureData 365) earned $115.3 billion in revenue last year, a 6.1 percent increase from 2014.
While large enterprises may still operate their own data center, more and more organizations, no matter the size are getting out of the data center business. The Times explains that more and more companies are shunning the costly and complex data center management world to concentrate on their core business, resulting in the rise of more and more multi-tenant centers that offer data center expertise and security.
Another trend that we adopted years ago covered in the article is centers starting a “pay-as-you-go” model with power. The premise is really simple and surprising rarely used, in spite of the fact that SecureData 365 has always employed this model as the most fair way to charge.
As businesses’ need for secure operations and data storage increase, there’s no doubt that data centers are in demand more than ever – centers operated by the experts rather than an in-house effort. If you are ready to move to Ohio’s most secure and reliable centers, we’d encourage you to schedule a tour.
Showtime’s “The Circus” has received a lot of buzz for its behind-the-scenes coverage of this year’s crazy primary process. When the show came to cover the Ohio primaries, producers went looking for a center that had the bandwidth to quickly upload terabytes of video back to New York every night. Of course they turned to SecureData 365 and our unmatched bandwidth capabilities to help them get Ohio’s primary coverage on the air.
As The Circus and the convention lands in Cleveland in July, make sure you watch as we’re sure to be helping with secure and robust video links. Whether we like our options or not, The Circus must go on.
Recently, we have witnessed several customers (not the Cleveland Browns) have an “OH CRAP” moment when systems fail and although they have religiously made back-ups they have NO plan in place with what to do with those back-ups to actually get systems up and running again.
There are several back-up vendors who now claim to solve this problem (Veeam, Unitrends) by not only providing back-ups of virtual servers but also having them reconstituted and running in an event of a true disaster – theoretically preventing that “Oh Crap” moment.
These solutions work well for virtual servers, but almost every business has some critical system running on a physical box because the system cannot be virtualized. So Veeam and Unitrends are not truly completely eliminating that “Oh Crap” moment.
SecureData 365 has partnered with T1 Co and their team of professionals who maintain critical backup, recovery and restoral storage and equipment at both our Cleveland and Canton data centers (62 miles apart and on different power grids). With T1’s help, SecureData 365 can provide back-up and instantaneous recovery of BOTH virtual and physical systems on-site and off premise totally eliminating that “Oh Crap” moment when you have a failure and are wondering how to take your back-ups and get them running again.
If you are interested in learning more, contact us for a 30-minute meeting and we’ll bring you a “Billy” T-shirt as a reminder of not letting “your back-up be the disaster.”
And while we’re at it, we’ll bring you $25 of chips for The Horseshoe so you can stop gambling on “crappy” backups and quench that gambling thirst at the blackjack table.
To setup a short visit and receive your gifts, contact SecureData 365 at 888-912-3282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was speaking to an out-of-town colleague last week and he was complaining that his Internet service was down. He works from a home office and has Internet service from one of the large national ISP’s and apparently much of his city (Denver) was down. So every business in Denver metro that relies on this particular ISP lost 4 hours of productivity.
How big a deal is this? It is a nuisance and productivity is lost – but nowhere near the catastrophic deal that a data center outage would be. A few years ago one organization made an attempt at quantifying the cost to businesses if their data center experienced an outage. A 2013 study by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Emerson Network Power estimated the average cost of an unplanned data center outage at $7,900 per minute. This is up from 2010 when it was estimated to cost $5,600/minute. With the study due to come out again next year and more and more critical IT systems located “in the cloud” than ever before, this number is sure to increase.
The average data center outage among the 67 data centers surveys was 86 minutes, meaning that on average, this cost their customers $690,200. Higher technology dependent and e-commerce companies could see that cost more than double to $1.7 million.
These are the numbers that drive us, 24/7 and 365 days a year to make sure that our Cleveland and Canton data centers never experience an outage. We have at both facilities:
Redundant Power Feeds/UPS with in-line Battery Back-up
Mated Pair Chassis, Blade, Switch and Mirrored Disk Design for Virtual Computing & Back-up Platforms
In addition to the redundant infrastructure, we have a custom built monitoring system that monitors the environment surrounding customer hardware located in our facilities (2 probes per each locking 42U cabinet) and all of the above mentioned critical systems. The monitoring system is designed to alert our staff of potential problems before they become expensive outage causing problems for our clients.
In the six years we have been in business we have never experienced a data center outage. Couple that with SSAE 16 compliant physical and logical security at both the Cleveland and Canton data centers and you can be assured that SecureData 365 is here to ensure your systems will remain, up, running and making you money rather than costing you money.
It’s a common description to call someone a “Jack of all Trades, Master of None.” We are not sure that this is a compliment, but for many data centers it has become a way of life. Beyond infrastructure, many centers are taking a crack at a variety of managed and other services in addition to providing the Infrastructure of a data center.
Unfortunately, we are hearing from many clients of these data centers that they are unhappy with the other services they purchased from their data center provider. At SecureData 365, we believe that when you try to be all things to all customers you end up not doing anything well including delivering your core data center service. As we’ve opened a Cleveland data center, we have found more and more organizations relieved to find a data center company that is focused on it’s core competency (operating a world class data center) in SecureData 365.
SecureData 365’s focus is on keeping a secure, reliable center up-and-running with round the clock support. Period. If you need managed services, network services, hardware maintenance, or application support, we will introduce you to providers we’ve vetted, work with and trust. Or you can bring your own partners who provide these services to our data centers in Canton and Cleveland.
In the meantime, a lot of businesses are locked into long-term contracts with datacenters they are unhappy with. If you are one of these companies who is unhappy with your current datacenter provider and feel “stuck” due to a remaining contractual commitment, we’d encourage you to drop us a note so we can give you a tour of our Cleveland and/or Canton centers and discuss the financial incentives we can provide to “unstick” you from a contract with a provider you are unhappy with.
Recently Nationwide released the results of a survey of small and medium-sized businesses and the results are a bit alarming. In a survey of businesses with less than 300 employees, a full 75 percent of businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. To make matters worse, a little more than half (52%) of these same businesses realize it would take at least three months to recover from a disaster. Most businesses are out of business at this point.
It gets worse for small businesses in the survey (less than 50 employees) as only 18% of these businesses have a disaster recovery plan – especially impactful as the 2010 US census revealed that 90% of our nation’s businesses fall in this category.
Businesses seem to be betting against any sort of natural disaster or significant outage as one in four (26%) believe the likelihood of a natural disaster occurring in their area is slim. That’s probably the same way east coasters felt three years ago this October before Hurricane Sandy put businesses offline for what was weeks in many cases. Many businesses went out of business in the wake of Sandy.
It’s great to say that we live in Ohio, so what could happen. And for the most part you would be right… it is not like anything could happen in Ohio that would leave half the country without power. Right? In 2003 Ohio was actually the cause of a blackout that darkened much of the Midwest and northeast. The blackout impacted nearly 3 million people in the Cleveland/Akron area – and with them, businesses.
You can tempt fate and you may be fine. But are you willing to bet your business on it? With countless backup generators and backup ISP line serving both our Cleveland and Canton centers, SecureData 365 can help you develop a disaster recovery and business continuity plan to keep you in business while your competitors scramble.
Our Cleveland data center recently welcomed two local company’s data centers that had moved out-of-state.
And as any company moving into the Cleveland data center can, these companies took advantage of the new 8% State sales tax exemption eligible for new customer IT equipment placed in the center in the next fifteen years.
If you haven’t been able to attend one of our events or see the Cleveland data center we’d love to show you around. If you make the short trip, lunch is on us for you and your team. Please let us know if you would like to sit down and discuss all the ways we can drive down your costs and improve your network reliability.
Interested in touring the Cleveland center in person? If so, drop us a note.