When starting a small business, entrepreneurs’ typical start with the basics and when it comes to IT the basic necessity is often a server. For small business owners an in house server is a common solution – this server is kept in a locked cabinet or simply in an unused office corner. Oftentimes business owners take small precautionary measures to ensure the security of their server – they may lock it up and they might also support their connection by using an Uninterrupted Power Supply (this is more commonly known as a UPS).
An in house server or of this type will get the job done, but it is lacking in many areas from security to efficiency, to reliability and growth potential. In this article we would like to introduce you to a more advanced IT option – the data center method of connecting.
What is a data center?
Data centers date back to the early days of computers. When these large and expensive machines first came out they were mostly used for military and government purposes. They required a great deal of security and they also needed to be housed in very unique temperature and space sensitive environments. Data centers were built to house these machines in controlled environments where high security could be put in place. The same idea carries through to the data centers of today. They are dedicated buildings, sometimes owned by Internet Service Providers to host their servers as well as third party servers.
What are the benefits of hosting my server at a data center?
Expertise – If you choose to host your server in your office, you do not benefit from the full time attention of IT experts. Instead you must hire and rely on your own in house team. Whereas, with a data center you know that your IT needs are in the hands of specialists.
Standards – Data centers are regulated by the Telecommunications Industry Association and are held to the Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers. Business owners who chose to use data centers are trusting that the data center will protect their private information and support their service fully. These guidelines provide reassurance.
Security – Data centers are secured. Special access and security clearance is required to enter the center and great measures are taken to enforce this. That may or may not be the case if you host your server in house.
Backup – Data centers have the space and capacity to fully back you up. This means that should an incident occur that affects your server, your information will not only be stored, but also restored.
If you are interested in finding out more about data center connectivity please contact us today at Fastblue.com. We look forward to working with you and your business.
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