How Managed Hosting Delivers Flexibility

by Jack Gesualdi, October 6th, 2014 in Hosting

These days, more businesses are turning to managed hosting for their data and networking needs. Managed hosting offers an alternative to building and maintaining your own servers and network infrastructure, effectively outsourcing one of the most touchy and complex aspects of your office to professionals. The choice to use managed hosting has long been heralded for many benefits including cost-effectiveness and security advantages. However, one of the biggest benefits of a managed hosting contract is the one people don’t seem to talk as much about: flexibility.

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Managed hosting offers the ultimate in scalability and customization. Generally, managed hosting plans are fitted to your company’s specifications and additional services can be added on easily as you grow. Yet, the flexibility offered by managed hosting goes far beyond that, and includes advantages such as the following:

  • Bandwidth that matches your needs. Connectivity and bandwidth are vital resources in today’s business environment, but there is no need to pay for speed you don’t need or bandwidth you won’t use. Most managed hosting suppliers will start by looking at your needs in terms of security and performance and then match your hosting plan to your requirements.
  • Virtual machines. While dedicated physical servers are available through managed hosting, hosting managers can also offer the use of virtual machines that can dramatically save on costs. With a virtual server, one powerful machine effectively acts as a number of different servers for different clients. They keep all data strictly segregated and secure, but share the cost over a number of companies.
  • No need to invest in hardware. Too many executives have found themselves tearing out their hair as their expensive new network infrastructures rapidly became obsolete—or simply insufficient for their growing business needs. Buying technology is almost always a guessing game, but with managed hosting you don’t have to play it.
  • Custom engineering. With a managed hosting service you get the talent and expertise of a cutting-edge IT workshop without having to expand your own staff. Experienced data architects will engineer your infrastructure and ensure that on-site implementation goes smoothly.
  • Monitoring & optimization. A managed hosting provider can continuously optimize your network for your needs. Based on real-time usage data, they can see whether you are underutilizing your network or bumping up against its boundaries, and recommend changes where appropriate.

Flexibility is just one of the benefits of managed hosting. Is your company considering making the switch?

What Can Good Data Center Hosting Do for You?

by Jack Gesualdi, October 2nd, 2014 in Data Center, Hosting

Data center hosting companies are becoming trusted partners to many savvy businesses across all industries. Data hosts offer your business the chance to free itself from the many obstacles associated with self-hosting a complex data network. That means you can concentrate on your main objective – running your business. Here are some of the ways that a good data center hosting company can help you:

Reduce your Costs

Managing your own data infrastructure is costly and often has low ROI compared to outsourcing it. The costs of in-house data hosting include purchasing the physical machines (which may not continue to suit your needs long-term), and hiring full-time IT staff, even if you do not have the technology needs to justify it. Third-party data center hosting relieves you of these costs and, since data hosts can leverage a large infrastructure and staff, the cost of hosting is often much less than that of managing your network in-house.

Engineer Custom Solutions

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One of the greatest advantages of data center hosting is the flexibility it offers, which amounts to a customized solution that’s constantly adapting to your business’s changing needs. When you manage your data infrastructure in-house, you essentially commit yourself for years to a configuration that may become less valuable in the future. You also have to try to predict future growth so that you don’t over- or underspend. However, a data center host can evaluate your needs and design a solution that fits all of your requirements, with the option to easily expand or change it with time.

Provide Innovative Solutions to your Technology Needs

One of the advantages of working with experts in data center hosting is that you get to draw on their extensive knowledge of the industry, and their experience working with companies of all sizes, in many fields. Frequently, when a customer is at their wit’s end because of a stubborn technology problem, they can turn to their data hosting company for a ready-made solution with simple implementation.

Protect your Business from Disaster

This is perhaps the biggest source of security that data center hosting provides. Your data is the backbone of your business, no matter what your industry. If a disaster affects your data storage, it could set your business back for months or even years. By working with a trusted data center, you can rest assured that your entire network is backed up nearly-instantaneously and that, even in the event of a disaster, you can quickly and seamlessly recover your data.

Have you looked at data center hosting options?

Why Are SMEs So Excited about the Cloud?

by Jack Gesualdi, August 22nd, 2014 in Cloud Computing, Data Center, Hosting

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Small and mid-size organizations are increasingly using cloud services to become more efficient and better able to sustain growth. In a survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review Analytic Services sponsored by Verizon, many pointed to the cloud as a viable way to remain competitive and agile. 527 Harvard Business Review readers participated in the survey, and they were asked a variety of questions about their organization’s use of the cloud as well as their perception of it. Here were some of their findings:

  • 70% have adopted cloud computing
  • 71% expect cloud to reduce complexity in their business
  • 74% say cloud has provided competitive advantage
  • 71% think cloud will reduce business complexity

69% of the respondents also said that they were either enthusiastic or moderately excited by the cloud, and only 8% of the respondents indicated they didn’t get a single competitive advantage from using the cloud. These numbers coincide with a forecast by Intuit that came out recently where they said that roughly 4 out of 5 small businesses (78%) would be fully adapted to the cloud by 2020. This number currently stands at 37%, so plenty of growth is expected in cloud computing in the next 5 years. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to list why SMEs should really consider making the move to the cloud. Here are several reasons we’ve seen from our customers:

It will help you save money: When it comes to IT, those responsible for their own servers tend to focus more on maintenance rather than investing in new hardware. Cloud computing negates the need to purchase new hardware or software, so you can focus your capital elsewhere.

It will allow your IT to focus on more important initiatives: To that same end, just as cloud computing can help a company save money on maintenance, a company’s IT staff can be free from the shackles of daily troubleshooting and monitoring. It can instead focus on higher-order priorities to facilitate company growth.

Data Back-Up and Disaster Recovery Services: In the era of Big Data, a SME cannot afford to be lax on their data backup or disaster recovery services; however, these are often the first things that are sacrificed. Cloud service providers enable safe and secure backup of all data as well as disaster recovery planning to ensure that a business’s operations and data are safe if an outage were to occur. Many SMEs that experience a significant outage never reopen, which shows the significance of investing in these services.

If you want to be more efficient and agile, save money and stay secure, DSS cloud computing and managed hosting services can serve as a viable solution. Contact us today to learn more.

The Necessity of Disaster Recovery Services

by Jack Gesualdi, August 20th, 2014 in Disaster Recovery

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Driving a car without insurance is dangerous. The driver only comes to this realization after getting in an accident. Once tabulating the cost of repairing their car and the inconvenience of the entire interlude, the driver realizes that car insurance is a necessity. What some businesses do not seem to understand is that walking around without disaster recovery services is the same as driving without car insurance. It is unsafe and tempts fate. In order to properly protect a business and avoid costly accidents, disaster recovery services are a necessity.

Businesses survive because they plan for the worst possible scenario. Natural and manmade disasters happen. Smart businesses with disaster recovery capabilities survive with limited service disruptions compared to unprotected businesses. For example, if an outage occurs, the amount of revenue and customers lost is heavily dependent on the level of disruption.  With disaster recovery services, businesses are able to get back on track quickly and lose limited revenue. Businesses without any such plan, suffer longer disruption and higher revenue losses.

Utilizing disaster recovery services provides benefits that directly affect a business’ revenue. In order to properly function, businesses need access to their data. Disaster recovery ensures this by replicating critical files in case systems are down. Then, they detect the failure and reconfigure the settings in order to repair the malfunction. Disaster recovery protects both virtual and physical environments.

Disaster recovery is a business must-have. It reduces risk and creates peace of mind for customers and employees. By having a process in place, there is less risk of losing revenue, customers and employee productivity. Make the responsible decision and protect the lifeblood of your business. Businesses without the proper securities in place, like an insurance policy on data for instance, are at risk to a number of damaging disruptions. Like car insurance is a necessity for responsible drivers, disaster recovery services are a requirement for responsible businesses.

Outsourcing Your IT Services

by Jack Gesualdi, August 13th, 2014 in Data Center, Hosting, Support

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Common Signs It’s Time for Managed Hosting

by Jack Gesualdi, August 5th, 2014 in Data Center

Every day businesses face data center challenges. Whether it’s limited capacity or power issues, these challenges are time-consuming and sometimes costly. With so much focus on the daily management tasks and troubleshooting, you may find that you’re losing time that should be spent on supporting your core business initiatives.

In an effort to save time and keep business operating, many have turned to managed hosting solutions.  Simply put, managed hosting means that the provider takes care of all of your server related issues. Utilizing a managed hosting company has many benefits but how do you know it’s time for managed hosting? As your data center solution experts, we understand that you may not be quite yet convinced that managed hosting is necessary. Below are common signs that it’s time to switch to managed hosting.

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You don’t have time to monitor your server
Server monitoring is crucial for your business as it helps identify any irregularities or potential failures. This helps you spot possible threats before they occur and become a major problem. However, because server monitoring is something that needs to be done on a regular basis, you may not find that you have time to do it. With managed hosting, system administrators constantly monitor the server ensuring that it is working properly.

You’ve experienced server security issues
Server security should be a huge priority. Security covers all aspects including spam filtering, virus scanning, and software firewall configuration to name a few. But you may not know what tools to use to keep your system free of security threats. With managed hosting, hosting providers have the necessary tools and experience to deal with security threats and ensure your system remains free of any.

You don’t have time to regularly back up your data
The last thing anyone wants is to lose data especially since it can be so costly for a company. By regularly backing up your data, it keeps it secure. With managed services, you will have the peace of mind that your data is secure and backed up as the hosting providers have procedures and processes in place to work in such situations.

You’re spending more time and money than you want to
As a small business owner, you already have enough expenses to manage. It’s more financially feasible to hire a hosting company that is equipped with the right tools and procedures to handle server related issues than to try to fix things on your own time. The time you spend on managing the server is time that could be better spent concentrating on your business initiatives.