17 October 2018

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How to Evaluate DDoS Prevention Services

Data Center by Tom Collins

Does your business need to be proactive to prevent a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack? Would you leave your store or home unlocked? Would you leave your work laptop open and unattended if you left the premises to go retrieve something from your car? Why do I keep asking these blatantly softball questions?

All kidding aside, recent Akamai analysis of the DDoS threat landscape revealed that this type of attack is up 16% in the past year alone. When you drill down into how criminal actors are evolving, the stats get grim. Attacks against applications have increased by 38% in the last year.

The February 2018 “GitHub” attack was the largest DDoS attack on record—more than twice the size of the Mirai Dyn attack which took down Amazon, Netflix, and other major websites in October 2016.

New forms of DDoS are cropping up all the time, including the previously unused “Memcached” technique used in the GitHub attack.

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9 October 2018

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SD-WAN Explained: Answering the Common Misconceptions

Data Center by Tom Collins

Modern businesses are hungry for bandwidth.

IP traffic is increasing exponentially as organizations are required to support an increased number of:

  • Cloud-Based Applications
  • Collaboration and Conferencing Tools
  • Browsing and Streaming Demands
  • File Transfer, Storage, and Backup Requirements
  • Mobile and Internet of Things Devices

These expanding bandwidth requirements translate to more complex and costly network administration needs. When coupled with increased cybersecurity threats such as DDoS attacks, organizations are in need of simple and secure ways to administer high-performing networks.

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15 August 2018

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Colocation Pricing: Understanding Your Options

Data Center by Tom Collins

Server Colocation can be the right way for organizations to achieve cost savings, simpler management, and flexibility for mission-critical IT workloads. Gartner research predicts that worldwide spending on Colocation services will reach $74.5 billion by 2020.

Moving your servers off-site to a trusted vendor’s facility can allow your organization to maintain control over your data, while achieving cost savings and other benefits of a colocated IT infrastructure.

Server Colocation pricing can vary significantly, depending on a large number of factors which we've outlined below. the Washington, D.C. area, Colocation costs can start at $100 a month for a single server with 100 Mbps of Internet bandwidth, and increase to as low as $600 per month for a full cabinet.

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27 June 2018

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Cloud vs. Dedicated Server Cost: Which Is The Better Deal?

Data Center by Tom Collins

If you’re trying to decide between cloud vs. dedicated server as the right solution for your business workloads, the price is an important factor which can shape your final decision. From the perspective of pure operating expenses, the price tag each month on a cloud service is likely to be lower for many use cases. However, the cloud is not the right fit for every workload, and neither are dedicated servers.

Evaluating cloud vs. dedicated servers solely on monthly costs paid alone is a mistake. There are other factors which should shape your decision. There are both hard and soft costs which can impact total cost of ownership (TCO) and overall client experience.

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20 June 2018

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Dedicated Servers: 7 Surprising Benefits for Businesses Over the Cloud

Data Center by Tom Collins

There is a lot of hype in information technology around the cloud as the "end all and be all" solution for business data, and there’s good reason for that hype. Deployments of cloud technology can offer businesses some serious benefits for many use cases, such as cost savings, scalability, and time to market. According to RightScale research, over 9-out-of-10 enterprises have adopted cloud technologies to some degree, including software-as-a-service and other cloud innovations.

However, there are reasons and use cases where dedicated servers are a better choice than cloud. If a business workload has stringent data security requirements or high availability and uptime requirements, a business’ needs could be best met with server resources that are rented and reserved solely for their needs.

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4 October 2017

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Hybrid Cloud Implementation: How to Integrate Cloud and On-Premises Applications

Data Center by Tom Collins

In the last year alone, adoption of hybrid cloud solutions has tripled. Between 2016 and 2017, the percentage of organizations using a hybrid IT infrastructure has increased from 19% to 57%.

Hybrid cloud is a new era in IT operations, according to Dell SVP Josh Kahn to Forbes. Unlocking the potential of the cloud requires organizations to “think about IT services rather than IT projects.” A focus on the technology and how it should work is a driver for effectively lending on-premises, private, and public resources to carry an IT workload.

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30 June 2017

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Data Centers in Maryland: Which are the Best?

Data Center by Tom Collins

New challenges call for new solutions.

For enterprises big or small, the increased dependency on secure network connectivity and cloud infrastructure has significantly boosted data center demand. According to commercial real estate firm CBRE’s National Data Center Update last year, deliveries of new data center construction was able to keep pace with large amounts of demand absorbing 94.8 MW of critical power in the first two quarters alone—a rate that matches absorption levels for the entire year of 2014.

If you’re currently looking for a Maryland data center space or colocation facility to help you effectively manage mission-critical data and similar assets, nothing beats doing your homework beforehand.

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27 June 2017

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Washington DC Data Center: Which Offers the Best Customer Support?

Data Center by Tom Collins

Studies have found that 93% of businesses that lose access to their data assets for 10 days or more file bankruptcy within 12 months.

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7 June 2017

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Cloud vs. Colocation vs. Hybrid Cloud: Which Is Best for Business?

Data Center by Tom Collins

As the servers that power your business continue their march out of the office in favor of cloud services and dedicated remote facilities, you may soon find yourself wondering why you ever hosted your own servers locally.

Before you can move your systems and files offsite, though, you’ve got to contend with a tough decision: to use a service for distributed cloud-based servers, or migrate to a shared “colocation” facility - or a mixture between the two.

Before we get into all of the factors to consider when making this decision, though, understand no matter which direction you opt for, you can’t necessarily go wrong. In some situations, the cloud might make more sense, and in others, a colocation facility may be somewhat better. But either way, any move that involves taking your servers off-premises is a good move.

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19 October 2016

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Data Center vs. Cloud Computing: 4 Considerations Beyond Cost

Data Center by Tom Collins

Considering a move to the cloud? If you've been perusing information on the web and doing your research, you know the costs of moving to the cloud versus the costs of running your own data center are a big decision factor.

Don't get distracted by promises of reduced costs.

Bottom line savings are great, but there are other factors that need to be considered. In addition to price, consider these 4 elements to help you determine whether cloud-based computing or a data center is more appropriate for your organization.

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