Data is money

Posted on April 28, 2016 by

It amazes me how plentiful and important data has become to our lives. It truly has become the currency that runs our world. From targeted ads to the growth of big data analytics, information has tremendous value. That’s why I have no doubt your business requires data to survive. For most companies, Online Tech included, efficiency would be severely impacted if we lost all access to our data. That is why I say, “Data is money.” And where do we …

This month, we brought a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) online at our Mid-Michigan data center. We maintain an N+1 redundancy configuration there and with the rapid growth in the amount of data we were hosting, we brought another UPS online to help carry the load and maintain our redundancy. In order to make this a successful event, there was a lot that had to be done. There were four different vendors onsite to help bring the UPS online. This involved switching over …

IT Disaster recovery is all about protecting your data, and the cost of data loss can be staggering. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. As a business, you spend an enormous amount of time, planning, and money into making your organization successful. But what are you doing to protect yourself against a disaster? If it’s time for you to re-evaluate your current DR position, …

Disaster recovery is neither simple nor easy. The underpinnings of a successful disaster recovery strategy are complex and often difficult to implement and maintain. If you lead a technology department, you have a running list of disaster recovery issues that rapidly goes from manageable to overwhelming. It is a time-consuming and complicated endeavor. You know that your data systems are critical to your business. Without them, your business soon grinds to a not-so-graceful halt. The risk of losing business compounds with every …

Despite the phenomenal growth of cloud computing and the increase of knowledge that comes with it, there are still many myths about the cloud that persist even to this day. If you’re thinking about moving to the cloud or are already there, there are some beliefs you should know that might cause you to rethink your cloud strategy. Here are 5 common cloud computing myths: Moving to the cloud is a one-man or one-team decision. Contrary to what you might think, adopting …

Flash, SAS or SATA storage?

Posted on March 30, 2016 by

All-flash storage has become a big trend not only in the consumer market with phones and laptops but also in the enterprise, with companies like EMC and Pure Storage dominating the news and the market. Does this mean traditional hard disk storage is dead? Not exactly. Two big benefits of this non-volatile memory are that it does not require power to maintain stored data integrity, and it resists wear and tear better than traditional hard drives. These two combined have made it the …

Encryption is becoming more and more a part of our personal and professional lives. One could even argue that we can’t live without it. In fact, it’s become so standardized that Amazon recently announced it was bringing back encryption to its Kindle Fire tablet after removing it in a previous version and hearing customer complaints. And with all the media coverage surrounding Apple’s latest encryption fight, it’s safe to say it’s at the forefront of security-related minds. Encryption, which typically uses an …

What is object storage?

Posted on March 22, 2016 by

Even though object storage has been around for a while, it hasn’t grown in awareness and popularity until recently. But what is it? Object storage, also known as object-based storage, is a cloud storage system that views data as objects, rather than a file (file system storage) or blocks within a sector (block storage). It can be implemented at multiple levels, including the system, interface and device level. Unlike block storage, which splits files into, well, blocks of raw data, …

All forms of media have been dramatically transformed by their digitization, including video, music, the classifieds, magazines and pictures. This digital transformation enabled a new business model and was an onslaught that decimated the print and analog industries as we knew them. Now data virtualization is heading for IT. Is that a bad thing? IT professionals claim they benefit from it. All of this virtualization will call for more and more of their expertise, they say. As everyone digitizes everything, the world …

Looking for the best place for data hosting? Consider Indiana. If you’re in charge of finding a place for data hosting, one of the bigger challenges can be finding the right location. You want a place that’s safe but also not impossible to get to if needed. After all, you’re looking for a place to store your most valuable asset—your data. Here are three reasons why you should choose Indianapolis, Indiana to host your data, whether it’s stored via cloud, colocation …

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