For the upcoming IMN Data Center East Conference, I’ve been invited to speak on the panel called “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services” about managed services for data center operators. From my experience, two of the highest value managed services a data center operator can provide are backup and managed security services. I wrote about backup services in a previous post, so this one is about considerations for offering security services around cloud computing and colocation. Hosted security as …

At the end of May, I’m speaking on a panel at IMN’s Data Center East Conference in New York City. The panel is titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services (for data center operators)” and will focus its message on market demand for managed services that deliver high value for colocation and cloud computing users. I define high value as an essential service that a service provider can deliver at a lower cost and with higher quality than their …

According to the 2013 Bit9 Server Security Survey Report, 55 percent of IT and security professionals’ top server security concerns include targeted attacks and data breaches on their servers. Another 26 percent report they have been hit by advanced malware, up from 2011 when only 17 percent reported the same. When it comes to which kind of servers pose the highest risk, 52 percent said web servers, with file servers and email servers trailing behind at 12 and 11 percent, …

Using a High Availability (HA) architecture can greatly reduce the risk of losing revenue and customers due to a loss of Internet connectivity or loss of power. However, how much do you really understand about a high availability infrastructure? What does high availability really mean when it comes to data centers and networks? Why is high availability important for your business? I was able to sit down and speak with Online Tech’s Project Manager, Noah Wolff, to answer common questions …

Video, music, classified ads, newspapers, magazines, pictures – all forms of media have been dramatically transformed by their digitization. iTunes, Amazon and all of their various devices have enabled a new business model that created fantastic wealth at the expense of old-guard leaders. This digital transformation was an onslaught that decimated local newspapers, record stores, film production, magazines and many more. IT professionals claim they dodged this. In fact, they claim they benefit from this. All of this digitization will …

Benefits of Managed Dedicated Servers

Posted on October 12, 2011 by

When it comes to conducting a cost-benefit analysis of hosting your servers with a third party versus maintaining your own servers, take note that benefits lie primarily in security, support, reliability and scalability. Leaving IT up to the experts can save you time and money better spent on growing your business. Security – Quality data centers will invest the capital and time to undergo audits to ensure their physical security, logical network security, employee training and company-wide policies and procedures meet …

5 SaaS Server Hosting Options

Posted on October 26, 2010 by

As SaaS providers decide between running the servers internally or outsourcing some or all of the server management, they have a number of hosting options available – ranging from basic colocation to managed servers to cloud solutions.

Many low end dedicated servers on the market are desktop computers that are stacked on metal shelves or put on roll-able baker’s racks and sold as dedicated “servers”. At Online Tech, desktop computers aren’t what our clients are looking for in a managed dedicated server.  Our clients need managed servers with 24×7 reliability to run their customer-facing systems and internal IT infrastructure.  Running those systems on desktop computers doesn’t provide the reliability that our clients demand. The same is true …

Stu Silberman, head of Marketing and Sales for Dataspace, discusses the benefits of hosting for business intelligence applications. Ready for two of my favorite business mantras? 1.   “Don’t buy anything you can lease.  Don’t lease anything you can borrow.  Don’t borrow anything you can liberate…” These words from a business school professor many years ago are timeless – cash is valuable so why tie it up unnecessarily? 2.   “Never up, never in.”  This one is from my Dad, who taught …

The value proposition for a managed data center is actually pretty simple: 1)      You can save money compared to operating your own data center. Whether through basic colocation (where we provide the data center infrastructure and you manage your own servers), through managed colocation (we manage our your servers in our data center), or managed dedicated servers (we buy, operate and manage dedicated servers for you), we can deliver our data center solutions more cost effectively than the do-it-yourself model. …

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