Tag: managed server

SaaS Value Added and Risk Management

Posted on November 2, 2010 by

There is an interesting trade-off in value add and risk management as you move up the SaaS Delivery Stack. The higher layers represent the majority of the value add for most SaaS providers.

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 …

Can The Cloud Help Startups?

Posted on June 7, 2010 by

While reading an article in the March 22nd edition of NETWORKWORLD by Jon Brodkin entitled “DEMO start-ups for the cloud”, I made note of a particularly interesting quote by Jeff Crown, president of DEMO, presenter at VenueGen, that “ this is a tough time for start-ups looking raise venture capital.”  Venture capitalists are looking for companies that are both targeting a rich market and have already demonstrated progress in winning over customers. Since a lot of these startup companies are …

This is the second in the series on PCI Compliance by guest blogger Adam Goslin, an experienced consultant that assists companies with achieving and maintaining PCI Compliance.  PCI compliant hosting is important for all of our clients who hold and handle credit card information. The series explains the six objectives of PCI DSS, what to look for in a PCI compliant data center, and how to maintain PCI compliance for your company. We hope that you find it useful and …

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 recent economic downturn has put tremendous pressure on data center operators, as it has on most everyone else, to cut costs and avoid expenses wherever possible. Despite the economic turmoil, however, demand for data storage space and computing power has not diminished. As a result, companies have been faced with an increasingly difficult decision: upgrade or outsource? As data center equipment ages, companies must decide whether to upgrade existing data centers (or even construct new data centers) or to …

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. …

Sometimes it seems so obvious after the fact.  That’s the case when we started using social media tools to improve customer support in our managed data center business. Online Tech is fairly active in the social media world when it comes to marketing our managed servers and colocation products to make sure the world knows who we are, what we do, and to inject our opinions and viewpoints from time to time. But the breakthrough came from a new tool …

I was just describing what N+1 means for a data center to a team of new employees that joined Online Tech this week. The question came up – is an N+1 data center the best strategy for small & mid-size enterprises? The answer is “it depends”. “N” is enough to do the job – enough power, cooling, UPS, or internet bandwidth required to support the servers and applications running in the data center.  “N+1″ is having 1 more of every …

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