Doing business is about more than just having a rock-solid sales strategy or hiring the best personnel; modern companies must have an efficient solution for their computing needs. Large corporations can often pay to maintain their own servers and data facilities in-house, but many small or mid-sized businesses do not have this luxury.
Combining the Best of Colocation and the Cloud
One of the hot topics in the IT industry is colocation, or the process of transferring a physical server to a purpose built facility where it shares bandwidth with other servers. This process allows companies that have increased hosting needs that cannot be adequately helped traditional providers to have dedicated servers for their own, individual use. The cloud is being recognized as the future of business since it provides access to important files and data wherever there is internet access. When these two data management systems are combined, even small companies can get the IT experience that are enjoyed by the richest, big-name businesses.
The Server Central Hybrid Solution
Combining colocation with the cloud is what is known as hybrid computing. A hybrid cloud system combined with the hosting power of a colocation server makes it possible to access large amount of information reliably, and without costing an arm and a leg. Some of the benefits to going hybrid include:
- 10 Gbps data cross-connections between servers
- Free data transfer to and from colocation servers to cloud
- Servers up all day, every day and protected from outages
- Integrated elements that work seamlessly with pre-established dedicated systems
- Automatic scaling of internet applications into the cloud
Making the Hybrid Transition
For companies that have a computing solution that works for their situation and needs, it may not be necessary to switch to a hybrid server. However, as businesses expand and as their data usage becomes larger or more robust, already having a hybrid solution in place can make all the difference in terms of maintaining work flow. For companies that already have a dedicated colocation server, it is a simple matter of connecting the server with the virtual environment.
It is possible to do all this work independent of a third party provider, but doing so is much more cost prohibitive. Some of the services that are automatic or can be included when clients choose a hybrid provider are:
- Secure facility – A purpose-built facility is secure in many ways, not the least of which is increased protection from outages and data breaches.
- On-site maintenance – This optional extra lets companies that do not have staff who are familiar with server structure to have the benefits of a dedicated, in-house provider. The experts at the colocation center can perform all the necessary maintenance that allows web services and cloud connectivity to continue unimpeded.
- One hundred percent uptime – Businesses that hesitate to move because they do not want to lose their web connectivity do not have to worry when they use an off-site server. All they have to do is subscribe to a maintenance plan, and they can move across the country and still have superior cloud connectivity.
By enrolling with a hybrid server plan, businesses can take advantage of IT expertise that was previously reserved only for the companies that could afford a dedicated staff and server facility. The hybrid method saves a significant amount of money and increases the efficiency day-to-day company cloud access.
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