Cloud and Data Centre
If you are looking at establishing or moving an outsourced data centre, or you’re looking at cloud services, this section is for you. Find out how to avoid the pitfalls, and ensure success.
Cloud service providers tell us that cloud is everywhere and we should be using it for everything. Our experience is different. In our experience, smart organisations will have hybrid set ups, with specific applications (like, say, backup) in the cloud, and many others delivered via existing corporate structures. Migration to cloud services is gradual, and requires a mature approach from everybody involved across many disciplines – technical, operational, and legal, if it is to work.
Cloud will go on being headline news, and the smart organisations will use the opportunity to fix technology issues which have long been problematic (like data backup) with a new approach (like cloud). They will also make sure that their cloud adoption includes a long hard look at legal and operational issues as part of the process.
We are big fans of hosting for growing businesses. Systems and data are now way too important – even in a small department – to live on a server in a cupboard in the corner of an office – or even a locked room behind the kitchen. New rules around data protection and governance, and new standards of best practice means that your data has to be properly housed.
We’ve partnered with Rackspace to provide the highest level of secure hosting, coupled with fanatical support.
Organisations have been outsourcing data centres for a while now. Some organisations are at the point where they are moving from one data centre provider to another.
Many organisations are operating a twin data centre model where one is in house and one is outsourced. Some organisations are operating two outsourced data centres. The choices are many – outsource, insource, co-location. And then there are questions around space, power, bandwidth, contracts.
That’s where we come in. We’ve been helping organisations setup, build, and use data centres since data centres began. We will help you establish what it is you need, survey the market for the right providers, and then complete your data centre project.
A man running a business once said to us. “I’ve been asking my technical team for ages, if we lost all our data tomorrow, could you get it all back? I can’t get a straight answer!”
We sympathised with that man, because it’s a common problem. We also sympathised with his technical team for the same reason. Backup is usually in place – nominally - but is rarely monitored or tested in many organisations, some of them bigger than you think.
A backup is not a backup if the only time you find out whether it works is when you have had the disaster. Trust us – if that’s the case, it will fail.
Our response to this common challenge has been to develop a cloud based backup service. We have done this in partnership with On-Demand Recovery (ODR). ODR provides cloud backup facilities to us, and all they do, all day long, is perform, monitor, and test backups on behalf of people like us and you. It’s secure, timely, reliable data backup.