The benefits of colocation

Blog provided by Electric Kitten

Most data centers in-house are getting old and there is a lot of pressure to move assets out of the company. The three most common options are to move to the cloud, a local data center provider, or even a hybrid. Here are some of the core benefits of taking the colocation approach:

Just as cloud hosting services allow customers to move what would normally be capex costs to an operational model, colocation allows companies to do the same with the data center. It is then much easier to increase your operational costs and install more servers at a third-party facility than it is to expand an in-house data center.

Another benefit of colocation is in terms of core competency. Running a proper data center for revenue critical applications takes a team of dedicated and specially trained staff. It is far more efficient and economical to focus on the core competency of the company than it is to maintain the skills and manpower inhouse to keep a data center running.

Colocation is much more than just renting out rack space and related utilities to run a server. Modern data centers offer several related products and services and provide enterprises with a complete data center offering. Expansion, audit services, secure rack spaces, are just few examples of other offerings.

Physical and operational security are two key components of audits that expensive and difficult to maintain. You get both straight away when you colocate. You can expect several layers of physical security at a minimum, and all these will be audited regularly.

If you need LA colocation or dedicated server provider you can trust, contact Electric Kitten today. They’ve provided reliable web hosting services for almost two decades. If you are in the Southern California area, give them a call at 877-821-HOST or email them at sales@electrickitten.com.

 

How secure is cloud hosting?

Blog provided by Rack Alley

Depending on who you ask, you might get a variety of opinions about security in cloud computing. Some people will say it makes you vulnerable to hacking, while others will say that you have nothing to worry about. The question remains: what is the truth about the cloud’s security, and how does this affect cloud hosting services?

Like all hosting services, cloud hosting’s security is not infallible. There may be occasions where cloud hosting services deal with security issues such as DDoS attacks and malware, which are no different from what other types of hosting services usually face. But cloud hosting has developed a comprehensive, dedicated set of security tools to keep up with the industry’s demands. In fact, Quentin Hardy, former deputy technological editor for the New York Times, even argued that data in the cloud is even more secure than other types of stored data, because cloud computing is usually managed and monitored by trained experts in data centers.

Many cloud hosting services make use of techniques such as encryption, firewalls, multi-factor authentication, and other security measures designed for the safety of their client’s data. According to InfoWorld’s David Linthicum, cloud providers have been spending as much as 75 percent of their R&D budget on obtaining proper security.

Investing in your security has become the general trend among companies in the cloud industry. However, not every company is going to give you the same amount of effort in this area. It is still important to make sure you choose a cloud hosting company with the right amount of security for your needs.

Rack Alley is one cloud hosting provider with robust security services. Their Los Angeles Data Center is staffed with experts who will keep your data safe and secure.