In almost every technology discussion, no matter what the topic, the Cloud seems to make its way into the middle. You will most likely hear about the substantial business and technology benefits for moving to the Cloud. While most IT professionals would agree that cloud computing is advantageous, the most common concern is how to make the move to the cloud. As an end-to-end provider of colocation and cloud services, we have seen many companies that are either completely petrified of moving to the cloud or ready to jump-in head first with an all-or-nothing approach. To assure a smooth cloud transition, companies should follow a roadmap outlining gradual adoption. While each roadmap is different, Colocation has continued to play an important role in the journey to the cloud.
Outsourcing some data and applications to a colocation facility is a great first step for those who are worried about letting go of some of the day-to-day control of their IT assets. Colocation allows businesses to maintain ownership of their IT systems without having to invest in space, power, cooling, and physical security. Colocation also optimizes the use of legacy hardware that companies don’t want to waste. Businesses can co-locate depreciating servers at a secure data center while accessing virtual machines on an as-needed basis and building their cloud footprint. Furthermore, businesses that leverage the use of experts to manage assets enable their IT team to focus on more strategic and operational efforts. They can then start gradually moving applications little by little to the cloud.
By partnering with ColoSpace, an end-to-end provider of colocation AND cloud services, businesses can simplify their cloud journey by leveraging our breadth and depth of expertise, 24×7 support and security and regulatory compliance standards to implement a flexible, scalable and cost-effective cloud platform. Furthermore, ColoSpace’s expansive service offering assures that as a business’ strategy evolves, so do we, assuring that no IT investment ever goes to waste.
For many, colocation is more than a step towards the cloud. It can be an important component in an overall IT strategy. It offers many of the same benefits as the cloud and provides an easy way to connect to it, all while helping you meet changing business needs without throwing away your investment in existing IT assets.
In Part Two, we will discuss Colocation’s role as the foundation of the perfect Hybrid Cloud environment.
As part of a suite of managed services, managed Domain Name Service can bring incredible value to an enterprise. This is because DNS is quietly one of the most important points of access for any business with an online component – as well as one of the most vulnerable to failure and compromise.
What is DNS?
DNS, in its simplest form, is like a phone book for the Internet. It allows you to look up a person or businesses name and find their contact information. Once a business registers a domain, with that domain comes a variety of other responsibilities and options, not least of which is maintaining DNS infrastructure.
“DNS is like an Internet phone book.”
The way we live and work is changing rapidly, driven by an influx of Millennials entering the job market. As of 2015, Millennials represented the largest generation currently in the U.S. workforce, and their expectations about what a workplace can be — alongside evolving technology — have led to a radical shift in work flexibility. And the one tool that is poised to make the job of the future a reality is desktop as a service (DaaS).
“DaaS provides streamlined, cloud-based access to operationally-vital applications from anywhere, on any machine.”
As we’ve written before, more businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud services for their key operations. On average, many organizations use around four separate cloud services like email, backup, file-sharing and CRM. These features can increase efficiency and take the headache out of having in-house IT managing applications internally. But enterprises are constantly looking for more consolidation — with 56 percent of organizations saying they would prefer a single source for their hosted IT.
This is where Desktop-as-a-Service, like what ColoSpace offers comes in. DaaS combines desktop, applications, data and IT services into a single cloud solution, enabling users to access all of their apps and data — cloud or local — from a hosted desktop on any device — Windows, Mac, tablet or smartphone — from any location.
Configure once, manage centrally, deploy globally!
As a way to radically transform your IT operations, Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) can add value and efficiency to your company. Simply put, DaaS is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offered and hosted on the backend by a third-party cloud service provider. This means that the desktop resides on an offsite server maintained and updated by the cloud service provider and can be made accessible from anywhere on any device. They are sometimes referred to as “hosted desktop services.”
In part one of our series on the benefits of outsourcing your enterprise IT services and data center solutions we detailed how having a team of experts constantly monitoring core business infrastructure can help a business scale economically, while granting access to experienced and qualified IT professionals. In part two of the series, we’ll focus on the lower costs associated with outsourcing, which will help you concentrate on delivering best-in-class products and services.
Outsourcing provides businesses with the opportunity to break costs down by what they need, eliminating what they don’t. With over 15 years of experience and expertise, the ColoSpace technical team is able to address IT issues on-demand, reducing the workload of in-house IT. Their three-tiered system with experts in multiple disciplines, is designed to ensure the rapid resolution of all technical issues by the appropriate professional:
In a dynamic IT environment, your business needs the ability to grow and scale — and have experts on call 24×7 to address changing needs. With traditional in-house IT, you may find your team bogged-down with menial, repetitive maintenance tasks or struggling with the demands of cutting-edge tech infrastructure, and never having enough time to focus on business-driving applications. That is where the advanced expertise and scalability offered through outsourcing can help.
Are you looking for a business solution that integrates cloud services with advanced security and accessibility not typically associated with a public cloud solution? A hybrid solution might be just what you are looking for. In 2016, about half of all IT workloads will use the cloud this year instead of on-site aspects. By 2017, almost two-thirds of all data processing operations will be cloud-based.
In the event of a disaster, it pays to have a plan. For businesses that are dependent on business applications and their data, the loss of a server can be financially devastating and bring day-to-day operations grinding to a halt. This makes disaster recovery (DR) solutions invaluable for maintaining business continuity after an unforeseen event.
Thus, DR services are utterly indispensable for many businesses. With many DR recovery solutions, data and software are copied automatically to a backup server, essentially cloning the information held on the primary server. In a case where one server goes down, the other has an exact copy of the data ready to be used, limiting downtime and protecting against losses.