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Leveraging a Data Center for Competitive Advantage

by Editor on March 4, 2015

For companies spread across multiple locations, especially across continents like Europe, Asia, and North America, having a disaster recovery site for your critical applications isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. But finding the right site is challenging, because it often must meet multiple requirements.

Consider for a moment some of the challenges that you probably face:

  • Compliance with SSAE 16 (formally SAS 70 – level II);
  • Compliance with specific industry regulations such as: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, for health insurance companies), Payment Card Industry (PCI), and Data Security Standard (DSS);
  • Ability to accommodate multiple ISP and telecom providers;
  • Delivery on redundancy and latency requirements;
  • Need for heightened security;
  • Compliance with several European (or other international); and
  • Ability to prevent and neutralize minimal threats.

 

If you’re faced with these challenges what can you do? For many companies, the solution is a one-stop repository known as a data center. According to PC Magazine, a data center “is constructed to run as economically as possible – all computer, electrical and lighting systems, as well as the building materials, must be rated for maximum efficiency.”

 

By co-locating and hosting your technology operations at a data center, you can achieve:

  • A secure data center space, including a secure facility;
  • Compliance and certifications;
  • High availability through full redundancy;
  • Cooling systems, electrical systems, fire suppression and environmental controls;
  • Security and access control;
  • Internet and electrical Services;
  • Managed services; and
  • Scalability and extensibility.

 

Plus, when you use a data center for all your critical applications, you’ll reap the benefits of improved quality, reduction in the total cost of ownership, and you’ll give your company a competitive advantage over others.

 

About the author: Brian Cauble is Director of Sales & Marketing at Tech Vault, – Vermont’s first commercial, LEED certified, managed data center & co-location facility that works with AT&T, Comcast Metro-E, Fairpoint, FirstLight, Level 3 and Sovernet. As a SSAE 16 Type 2 data center, Tech Vault is also HIPAA and PCI/DSS compliant. Brian can be contacted at bcauble@techvault.net

 

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