Data centers, at their core, are places where important computer systems and applications are housed. The systems and applications, usually found in the form of huge servers, contained within data centers are often integral parts of running a business. They allow companies to store important data in a location external of the computers and other devices they use daily, and guard against massive data loss in emergency situations (such as hacking or power failures). But unless you are a huge corporation, having a data center on-site is not practical nor is it feasible.
One of the major issues with an in-house data center is space. Where are you going to put a large server? Additionally, the room that the server is housed in needs to be kept at a regulated temperature so that it does not overheat. Another major issue with in-house data centers is the cost: they cost a lot to build and to maintain. You have to pay for the equipment itself, and then pay to have it installed in an appropriately designed area. They also require near-constant monitoring in case something goes wrong. If your data center experiences a power outage, someone needs to know about it so that it can be repaired in a timely manner in order to minimize downtime. These things all add up to one major headache for businesses. At the end of the day, however, data centers are important because of the systems they contain. Companies who realize the importance of those systems but can’t feasibly create their own data centers should consider off-site data centers. They give your business access to the systems you need without the hassles of an on-site data center.
Many companies have moved their data to off-site data centers and are leaving the maintenance to the companies who specialize in running them. When you migrate your data to an off-site data center, you no longer have to worry about hardware refreshing, hard drive failures, maintaining the right temperature for your servers to function or possible downtime.
With IronOrbit, your desktops, servers, data and applications are housed at our state of the art data centers. We have partnered with the best in the industry: AT&T, COX, Time Warner, SAVVIS and Level 3. Our data centers are housed in multiple locations, which are all equipped with the following features:
- Redundant Internet connectivity: If the main Internet connection fails, a backup will kick in; this will decrease any possible downtime, so you can get back to serving your clients as soon as possible.
- Environmental Protection Systems: We offer several environmental control systems. First, we feature HVAC redundant cooling systems; these help regulate temperature and humidity in our data centers, so the servers are kept at an optimum temperature. We also feature fire suppression systems designed to protect the servers from damage.
- Multi-level security: Rest assured that your data is protected by top-of-the-line security systems. Each data center is equipped with multiple levels of security controls such as biometric palm readers, video monitoring and alarm monitoring.
IronOrbit’s data centers allow you to easily house all your systems and applications through a secure and reliable off-site source.