Vault Networks https://www.vaultnetworks.com Miami Cloud and Dedicated Servers, Colocation, and Data Center Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:15:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Top Reasons to Deploy a Dedicated Server https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/reasons-to-deploy-a-server/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/reasons-to-deploy-a-server/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:15:01 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4559  

  1. You expect to be a huge business very soon – Perhaps you haven’t started your web presence yet, but because of the sheer volume of business you have offline you know that your website will be on fire from day one.  When you have a reputation for being a leader in your field, the last thing you want to do is launch a broken website that can’t handle the load being thrown at it.  This is damaging to your brand, and could actually negatively impact your business instead of improving it, which a website should always do.
  2. You have outgrown your solution – Many users start with something small and need to grow over time.  For example, most bloggers tend to start on free accounts, or maybe they pay for their website name.  Once they get successful and bring in large amounts of traffic, they may get an unexpected price hike or even be asked to leave the service!  At this point they would have to look at a dedicated solution.  If you see the writing on the wall that you will need something bigger in the future, its best to resolve it sooner than later, or you could end up with faulty solution fast.
  3. Regulations – sharing a server with others, whether it is fellow business owners or a hosting service, can be problematic when it comes time to meet regulatory requirements.  Say you need to update your security settings because a new regulation comes out on Monday, and it needs to be done by end of day Wednesday.  However, the business that you share your server with is having a huge sale that it has planned for months on Monday and Tuesday, leaving you with a very small window to implement the updates.  When you are the sole user of your server, this is a non-issue.  You can make updates whenever you wish.
  4. Control – When you are the sole owner of your dedicated server, you have complete control over the system.  You can have 2 cores or 8, 2 GB of RAM or 16.  You can provide your specifications to Vault Networks and you can be up in a couple of days instead of a couple of months.
  5. 24/7 Technical Services – at Vault Networks you can leverage our Technicians to support you with your dedicated server.  If you need us to make any physical modifications to your machine we will be more than happy to make arrangements.  This is a great way to ensure that your server has everything that it needs, even when an issue arises.
  6. No large capital expenses – If you are purchasing a full-blown server for your business, you may have to spend thousands or even tens of thousands up front in order to get the piece that you need.  With Vault Networks, our dedicated solutions start as low as $79 per month, with cloud solutions starting as low as $39 per month.

 

If you are considering a dedicated server or any other Vault Networks solution and have any additional questions, please feel to reach out to us so that we can discuss any other points that you may be considering in taking care of your infrastructure needs.

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Importance of Latency https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/importance-of-latency/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/importance-of-latency/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:00:24 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4552  

When building any type if web-application, whether it is a website, online game, or email platform, end users expect to be able to access their information rapidly so that they can perform the task they are trying to accomplish.  One of the most important factors that will either help or hurt in this area is latency.  Today we will be going over what latency is, and why the Vault Networks network provides is an excellent solution for any business with sensitivity towards latency in their work.

Latency is a way of measuring how long it takes for one packet of data to go from point A to point B.  Another way of looking at it would be how long it takes a user to go from an empty page to Google.  There are several ways of measuring latency, but one of the most common is to enter the Command Prompt “Ping”.  This is a good way for a more technical user to see how long it takes for a packet to go from point A to point B, but the average end user doesn’t really care about this.  The average end user cares about how many seconds it takes to load a page, and too many seconds is a very bad thing.

End users are very impatient when it comes to waiting for a website or web application to load.  To put in perspective, a report performed for Amazon found that every extra 0.1 second of latency reduced sales by 1%.  Unresponsive websites and applications result in end users getting bored, and leaving your site/game/program/etc. to do something else, which is understandably counter-productive to your business.  Latency can be increased by additional hops between networks, geographical distribution, and software processing, among several other sources.  So if you are going to a website in London, and you are based in Los Angeles, there will understandably be some latency.

Vault Networks helps to alleviate latency issues though the premium blend of ISPs that compose our network.  By utilizing our blend of 11+ networks we are able to provide the best possible connection in addition to having redundancy measures in place to handle any loss of service from any one ISP.  In addition, because our data center is so geographically close to the Nap of the Americas, our connection to Latin America and the Caribbean is very fast compared to other solutions.

There are several ways that you can test our network to confirm that the speed will meet your needs.  You can either use a Command Prompt to “Pint” www.vaultnetworks.com, or you can use our speed test to be able to see just how fast you can download files off of our network.  Once you have confirmed how fast our speed is, feel free to reach out to us to learn more about our solutions by emailing sales@vaultnetworks.com or calling (305) 735-8098.

 

 

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Preparing for colocation https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/preparing-for-colocation/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/preparing-for-colocation/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:57:30 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4549  

Preparing for colocation is very similar to the sort of checklist that you would prepare when moving to a new home – not surprising when you consider that your data center is like a new house for your infrastructure.  Just like you would want to look at schools and traffic when looking into a new home, you will want to look into power and bandwidth when preparing to move into a new data center.  We will look at some of the key things to look at when considering a data center for colocation, as well as how our data center resolves those needs.

The first thing that you will want to do is to get a general idea of the services that you need.  Data Centers sell colocation by space and power, so you will want to understand the amount of Rackspace (measured in 1U, 2U, etc.) required as well as the amount of power (measured in Amps).  If you do not measure these things before getting involved in colocation, one of two things can happen.  If you overestimate the resources you will need, you will be overpaying for what you need in the solution.  Worse, if you underestimate the required resources, you will either be paying overage fees or the solution will temporarily not work – through no fault of the data center.  At Vault Networks we will work with you to find the required resources for your solution to prevent this from occurring.

Internet is another consideration for businesses considering colocation.  You need to make sure that you have the appropriate bandwidth for your applications – if you don’t order enough bandwidth you may have slow applications.  An alternative to this would be a ‘burstable’ connection which allows you to temporarily go beyond what you have subscribed to.  Vault Networks uses the philosophy of the 95th Percentile to determine billing in these cases, removing the top five percent of bandwidth usage in any given month.  This enables you to burst your connectivity as needed, without the fear of excessive overage charges.

Hardware is another consideration, though in most cases you will simply be bringing in your existing hardware to the data center.  However, depending on your growth needs, you may want to discuss expansion with your data center to see if they can assist you with technology procurement.  Vault Networks works with industry leaders such as Fortinet and Dell to assist you in doing just that, so if you feel that you need more servers after starting your solution, don’t hesitate to have that conversation with your provider.

Finally, consider any additional services that exist when looking into a solution beyond these three.  While you don’t have much if you don’t have power, space and internet, your particular needs may require additional consideration.  For example, you may need backup services for regulation purposes, and you may also want redundant power and internet to ensure that your infrastructure is operational at all times.  Be sure to discuss these services and more with us when discussing colocation, as Vault Networks does offer these services and more.

For more information about colocation services, be sure to reach out to us at sales@vaultnetworks.com or by calling (305) 735-8098 option 2.

 

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Small Businesses need Big Data https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/small-businesses-need-big-data/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/small-businesses-need-big-data/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:48:12 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4542  

In today’s day and age technology and internet have come a long way.  With social media, browsers, cell phones, tablets, apps, and CRM software there is a clear growth of customer data available.  This data shows companies what users value, enjoy, purchase, and how they behave. Companies that use that data to shape their marketing and sales efforts benefit greatly.

Companies that harness customer data can gain a competitive advantage. Companies like Google and Facebook have shaped the way that companies market to consumers and other businesses. Customer data can aid companies in determining how they need to market their products and services. Companies are able to shape the way consumers think. We can see this when products are introduced to the public that perhaps were not needed in the past, but make life or a task easier so consumers suddenly feel a “need” for it.

What happens to small businesses that do not have the resources to harness big data technologies? They can still collect data in a more affordable way. The smaller businesses can use tools such as Google analytics, reviews and testimonials, and questionnaires to collect customer data. Even something like Facebook can be used to access customers by using customer data. For example, when putting together a Facebook ad you can choose many different ways to reach specific target customers including focusing on their interests or job field. Some data is better than no data, and businesses everywhere are starting to realize this.

Businesses will continue to benefit from collecting customer data and using it to anticipate their needs. This will allow businesses to operate more efficiently and market more effectively. In order to collect big data companies will have to keep this data on file for a prolonged period of time and this can sometimes be overwhelming to an in-house data center. This is why cloud servers are often a great choice for a small business that is collecting customer data. Cloud servers can expand on demand as a business’s need grows.

 

To request more information about cloud server, please call us 305-735-8098, option #2, send us an email: Sales@vaultnetworks.com, or Chat with one of our reps live.

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Important Questions you should ask Before Choosing a Colocation Provider https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/questions-colocation/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/questions-colocation/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:06:31 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4545 There are many colocation providers everywhere and not every providers are equal. As there are number of options available it becomes tough to choose the right colocation partner. To choose the right colocation partner, try the following list of important questions that you should ask to make sure that the colocation provider meets your basic needs as well as your unique business requirements.

You can use the following list of questions to ensure you choose a colocation provider you can stick with over the long haul.

Where do I need my equipment to be located?

While choosing the right colocation partner it is very important to know where your provider is located. If you will be sending out your own IT support instead of using the support provided by the data center you must assess the time and distance you need for traveling to the center for any kinds of maintenance or other important requirements. But you must also consider the latency caused by your distance from the data center.

What buildings or POPs does the provider have fiber running to, and what is the total fiber capacity?

May be for the start you bandwidth needs are very minimal but the traffic may increase exponentially with the growth of your business. Ask your potential providers about the total capacity of their fiber connectivity. Ask them about their plan for future upgrades and also the time required for such upgrades. You may never want long interruptions due to these upgrades which can be mission-critical and hence you should consider all these factors before choosing the right carrier.

Is your IT secure from intentional and unintentional intrusion and damage?

Relying on a third party colocation provider with your confidential or classified company financial documents or any other important data is always difficult. You must be assured of a tight security in place both physical as well as other different security measures. Most of the colocation providers follow strict security policies at their data center location. No intruder without the access to the facility is allowed to pass through. Even the clients must pass through complete identification and verification process in order to visit their equipment center. While choosing your colocation partner, you must ask the details about the security in place at the center. If the colocation partner satisfies you and convinces you of the fact that your data will be secured from any intentional or unintentional intrusion or damage you can proceed with the colocation center.

Is the data center built to be resilient enough to withstand any impact of power outage?

Next you must ask about the fail-over plan of the facility. Power outage can be a very severe impact on your data while you’re processing them such as editing a database. Your data may get corrupted while you’re editing your database and there’s a power outage. You must ask your colocation partner about the power redundancy plan they have implemented at their center. Ask about the specifics.

What is the physical infrastructure of the data center like?

You must ask about the overall physical infrastructure of the data center to your colocation partner. If you’re hosting some classified information about your business which are highly important that any damage to such property can cost your business great losses then you must be assured of whether the colocation provider can resolve emergency situations and keep your data safe.

Do I need SLA guarantees or does the provider offer SLA guarantees on power and network?

There can be instances where there may be a one-minute to one-hour power failure/downtime or even more than that. You must ask your colocation partner about any SLA (Service Level Agreement) guarantees they offer on power and network. If you’re using colocation provider’s network/bandwidth, then you must need both network SLA as well as power SLA for better assurance.

 

To request information about Vault Networks’s Colocation solutions, please call us 305-735-8098, option #2, send us an email: Sales@vaultnetworks.com, or Chat with one of our reps live.

 

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What is a Tier III Data Center? https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/tier-iii-data-center/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/tier-iii-data-center/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:29:21 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4536 When looking at a data center, you may be looking into what a data center tier means.  The tier system, created by the Uptime Institute, works from 1 – 4, with 1 being the least reliable and 4 being the most reliable in terms of uptime.  The data center that Vault Networks uses for its services is classified as a Tier III (3) data center.

A Tier III data center includes multiple power and cooling sources available on multiple paths, as opposed to Tier I and II data centers which only have one.  A Tier IV data center takes it one step further by having those multiple paths active at the same time.  However, a Tier IV data center also has a significantly higher cost than a Tier III data center, so that is something that needs to be concerned when looking at a solution, especially considering the scenarios a Tier III data center can handle.

The data center used by Vault Networks includes a 1 megawatt generator that can work for two weeks if all outside power is lost, and have the ability to accept oil to keep the center running in the event that power is out even after that time frame runs out.  There is even a contract in place to roll in a second generator in the event that there is need for one.  The facility is also a Category-5-hurricane-ready facility with 24x7x365 security and biometric access is used to access the data center in addition to the issued key cards that are given to approved parties.  Finally, the data center is located in the “Hospital Priority” section for FP&L, so even if there is power that goes down and the generators are in use, the data center is part of the priority list to be turned back on by the local utilities.

Other benefits of Tier III data centers such as the one used by Vault Networks include the ability to have maintenance performed without disrupting operation of hardware, as well as raised floors to further improve circulation and an N+1 capacity design.  While not measured by Uptime Institute, network connectivity is also something very important to consider when looking at a data center.  The network we have built inside the data center we use utilizes 11+ global ISPs, including Fiberlight, AT&T, TW Telecom, Internap, Savvis, and more.  From there we are able to optimize the internet connectivity to provide the best possible internet connection

 

To learn more about our data center, feel free to reach out to us at (305) 735-8098 option 2 to learn more.  You can also visit our facilities overview page here:  https://www.vaultnetworks.com/facilities/.

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Why it’s important to prepare for Data Breaches & Cyber-Attacks https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/data-breaches-cyber-attacks/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/data-breaches-cyber-attacks/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:08:34 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4539 Cyber-attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and intricate. IT and security professionals are currently analyzing the recent data breaches to determine what occurred and how many customers have been impacted. Businesses everywhere are finally beginning to realize that they need to assess the situation in order to ensure they are not next.

In a recent incident a U.S. corporation reported that data from purchases completed recently as well as purchases from many years ago were stolen by hackers. This brings light to the dangers of storing data for long periods of time. While this data is useful for multiple reasons including gaging marketing efforts and analyzing the success of sales, it also increases the chance of a breach occurring. Hackers often steal information with the intention of either selling it or using it for illegal activities. This means that if a corporation has a decent amount of data there is a good possibility that hackers will attempt to penetrate security, and without taking the right measures some businesses may be vulnerable to these attacks. The U.S. isn’t alone in having to deal with data breaches. Hackers have also targeted millions of people in Germany and South Korea. These massive breaches have brought attention to the importance of security and have taught us a few important lessons. Some of these important lessons include:

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late – Some executives brush off the thoughts of a possible breach because it’s not their job, so it’s “not their problem”. The truth is… it IS their job to ensure that the corporation is running as it should, and that means running in a secure manner. Unfortunately, hoping that everyone will do their job will not ensure that all operations run smoothly and this means the corporation may be in serious danger. It’s important to prepare for a worst case scenario as well as ensure everything is actively monitored.

No one is immune – Data breaches happen. No one is immune to cyber-attacks; however some corporations are more vulnerable than others. Businesses big and small need to be prepared because cyber-attacks will continue to get more sophisticated.

Monitoring is key – The best strategy to defend a corporation against a breach is to assume hackers are already inside. With this mindset you are able to monitor all internal traffic, identify any and all questionable data patterns and activities that they recognize as a potential problem and take action accordingly.

Employee security awareness – It’s important to keep your employees aware of security measures, mainly because they will also need to follow the rules put in place. Putting strong BYOD policies in place, ensuring that all employees are prepared to report anomalies and avoid clicking on questionable email links can help corporations secure their data.

Plan for the worse – A data breach can happen at any moment; this is why it is important for corporations to be ready for disaster. Corporations need to assemble plans, assign responsibilities, and ensure that all employees are aware of prevention methods as well as damage-control protocols.

 

Businesses that suffer from a data breach oftentimes do not recover. The cost of dealing with a cyber-attack can go well into the hundreds of millions of dollars. The main thing to remember is to ensure your business is prepared to prevent breaches and to deal with breaches if they do occur. Avoiding the situation will not keep your corporation safe so whether you are a small or large business begin strengthening your security A.S.A.P. Make sure your business improves their security monitoring, incident/crises management, and awareness programs.

 

 Vault Networks can help you determine which services can help you protect your business. VN also provides backup services for dedicated, colocated, and cloud customers. Contact us today to get started on your disaster prevention plan and disaster recovery plan, by calling us 305-735-8098, option #2, sending us an email: Sales@vaultnetworks.com, or Chat with one of our reps live.

 

 

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April Fools! https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/april-fools/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/04/april-fools/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:15:28 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4531 Today is a day that many of us look forward to throughout the year as a day to have fun.  Some of you may prefer Halloween with the costumes, or Thanksgiving with the eating, but I appreciate seeing some of the technological advances that come every April 1st.  Through this endeavors we see how society will progress and improve each year

For when you absolutely, positively, need to interrupt your meeting in the office: http://ow.ly/vhOKB

Better than Photoshop in almost every way, you need this to improve all of the pictures:  http://ow.ly/vhP7Q

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The next evolution in wearable technology #SmarterthanSmartWatch: http://ow.ly/vhQjk

For all of the collectors out there who don’t want to see Windows XP go next Tuesday: http://ow.ly/vhQMT

April Fool’s jokes aside, this one is actually real, and appeared on the web before 4/1: http://ow.ly/vhSck

Some evening viewing on Netflix tonight: http://t.co/f1myzjYQlu

Now this is a way to attract attention to higher education for our students: http://www.mst.edu/

An even better way to use Google Glass!: http://ow.ly/vhSXp

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This is the best reason to have pets when you live in an apartment: http://ow.ly/vhUmR

For when AdWords just won’t reach the audience you need… there is AdBirds: http://ow.ly/vhVbl

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A revolution in getting ready in the morning- how has it taken so long to have an iron with Wifi?  http://ow.ly/vhXD4

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Ways Businesses Are Using The Cloud – Infographic https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/03/ways-businesses-use-cloud/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/03/ways-businesses-use-cloud/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:22:02 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4520 Cloud computing is being used by businesses all over the world to stay organized, reduce costs and grow. In the U.S. alone more than 50% of businesses are using cloud computing. The three most common types of cloud include IaaS (infrastructure as a service), SaaS (software as a service), and PaaS (platform as a service). Businesses often choose either infrastructure or platform as a service type clouds to fulfill their business’s needs. This gives businesses the flexibility to expand when necessary and adjust their resources during slow seasons. Below you will see an infographic that explains some of the ways that businesses are using the cloud:

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Why Is Carrier Neutrality So Important? https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/03/carrier-neutrality-important/ https://www.vaultnetworks.com/blog/2014/03/carrier-neutrality-important/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:40:11 +0000 https://www.vaultnetworks.com/?p=4487 Whether you are looking for a Colocation, Dedicated Server, or Cloud server provider one of the things you should consider is carrier neutrality. Carrier-neutral data centers have become the best option for businesses outsourcing their data center. Through the past 10 years, more and more data centers have begun offering multiple network carriers. Data centers offering multiple carriers are often trying to leverage the competition to provide the greatest quality and price. In this post we will explain why carrier neutrality is important and the benefits of carrier neutrality:

Flexibility – Outsourcing a data center to a carrier-neutral data center allows for more flexibility. By outsourcing to a carrier-neutral facility your will be able to select from multiple carriers who are competing for your business. Since carriers will compete with each other these data centers are able to minimize costs while maximizing bandwidth speeds. By outsourcing to a carrier-neutral data center you are also able to benefit from their network connectivity redundancies.

Avoid Conflict of Interest – When data centers are in an exclusive contract with a network provider there is a real conflict of interest. This is because they are no longer able to provide the best service possible. Instead they are forced to offer only what their network carriers provide. This can become a serious issue when the network provider decides it wants to raise prices or is providing less than stellar network speeds and bandwidth. It’s also a problem when data centers are not able to provide redundant network connectivity. On the other-hand when data centers are carrier-neutral they are able to provide an affordable network solution that fits the needs of their hosted companies.

Affordability – No matter what type of business you are or how much revenue you pull in each month, no one wants to pay more than they should. Fortunately, with a carrier-neutral data center companies are able to select the best provider under an acceptable price. These costs will be predictable and bandwidth will often be scalable.

 

What Should You Ask Your Preferred Data Centers?

What are your cross connection fees?

Cross connection fees vary from one data center to another. You may even encounter some data centers that claim to be carrier-neutral, but then charge high cross connection fees for select network providers in order to push customers toward a specific carrier.

How quickly can I switch network providers?

You may find yourself looking to change network providers in the future and it’s essential to know how quickly your data center can make that switch for you. Some data centers will change it right away, while some may force you to wait until your next billing cycle. Businesses benefit from the flexibility, predictable connectivity costs, and can select providers without influence from their data center solutions provider.

 

At Vault Networks you will find a carrier-neutral data center solutions provider that is independent of any network provider. We have about 11 network carriers available to provide you with network connection. Since we do not compete with our network providers and do not try to influence customer decisions we attract a wide range of connectivity providers. This means more options for you to choose from.

Some of our network providers are housed in the same facility as our data center which allows you to quickly and easily access their services. Depending on your business needs, you can either use multiple providers to build redundancy or select a specific carrier to provide you with network connectivity. As your business needs change, you can switch providers or add on additional providers with minimal disruption.

To get more information about Vault Networks data centers and available network carriers, please call us 305-735-8098, option #2, send us an email: Sales@vaultnetworks.com, or Chat with one of our reps live.

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