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We've Launched Our New Website!

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Oct 28, 2013 9:19:00 AM

We are excited to announce our newly redesigned website!

We have redesigned our site from the ground up to feature a modernized, more graphics-rich look that showcases our data centers and suite of services. Information on our wide range of colocation, cloud, and managed services is now easier to find thanks to our streamlined services-based navigation.

 

Net AccessIn addition to the site redesign, we have also redesigned our logo as part of our rebranding initiative. The new design features a cleaner, simpler take on our old logo.

The new site also features our latest news and blog entries to clearly highlight company developments in addition to industry analysis, tips, and insights from our team.

 

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old site new site

 

The site also has a dynamic structure that will enable us to keep the website continuously up to date with rich content including videos and case studies. We have also added a new feature for existing customers; support livechat. Simply sign into the Customer Care portal and chat live with support representatives.

We encourage you to spend a moment visiting the new site to learn more about the solutions we offer.

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Topics: site redesign, colocation, cloud, managed services

3 IT Trends That Mean Big Changes for Your Enterprise

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Jul 31, 2013 9:16:00 AM

In the highly competitive IT market, continuous deflation is the rule rather than the exception. What this means for enterprise consumers of IT is the following:

  • Technology companies are constantly battling each other for market supremacy resulting in lower costs
  • Competition spurs innovation which means newer and better ways for enterprises to be more productive and efficient

In other words, the continuous efforts of technology companies to one-up each other result in affordable, breakthrough solutions that impact business success. Forward-thinking CIOs who want IT to have greater impact on the business know this, which is why investing in the newest technologies is a business imperative for them. As fast as technology is, however, the challenge lies in knowing where to invest.

Invest in the future

IT execEnterprises need to rethink their IT strategies from here on out into the future as key trends that can have a major impact on their businesses are on the rise. Mobility, big data and cloud computing are among the top 3 trends enterprises need to consider and adopt, or else, potentially risk losing ground against their competitors. 

The best way to learn about technology investment opportunities is by looking at the latest trends in the IT market. Below are examples of 3 top trends that are quickly becoming disruptive market forces:

  1. Big data

In a previous post, we discussed the challenges of big data and how cloud proximity matters. Here’s a little more insight on how big data can impact business, because it’s truly a major issue for enterprises.

datagrowthAs data continues to grow – generated from website purchase orders, website searches, social media and mobile phone interactions – enterprises are continually challenged with controlling it. For many enterprises, hiring more people to manage the data is the answer. But, while people are active, data isn’t. Information about your current and potential customers just sit somewhere in a database waiting to be extracted, analyzed and efficiently used by people. The reality is that data growth is exceedingly faster than hiring people. In other words, you can’t hire enough people to address the challenges of big data.

You need powerful, intelligent servers and fast bandwidth to get and share the data with your team. This brings another issue to the forefront: office space to house new IT. Here, colocation facilities play a critical role, as they serve as an extension of your IT enterprise, while giving you peace of mind that your proprietary equipment is safe.

  1. Mobility

smartphoneResistance to mobility trends, such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD), is futile because there’s no denying the benefits, including improved communication between geographically-dispersed staff and more availability to customers. Consumers’ appetites for mobile apps will only increase. And if you ask most IT professionals whether or not their mobile devices improve productivity, they’d say yes.

But popular mobility trends fuel fears. The cyber and physical dangers of data centers are real, so technology professionals do well by worrying about IT security in a mobile world. So what does an enterprise do to meet the increasing processing power and energy demands of today’s mobility trends, while ensuring their data is safe? Colocation facilities can help to address the rapid growth needs that mobility creates. They offer enterprises the space, power, cooling, physical security and high bandwidth to easily connect the enterprise to the mobile workforce and consumer markets.

  1. Virtualization & Cloud Computing

cloudCloud computing and virtualization are like two peas in a pod, and now they’re staples in the IT world. Together, they have revolutionized the traditional data center, taking its power beyond the four walls.  But there is still reluctance among many enterprises because of concerns such as control, reliability and performance.

The increased need to manage data, support mobility trends and reduce server room operational costs will continue to influence enterprises to rush to the virtualized data center. There’s no denying the benefits of cloud computing to deliver IT, but an incomplete migration plan can cause ripple effects throughout any IT infrastructure and negatively impact any business. Enterprises moving from on-premise to a high density data center should proceed with great caution. Before moving forward with any plan, a major issue to consider is that servers are getting more powerful and power hungry. Without proper planning for the future, your servers will eclipse your data center's per cabinet power limit sooner rather than later.

Building the baseline

Before building anything, an infrastructure is needed. And when it comes to today’s top IT trends, it’s clear that the data center plays a critical role in laying the foundation for a successful future. An experienced data center service provider can help. Look for a proven provider that offers redundant systems, high security facilities, access to high-speed inexpensive bandwidth and highly trained on-site support personnel available 24 x 7 x 365.  More importantly though, make sure the data center you choose can provide a future proof environment so that when it's time for an equipment refresh or you need more space for equipment you can simply replace older, larger servers with newer, smaller equipment without having to purchase additional cabinets.

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Topics: IT trends, enterprise IT, IT strategies, big data, mobility, virtualization, cloud computing

Why Giving Schools More Bandwidth Improves the Classroom Experience

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Jul 5, 2013 11:06:00 AM

Traditional learning can’t be replaced, but it can be transformed through increased use of the Internet

Remember the school house of yesteryear? Even though I’m too young to have experienced school like portrayed in popular television programs of decades ago, I am old enough to recall that going to school was much more simple and straightforward. You get to class, say good morning to the teacher and your classmates, open up your books and learn – with occasional use of computers during school hours.

Today, school is very different with the proliferation of technology and devices such as mobile phones. Sure, students still learn about different subjects in formal classroom settings and forge relationships with classmates, some lasting a lifetime. However, there’s an increasing trend among educators to include the Internet in their lesson plans.

What educators really want

teacher computer resized 60096% of educators believe that technology integration in learning is a priority; this according to a recent survey from the Software and Information Industry Association. Another 82% can see how more technology use in the classroom would be useful in connecting learning “inside and outside the classroom.”

Educators can enhance the learning experience using interactive online tools. The combination of online coursework and traditional classroom courses, known as “blended learning,” can help to enhance student achievement and retention. So why are educators not getting what they want: more use of the Internet to extend the classroom beyond the four walls?

The problem is lack of bandwidth

Seamlessly integrating the Internet to enhance education isn’t the problem. Bandwidth, or lack thereof, is a main issue. Let’s look at the current situation with Internet access at the K-12 level. A typical public school has about the same bandwidth of a single family home according to EducationSuperHighway, a non-profit which envisions 100MB+ Internet access for every K-12 school in the U.S. The key difference, of course, is that public schools have hundreds or more users vying for the same Internet access, which deteriorates performance for everyone.

According to an FCC report, "Measuring Broadband America," 80% of school districts rely on broadband connections which are, in a word, inept. With more schools using online textbooks, collaboration tools, and social media, broadband access must be more robust. In reality, increasing broadband isn’t a nice-to-have, like an elective, it’s a must-have core requirement. One key way to help improve Internet access at schools is by increasing bandwidth to support 100 mb/s or more for online video streaming, podcast, online collaboration, etc., which can help provide much higher capabilities needed for today’s schools.

It’s time to help teachers and professors do their jobs by giving them the bandwidth they need to enhance the educational experience for all of their students. It’s clear; technology innovation is changing the classroom and the very notion of learning itself. So if educators, people who are helping to get our kids ready for the world of work and life in general, are increasingly desiring more robust Internet connections, why not give them more bandwidth?

 

Image credit: Saad Faruque

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Topics: increased bandwidth, school connectivity

Why Host With a Local Cloud Provider?

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Jun 11, 2013 9:18:00 AM

Cloud proximity can provide faster, safer, and more affordable access

location location locationWhat matters most in real estate? Location. Location. Location. While the Cloud is accessible from anywhere in the world via the Internet, where your data center is located is critical to user satisfaction. Using the example of companies with corporate headquarters located in New York City; let’s look at some of reasons why “cloud proximity” matters.

 

First, let’s consider the advantages of being based in the NYC metropolitan area. Companies there can leverage the large, existing network hubs to transmit data to customers, prospects and the rest of the world, which is why so many successful companies are headquartered there, especially in Manhattan. But at the same time, the NYC real estate market is very pricey. Therefore, the cost factors associated with building new data centers or moving servers to a more secure location in NYC can be outside the budgetary reach of many small-to-medium size businesses.

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The question for growing companies isn’t “if” they need to build, expand, or relocate their data centers, but rather “when.” With the vast amount of global data today, if all of it was stored on CDs it would form 5 stacks that would reach the moon according to a June 2013 Foreign Affairs report. In this age where “big data” is on a trajectory to skyrocket to unforeseen levels (doubling in size every two to three years), a fast, secure and reliable data center is a must-have for any company seeking to remain competitive in this ever-evolving business environment.

 

Following the same example of NYC-based companies, the challenge of where to house, manage and maintain data has opened up opportunities just across the river from Manhattan in New Jersey, which is easily accessible via all forms of transportation. New Jersey’s proximity, combined with lower electrical power costs, more affordable office space, and ready-to-go industrialized buildings that can easily be transformed into data centers has made the Garden State a hub for growing companies with ever-evolving data center needs.

 

The benefits of “cloud proximity”

For enterprises seeking to expand, build or simply relocate all or part of their IT infrastructure, hosting locally or within close proximity to a ‘local’ cloud provider enables them to:

 

  • Quickly upload and download data onsite, as needed
  • Use local support, which saves costs and time, because anytime an upgrade or update to your servers is needed, you can simply send your technicians and have them back in the office the same day
  • Ensure your data is safe from prying eyes, or those wishing to do harm. The right provider offers comprehensive data security, with state-of-the-art security systems and multi-level facility sign in processes

 

When your cloud is in close proximity to users, it facilitates application delivery and performance. As data continues to grow worldwide, spurring economic change, access to critical data needs to be fast and flawless. On the other hand, users can be impatient. Therefore, in addition to providing more cloud accessibility, speed, reliability and security are additional must-haves.

 

Want to maximize user satisfaction in the new world of “big data?” Where your cloud is deployed and its proximity to users matters. 

 

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Topics: cloud proximity, local cloud hosting

5 Questions to Ask Prospective Data Centers

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Jun 4, 2013 11:11:00 AM

While profitability is the aim of every business, growth often creates unforeseen challenges, especially for IT managers who are tasked with maximizing system uptime even if space is limited, equipment is antiquated, and costs are running skyward.  The answer to these challenges for many organizations involves the relocation of their IT infrastructure to a data center outside of their current facility, rather than keeping it in-house.

 

Data centers, the alternative for growing businesses

Larger enterprises may have the resources to build or expand data centers from scratch, but smaller businesses are choosing to shift their IT operations to outside data center providers. This is because building any facility from the ground up is a costly undertaking. For small-to-medium sized business, it is most likely a budgetary impossibility. Retrofitting is another option, but it can be equally costly.

 

Oftentimes, the most common problems faced by growing businesses – infrastructure and costs – are the only factors considered when selecting a data center provider. But, there are so many other factors to consider as well, including disaster preparation, security, and redundancy. Choosing where to move your servers is one of the most important decisions your organization will make in the coming years. So be sure to ask the following questions before selecting a data center provider:

 

  1. How many watts/amps of usable power can I consume per cabinet?

One of the reasons for moving your IT gear to an outside data center is to mitigate the problems and costs of maintaining your equipment in-house, building a new facility, or retro-fitting. Make sure the prospective data center can support your usable power requirements so you can fully utilize your cabinet today and into the future. Be specific. Some facilities may indicate 60 amps per cabinet, but that can mean 30 primary and 30 redundant amps. Specify “consume.” Without doing so, you may be able to install anything you want, but limited to drawing just a portion of your circuits’s capacity.

 

  1. Does the data center offer a power metered billing method or flat-rate?

If cost reduction is a major determining factor for you, the way power is billed offers opportunities for additional cost savings. There are several ways to pay for power. The metered method allows you to pay for only what you consume. Another method involves pre-buying the entire circuit capability and using only a portion. The downside to this approach is that it drives up your real per-amp cost. A true consumption model is flexible, enabling you to install power circuits with your future power needs in mind, without having to pay a premium upfront. Say you plan to consume 14 kW per cabinet in the next 2 years. Then it’s recommended that you install the proper outlets to allow for that consumption today. As a result, you will reduce setup fees and speed up installation time, which improves your total cost of ownership (TCO).

 

  1. Is the data center in a controlled, single tenant building?

Controlling risk in data centers is nearly impossible in multi-tenant buildings. Here’s an example of what can happen in a facility with multiple tenants. Imagine your data center on the fifth floor of a facility. What if there was a leak on the floor above which is used by a different tenant? How can you ensure that the leak won’t affect your operations? Single tenancy also gives data center users more control at a lower cost of occupancy.

 

  1. What free services are included (loading dock, reboots, monitoring)?

One of the advantages of data centers is the reduction of upfront capital costs. But, it’s important to never underestimate the costs of “extras.” While you may only need 3 reboots per month now, how much more would it cost if something happens and suddenly you need 20 reboots? Therefore, it’s not about the first invoice. It’s about appropriate planning and the total costs involved over the course of the relationship.

 

  1. What are the tools the data center can offer to help with your growth? (SAN, data backup, server management, monitoring, cloud services?)

If your server goes offline at 2AM, you can’t afford to wait until the business day begins to get it back online. Be sure the prospective data center offers 24/7 on-site staff with the knowledge, skills and experience needed to resolve the problem. And because downtime can cause stress, exceptional customer service is a must-have to achieve peace of mind. Bottom line, if a data center’s staff is ill-equipped with the right skills to maximize uptime, then what’s the use of moving your IT there?

 

IT managers want peace of mind that their systems will continue to perform in most any circumstance to support business objectives. What other questions should be posed to a prospective data center?

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Topics: questions to ask prospective data centers, 5 questions, how to choose a colocation provider

You're Only as Redundant as Your Weakest Link - Part 2

Posted by Net Access Marketing on May 29, 2013 3:34:00 PM

You're only as redundant as your weakest link.

Don't let that link be how your server is plugged in.

This post is part 2 of a two part series that talks about plugging in your servers properly for redundancy. This post will discuss network connectivity, and our previous post was about power.

 

  • There are several different ways to plug in network connectivity with varying degrees of redundancy, from a single connection to a single switch to multiple connections to multiple switches. To start, you will want to make sure that every server you deploy has redundant network interface cards (nic's).
  • With redundant nic's connected to redundant switches, one can go offline and your server will still maintain connectivity.

 

 

During the sales and implementation process, we always recommend that customers buy as much redundancy as they can justify financially. To that end, in many cases customers choose to have two (or more) connections to our network distribution switches for redundancy.

This works, but only if plugged in and configured correctly.


When network connectivity is delivered to a customer's cabinet in the data center, they will typically plug that into a firewall or layer 3 switch and then their servers would plug into that switch or a separate distribution switch. This setup can work great, but what happens if there is a hardware failure from either the data center's switch or the customer's firewall or switch? In a single connection implementation, the customer would experience a network outage.

How do we engineer a better solution? Redundant connections from diverse switches, connected via BGP to redundant firewalls or layer 3 switches in the customer's cabinet.

Logical diagram of Net Access infrastructure involved in this configuration:

Net Access - Connectivity

 

Once the connectivity reaches the customer's infrastructure, we recommend dual HA firewalls linked to dual switches, with servers dual-connected to both switches, as depicted below.

 

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Look complicated? No problem, our network engineers are happy to provide guidance to our customers to make sure they are connecting everything with the highest level of redundancy possible.

For a free consultation with our technical team, feel free to click the button below and we will setup a time to discuss this further with you.

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Topics: data center, plugging in your servers, redundancy, redundant network connections

You're Only as Redundant as Your Weakest Link - Part 1

Posted by Net Access Marketing on May 14, 2013 11:45:00 AM

You're only as redundant as your weakest link.

Don't let that link be how your server is plugged in.

This post is part 1 of a two part series that talks about plugging in your servers properly for redundancy. This post will discuss power, and our next (part 2) post will talk about network connectivity.

One of the main reasons customers utilize data center colocation services is to lower risk. From CCTV cameras, biometrics, and man-traps for security to generators and UPS battery backup systems for redundancy, data centers are designed to be a secure, reliable, and solid foundation that clients can build their IT infrastructure on.

Putting your servers in a data center gives you a level of redundancy that is typically unattainable at an office building, but it's only the first step. Just as important as where you're locating your server is how you're plugging it in.

 

  • To start, you will want to make sure that every server you deploy has redundant power supplies. With only one power supply in a server, if the power supply goes offline, so does your server.
  • With redundant power supplies, one can go offline and your server will still be up and running.

 

 

During the sales and implementation process, we always recommend that customers buy as much redundancy as they can justify financially. To that end, in many cases customers choose to have a pair of power circuits installed to their cabinet for redundancy. (If one circuit goes down, the other circuit can provide the required power.)

This works, but only if it's plugged in correctly. There are two things to think about:

  1. Diversity
  2. Capacity



When a power circuit is delivered to a data center cabinet, it is typically in the form of a power outlet. Instead of plugging servers directly into the outlet, a device called a power distribution unit (PDU) is used. Basically this is a fancy power strip not so unlike what I have under my computer desk covered in a maze of cables.

Each PDU is plugged into a power outlet, and all the devices in the cabinet plug into the PDU. This is where diversity becomes important. If you are spending the money to locate your equipment in a data center, and purchase redundant power circuits from your data center, and buy servers with redundant power supplies, then it is very important that you plug in one of your server's power cords into one PDU, and the second power cord into a different PDU.

This gives you redundancy on the power supply level, power cord level, PDU level, and power circuit level! 

 

 

Alternatively, if you accidentally plug both power cords for the same server into the same PDU and that PDU or power circuit goes down, you are going to have some explaining to do.

 

 

This brings us to the next thing to think about, capacity. When you are plugging in your servers to redundant PDU's, one of the purposes for that is that if one of the power circuits goes offline, you will still be plugged in to a working power circuit. In order for this failover to work though, you need to make sure there is enough capacity available on each circuit. To ensure capacity, you can only use up to 40% of the circuit capacity for each circuit in the pair.

For example let's say you have two x 20 amp 120v (L5-20) circuits installed in your cabinet. Since the power breakers will trip once you reach 80% circuit load, your theoretical maximum for a 20 amp circuit is 16 amps. If you have two x 20 amp circuits for redundancy, you need to make sure that you are not putting more than 8 amps of load onto each circuit. This means that under normal operations, both power circuits will be pulling about 8 amps, but if one of the power circuits goes down, the remaining circuit would be pulling up to 16 amps.

If you overload either (or both) of the circuits, when you lose one circuit the load will try to transfer to the remaining circuit but you will exceed the 80% threshold and pop a breaker.

grumpycat power

 

By keeping diversity and capacity in mind, you can configure your IT infrastructure with redundancy at every step.

Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week, where we will talk about methods of plugging in your network connectivity for redundancy.

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Topics: plugging in your servers, redundancy, pdu, failover, power diversity, power circuit capacity

Why do we care about data center power density?

Posted by Net Access Marketing on May 2, 2013 10:11:00 AM

Why do we care about data center power density?

One of the unique benefits of using our data centers is that we support high density. If you are not familiar with power density, it means the amount of power you can put in a given space. For example, some data centers are limited to 4 kilowatts (kW) per cabinet. At Net Access, we support up to 20 kW per cabinet.

Why is this important? The answer is simple: flexibility.

 

Power DensityIt is important to ask a potential colocation provider what power density they support so you know what amount of flexibility you have in each cabinet you buy.

Let's imagine you are using 10U blade servers in your environment, and each one uses about 4 kW of power. A cabinet is typically 40U - 45U; but if only 4 kW is supported per cabinet you will be using the max amount of power while only occupying 1/4 of the space in the cabinet.

If you have 4 of these blade servers, would you rather put them in 1 cabinet or 4? Since you are paying your colocation provider per cabinet, you can see that if you extrapolate this example out over a large environment, you will see huge inefficiencies in a low density environment.

So what's the big deal? Why don't all data centers just support high density?

Whether it's 40 1U servers or a full cabinet of blade chassis, a high power density makes sense, so why don't more colocation providers support high density? Most likely it's because high density is not easy to support.

Why is high density a challenge to host?

Historically data centers have allowed the hot air created by servers to be expelled back into the data center which contaminates the ambient air. Until recently, the solution to hot air contamination has been to deliver colder and colder air at higher and higher velocities and enforce strict density limitations on customers in an effort to limit hot-spots. The downside of battling cold air contamination in this method is incredible inefficiency, often requiring data centers to utilize as much as 50% of their available power on data center cooling.

The Net Access Approach to High Density Colocation

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Net Access has taken a different approach to data center design with our high density colocation solution. Rather than focusing on the cold air delivery, we capture the hot air before it contaminates the data center environment. This means we no longer have to provide air colder than necessary to compensate for the mixing. Hot spots are eliminated which eliminates the need for high velocity cooling which prevents terrible working conditions in the way of wind noise and fatigue. The lack of a need for spot cooling also makes our high density colocation solution extremely efficient.

The byproduct of this efficiency is the ability to host incredible density per cabinet. Having a high density colocation environment means that you can fully utilize your cabinets today. It also means that you can continue to upgrade your environment well into the future; from 20 2U servers to 40 1U servers replaced with 4 blade chassis, fully utilizing your cabinets without expanding your footprint. This provides a great deal more flexibility than a low density implementation.

Why else is high density colocation advantageous?

piggybankToday's highly capable servers, including blade centers, can be great for your IT environment. They're more scalable, easier to deploy and manage, and are more redundant. High density colocation enables the efficient use of these technologies. It also enables consolidation of many cabinets of older servers into a much smaller footprint freeing existing cabinets for growth, leading to increased cost savings and efficiency.

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Topics: data center power density, high density, high density colocation, power usage

Earth Day - How we 'go green' at our data centers

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Apr 22, 2013 10:38:00 AM

At Net Access, we strive to lessen our impact on the environment. Since today is Earth Day, we thought it'd be a good time to talk about how we 'go green' at our data centers, and beyond.

Recycle Globe

In addition to increasing our data center efficiency, we also have several company-wide initiatives to be more green. We enable employees to work from home when possible by using VOIP phones and secure VPN access to their work computers.

We also have a company-wide recycling program, and purchase recycled and renewable products whenever possible.

In addition to these general company measures, we design our facilities to use the latest in green data center technology to increase efficiency.

Our green data centers utilize various energy saving technologies including:

  • Heat Recapture Technology – This revolutionary design captures the IT heat load from each cabinet and uses a chimney to route it back to the HVAC systems. This eliminates hot air contamination from the ambient supply air in the facility, which makes spot cooling unnecessary. Not only does this produce an environment that is much nicer for people to work in, it also saves a tremendous amount of energy in cooling.

 

  • Virtualization – We leverage virtualization technology to reduce the number of physical servers and resulting power consumption needed to run our IT infrastructure. Rather than running inefficient standalone servers for each application, we have consolidated these applications using virtualization which has resulted in decreased energy consumption for internal infrastructure.

 

  • High Efficiency UPS – Our green data centers utilize high efficiency UPS systems that are nearly 99% efficient. Since our facilities have tremendous amounts of power in use, this measure accounts for a significant energy savings.

 

  • Cardboard – There are large amounts of IT gear arriving at the data center daily. We recycle all of the boxes for not only our equipment; we also recycle our customer’s cardboard boxes to ensure that this does not end up being thrown in the garbage.

 

  • Efficient lighting – We utilize LED interior perimeter security lighting, which helps to reduce our energy consumption. Colocation cages utilize timer based lights that shut off after the customer leaves their cage, so that the lights are not left on unnecessarily.

These are just some of the measures currently in place. Our engineers are routinely researching additional methods we can deploy to improve efficiency. Our green data centers demonstrate our commitment to the environment and are just some of the innovations that make our facilities data centers of the future.

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Topics: data center, green data center, data center efficiency, earth day, energy conservation

3 Ways to Determine if Your Company Needs Disaster Recovery Seating

Posted by Net Access Marketing on Apr 8, 2013 2:59:00 PM

Many organizations struggle with how to be best prepared for disasters. With the speed of business moving so quickly, we realize we need to make our technology infrastructure resilient so that our systems continue to operate during disasters. This important measure is only one half of the equation though, the other half is preparing back up plans for our most important asset; people.

disaster recovery seatingDisaster Recovery Seating addresses this challenge by providing office seats at a secure location with backup power and redundant network connectivity. This enables companies to have a place for their employees to work, even during a disaster which disrupts the power grid and network communications.

 

During Hurricane Sandy in 2012 so many businesses were affected by a lack of power in their offices and in employee's homes that they needed a better solution in order to continue business operations.

In addition to our normal disaster recovery seating rooms, we opened our doors to businesses that used storage rooms, conference rooms, and even hallways to provide a place where their employees could power their laptops and phones and have internet connectivity so they could continue to work.

 

Not sure if your organization could benefit from this?  Here are 3 Ways to Determine if Your Company Needs Disaster Recovery Seating


1.  Does your office have backup power and multiple network connections?

If a storm or other event disrupts the power utility in your area, does your office have reliable backup power systems in place so that employees can continue to work as usual? If not, your office is rendered unusable during these disruptions.

Likewise, if you do not have backup network connectivity (multiple Internet connections) and your primary connection goes down, are your employees able to remain productive?


2.  Can our employees work effectively from home in the event of a regional disaster?

In some cases, working from home in the event that your office is unusable is an effective course of action.  This typically requires having technology in place such as VPN, high speed internet, and ability to access remote systems.

During events that affect an entire region though, this is likely to present some issues because employee's homes may be experiencing the same power disruptions as the office. We saw this during Hurricane Sandy, when several companies planned to have employees work from home if their offices lost power, but most employee's homes were also without power.


3.  Can we afford to cease business operations for a few days or weeks in the event of a disaster?

If a disaster strikes and your office is unusable for a period of time, how will that affect your business financially? Some organizations are able to cease operations during a disaster and remain intact, but many cannot afford to be out of service for one day or less.

 

If you answered "no" to these questions, disaster recovery seating is worth looking into for your business. Most providers of disaster recovery seating offer different options ranging from seats in shared spaces to dedicated private suites.

 

For information on Net Access' Disaster Recovery Seating options, contact us for a free consultation.

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Topics: d/r seating, preparedness, disaster recovery seating