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3 Simple Ways to Move to the Cloud

As data center technology improves, more and more businesses are moving all or part of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. Businesses are eager to get on board. But once you make the decision to move to the cloud, how do you get there?

Why Colocate?

Bring your own equipment and explore the possibilities. It goes without saying that your business needs IT infrastructure. When both deciding where to house your IT infrastructure, and transitioning some Capital Expense to Operational Expense, US Signal Colocation allows for the ultimate flexibility. Rather than building your own data center just to house your backup/DR appliances or networking gear, leverage US Signal’s existing data centers and infrastructure for the peace of mind of knowing you can focus on your business.

5 Reasons Backup with US Signal Makes Sense

There’s no doubt about it, backing up your data in the cloud is the next step for many companies. According to Forbes research, 65% of companies will look at virtualizing at least part of their on-premise architecture in the 2015. 25% of those companies will be looking solely for cloud backup. These facts have launched a myriad of startups and new product offerings from existing IT companies. With so many choices, it can be difficult to know which company to choose from. We humbly offer five reasons why using US Signal simply makes sense.

Why the Cloud is a Secure Option

When looking at the Cloud and Security, not all service providers are created equal. When negotiating with a cloud provider you should be able to ask questions about the physical, logical, and institutional security that the company implements and get clear answers. If the Cloud provider is a reputable organization they should be able to answer your questions fully and provide supporting documentation of the security of their operation.

Standby for Disaster

Disasters, regardless of the cause: equipment failure, human error, or a natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane, are an ever-present threat to an organization’s data. Businesses have to decide how much data they’re prepared to lose and how long they can tolerate downtime. But this is only the planning phase. Once these objectives have been defined, it’s often up to IT to implement a plan to ensure that the metrics are achievable. This is where the difficulty presents itself.

MPLS vs. VES - What’s right for me?

To E or not to E, that is the question. Now that I have you scratching your head, you’re in the same frame of mind those who are currently trying to decide between Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) or Virtual Ethernet Service (VES) as their WAN protocol. While all the features, advantages, and disadvantages may be daunting, the main thing to keep in mind is what your needs are relative to your situation.

vCloud Director 101 – Snapshots

Server administration can sometimes feel like playing a video game with only one credit left. No matter how much due diligence and planning go into preparing for patching, software updates, or hardware installation, there is always a margin for error. In a video game you can save your progress at checkpoints, always giving you a safe place to start from without having to go back to the beginning of a level and start over. In VMware vCloud Director you can employ a similar tool, known as a Snapshot.

A Day in the Life of the USS NOC

You can always tell when US Signal Network Operations Center (NOC) employees arrive for their shift by the direction of their glance as they walk through the door - up and to the front. There, on a screen nearly the width of the room, is projected information useful for forecasting their day: a list of alarms showing any outstanding network issues; a weather radar map to check the potential for wet cables, wind, lightning, and power outages; a ticket count summary broken down by status.

Benefits of the Cloud for K-12 Education

Adopting cloud-based technologies for the K-12 space allows for the IT staff to centrally manage deployed servers, use the latest OS licenses, and ensure that backups are performed regularly while not worrying about where the server is or when it needs to be refreshed. Using the US Signal Cloud allows IT teams to work centrally and strategically to deploy resources quickly and consistently.