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Public Cloud v. Private Cloud v. Hybrid Cloud - Which is Right for Me?

Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:55

Cloud hosting is rapidly becoming the standard. It's no surprise. If you've partnered with the right cloud hosting provider, you'll enjoy ample benefits: reduced operation costs, efficient use of resources, reliability, quick scalability, and of course, the ability to access your data anytime, anywhere.

One of the decisions you'll have to make when migrating to the cloud is which type of cloud deployment makes sense for your business. Understanding the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud solutions can help you make the right choice.

Public Cloud

With a public cloud, the infrastructure components is used by many tenants. Each tenant essentially rents space on the cloud hosting provider's infrastructure. Some of these models require substantial management on the part of the client. Others, like Sidus' managed hosting solutions, offer the benefits of utility-model IT infrastructure plus the resource savings of a managed solution.

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Ease Your Mind - Have a Data Center Disaster Recovery Plan

Monday, 21 April 2014 17:45

Migrating to a reliable, proven cloud hosting solution can help your business survive serious system failures, and prevent many of them from occurring.

After a disaster, the odds are stacked against your business – interruptions in service, loss of confidence, and destruction of data and assets spell demise for companies that aren't prepared. This is why business continuity planning is so important, and disaster recovery is a key component of your business continuity plan.

With a solid plan in place, your business stands a better chance of surviving, and being recognized as a reliable supplier even under the worst of circumstances.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Encrypting Data Backups

Friday, 14 March 2014 14:43

Whether or not you've made the move to the cloud, you need the reliable backup and restoration systems in place. If your data includes personally identifiable information, make sure this includes the right encrypted backup solution to ensure that your don't run afoul of the ever-strengthening data protection laws.

Laws are tightening

Financial and healthcare institutions are already subject to stringent data protection regulations like HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act as well as SEC, NASD, NYSE requirements. In addition, the majority of states have already enacted data protection laws that apply to any company storing personal information, regardless of industry.

Read more: 5 Things You Need to Know About Encrypting Data Backups

 

Why All Private Cloud Hosting Companies Are Not Created Equal

Friday, 21 February 2014 22:01

If you're ready to take advantage of the benefits of private cloud hosting, make sure you choose the right provider. There's no shortage of companies out there looking for your IT business, but there are few providers strong enough to really give you the service you need.

Hardware

You wouldn't dream of running your critical servers on anything less than enterprise grade infrastructure, but there are plenty of companies out there who are doing just that. Take a good look at a private cloud hosting provider's data center before entrusting them with your systems. They should have state-of-the art hardware and software, robust environmental controls, and reliable physical security, too.

Capacity

"Cloud" doesn't automatically mean "unlimited space". In order to accommodate your needs now and as your business grows, your provider needs to have a capacity plan to make sure they keep their infrastructure updated. Many providers are anxious to sign up as many clients as possible, without consideration of resource availability and the time necessary to expand.

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How Fully Managed Cloud Hosting Can Improve Your Business Efficiency

Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:44

You may already know that fully managed cloud hosting saves you money. Now learn how it also lets you maximize your company's other resources by improving business efficiency.

Streamlining common tasks

A solid managed hosting provider will have a highly effective process for carrying out common tasks, making them better, faster and leaner.

  • Backup: Your IT partner will have a secure, reliable data backup solution. But they'll also have the top-notch technology to make it fast and easy. Your backup will take less time, and your in-house IT resources will be free for other tasks. There's also less risk of losing time trying to recreate data after failed or missed backups.
  • Monitoring: System monitoring will be part of your managed hosting provider's standard service. What's more, they'll have the technical capacity and expertise to quickly correct any irregularities before they impact your productivity. Instead of having to pull in-house personnel off other projects to respond to a problem, your provider will make sure you stay up and running without lost time.
  • Maintenance: Every solution will require regular upgrades as patches and hotfixes are deployed. Rolling out these changes can easily overwhelm even a well-staffed IT department. With fully managed cloud hosting, you'll never have to worry about staying current or facing downtime during an update. Your hosting provider's technical staff will research and implement the updates you need without interrupting your service.
  • Support: Fully managed hosting gives you 24/7 support by a team of dedicated technical experts. Your team gets the solutions they need quickly, without your internal resources having to drop what they are doing to respond to service requests.

Read more: How Fully Managed Cloud Hosting Can Improve Your Business Efficiency

 

Advantages of Exchange Cloud Hosting

Monday, 20 January 2014 15:41

By Lisa Ackerson, Business Development Manager

Losing access to e-mail and scheduling tools in today's world means substantial productivity losses, dissatisfied customers, and missed opportunities. Many businesses have recognized the value of exchange servers in keeping their team connected, but aren't sure whether an exchange cloud hosting solution is right for them.

Better availability

Exchange cloud hosting allows your organization to access all of their business communications anywhere they have a data connection, via a familiar user interface. With managed hosting, you have the benefit of state of the art, reliable hardware and software without the cost of purchasing, installing, and perhaps most significantly, maintaining it. Your hosting provider should provide assurance of system accessibility in a network uptime guarantee, and can offer data replication capabilities to improve system availability and prevent data loss.

Read more: Advantages of Exchange Cloud Hosting

 

10 Tips For Choosing Between Managed Hosting Providers

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 15:25

If you've decided to consider managed hosting for your IT environment, you've probably recognized that there are a lot of companies out there competing for your business. These 10 tips help you identify the most important criteria when comparing potential partners.

1. Cost
Of course you already know that cheapest doesn't necessarily mean best, but you need to find the most cost-effective solution for your business. Conducting a thorough analysis of your fundamental IT costs will give you a basis for evaluating managed hosting providers. Pay particular attention to the cost of downtime, since the information you gain from that analysis will help you focus on your most critical areas when assessing a potential partner.

2. Data center hardware
Make sure that all data center hardware is enterprise-grade. Some providers utilize low-end equipment that can result in system failures that could cause instability and data loss.

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Your Reasons for Managed Hosting

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 21:54

Not too long ago, the order of the day was for companies to provide a limited number of services or to produce very specific products and place the burden of adaptation on the consumer. If the product you really wanted was not available, you'd simply purchase something that was "close enough" and make it work.

Now, customization is the name of the game. Barriers in production, manufacturing, and marketing have been removed to allow consumers to pretty much purchase what they want. If they want product "X", but with this bell, that whistle, and in "sea foam green" instead of the standard "azure", they need only click some boxes on a website and...BAM! This completely unique product is fabricated, packaged, and shipped right to the door of the happy customer.

Why Customize?

Asking why different people want slightly different products or services is just silly. There is so much that goes into making each individual, and every enterprise, unique that the old adage, "there's nothing new under the sun", may be in need of some more careful scrutiny.

Read more: Your Reasons for Managed Hosting

 

Cloud Hosting vs Dedicated: What's The Difference?

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 16:34

Many business functions are driven by data—and because that data is so important, so too is how it’s stored, managed and accessed. That’s why it’s critical for companies to understand the difference between cloud hosting vs dedicated, and which option is better for their needs. 

Cloud hosting sites basically operate across various web servers that are interconnected.  Each server in the cloud helps by carrying out a particular set of tasks, and in case of failure, other servers momentarily kick-in as a back-up to render the required resources.

A dedicated hosting service is a type of hosting in which the server is not shared with anyone else (i.e., any other company).  With dedicated hosting, an organization has full control over the server, including the choice of the operating system, hardware, etc. used.

Read more: Cloud Hosting vs Dedicated: What's The Difference?

 

Migrating to a Managed Dedicated Server Hosting Solution

Friday, 02 August 2013 17:11

By Brandy Taylor – NOC Technician, Sidus Data

Looking to make the switch to a managed dedicated server hosting solution? Here are 5 considerations to help you prepare for the migration.

  1. DOWNTIME - When preparing for migration to managed dedicated server hosting you should be prepared for some form of downtime accessing data for both you and your clients. It is advisable to let your clients know well in advance of the downtime so they can plan accordingly. If you are adequately prepared and have executed correctly, the downtime shouldn’t be a major disruption – just make sure you plan the best possible time for minimal impact. Most companies complete migration on the weekend or during the evening when it will have the least effect.
  2. BACKUP – Ensure that you have a backup copy of all your data before you migrate. For best practices, it is advisable to have backups of your data at all times, but prior to migration you should verify your backups are working correctly and that you have a recent successful backup. It is also highly recommended that you do a ‘test restore’ make certain the backup will restore correctly. Imagine if you lost all your data – that would have a serious impact on your business.
  3. COMPATIBILITY - Make sure the managed dedicated server hosting solution you are migrating to is compatible with all your data. More specifically, make sure that any website data, applications, or databases will work with any newer versions that may be installed on the new server. If compatibility is an issue, you will need to update coding/applications or request like versions be installed on the new server. Ensuring you have carefully thought through potential compatibility issues will also mean minimizing downtime issues.
  4. SPECIFICATIONS - Verify the specifications of your new managed dedicated server hosting solution in advance of migration day. If you are planning on installing any new applications, or adding more clients you should be sure you will have the appropriate amount of hardware/software you need (RAM, CPU, Hard drive, Operating System, etc) as specified by the additions.
  5. TEST – Lastly, after the migration to your new managed dedicated hosting solution has been completed, you should TEST, TEST, TEST! You will want to get access to your new server and make absolutely sure everything is working correctly before going live with the new server. Just like scheduling downtime, you don’t want to impact your clients further with additional downtown or issues because of migration – even your most understanding customer could become upset.


If you have questions about how best to migrate your data or whether or not a managed dedicated server is right for your business contact one of our knowledgeable specialist today – 410-897-1050.

 

How To Determine The Best Dedicated Server Hosting Option For Your Business: Security Aspects

Thursday, 25 July 2013 18:28

By Chris Isham, 
Solutions Advisor

Why you should consider physical security aspects when choosing the best dedicated server hosting option for your company. 

Maintaining the security of your company’s data is not only best practice, but it could be costly if you haven’t taken the right preventative measures to ensure it. The best dedicated server hosting providers not only have superior network security measures in place, but also physical security measures and policies to oversee management. When choosing the best dedicated server hosting partner, you are looking to outsource not only IT systems but also the security that comes with the data center. It seems that some people are concerned that moving to a managed dedicated hosting platform puts their data at risk but this couldn’t be any further from the truth.     

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Advantages of Dedicated Managed Hosting

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 16:02

Dedicated managed hosting provides a powerful and secure solution for businesses looking for a server that is reserved exclusively for a single customer so that bandwidth, memory, storage and performance is not affected by other customers traffic like in a shared server situation. 

Sidus Data has been a dedicated managed hosting provider for 14 years. When it comes to deciding whether or not to use a third party for hosting your dedicated server versus maintaining it yourself, there are some big advantages to leaving it up to experienced professionals so you can stay focused on what’s really important to growing your business.  The main advantages of dedicated managed hosting lie around security, support, network uptime and capital expenditure.  

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Fear of the Cloud - Part II

Monday, 08 October 2012 15:21

It’s been a few months since my last blog and even though I’m seeing a lot of companies softening their stance on the cloud, there are still those who are reluctant to make the switch. Some fear losing control, some think it’s not as secure, and I’m sure some are even thinking that it threatens their job security. No matter what the excuse, such reasons are just not accurate. Computing power should be seen as a utility just like electricity, cable television and telephone – a monthly service where you are only billed for what you use. No longer should companies have to worry about large capital investments in expensive servers and software, or extra IT staff to keep them running.

In the last blog I started to go over the NIST definition of cloud computing. In this blog I’m going to dive a little deeper and explain the five essential characteristics of the cloud.

Read more: Fear of the Cloud - Part II

 

Fear of the Cloud

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 17:30

Socrates said "the fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom." Basically put, you don’t know what you don’t know. Is this why people have a fear of cloud computing? Depending on whom you talk to, the cloud is either the savior of the world, or a passing fad that will allow everyone and their Aunt Betty access to your most confidential information.

Let’s look at this another way. Whatever your interpretations of cloud computing are, they are likely only half right. Yes, SaaS companies such as Salesforce.com and NetSuite offer excellent cloud based applications, but this model is only part of it.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, "cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models."

Read more: Fear of the Cloud

 

Managed Cloud Hosting: The Perfect Way to Allow Companies to Concentrate on Their Core Business

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:07

I have a friend who works for an integrator/VAR in the DC area. Every day he goes to work and is stuck in some sort of “Groundhog Day” nightmare that still thinks it’s 2005. He spends all day on the phone trying to sell hardware, licensing and support contracts to businesses throughout the mid-Atlantic.

How does this sound?

"Hi this is _______ from ABCD Tech and I’ve noticed that your licensing for ____________ is up for renewal next month. I can offer you a two year renewal at a discounted price of $10,995."

Or this?

"Good morning, this is _________ from ABCD Tech and I’m calling to tell you about our the newest SAN from _______ . If you order within the next two weeks, I can give you 3.75% off of the list price and the vendor will send me a nice spiff."

This is definitely not the way to do business in 2012.  Owning and maintaining your own servers, SANs, etc. is not only a waste of money, but it’s also a waste of your company’s valuable time and resources. 

Read more: Managed Cloud Hosting: The Perfect Way to Allow Companies to Concentrate on Their Core Business

 

Why Should You Choose Dedicated Exchange Hosting Over Multi-Tenant Offerings?

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 15:35

So, what is the difference between a dedicated and multi-tenant platform?  Let’s think of a Datacenter as a city with hotels, apartments, and single-family homes:

Hotels/Public Cloud
In the public cloud each company has its own virtual server but is sharing everything else such as hardware, firewalls, storage etc.

Apartments/Private Cloud
In the private cloud, companies have dedicated equipment which is owned and managed by the cloud service provider.

Single family homes/Co-location
Companies own and most often manage their own equipment, but they keep it in a Datacenter facility to take advantage of the infrastructure and support.

Read more: Why Should You Choose Dedicated Exchange Hosting Over Multi-Tenant Offerings?

 

SIDUS BIODATA TO EXHIBIT AT MEDICA CONFERENCE IN DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

By This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Business Development Manager: Nov. 2, 2011

Sidus BioData, leading provider of Compliant Cloud Hosting for Life Sciences and Health IT companies across the globe, has been invited by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development’s Biotechnology Center (MBC) to exhibit at the  MEDICA 2011 tradeshow, the world's largest event for the Medical Sector.  Sidus' Validated Hosted Solutions and Services will be showcased at the conference taking place in Dusseldorf Germany, November 16-19, 2011.

 

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Regulated Hosting: Questions and Answers Session with Stephen Ferrell - GAMP Special Interest Chairman.

By This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Business Development Manager : Oct 26, 2011

Hosting was once the domain of websites, poetry blogs, and small businesses. In the last 10 years the industry has taken hold and an outsourced infrastructure is now the norm for corporations big and small, local and global. The added burden placed on companies regulated by 21 CFR Part 11, Annex 11 and the associated GMP’s, has caused many to shy away from Compliant Hosting. I recently had the opportunity to discuss this topic with Stephen Ferrell. Stephen is the outgoing chair of the GAMP IT Infrastructure Special Interest Group, he leads the V&V group for a local BioTech company, and he supports Sidus BioData as a Regulatory Advisor.

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Say Goodbye to Validation and Hardware Costs

 By  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Business Development Manager: Oct 10, 2011

Whether you are an established biotech, pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturer or are simply getting your feet wet, it’s inevitable that your business will need some combination of the following systems:

Read more: Say Goodbye to Validation and Hardware Costs

 

The Biotech Industry Should Better Understand the Consequences of a non-Validated Computer System

By This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Business Development Manager: Sept. 09, 2011

If you are a Medical Device developer, a Biotech firm or Pharmaceutical Manufacturer, you are required to follow either 21 CFR Part(s) 210 & 211 or 21 CFR part 820. In tandem with 21 CFR Part 11, all of the computer systems used to support your manufacturing and design processes require validation.  Often manufacturers make the mistake of attempting to claim that their computer systems are purely reference tools and that paper reigns.  This approach has the potential to mislead, confuse and ultimately break the law.   There are several citations issued by FDA including:

“Failure to validate computer software for its intended use according to an established protocol when computers or automated data processing systems are used as part of production or the quality system, as required by 21 C.F.R. §820.70(i) (Production and Process Controls - Automated Processes).”

Read more: The Biotech Industry Should Better Understand the Consequences of a non-Validated Computer System

 

Compliant Hosting for HIPAA and HITECH – Making the right choice.

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:00

These days, it isn’t hard to find a datacenter claiming “HIPAA Hosting” or “HITECH Hosting.” What is hard to find is a datacenter that truly understands and adheres to the guidelines surrounding HIPAA compliance. The exception, is Sidus BioData. Our datacenter is in full compliance with all health data regulations – we have a regulatory roadmap and quality manual to prove it, something I can say with certainty (because I have done my homework) that most others do not.

Read more: Compliant Hosting for HIPAA and HITECH – Making the right choice.

 

Quality Regulated Hosting - a simplified approach to data security and compliance services for the Life Sciences Industry.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 00:00

When 21 CFR Part 11 was introduced in 1997, it created in equal measure - confusion and consultants. Fourteen years on, the confusion has largely disappeared and while regulation remains under review the chances of wholesale changes are highly unlikely. The cottage industry of consultants remains though, eager to serve for three months and leave a pile of validation protocols in their wake. While there are many competent hardworking consultants out there, there are many yet, who by virtue of their profession, have never sat in front of FDA or EMEA, have never had to defend last weeks, last month, or last years validation package.

Read more: Quality Regulated Hosting - a simplified approach to data security and compliance services for the Life Sciences Industry.

 

Why Cloud?

Thursday, 24 March 2011 00:00

It seems everywhere you turn there's someone talking about cloud computing. Now even Microsoft is touting the cloud in its advertising for consumer products. Even though the cloud is nothing new, the way it is being used in business most certainly is. Because of virtualization and the amount of inexpensive bandwidth available, moving your data to the cloud has never been easier, faster or safer. The days of an organization investing large amounts of capital building and maintaining an under/over utilized IT infrastructure are quickly coming to a close. It’s a new day, a new way and the cloud is here to stay.

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What Makes a Compliant Data Center?

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:00

Simply put, a compliant data center is a data center that conforms to a set of regulatory rules, specifications, standards or laws.  Conforming to mandated laws or standards to meet federal and commercial regulations requires a considerable investment in, infrastructure, personnel and services. However, due to the significant cost, many commercial or private data centers have not made the proper investment in the physical, environmental and operational controls and services to meet the minimum regulatory requirements.


The most regulatory requirements map to industry best practices:

  • Redundant Power and Cooling
  • Intrusion Detection
  • 24x7x365 Monitoring and Staff
  • Backups and Documented Policy and Procedures

This is just the start, here is an example of a Compliant Data Ceter 

IT security and Information Assurance professionals tasked with ensuring their information systems meet compliance requirements, have limited options when it comes to selecting a compliant data center.
 

Read more: What Makes a Compliant Data Center?

 

Most Common Acronyms in Tech: The Breakdown

Thursday, 03 February 2011 00:00

There is a learning curve for people who are just entering the tech industry or those who work with people in the tech industry. It can be a report or a discussion; there are a lot of acronyms thrown around. After reading this you will be able to catch some of these acronyms. Hey, if nothing else I’ve been told these are great at parties.

1. CMS = Content Management System

What Is It? A dashboard in which people who are not web designers or programmers, manage almost every aspect of a website.

Who Uses It?  You! A lot of companies and individuals use this to manage and edit basic aspects of their individual website. These aspects include low level design work, simple updates, and other simple tasks.

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Top 10 Myths About Cloud Computing BUSTED!

Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:00

Myth #1: Cloud computing is just a marketing buzzword.

Busted: The term “cloud” is being used in many ways. I’m sure you’ve seen the Windows commercials, saying “Take it to the cloud”. The term “cloud” can and will, be thrown around, but it is not the “same old thing” with a new name. Cloud computing is simply services, applications, and storage that are provided over the Internet. Cloud computing is a new and more effective way of doing business.

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A Look Inside Managed Private Cloud

Friday, 17 December 2010 19:06

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. Introduction
  2. Combating the Fear of the Cloud Computing “Unknown” 
  3. Managed Private Cloud 101:  Overview and Benefits
  4. What to look for in a Managed Private Cloud Provider
  5. How to Successfully Transition to a Managed Private Cloud
  6. Summary

INTRODUCTION

“By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets,” or so predicts leading information technology research and advisory company, Gartner. This decrease in the need for IT hardware stems from an acceleration in the adoption of cloud enabled services, with managed private cloud offerings steadily gaining ground. For companies looking to reap the numerous benefits that public cloud computing affords, but achieve more control, reliability and security, managed private clouds prove to be more than just an IT finance manager’s dream come true.

This white paper explores managed private cloud computing, explains what to look for in a private cloud provider, and provides a case study of one organization’s success in moving their mission critical data from an onsite model to a secure managed private cloud, forever changing the landscape of their business.

Read more: A Look Inside Managed Private Cloud

 

Cloud Hosting

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 14:20

Last week's Chesapeake Regional Tech Council BBQ on the Bay was a great venue for Sidus to not only market their cutting edge Cloud Hosting services but also hear what local business leaders are saying about the future of Cloud Computing.  350+ attendees were focused on business (small/medium/large) and all seemingly curious as to how technology impacts the success or failure of those businesses.

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Outsource Solutions for HIPAA Compliance

Wednesday, 19 May 2010 14:13

Last February, President Obama signed into law the $19.2 billion Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to accelerate the process of digitizing electronic health records (EHR) in the United States.  Under this law, hospitals and healthcare professionals who demonstrate “meaningful use” of a certified EHR by the year 2015 will become eligible to receive millions of federal dollars in incentive payments, and those who do not comply could be penalized.  In addition, healthcare organizations must comply with related security and privacy requirements. This has proven both a powerful motivator and source of great concern for many healthcare professionals across the country.  

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Considering a Cloud Based Solution? Join the club...

Wednesday, 07 April 2010 13:31

Gartner has come up with an interesting prediction saying “a fifth of enterprises will hold no IT assets by 2012 as cloud computing and virtualization become commonplace.”

Obviously Gartner benefits from making controversial pronouncements... still we wonder.

Read more: Considering a Cloud Based Solution? Join the club...

 

10 year Flashback!

Wednesday, 07 April 2010 13:24

Sidus celebrating its first 10 years has really got me thinking about the rapid progression of the internet and computing power over the past decade. A couple of then vs. now scenarios:

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The New Year

Friday, 08 January 2010 20:08

Data, Data, Data! This is the mantra for 2010.  The best part is the cost to manage this data has fallen drastically over the past 5 years.

Cloud Computing will accelerate the effective and efficient management of data for the coming years.

Read more: The New Year

 

Sidus Cloud Hosting – More Green for Less Green

Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:00

Sidus Green Cloud Hosting

While most organizations either have or are planning a “green initiative”, most technology companies’ efforts grind to a halt when it comes to environmentally conscious hosting infrastructures.  Traditionally there has been a perception that Green Technology must be expensive or require a major compromise in the price to performance factor.  Sidus Cloud hosting, however, is Green Hosting without the expense or compromise. 

The Sidus Cloud Green Hosting infrastructure starts with ultra-efficient Dell PowerEdge blade servers. The Sidus blade infrastructure provides the first building block of a Green hosting initiative  Take a look at the table below for a comparison.

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Colo versus Cloud…

Thursday, 12 November 2009 00:00

With cloud computing growing in popularity, SMBs (and others) are questioning whether it is more practical to colocate their data centers or completData Center Colocationely bypass that option and head into the cloud. First, let’s briefly clarify the two:

Data center co-location: Typically provided as a commercial service, this option allows SMBs to rent data center space from a third party facility that provides necessary pipe (network connectivity to the Internet) and ping (network response). Space is usually leased as individual rack units, cabinets, cages, suites, rooms and facilities

Cloud computing: By moving to the ‘cloud,’ SMBs have the ability to store and process data over the Internet. For clarity, Gartner defines cloud computing as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT capabilities are provided as a service to multiple customers using Internet technologies”

Colocation addresses data center facilities needs. Cloud computing includes IT infrastructure as well as data center facilities, all delivered as a service. Both options provide network and cost-saving benefits, and SMBs can benefit greatly from either solution.

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From the Cloud - Going Forward with Backup

Thursday, 09 July 2009 18:42

Sidus Cloud Hosting While many in the hosting industry are still wed to cumbersome and tape based systems for their disaster recovery plan, Sidus has taken a different route. Understanding that for most dedicated server and colocation clients, unless they need to meet certain compliance guidelines like HIPPA or SARBOX, managed disk-base server image backup is the far superior route for rapid data recovery.  Tape systems should be used only in the role of long term data archiving.

Consider this scenario that recently occurred to a moderately sized e-commerce client of Sidus Data:

Tom’s Online Widgets and More is no Amazon.com, but does a fairly brisk business of 85 orders per hour with an average ticket of $35 per order.  This means on average, Tom pulls in $2975 per hour in widgets sold off of his eCommerce dedicated server. Additionally, Tom’s orders are split into 60 orders from new shoppers and 25 from returning shoppers.
 
Tom’s server crashed due to a corruption of the file system.

In a traditional Tape + Incremental backup scenario, Tom’s would have had experienced six hours of downtime.  This time is required to reinstall the operating system on the server, configure it and retrieve the data off of the tape system.

For Tom, this means $17,850 in lost revenue, 510 widgets that were destined for a new home are still sitting on the shelves and 360 committed new customers as well as 150 loyal repeat customers have been turned away with money in hand.

Luckily, it didn’t turn out this way!

By utilizing Sidus Host’s Acronis True Image backup program backed up onto our disk-based SAN, Sidus engineers were able to restore Tom’s online store within 30 minutes of the failure.  Our Image-based backup negated any need to reinstall server operating systems and applications, and the rapid accessibility of Tom’s data on our Storage Array Network allowed us to recover his server image in mere minutes.

For Tom, this means that he saved $16362.50 in lost revenue and earned the business of 468 shoppers.  The best part is the amount of money saved in this one incident paid for Tom’s Sidus provided managed backup solution for nine years…That’s a lot of widgets!

 

Integrated Approach

Monday, 06 July 2009 12:47

The web is so pervasive that it is necessary for all companies and organizations to have a fully developed strategy to utilize the strength of this medium. When a company seeks to develop an effective strategy for the web, it should look at multiple facets.Sidus and its Multiple Facets including Design, Hosting, and More

  1. What are the desired outcomes for this project? Are you driving sales, leads, providing customer support, dispersing information or other.
  2. What image are you attempting to create?
  3. Are you dependent upon search engine traffic?
  4. How will this project integrate with your current business model?
  5. Who will manage content?  Content should change often which gives users a reason to return.
  6. Many other considerations

Since 1999, Sidus has executed hundreds of web projects.  We have a vertical structure that allows our customers to have a streamlined and integrated approach for design, hosting, application development and marketing.

We understand that each project is unique, but shared characteristics with other organizations.  We have the experience to make this process very efficient and always focus on driving the positive outcomes.

 

Collaboration

Friday, 03 July 2009 10:05

Sidus Collaborates Allowing Everyone to Focus On Their StrengthsThe true genius of innovation is the ability for people and companies to work together.  For the past five years, Sidus has worked very closely with a number of application companies for the development and deployment of their applications. Our ability to create a hosted solution that works, allows our clients to focus on their software.

 By collaborating, we are able to focus on our strengths, hosting, network efficiency, data management and security. Our partner can then focus on the creation and distribution of applications.  

 This has been a winning formula for us and our partners.

 

Save Money! Outsource Hosting

Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:18

The economy today is a very challenging time for many businesses.  Sidus is receiving more requests for hosting than ever, due to the costs saving element of our hosting services.  The following are many reason why companies and organizations are using providers like Sidus for their hosting needs:

Sidus Data Center1) Owning servers is more expensive, especially in the short run, than having a server provided for you.  You do not have to worry about managing the Operating Systems, Firewalls, Backup and other required elements.  Equipment refresh is done without incurring the high costs of purchasing new equipment every two or three years.

2) Virtualization optimizes equipment utilization, minimizing costs

3) By utilizing the powerful infrastructure of the Sidus Datacenter, your investment in power, electrical backup (batteries & generator), bandwidth, redundancy and support will be substantially less.

4) We know technology and will be a resource for you to stay current.

5) YOU CAN FOCUS ON YOUR BUSINESS.

We will make your system run 24/7 and save you money in the process. After ten years, we know our business and that will enable you to focus on yours and not have the burden and cost of providing a top tier hosting solution for you.

 

 

 

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