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that we're in the heat of the summer, we thought we'd provide
alternatives to the need to upgrade, replace, and maintain your data
center cooling assets. This month our newsletter focuses upon
colocations and whether you should consider their potential impact on
your business. Whether you have run out of room in your current
facility, are looking for a backup site, or just want to know the
long term benefits of a hosted data center facility, PTS can provide
a great deal of information.
addition to strategic colocation services, other topics include:
Quorum Backup & Disaster Recovery solutions.
New white papers, interesting articles, and case studies are
highlighted in our education section and available in the PTS Media Library.
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project --- whether it is infrastructure, facility, or IT related.
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Story: Top 10 Ways Colocation Can Impact Your Business
For most primary data center
or computer room operations, PTS contends that owning and operating
your own data center offers the best opportunity for long-term ROI,
flexibility, and OPEX cost control. However, owning your own facility
comes with a CAPEX premium - and that is sometimes not an option. To
that end, it may be worth considering a colocation company to support
your data center infrastructure requirements. Here are our Top 10
reasons to consider a colocation:
- Reliability. Have you checked
your tier rating lately? The Uptime Institute's tier rating
system provides higher ratings for facilities which have several
levels of redundancy for power, cooling, etc. The costs are
significant for a company to build many levels of redundancy
throughout its data center or computer room (i.e. design costs,
procurement of equipment and services, management costs).
- Flexibility. Are your typical
power requirements at 2.5 KW per rack? Needing a facility
capable of supporting blade servers with 10 KW per rack
requirements? Consider a colocation specializing in high per
rack power requirements. They'll also have the appropriate cooling
systems in place.
- Speed to Deploy. Did management forget
to tell you early about a new acquisition and the need to add
disparate IT solutions in your data center? Colocation providers
typically have ample availability, ready for IT build-outs, at a
moment's notice. Sure, you won't be in tomorrow, but a few weeks
- Security. There's a cost of
doing business for colocations in terms of physical and network
security. Services include providing protection from theft and
fire, but also may include well conceived network security
designs. And, if needed, you can look for a facility with 7x24
- Facility Size. Tired of the endless
guessing games related to sizing a facility? Colocations can
actually save an organization money because it doesn't have to
over-size power, space, and cooling in the facility.
- Maintenance. Too many assets to
maintain between servers, storage, UPS, cooling, switching,
etc.? Think of the time you would save not having to worry about
supporting infrastructure and being able to concentrate on
keeping the IT infrastructure up-to-date.
- Capital Budgetary
for your CAPEX budget to be released? What if you can forget
about the capital to expand or build a new facility? Colocation
monthly fees fall into the operating expense or OPEX category.
- Network Management
& Monitoring. Is
your facility manned 7x24? Many colocation facilities have
around-the-clock network operations personnel ready and waiting
for a failure. Sure beats yanking the IT manager out of
- WAN Connectivity. What happens when the
network goes down? Colocation providers have facilities from
more than one network services provider and, because of the
volume of services, can provide truly separate infrastructures.
- Offsite Backup &
Still taking tapes offsite? Worried about the financial impact
of a data center down condition? How about the peace of mind
knowing you stored your critical data offsite at a colocation
specializing in backup and disaster recovery?
All these reasons should be
considered when looking at colocation or, for that matter, cloud
services. If you are looking for expert advice and analysis relevant
to your particular scenario, consider PTS' Data Center Facility Business Strategy
Consulting Services. The service analyzes your situation,
evaluates potential risks, hidden costs, and other items which can
affect making the right decision.
Data Center Solutions Showcase: Quorum
Backup & Disaster Recovery Solutions
PTS recently announced a
strategic reseller agreement with Quorum, maker of Back-up & Disaster
Recovery (BDR) solutions. Quorum BDR solutions are an excellent fit
for small- to mid-size companies with between 3 and 100 servers or
virtual servers. The solutions provide processing, storage,
deduplication, and virtualization capabilities in a robust,
The appliance is placed next
to your server infrastructure and tracks all physical and virtual
machines within Quorum's
Recovery Nodes. When a fault is detected, a single click
allows the onQ™ appliance to run the application on its recovery
By locating a second appliance at another site (your site or a
colocation facility), you can create a full disaster recovery
structure in case your production facility is unavailable for any
reason. More cost effective than solutions such as SAN replication,
Quorum has deployed its onQ Appliance, onQ Archive Vault, and Hybrid
Cloud solutions to many facilities with minimal downtime
requirements. Sectors deploying these solutions include healthcare,
finance, and banking to name just a few.
Learn more about the Quorum Solutions
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Education & White Papers
consumption at its peak due to the summer heat and growing energy
costs, we have posted below several new articles and white papers on
data center energy consumption.
Check out the latest white
papers added to our website by signing in or joining our new PTS Media Library! We're sure there will be some
interesting content for your reading pleasure. For up-to-the-minute
educational information don't forget to check out the PTS Blog - Data Center Design, consider joining
the LinkedIn Computer Room Design Group, or visit our
Data Center Design Channel on YouTube.
Distributed Enterprise: Remote Access and Management of IT
Infrastructure by Raritan
While the proliferation of
branch and remote offices is a positive sign of company growth, it
can be a challenge for IT staffers. Besides managing data centers, IT
teams take on the additional responsibility of managing and repairing
branch office assets like routers, switches, firewalls, WAN
optimizers, and servers. This paper addresses the added value of
out-of-band access and control tools for branch offices. Download
Knowledge Guide to DCIM by No Limits Software
Today's data centers are
more complex, more interdependent and more critical than ever before.
This has led to the need for more intelligent and automated IT
infrastructure management. The tools which enable the data center
team to effectively... Download
Plan White Paper by Quorum
tests of your IT disaster recovery plan can mean the difference
between a temporary inconvenience or going out of business. This
white paper provide recommendations to develop an IT Recover Plan. Download
Center Solutions Becomes Strategic Partner of Quorum to Deploy
Turnkey Disaster Recovery Solutions
Release, July 10, 2012
PTS Data Center Solutions announced today it has been accepted as a
Strategic Reseller Partner by Quorum®. The announcement comes as
Quorum continues to build momentum in delivering its appliance and
hybrid cloud backup, recovery and continuity solutions.
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Best of the Data Center Blogs
Data Center Knowledge, July
acknowledged by Data Center Knowledge as having one of the more
interesting blog posts recently.
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About PTS Data Center Solutions
Founded in 1998, PTS Data Center Solutions is a premier
data center design firm and turnkey solutions provider, offering a
broad range of project experience, specializing in designing data
centers, computer rooms and technical spaces that integrate "best-of-breed",
critical infrastructure technologies and result in continuously
available, scalable, redundant, fault-tolerant, manageable, and
maintainable mission critical environments.