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6 Tips for a Seamless Transition to Your New Colocation Server Hosting Facility

Colocation Server HostingYou’ve decided it’s time to capitalize on the many advantages of using a colocation server hosting facility. As you prepare to act on that decision, the reality of the challenges you’ll face in making the move hits you. Now you begin to think about how to ensure that your migration takes place without incident. While it’s true that there are risks associated with making the switchover, there are steps you can take to help guarantee a seamless transition.

Preparing for Your Colocation Server Hosting Move

You’re eager to move your processing to your new colocation server hosting facility. But, it’s critical that you do so without interrupting business operations. Here are six things you can do to help ensure success:

  1. Create a detailed migration plan. Put every step of your transition process in writing. This is critical to achieving your goals. Create a plan that has a step-by-step description of the process with specific times (i.e. “Saturday 8:00 a.m.” versus “Saturday morning”) and assignments. This will provide clarity and instill confidence in everyone involved. Develop this plan based on available bandwidth and be sure that someone is assigned the task of ensuring that all necessary software licenses have been obtained.
  2. Choose a migration manager. Your transition will be a group effort. However, be sure to name one person to ride herd over the entire process. Without someone in that role, it’s too easy to assume that someone else is going to take care of a task that was left unassigned or handle an issue that has come up.
  3. Practice to the extent possible. While not every aspect of the move can be tested in advance, many things can be. Do whatever “dry runs” you can, and repeat them if necessary to ensure that on move day, everyone is comfortable with their assigned tasks. This can prevent a situation where you discover in the middle of a move that some task wasn’t accounted for or someone is unclear about what they should be doing.
  4. Back everything up. While your preparation and testing will almost certainly guarantee a smooth transition, those are, of course, famous last words! Better safe than sorry. Be sure to create all necessary data backups, restore points, and image archives just in case. And by this, we mean every last byte of data should be backed up.
  5. Be well-staffed. Having just enough personnel available to handle all the transition tasks is really not enough. If problems arise and people are pulled away to handle them, you can easily find yourself short-staffed. Hope for the best, and plan for… something short of that!
  6. Run in tandem if possible. If the early indicators are that the transition was successful, it probably was. However, running in tandem for a period of days or weeks can be very reassuring to your organization. It can also be a lifesaver if a significant issue is encountered.

 

Helping You Make a Risk-Mitigated Data Center Move

When you’re ready to transition to colocation server hosting, we’ve got the cutting-edge facility you need. And we can share our insights on how to make a stress-free transition. Complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527 and let’s talk about your objectives.

Understanding Colocation vs. Cloud Computing Platforms

FRII | Colocation vs. Cloud Computing PlatformsIf your company is looking to move some or all of its computer processing off site, there are a few primary options. Often the decision comes down to colocation vs. cloud. If you’re faced with making that choice — and especially if you don’t have an IT staff — the question then becomes, “What’s the difference? What is colocation vs. cloud?” Or, in some cases, people assume the two terms mean the same thing. Consequently, they don’t bother to ask about the difference.

Colocation and Cloud Explained

While colocation and cloud platforms can help you achieve the same goals to a degree, they definitely go about it differently.

Colocation — In a colocation scenario, you own and use your own equipment but rent space from the colocation provider. You share the cost of power, communications, cooling, etc. with other facility users. Colocation is a great option for companies that want to maintain full control of their equipment. Organizations that have HIPAA or PCI requirements may prefer (or be required to use) colocation rather than a public cloud platform.

Colocation also works well for companies that need to increase their processing capability cost-effectively. With colocation, they don’t have to invest a large amount of capital into building an additional data center. Organizations looking for a disaster recovery “failover” site often utilize colocation as well.

Cloud computing — Cloud platforms are similar to colocation in that the company’s data processing, storage, etc. moves off site. However, in this scenario the cloud service provider owns and manages the hardware including servers, storage devices, and network. The provider’s staff takes care of day-to-day operational tasks, troubleshooting, etc.

Colocation vs. Cloud: Assessing the Costs

Colocation and cloud offerings and their prices vary by provider, of course. However, colocation often comes out ahead when the focus is on cost. Colocation may require a higher initial investment if you need to purchase hardware, but once you own the server(s) and software you will use, the ongoing monthly cost of having your machines in a colocation facility is frequently lower than the monthly fee for a cloud platform.

Finding the Right Fit for Your Business

If you’re debating colocation vs. cloud and you have questions, we’re happy to help. Although we’re a colocation provider, we’ll certainly let you know if the cloud seems like a better option for you. Complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527 and let’s talk about your needs.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Web Hosting Provider

FRII web hosting | building a websiteIf your company is like most, your website is one of the most valuable assets you own. Not only is it a key marketing tool, it may also be used for communication, education, resource storage, and other purposes. When your website goes offline, your business goes offline. Consequently, it’s critical that you do your research before selecting a web hosting provider.

Finding the Right Web Hosting Partner

Your web hosting company is more than just a service provider. They actually function almost as a business partner. That said, you want to be sure and find the right fit. Here are some aspects of their service that you want to look very closely at:

  1. Reliability and uptime. Like we said above, if your website goes down, your business is in a world of hurt. So, getting the details on a potential web hosting provider’s reliability should be the first thing you do. While no provider can guarantee 100 percent uptime, you want one whose number is very close to that. Also, what plans do they have in place for keeping servers powered up in an emergency?
  2. Monitoring and support. Does the provider monitor the server where your website resides 24/7/365, including holidays? And how do they handle support inquiries? These two issues are critical when it comes to ensuring uninterrupted operation for your website.
  3. File backup. Does the web hosting provider back up your files? You should, of course, have your own archive of your website files, but the provider should be backing things up regularly as well.
  4. Expansion potential. Be sure that a provider can not only handle your needs now, but can accommodate you if your company and website start growing exponentially. The last thing you want is to have to move your website to another provider a year from now.
  5. Server features. Does the provider offer Linux servers, Windows servers, or both? Be sure that whatever type of processes your website will need to perform can be handled properly.

The More You Know…

These are, of course, just some of the questions you should ask a potential web hosting provider. However, the answers you receive will be a good indicator of whether you want to learn more about them.

If you have questions about our web hosting services, we’re happy to answer them. Complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527.

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The True Cost of Data Center Downtime & the Need for Disaster Recovery Capabilities

Data Center Downtime - Disaster RecoveryWhen you think about a business having one (or more) of the servers in its data center go down, what comes to mind? Most people will say angry customers and lost revenue. Companies will almost certainly have to contend with these consequences. But the potential overall cost of a data center outage can be much, much higher.

Colocation and Disaster Recovery to the Rescue

Thankfully, you can work with a seasoned colocation provider like FRII. We provide cutting-edge disaster recovery services so you can avoid other potential results of an outage, including:

  • Damage to your reputation. A comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan can keep your business online even under the most difficult of circumstances. Consequently, you don’t ever have to worry about the social media backlash that spreads like wildfire when a company’s operations are interrupted.
  • Costly remediation efforts. When a server goes down, a business must do whatever it takes to bring it back online as soon as possible. That means obtaining whatever expertise is needed and scheduling as much overtime as is required. The organization has no choice but to write the check. A colocation provider like FRII puts many safeguards and redundant systems in place to ensure these are costs you won’t have to face.
  • The ripple effect. Many companies today utilize server time down to the minute. When downtime requires one project to be delayed, the ripple effect can impact other high priority tasks. This can put many deadlines at risk.

Ultimately, if a company doesn’t have fine-tuned disaster recovery procedures in place, it can end up dealing with the fallout from a data center outage for months, if not years, to come. So if someone at your organization asks the question, “Can we afford to move our processing to a colocation facility,” you should reply with, “Can we afford not to?”

Is Colocation and Disaster Recovery Right for You?

We’re here to answer your questions about our data center colocation and disaster recovery services. Complete our website Contact Us form, stop by our facility, or call us at 800-935-6527.

Colocation Server Hosting vs. Managed Hosting

Colocation Server Hosting

It’s generally common knowledge that every business needs a website, and every website needs a domain and hosting. Typically, most people and businesses select a shared hosting account, which means that many users share space on a single server. There are a couple additional options: Colocation server hosting and managed hosting.

Colocation Server Hosting

Is when you purchase both the hardware (server) and the software that will host your website, and you are responsible for properly setting up and configuring the colocation server hosting hardware and software. Plus, your IT department performs the upgrades and backups. The benefit is that the space, security, power and bandwidth are not compromised by other websites being hosted in the same space.

Managed Hosting

Is when the hosting provider ‘manages’ the hardware and the software. After creating an account, you only need to upload your website pages and any other additional services wanted. Upgrades and back-ups are performed by the hosting company on a regular basis.

As you can see, Colocation Server Hosting and Managed Hosting are two very different ways to host your website, and the decision of which to use is dependent on the needs or your business. If you’re looking for the security and performance of Colocation Server Hosting, contact FRII for your options and learn how state-of-the-art Data Center can benefit you!

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Cloud, Circuits and Colocation – A few tech terms from the FRII-clopedia

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Cloud

You’re reading at home, when your wife asks you to put a few priceless pictures she just of your newborn baby on the cloud so she can save them for a lifetime of memories. Ever wonder where those files go, and what “the cloud” really is? Meet VPS, or Virtual Private Server. VPS is like a virtual parking lot for your files. Instead of having dedicated hardware at your location, VPS hosting allows you to store your information on a larger, physical server. For businesses, it’s a way to add space as you need it, reduce overhead costs, and ensure uptime.

Circuit

No, we’re not talking about jumping jacks and lunges. Computer circuits and circuit boards act like a nervous system inside of your computers and mobile devices. Like in a human body, they connect the dots to make all interactions happen, from everything that you see on your computer screen, to every time you move your mouse.

Colocation

Probably a word you’ve heard, but… Colocation, colocation server hosting, or colo, offers both safety and enhanced performance by providing access to a physical location for a customer’s hardware and software. Colocation data centers are properly cooled, and equipped with the power, bandwidth and physical security to store your data, host your websites, and provide total peace of mind.

FRII Fort Collins internet, VPS and Colocation Server Hosting

While it may sound intimidating, at FRII we’ve got you covered with a state-of-the-art Network Operations Center staffed with technicians available to assist you anytime, day or night, 365 days a year. Our fully redundant and extremely high-speed connections to multiple Internet backbone networks give you scalability and cost effectiveness for your bandwidth needs.

The bottom line is you want your technology to work, and you have no time for downtime. If you’re looking for a full-service Fort Collins internet provider that serves Northern Colorado, Colorado and beyond with trusted VPS or colocation server hosting, be sure to contact FRII today!

Disaster VPS Recovery

VPS RecoveryWhen I say, ‘Disaster VPS Recovery’, as a business owner, what do you think? Perhaps it is something along the lines of, ‘Does my current provider back up my data properly?’ or ‘Did I select that package with my current web host?’ or maybe it’s simply, ‘What is Disaster VPS Recovery and do I need it?’.

All of those are good questions and all of those are what you should be asking your server host & internet provider. If you do not have a business continuity plan and the appropriate company to support that, then your business could come to a screeching halt should your servers crash, cloud go down and/or any other number of technical issues that would leave you dead in the water.

That is why we offer Disaster VPS Recovery here at FRII. Because when disaster strikes, the livelihood of your business is at stake and you need to be back up and running in the shortest time possible. We know that you cannot wait weeks to have your services returned and we know the cost of not only time, but of money to rebuild and repopulate the data your company relies on to operate.

We offer redundant power & internet connections, multiple on-site generator backups & we can increase your bandwidth and space needs as your business grows. We offer top of the line solutions to support any size business and all of our plans are designed with instant scalability for instant responsiveness when you need it.

Here at FRII, we pride ourselves on being a one-stop-shop for all of your business data center needs and we’re happy to show you how we are the best fit for you.

If you’re interested in taking the next step forward in securing your business online, email us at: sales@frii.com or call us at 970.212.0700.

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5 Things Every Business Should Know About Colocation Hosting

Colocation server hosting

Colocation server hosting, colo hosting, is the modern way to house your data server. With colo hosting you get a well trained IT staff that cares about your connectivity and a safe space to house your servers. If you are thinking about colocation here are five things you should know:

  1. Colocation Hosting: Colocation hosting is like “co-working” for your servers. You own your equipment but use a third party to house your data center. It may be a shelf, room, or a whole warehouse, depending on the storage needs of the company.
  2. Colocation Hosting: Colocation hosting is like “co-working” for your servers. You own your equipment but use a third party to house your data center. It may be a shelf, room, or a whole warehouse, depending on the storage needs of the company.Colocation Hosting Providers: Colocation server hosting facilities provide cooling, fully redundant power systems, IP address, and the bandwidth necessary for a company’s network needs. The location provider equips the user with all the support needed in-house. All you need to worry about is turning on your computer.
  3. Colocation Hosting Providers: Colocation server hosting facilities provide cooling, fully redundant power systems, IP address, and the bandwidth necessary for a company’s network needs. The location provider equips the user with all the support needed in-house. All you need to worry about is turning on your computer.Colocation Hosting Services: Colocation server hosting is scalable. If you have a heavy usage, the host can expand the services. If you have a slow season, you can scale down. This model is a flex model you can use as your business fluctuates its data needs.
  4. Colocation Hosting Services: Colocation server hosting is scalable. If you have a heavy usage, the host can expand the services. If you have a slow season, you can scale down. This model is a flex model you can use as your business fluctuates its data needs.Colocation Hosting Pricing: Colocation server hosting is easy on your wallet. You do not have to include building a growing data center in your office. The infrastructure is a pay-as-you-use service. If you expand, just buy more space at the center.
  5. Colocation Hosting Pricing: Colocation server hosting is easy on your wallet. You do not have to include building a growing data center in your office. The infrastructure is a pay-as-you-use service. If you expand, just buy more space at the center.Colocation Hosting for Disaster recovery: Downtimes can be crucial to biz ops. Disaster is severe if it shuts down your servers. If you have a Colocation sever, you can rely on the IT team to keep you up and to run. You can have seamless connectivity. The Colocation server has a backup plan for these moments. You can trust they are working to keep all their clients connected.
  6. Colocation Hosting for Disaster recovery: Downtimes can be crucial to biz ops. Disaster is severe if it shuts down your servers. If you have a Colocation sever, you can rely on the IT team to keep you up and to run. You can have seamless connectivity. The Colocation server has a backup plan for these moments. You can trust they are working to keep all their clients connected.

Ask your local provider at FRII about collocating hosting opportunities and pricing. Put the best IT team to work and let them take care of all your colo hosting.

What is Fiber?

What is “fiber” Really?

Fiber Optic Cable

In a world of ever expanding technologies, many new hype or jargon words can be thrown around that don’t necessarily come with an easy or readily available explanation. One of those words that you might have heard lately with regards to technology is fiber. While we all know and have used the word fiber when talking about clothing or dietary supplements, do we know what fiber stands for when speaking about technology? Continue reading

The Trouble with Passwords

Password Strength from xkcd

Popular web comic xkcd shows why most people’s hard to remember passwords aren’t very safe. Click image for full size. (license here)

Many people have trouble with passwords. And since the discovery of the Heartbleed bug, there’s a lot of frustration as people are asked to change their passwords on multiple sites. I think that most of this frustration stems from the habit we, as an Internet society, have of creating hard to remember passwords. And because we create hard to remember passwords, we tend to use tricks to help us — and these tricks make them easier to be cracked.

So here’s a list of things a lot of us do, but shouldn’t, along with things most of us don’t do, but probably should. These should make your passwords more secure and easier to remember.
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