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  • ServerSpace a finalist for ‘Cloud Company of the Year’ Award
    Hybrid Cloud Hosting Blog ServerSpace a finalist for Cloud Company of the Year Award 15 Oct 15 Posted October 15 2015 by Tim Pat Dufficy We re delighted to announce that ServerSpace has been nominated for Cloud Company of the Year in the 2015 Storage Virtualisation and Cloud SVC awards The annual SVC awards recognises the best products projects and companies in the cloud virtualisation and storage sectors ServerSpace is a finalist in the Cloud Company of the Year category which reflects the immense year we ve had providing cloud solutions to global corporations and small businesses alike As cloud hosting experts we ve configured and continue to manage hundreds of private public and hybrid cloud setups in our state of the art data centres By implementing the latest cloud technologies such as Veeam software to provide superfast and reliable disaster recovery services we strive to cement our position at the pinnacle of the fast moving cloud hosting industry We d really appreciate it if you take a moment to vote for us as the Cloud Company of the Year The winner is announced at the awards ceremony on 3 rd of December Thanks for your support Subscribe to Email

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/cloud-company-of-the-year-award (2016-04-24)
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  • Dell agrees record $67bn takeover of EMC
    Pat Dufficy American computer giant Dell has announced a deal to acquire EMC valued at 67billion It is set to become the biggest deal in history between two technology companies EMC another US company is a supplier of data storage security virtualisation analytics and cloud computing solutions Notably cloud and virtualisation market leader VMware is a subsidiary of EMC It will though remain an independent publicly listed company This deal signals Dell s intention to attack the enterprise data storage and management market Dell seeks to reposition itself away from the personal computer market to serve the lucrative data needs of businesses Michael Dell who two years ago took the company he created private said in an interview We re continuing to evolve the company into the most relevant areas where I T is moving This deal just accelerates that Part of the deal contains a go shop period where EMC have 60 days to seek a better deal with another suitor although it is highly unlikely such an offer will be made This move by Dell goes against the current trend of tech companies splitting into separate components devoted to the distinct arms of their businesses HP eBay and

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/dell-agrees-record-emc-takeover (2016-04-24)
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  • 3 ways Physical to Virtual (P2V) migration reduces hosting costs
    virtualisation is beneficial in many hosting situations it can enable considerable cost savings high availability and elasticity But here are three particular scenarios where P2V migration is a necessary next step 1 Relieve your dependency on legacy hardware Businesses often maintain their mission critical applications on old hardware because they re built on old OSs For instance an application built on Windows 2003 Windows 2000 or Windows NT requires certain outdated hardware components If your old hardware runs out of life it can be difficult to replace you have to turn to second hand parts However migrating to a new server with a modern OS requires the costly and time intensive process of rewriting your application P2V provides a convenient solution Virtual environments are hardware agnostic so you can run a legacy OS on new hardware eradicating your dependency on legacy hardware 2 Increase your utilisation of server resources Typically physical machines operate at well below their maximum capacity it s not uncommon for a physical environment to use just 20 30 of its resources This is due to the limitations of x86 servers that are designed to run only one OS or application at a time By virtualising and simulating the existence of hardware in a virtual environment you can run multiple OSs and applications on one physical machine This increases server utilisation meaning you reduce the number of servers you need The process of P2V therefore can greatly reduce your hosting bill through server consolidation 3 Merge your disparate hardware The hosting infrastructure for many organisations has been developed over the course of several years As a result the server stack often consists of multiple machines from different vendors e g Dell HP IBM This lack of uniformity with different drivers and components can make maintenance a headache

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/3-ways-p2v-migration-reduces-hosting-costs (2016-04-24)
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  • What is colocation and how can it benefit your business?
    their own hardware Customers are responsible for their own software setup and update installs and server maintenance such as repairs or reboots should a fault occur With managed hosting providers provision all hardware or virtual machines and manage it for an additional fee Pricing also differs With managed hosting services you typically pay a set amount every month or year With colocation you often pay for a combination of the space in rack positions or rack units and power in kW or Amps that your equipment uses What are the advantages of colocation over on premise hosting Reliability Uninterrupted network and power access is key to business continuity Colocation facilities offer redundancy and resilience at a level that is typically not possible for in house setups 100 network uptime is commonly achieved in colocation data centres and they connect to multiple power sources including backup generators which would be expensive for a private data centre to implement Security Data centres have rigorous security measures in place to control access to equipment As well as CCTV surveillance and locks on cabinets and cages that are commonplace for in house data centres colocation facilities can offer 27 7 human security and biometric scanners Scalability As your business expands you need more capacity This is easily achievable in colocation facilities that have an abundance of rack space and bandwidth The nature of colocation pricing also simplifies scaling on the go as you pay your host for only what you use Cost For many businesses an on premise data centre is an inefficient option By implementing a colocation strategy you do not need to invest in the infrastructure to house your hardware securely with utmost performance Through using a remote hands add on to your colocation service where engineers perform server maintenance on your

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/what-is-colocation-and-how-can-it-benefit-your-business (2016-04-24)
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  • Achieving high application availability in the cloud
    the threats to it is required if you are to achieve your desired level of availability within the available budget With so many businesses now reliant on software the subject of application availability has received increasing attention For an ecommerce retailer every hour of downtime can lead to thousands or even millions in lost revenues For an ISV downtime can result in customer defection and a permanently tarnished reputation It s only natural therefore that businesses everywhere are looking for ways to achieve and ensure higher levels of application availability Two sides of the uptime coin Th ere are two major components to the uptime equation the application and the infrastructure Both have the potential to be the cause of unplanned downtime and both can and should be optimised to prevent it There are also points of overlap where the benefits of high availability measures applied to the infrastructure level can only be realised if complementary steps are taken within the software architecture Zero downtime mission impossible Obviously the ideal situation is one with zero downtime But as we know zero downtime is practically impossible to achieve within acceptable financial and environmental constraints Furthermore every incremental increase in availability will come with a corresponding increase in costs Hence when planning for high application availability there are many choices and ultimately some compromises to be made all based on what amount of downtime is acceptable to your organisation Highly available infrastructure When tackling the infrastructure aspects of your application s availability there are a wide range of factors to consider Everything begins with the data centre tier upon which your cloud infrastructure is built Thereafter it is important that you look at Removing single points of failure Infrastructure scalability in tandem with application architecture Business continuity and disaster recovery provisions Service

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/achieving-high-application-availability-in-the-cloud (2016-04-24)
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  • Which Data Center Tier is Right for Your Business
    and Tier 4 the most expensive right Once you ve got your head around that what else is there Therein lies part of the problem with taxonomies easy to read labels can hide a wealth of valuable information Getting your head around some of the differences in the tiers will mean you re able to make better decisions when it comes to choosing a data center and most importantly you ll avoid a number of potential pitfalls Crunching the numbers First let s consider the uptime differences between the four tiers Tier 1 equates to the basic requirements for a data center a single distribution path for power and cooling serving the processing hardware and non redundant capacity Annually uptime would be at the rate of 99 671 and include 1 730 4 minutes 1 20167 days of downtime Tier 2 infrastructure gives you redundant capacity that can be swapped in and out without causing system failure It will also include one non redundant distribution path Tier 2 data centers are not intended to be fault tolerant when it comes to things like natural disasters but they have 99 741 uptime and 1 362 2 minutes of downtime per year That equates to almost 23 hours Tier 3 data centers have one active and one passive distribution path They re built to be more resilient although they re not intended to be completely immune to disasters But they will withstand them better thanks to higher capacity equipment Tier 3 data centers offer 99 982 of uptime and 94 7 minutes of downtime per year Tier 4 are fault tolerant with two active distribution paths offering the highest level of capacity including mission critical levels of tolerance fully redundant subsystems and components with concurrent maintainability They also have dual powered cooling systems Uptime is 99 995 per year and the annual downtime is 26 3 minutes Get the balance right for your business Unless you are running genuinely mission critical applications and downtime is utterly unconscionable you are unlikely to want to shoulder the not insignificant investment a Tier 4 data center will require which could be as much as double the cost of a Tier 3 Tier 4 also involves a very high environmental overhead and a much higher carbon footprint Similarly unless all you re doing is running a simple information only non transactional site you should walk away from Tier 1 too Identifying which of the two remaining tiers is right for you comes down to understanding the impact of some of the differences Even at the headline level the difference in annual downtime between Tier 2 and Tier 3 is substantial from almost one full day to just over an hour and a half respectively Are there going to be cost implications Of course there are But pause if you will and reflect on the difference in those downtime numbers one is the time it takes to fly from London to Sydney The other is the length

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/which-data-center-tier-is-right-for-your-business (2016-04-24)
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  • Why we offer DDoS protection as standard
    to the previous year In addition it reports that it observed several attacks reaching 300 Gbps and 24 Mpps for UDP floods and 35 Gbps and 90 Mpps for TCP attacks although it only takes an attack a fraction of these size to take many businesses offline We saw a very similar trend here at ServerSpace By the end of March 2014 we had already experienced two 10Gbps attacks that temporarily paralyzed our network and caused a loss of service to some customers The challenge for hosting providers is that a DDoS attack aimed at one business can easily disrupt services for others While DDoS protection may still be considered a luxury for some we believe that all our clients for whom our network is often a critical part of their business deserve to be protected from this rising menace Our approach to DDoS protection For this reason in 2014 we took the decision to provide network level DDoS mitigation services to all of our customers as standard While the changing nature of DDoS attacks makes it impossible for any organisation to completely protect itself we have put in place what we believe the best solution under the current circumstances This enables us to protect all customers from disruption from attacks not aimed at them and for a reasonable charge keep those that are attacked online and operational How our network level DDoS mitigation measures work In order to protect you from DDoS attacks aimed at you or at others we have deployed an on net DDoS mitigation solution built on the industry leading Arbour Networks Peakflow platform This solution monitors network traffic in real time detects threats as they occur and instantly begins scrubbing malicious traffic while authentic traffic is delivered to its intended destination This is all performed

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/why-we-offer-ddos-protection-as-standard (2016-04-24)
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  • Cloud Elasticity vs. Scalability - Which is Best for You?
    cope with spikes in demand improve utilisation and generate additional revenue Cloud elasticity and scalability are not equal Be careful when evaluating potential solutions and providers however as the words elasticity and scalability are frequently being used interchangeably in the market when in fact they are not the same Autonomous cloud elasticity is achieved by giving the application the ability to make calls to the hypervisor to create new machine instances with the resources required to meet the current demand This means that when demand is expected to exceed what one virtual machine can provide another one is created to support it When demand drops so too is the support machine This is not the same as scaling the resources available to an existing machine increasing CPU power adding RAM or expanding hard disk capacity for example The major challenge with scaling a machine s available resources is that as yet it cannot be performed without restarting the machine In cloud terms scalability can refer to the creation of additional machines When people hear scalability however it is typically the scaling of resources on existing machines of which they think Hence when the words elasticity and scalability are interchanged a misunderstanding can be formed Which is better elasticty or scalability Both elasticity and scalability are highly desirable under different circumstances When an application has been developed to be truly cloud native or cloud aware it can take advantage of the dynamically created machines that elasticity offers These elastic applications can scale fluidly in line with demand and provide a consistently good user experience in an extremely cost effective way Under these circumstances an elastic Public Cloud solution can be very advantageous The vast majority of applications however are not cloud aware This is particularly true of business process software Most

    Original URL path: https://www.serverspace.co.uk/blog/cloud-elasticity-vs.-scalability-which-is-best-for-you (2016-04-24)
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