you ask yourself how did the hosting services take such an important role in business and organizations these days? Digital data stores are one of the most necessary foundation stones in any organization or business based on digital technology. Such organizations can be divided into two types:
- Click & Mortar organizations (those that besides using a technological/digital infrastructure, also use physical Brick & Mortar locations where business is done in person)
- Pure Play organizations (those with a business structure depending entirely on digital infrastructure, with no need for physical shops or for plants based on physical production lines)
What both types of organization have in common is that they depend on the construction and growth of data stores and information, which accumulate into ever-larger collections from day to day.
Preserving those data stores, and ensuring their quality, completeness, and timeliness, are critical to the daily functioning of each organization or business, and to its DR (disaster recovery) — its ability to bounce back from any possible calamity affecting the technological infrastructure and its content.
Thus whatever the size of the organization or business may be, the need to protect its data store makes data backup one of the most critical concerns. The integrity of the data store, its quality, and its level of security may make all the difference in the organization’s ability to achieve its business goals and may influence the speed of its business growth.
What is the meaning and importance of the organization’s data store?
For a business or organization, the data store is a significant part of the intellectual/informational property assets. It generally contains sensitive and confidential information regarding all aspects of the organization. Such information may relate directly to the core processes of the organization, or it may relate to secondary processes.
This important information touches on all the organization’s spheres of activity, from the details of the core process to the organization’s supply chain, the technical specifications of its products, the details of its future plans, its business strategy, its sales and marketing system, personal information describing the niche its clientele occupies, plans for expanding that niche, and internal information detailing the organization’s own structure, employees, business partners, and suppliers.
Naturally, the data store contains sensitive information about the business’s economic and financial situation, details of orders, shipments, and purchases, and data regarding sales and customer service, with all that those categories imply — including personal financial information belonging to the clients, such as credit card numbers, ID information, and numerous other personal details.
This information — updated, augmented, and maintained from day to day — provides the organization with a snapshot of the current reality and with the ability to track its own progress and growth (for example, by checking the organization’s accumulated ERP information).
The possibility of loss or damage to the data store must not be taken lightly, because of the data store’s importance to the organization’s functioning and to the robustness of its business continuity.
Because of the data store’s importance, the field of external hosting services for businesses has been flourishing, with offerings from various infrastructure providers.
The theory behind server hosting plans is based on familiar working assumptions well anchored in the experience of today’s organizations:
- The data store grows daily, and the quantities of accumulated information require massive servers. Data-based organizations must make significant, continual investments in infrastructure. Servers must be protected, enlarged, maintained, and kept up-to-the-minute, matching the pace of technological developments by upgrading and updating. Those requirements may engender the formation of an IT department, tasked with operation and maintenance of the rapidly growing and expanding infrastructure. However, not every organization is able on a financial basis, or even on a pragmatic basis, to make the huge investment that such a project requires.
- The chance that this sensitive data store may be damaged in some way (or even lost completely) is a matter of no small concern. Digital systems depend on electronic elements (electricity, internet, intranet) and on physical components which are vulnerable to wear and tear, aging, malfunction, or factory defects. Taking into account the additional possibility of deliberate damage, it quickly appears an inescapable conclusion that every organization’s data store is at some risk all the time.
Thus server hosting, enabling the system to be backed up onto the external infrastructure provider’s site, emerges logically as answering the needs of organizations that wish to significantly reduce the risk to their data stores.
How do external servers and storage reduce the risk?
When the organization uses an external server hosting service, and when the service was chosen from a reliable company that can precisely meet the organization’s needs, the organization’s data store is regularly and continually backed up on servers residing physically with the service provider.
The required system backups are performed concurrently with the everyday work. The organization and its employees receive access to the offsite infrastructure through a portal constructed for them, and the day-to-day work process is kept in the ever-growing database while being backed up at the same time (data backup) as an additional guarantee of its integrity.
Though the data is being written and saved not only on the organization’s own servers but also on external servers in the form of backups, the work process itself is unaffected and no extra time is consumed. Moreover, the external server hosting company can provide the business or organization with prompt business continuity in any case of technological disaster. Constant backup ensures the integrity of the data store and keeps it constantly up to date so that the organization can continue work with no interruption, no disruption, and no loss of data.
The transfer of the infrastructure is always gradual, at a pace that suits the needs of the organization, and it is begun only after careful planning of the necessary stages. For the purpose of designing the new infrastructure, the conditions and limitations of the present infrastructure are examined with a view to upgrading them to what the organization would consider the optimal state. The planning and design are accomplished far in advance of the data store’s physical transfer. By taking care to execute a correct process of migration, the organization can not only help make the migration itself smooth and proper but also help achieve — in the final result — a new platform that is much more efficient and convenient for the organization and for its employees.
Server hosting at MedOne
Our company’s servers and cloud platforms are based on the most modern and advanced Cisco technology. This technology provides for workload balancing and maintains the infrastructure’s stability even under conditions of stress or of an unexpected load in an unpredictable pattern. The money-saving storage facilities that we offer are based on modern VNX technology from EMC. Their components are guaranteed the fastest and most reliable, their encryption abilities are impressive and are available at various code levels (to best suit the client’s needs), and their level of performance is high.
The hosting sites themselves total some 17,000 square meters (180,000 square feet), and they are located underground and geographically separated. Their location and decentralization are a further advantage for the servers in terms of the security of data and information. Each hosting facility can operate autonomously for 72 continuous hours in case of emergency, for the sake of further ensuring the data stores’ survival.
The MedOne hosting servers receive top-quality maintenance and comply with international standards, in order to provide the level of service that we guarantee to the organizations and businesses that constitute our clientele. We promise quality, accessibility, and service, backed by a service level agreement (SLA) that stipulates one of the highest levels of technical service known in Israel (or anywhere), and MedOne is committed to the SLA for as long as the company lives.