The colocation industry aides company sustainability—and significantly reduces energy consumption across the country. The reduction can be attributed, at least in part, to efficient hyperscale data centers and the migration of data center activity to cloud or colocation facilities.
According to the “United States Data Center Energy Usage Report,” published in June of 2016, data … read more
On October 6, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released HIPAA guidance on cloud computing in order to help business associates and covered entities better understand their HIPAA obligations in the cloud. This information is much needed, as most businesses want to take advantage of cloud computing, but … read more
As technology advances, organizations are forced to adapt or risk falling behind. One trend that has recently blossomed is the adoption of a hybrid IT infrastructure—usually as a cost-saving and scalable model, and colocation is making it possible. Colocation offers many benefits that appeal to small to medium-sized businesses, which is clear by its growth: … read more
One of the biggest challenges facing organizations that work with electronic protected health information (ePHI) is keeping that information secure. You must process, transmit, and store the data so that it’s readily available without compromising your level of HIPAA compliance. Maintaining compliance also means you must be certain that any outside vendors you work with, … read more
The world we live in today is more connected—and at greater risk of cybercrime—than ever before. For this reason, we support the effort to raise awareness of the need for cyber security and safety online. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and was created to help organizations focus on the reality of cybercrime … read more
Today’s businesses are tech savvy enough to understand the importance of having a disaster recovery (DR) strategy as a part of their business continuity planning (BCP) process. It’s no longer a nice option to have—it’s a necessity. Could your business survive a disaster without the critical hardware and software, data, and systems it relies on … read more
Did you know that the U.S. Bureau of Labor reported that 93% of companies that experience a data disaster go out of business within 5 years? Or how about the fact that 95% of all organizations experienced a data outage in the past year? With these staggering numbers, it’s no longer a question of whether … read more
The White House has taken a significant step toward defining and coordinating a national response to the growing number of cyberattacks on government, businesses, and consumers—and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
On July 26, the Obama Administration released Presidential Policy Directive-41 on U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination Policy, which outlines how the government … read more
The number of data breaches in the healthcare industry is growing exponentially—and the breaches are becoming more severe. This phenomenon can be attributed to the increased black-market resale value for stolen medical records and personal health information (PHI), as well as the sophistication of cybercriminals. As a result of these risks—and of all the HIPAA … read more
Business disaster recovery plans are not one size fits all. If you’re currently debating whether you should use colocation for disaster recovery, you’ll want to keep reading. There are distinct business cases for taking on-site precautions, building your own data center, or outsourcing disaster recovery entirely with a remote colocation provider—your choice depends on your … read more
All businesses monitor costs and look for ways to improve the bottom line. You may be the one responsible for finding the most cost-effective means to maintain a critical IT infrastructure. If so, have you considered managed hosting? Not only can managed hosting provide the highest levels of reliability and security, but it can also … read more
A disaster recovery (DR) plan is an essential part of your company’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP), the living document that details how your organization guards against future disasters—ranging from viruses to terrorist attacks to hurricanes and natural disasters. And while people often use the terms business continuity and disaster recovery interchangeably, the two mean very … read more
National Health IT (NHIT) Week takes place on September 26-30, 2016, and is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness event created to highlight the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology (IT). At OnRamp, we recognize the critical role health IT holds in the advancement and improvement of healthcare in the … read more
When it comes to cybersecurity and securing our sensitive data, high-speed technological change has conditioned us to think the biggest risks come from some new-to-the-world vulnerability. For instance, we hear warnings that mobile attacks will be the next scourge or that the Internet of Things (IoT) is the emerging danger zone.
But, let’s not jump … read more
The rise of cloud-based computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) has turned the entire channel partner ecosystem upside down. Technology buyers, sellers, and resellers face ongoing disruptive innovations that are changing the dynamics of the IT channel significantly, broadly—and permanently. This reality, and the issues the IT reseller community faces, as a result, will … read more
If you’re in an industry that collects and processes payment card data and information, you’re no stranger to PCI DSS compliance, the standards in place to protect cardholder information. It makes sense, therefore, that if technology is always changing, so too must the rules and regulations surrounding PCI compliant hosting.
Most recently, the PCI Security … read more
Are you considering implementing a colocation strategy and partnering with a colocation provider to host your data? Perhaps your in-house data center doesn’t have the space you need to expand, or maybe you need far greater power density to support the addition of new equipment. Or you want to have a better disaster recovery plan … read more
Creating a disaster recovery (DR) plan is an essential part of your business continuity planning process. But, there’s more to it than just developing the plan. You must test your plan to ensure it will work in the case of an emergency—or risk failure when something goes wrong.
Even though there are costs associated with … read more
In an effort to be more productive and connected, employees are taking it upon themselves to seek technology solutions that fit their workplace needs, and as a result, are inadvertently creating serious challenges for their IT teams. The number of employees bringing personal mobile devices into the workplace and using them as business devices has … read more
Keeping financial data secure is becoming a top challenge for businesses of every kind and every size. If your business stores, processes, or transmits credit card information, you are required to maintain a secure IT environment—and to be compliant with PCI regulations.
Earlier this year the Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council mandated new … read more