It took a while for business decision makers to place their trust in cloud service providers. After all, it is imperative that the sensitive and informative data held by organisations is kept safe and secure. Our first-hand experience in 2007 was that business managers were not comfortable with their data been held by a third party company away from their office location. Over time the IT industry have built the reputation of cloud based services and it was predicted by Microsoft research (SMB Business in the Cloud2012) that the number of very small companies using a paid cloud solution would triple by 2015 up to 76%, the number of companies with between 11 and 25 employees would double up to 82%, and in the 101-to 250-employee segment 91% of companies would adopt the cloud.
In the same report published by Microsoft it was concluded that 70% of businesses want to know where their data is located. This is a legitimate concern as there is a significant difference between cloud service providers who hosts data on site without adequate precautions put in place and cloud service providers who host in a secure environment. Our BizLive service is hosted in the tier 4 data centre, Six Degrees. Six Degrees host data for the international law firms Simmons & Simmons, Bird & Bird and Trowers & Hamlins. They also provide hosting solutions for the fruit smoothies company Innocent Drinks. We chose Six Degrees based on the stringent security and precautions that they have put in place. They have extensive CCTV coverage along with 24/7 security patrol.
The sophisticated fire detection and suppression system that Six Degrees have in place eliminate the risks of fire damage, and their cooling systems ensure that servers do not overheat. Importantly all connections at Six Degrees are doubled up with enough capacity to fail over if there is an issue with power, cooling or comms.
The power connections at Six Degrees are connected directly to the national grid with two 11kv connections fed from different sub stations. The connections are backed up by generators and the generators are backed up by through battery UPS. With the synergy of our infrastructure combined with the level of service offered by Six Degrees we guarantee an uptime of 99.9% which ensures the productivity of businesses who use BizLive.
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