Chris Isham

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How to Maintain PCI-DSS Compliance Within Your Host Environment

Posted by Chris Isham on July 25, 2017

If you handle sensitive credit card data, you must comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). PCI-DSS compliant hosting solutions can help you achieve compliance without requiring massive capital outlays to build a company-owned data center. 

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Is Your Financial Service Firm Ready for Cloud Computing?

Posted by Chris Isham on July 21, 2017

Cloud computing adoption in the financial services industry lacks uniformity. In a recent report published by the Cloud Security Alliance, six out of 10 financial institutions have only begun to develop a cloud strategy. Some financial institutions, especially large firms, host part of their IT infrastructure and applications in the cloud, while others are dead-set against implementing any cloud policies. 

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How to Choose a Compliant Colocation Hosting Provider

Posted by Chris Isham on July 19, 2017

As the fast-growing data center category in the industry, colocation hosting experienced a 22% increase in the number of facilities between 2012 and 2016. This significant growth rate entices a greater number of service providers to enter the market. The fierce competition provides more choices and drives service providers to enhance their service offerings. While battling for market share, service providers remain focused on differentiating their solutions. 

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Topics: Compliant Colocation

Ensuring Your Hosting Solution is SSAE 16 Compliant

Posted by Chris Isham on July 18, 2017

When outsourcing data center services, you need to know your service provider has incorporated the proper internal controls to comply with regulatory standards. Completing the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 audit confirms your provider offers an SSAE 16 compliant hosting solution. SSAE 16 compliance ensures a reliable and secure operating environment. 

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Topics: Compliant Hosting

What Do Financial Service Firms Need to Know About Colocation?

Posted by Chris Isham on July 21, 2017

Running an in-house data center requires significant investments in time and money. First, you incur a major capital expense to build the facility and install equipment. Then, you have ongoing operational expenses for managing and maintaining the data center. Colocation for financial services firms can help address challenges and deliver business-transforming benefits. 

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Topics: Colocation

Compliant Colocation vs. Cloud? Which to Choose

Posted by Chris Isham on July 12, 2017

Businesses continually demand their IT teams deliver more services, in less time, and at an affordable cost. However, lean staff, limited resources, and aging infrastructures create considerable challenges to accomplishing these goals. 

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Topics: Colocation

What to Look for in a Managed Colocation Hosting Provider

Posted by Chris Isham on July 5, 2017

Managed colocation hosting services have become increasingly popular. Businesses understand they can gain significant efficiencies through outsourcing data center services. 

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Topics: Colocation

Trends in Compliant Data Center Colocation

Posted by Chris Isham on June 29, 2017

Data center colocation continues to grow. The Uptime Institute 2016 Data Center Industry Survey notes that colocation data centers already house 20% of all IT assets. By 2021, the researchers expect the market to reach $55.31 billion, thanks to a 14.45% compound annual growth rate. 

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Topics: Compliant Colocation

Top Considerations for Compliant Colocation Solutions

Posted by Chris Isham on June 23, 2017

Colocation has become the fastest-growing segment of the data center industry. According to a DCD Intelligence report, the global number of colocation facilities rose from 7,440 in 2012 to 9,540 in 2016. This increase results from more businesses and government agencies looking to minimize CAPEX costs to and move to more predictable OPEX savings. Shifting responsibility for data center operations to a colocation services provider helps accomplish this goal.

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Topics: Compliant Colocation

Trends in Managed Cloud Solutions

Posted by Chris Isham on June 13, 2017

Here are six trends in managed cloud hosting that are changing the landscape of how managed service providers offer their solutions:

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Topics: Cloud