Data center and cloud providers talk security, performance and easing concerns

GoGrid, HP Enterprise Services have amped up offerings that address security and other issues.


The decision to host your data center somewhere else, or to move some of your operations into a cloud, is never trivial. Chief among concerns are security, performance, and management– including disaster recovery plans that meet your requirements.

GoGrid, a cloud infrastructure and hosting provider, has made a move to address some of those concerns with a new service called CloudLink, a fast, dedicated private line that’s been established via a leased, dedicated line between its data centers in San Francisco and Ashburn, Virginia. Now, GoGrid can dedicate specific amounts of segregated bandwidth to customers. The goal: eliminate worry about sending critical traffic over public lines that lack security and can impact performance.

In a prepared statement, GoGrid’s CMO Jeffrey Samuels said CloudLink gives customers assurance their data is safe and that their information transfers are fast, adding that “CloudLink, combined with GoGrid's powerful cloud platform, and exceptional service and support, makes our disaster recovery and data replication capabilities an exceptional value for our customers."

I have to say, as disaster recovery goes, having two data centers linked by a leased private line is really ideal. The GoGrid offering provides customers with to access a dedicated, private leased line rather than a public line, the company says. It leverages GoGrid's Layer 2 private network architecture that resides securely within GoGrid's data centers and systems. If there is a disaster, customers can configure CloudLink to provide the necessary conduit for data synchronization. And if one of the two data center becomes inaccessible, the replicated data would be available at the other data center. By leveraging CloudLink, customers have a seamless mechanism to keep their data in sync across data centers, the company says.

By the way, I covered the news that GoGrid was opening its second data center in Virginia back in July 2010. At the time, of course, GoGrid had only one data center in San Francisco. Both data centers are SAS70 Type II certified and Cisco-powered networks. GoGrid noted then that the second site would fortify its disaster recovery capabilities.

So, back to the security and performance concerns people have about hosting data centers and/or cloud services. A while back I talked with Rob Taylor, VP of Data Center Services at HP Enterprise Services and he had some interesting thoughts on the topic. First of all, HP Enterprise Services offers a traditional outsourcing offering that, generally speaking, is a collection of capabilities customized for a specific client, typically as an end-to-end outsourcing model.

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