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Basic network documentation

October 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A common practice in the IT world is to build out infrastructure quickly. As soon as an issue arises, the tendency is to firefight and move on. The problem with that approach is that too many potential issues, weaknesses, vulnerabilities, fall through the cracks. The biggest issue is when you take this practice to the data center. As we migrate more and more of our infrastructure to a Los Angeles data center, more and more tasks require remote assistance. What happens when you need to move a network cable? You need proper documentation or even the best network infrastructure in the world will not help you. Here is a list of the bare minimum documentation every server admin should create:

Network connections

The primary diagram you need is one with all the network connections. Note the port numbers, the orientation of the ports and any other information that might help during a crisis. Also, document the ISP-side details of network connections. Data centers like Rack Alley have several carrier connections in-house so make sure to note such details.

VLAN

Most applications, servers, and routers run on individual virtual networks within a physical network for security reasons. Document the different VLANs, VLAN ID’s, paths, and the addresses of all the devices on each VLAN.

Labels

Another important part of documenting your network is to label every component. Label each server, router, and switch with easy to read labels that include names, addresses, mac, and VLAN. Label cables on both sides with identifiers or use a numbered cable and indicate both sides in a separate document.

 

Tips for successful data center migration

April 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Modern network and telecommunication technology computer concept: server room in datacenter

Written by Rack Alley

The cloud offers unrivaled flexibility for IT operations. With the cloud, an organization can provision an unlimited amount of resources at a moment’s notice. Even then, companies still prefer to own and operate their IT systems. However, rather than own the entire stack, many are turning to colocation at an LA data center. This way they can own the server stack while outsourcing the underlying layers. Here we look at the three most important considerations of Los Angeles web hosting out of a third party data center:

Space

It is not that difficult to accurately estimate the amount of physical space you will need. The only real consideration will be if you need a cage or cabinet for regulatory requirements. If not, it will be just the amount of rack space you need for the servers you have.

Cooling

Find out what cooling infrastructure the data center provides. Also, look for secondary cooling systems that do not require any external support. For example, some data centers use water for cooling. The problem is when they rely on the local municipality for the water supply.

Power

Understanding power requirements are harder for the average organization. Colocation is not a short term commitment so ask for power wisely, or you will end up overspending for power that you will not use.

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Rack Alley provides premium LA colocation services perfect for small and enterprise customers at their Los Angeles data center.

Top considerations for colocation

November 17, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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The movement to the cloud, either by colocation or using an online virtual provider is accelerating. According to MarketsandMarket, a staggering 65% of company’s IT infrastructure will be off-site by 2018. This big trend is driven by the move from large capital expenditure to a less expensive opex model. For those interested in making the move, here are few considerations to take into account before taking the plunge.

Pricing is the biggest factor to take into account. Companies are typically looking to reduce costs as part of the move to a data center. One way to do this is to look at a usage-based pricing model and lower monthly fees. Lower power usage and risk mitigation are also ways to look at the cost benefit of server hosting Los Angeles.

Electricity costs are a saving that deserves a special mention. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that electricity consumption can be reduced by as much as 40% by moving all IT infrastructure off-site. This does involve the complete decommissioning of on-premise server rooms.

Another important consideration is the security of the Los Angeles data center. Third party data centers have strict protocols in place to access the systems. They will also include round-the-clock monitoring and physical security that will provide audit compliance along with piece of mind.

The biggest consideration is the change in attitude required. The organization has to change the way it looks at IT and services. There will need to be coordination between internal and external IT partners and all parties concerned will need to be prepared to handle that.

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Rack Alley provides premium LA web hosting services perfect for small and enterprise customers at their Los Angeles data center.

The Benefits of Colocation

December 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Rack Alley

Have you heard of colocation before? There’s a good chance you have, seeing as how popular it’s becoming. But many of you may still be in the dark, so let’s take a look at what it means and how it can help your company.

No doubt you’re already well aware of the fact that your business needs a website. Without one, it might as well not exist for all intents and purposes.

Having a website means you must also have hosting for it. This is necessary to keep your site up and online at all times.

In the past, server hosting in Los Angeles meant that you would be given space that was shared by dozens of other companies too.

Colocation has come along and put an end to this archaic way of doing things though. With Los Angeles colocation, you get to design your own server from scratch. This means you can pick out all the hardware to give your company the exact hosting solution it needs.

If you want, of course, you can rent out space to other companies and make some extra money on the side. But there is no mandate you do so, which means all the electricity that goes through that server gets used for your needs and your needs only.

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LA web hosting is growing in popularity and for good reason. Los Angeles web hosting like colocation comes with all of the benefits you’d expect from this option, but with far more versatility. Let Rack Alley show you!

How To Choose A Colocation Provider

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Rack Alley

If you are on the lookout for a data center to hire and wish to opt for a time-efficient solution, then colocation might be the option to go for. Colocation refers to the sharing of a data center with other companies. This system is generally safe and easy to set up. Setting up a data center dedicated to a company often constitutes of a good investment in terms of time and money . Colocation reduces this cost by enabling companies to share their data space with other companies. This system is secure as the data of each company is kept separate. The location of the data center and the quality of network are some of the factors to consider before choosing a provider.

Location and Network

Location might constitute of a determinant factor for your company, especially if you would be sending an employee to visit the data center on behalf of the company. An important factor to consider apart from proximity, would be to check the region’s exposure to natural calamities such as floods and hurricanes. Another element to consider is the availability of power structures, fibre paths and network facility.

A majority of global companies host their data in locations such as Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Los Angeles colocation has indeed gained a worldwide appeal as the city has risen in popularity in that field. These data centers strive to remain energy-efficient in order to minimize their costs and ultimately their prices. They also constantly invest in better hardware in order to answer to customer demands.

Rack Alley provides Los Angeles web hosting and LA colocation services to businesses, hosting providers and end-users.

Cloud Technology for Businesses

September 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Rack Alley

Are you looking for cloud server hosting Los Angeles area? The cloud technology is becoming a major buzz nowadays, especially among large companies, and has created a new look to our modern world. Cloud is a server that allows integration of extra resources such as space or RAM and consequently enabling website growth. Along with word “cloud” itself came cloud hosting. Now, let’s not get all worked up about the terms, cloud hosting basically means that multiple connected servers that forms a cloud hosts services that are provided to customers. Since availing cloud hosting services has been proven to be quite beneficial among clients – enjoying the easy accessibility and reliability of data, the scalability of applications, and the security of accounts.

If you can access all of your files anywhere in the world, where are the servers located? There are several web and cloud hosting companies that have LA data centers. The west coast is a prime technology area that acts as a meeting point of global internet and traffic.

Accessibility with a plus

Being a consumer, it would be best to use a cloud server that can facilitate self-service anytime- enabling you to access your data on demand, without the need of human interaction. Plus, some providers now enables the customer to access the needed information from any device like smart phones, tablets, etc. – don’t deprive yourself of this feature. To get the latest in Cloud software, look for hosting companies that use the latest VMotion technology like Rack Alley. They have LA Data Centers that are updated and have high level security and infrastructure.

Rack Alley offers Cloud Hosting services that are powered with the latest VMware. Visit their website for more information regarding their services and how they can correspond with the data demands of your business.

Get What You Need from Your Web Host

June 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Rack Alley

Although every company out there needs web hosting these days, that doesn’t mean everyone understands what this entails. As you can imagine, this can be a costly mistake in a number of ways besides the financial kind. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to know what to look for in an LA data center. Keep the following in mind and you’ll get the services you need at an ideal price.

First, always go with a company that will let you select the options that make the most sense for your company. You may only need LA colocation, for example, which means that’s all you should pay for. But if a company insists on adding on extra services you won’t ever use, but will still have to pay for, you’re going to regret it later.

A local option may not be completely necessary, but be sure you get a look and feel for their physical premises before paying. You want to see that they’re secure and have a number of temperature maintenance systems in place to stop their hardware from overheating and potentially shutting down on you.

Obviously, you want to review the reputation of all your options too or you could end up with one that hasn’t served other companies well in the past.

Rack Alley is your one stop shop for server hosting in Los Angeles Whether you need colocation, hosting, support or just about anything else, Rack Alley has the resources, redundancy and expertise to ensure you get what you’re looking for at the best possible price.

The Potential of a Data Center

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Rack Alley

Every company these days relies on high-tech solutions both for growing their profits and shrinking their overhead. So it’s no surprise that the most successful ones tend to have the most technology on their side. That means if you’re looking to get ahead with your business, you need to be adapting and taking on these advantages too. One of the best ones available is having an LA data center     on your side.

Why a data center? Because it allows your company a larger digital footprint than it could ever have on its own. The company will put endless amounts of server space at your disposal without forcing you to invest in unnecessary, and expensive, amounts of hardware. This also means that if your company ever needs to gear their services down, they can do so without having a bunch of hardware sitting idle, taking up space and potentially sapping electricity.

No matter what your company’s current needs are, you can do more and do it better with a data center backing you. Your company will get more than countless service on demand, but all the security and redundancy measures necessary to ensure your information is safe and never going anywhere.

Rack Alley services the Los Angeles area with just about every high-tech resource they need to stay competitive in their market while adapting to new challenges. Whether you need a Los Angeles data center, hosting or other data center services, they’re the company to call.