Top-Tier Data Centers + Exceptional Low-Cost Connectivity = Best-in-Class Data Center Platform for Disaster Recovery

best-in-class Situation:

Many firms are dealing with the explosion of data, applications, and new technology that are stretching IT infrastructure to its limits.

Challenge:

How can businesses ensure applications are deployed in highly-reliable data centers and interconnected for 24/7 global access to applications and production.

Solution:

Mix and match data centers on CyrusOne’s Multi-Facility Interconnection Platform™ across metro areas, between cities, or across the country.

The Benefits

  • Reduced Service Costs – While average point to-point connectivity costs can be expensive, customers can leverage CyrusOne’s low-cost National Internet Exchange (IX) interconnection platform to implement a multi-site site failover strategy more cost-effectively.
  • Increased Revenue – Interconnection provides customers the ability to deliver services to CyrusOne customers, which multiplies the enterprise’s immediately addressable market.

  • Improved Service Quality – Product offerings can become much more resilient when connected to CyrusOne’s top-tier, highly redundant facilities on the National IX.

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How to Build a Data Center Platform

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How to Build a Data Center Platform In Two Easy Steps

data center platformStep 1 – Configure Your Data Center Locations:

  • Active-Passive – Use a recovery site for non-production applications and workloads such as business intelligence and reporting.
  • Active-Active – Use two sites for production applications with bidirectional data replication from the primary to the secondary site.

  • Active-Active-Passive – Use the first and second site for production applications while the recovery site is used for non-production applications and workloads.

Step 2 - Enjoy Low-Cost Interconnectivity:

  • The CyrusOne National IX delivers interconnection across states and between metro-enabled sites. CyrusOne data centers can be directly connected in multiple markets across the United States, providing customers with a mix-and-match platform for production or disaster recovery and enable high-performance, low-cost data transfer and accessibility.

Reap the Benefits

Enjoy a customized data center solution for production and disaster recovery – AND get low-cost interconnectivity.

  • Reduced Service Costs – low-cost multi-site interconnection platform.
  • Increased Revenue – Interconnection enables delivery of services to more customers.
  • Improved Service Quality – End products and services become more resilient

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Secure, compliant and connected. Data centers support new retail solutions

Data centers support retail solutionsAs retailers leverage big data to stay close to mobile consumers and optimize e-commerce shopping options, reliable IT infrastructure is needed to support the growing number of retail applications.

Successful retailers leverage secure and connected data center solutions that can rapidly scale as business needs change.

Another Shift Coming in Payment Networks

Europay, Mastercard, and Visa (EMV) have developed standards designed to put an end to in-store fraud. The EMV Mandate requires implementation of chip-embedded credit card acceptance in retail. Due to this new technology, retailers must evolve their infrastructure and applications to remain compliant or they could find themselves financially responsible for credit card fraud in their stores.

A customized CyrusOne data center platform can successfully support retailers through this shift by providing secure and reliable colocation solutions that can scale to match ever-changing retail IT infrastructure requirements.

Distributed Colocation
Access the case study “CARFAX Deploys New IT Footprint in Data Centers Interconnected from Coast-to-Coast” to see how CARFAX distributed their colocation footprint in 3 different locations for production and disaster recovery efforts.

Robust connectivity is mission-critical for high-quality colocation and business flexibility.

connectivityCyrusOne’s core architecture supports multiple Metropolitan Area Network (MANs) carriers for point-to-point and dark-fiber connectivity, in addition to N+1 switching and router configurations to ensure full redundancy with each component. To support the highest levels of connected availability, CyrusOne can provide dual bandwidth connections to each enclosure.

Ultra-High Speed Connections

In addition to IP bandwidth, you can connect across CyrusOne facilities and telecom carrier hotels in an ever growing number of cities to enable statewide interconnection between all metro-enabled sites. City-to-city connections are delivered through high speed wholesale connections either via MPLS or Optical Waves.   
Using a carrier-neutral approach, CyrusOne enables best-in-class connectivity to match business needs.

 

Be ready when disaster strikes

DR+LightningSpringtime can oftentimes bring the full fury of natural disasters to many areas of the country with storms, flooding, tornadoes, and worse. Is your business ready with a fool-proof, multi-facility disaster recovery (DR) plan?

Many enterprises are turning to colocation as a critical part of a disaster recovery plan to help mitigate their risks. Data center colocation can assist companies with:

With strategic data center locations around the world, best-in-class 24/7/365 security and services, CyrusOne is the DR choice trusted by 9 of the Fortune 20, and over 140 of the Fortune 1000.

Ensuring Effective and Secure Solutions Using Data Center Providers

April+DR+-+4Learn how SmartVault survived Hurricane Ike, and kept their systems up and running throughout a Gulf Coast disaster that put their DR plan to the test > Read CyrusOne’s Case Study

Access CyrusOne’s Industry Insights Blog to learn more about Data center colocation and disaster recovery – 5 tips >

Award-Winning Logistics Software Leverages Data Center Solutions to Maximize IT Availability and Redundancy

ZimcomThe Challenge

Aljex, a leading provider of highly-available cloud-based transportation management software (TMS) that helps process large amounts of logistics data, sought a trusted partner to develop a comprehensive IT solution for their fully-integrated web-based application.

The new platform would require built-in redundancy, scalability and high availability, as well as a larger geographic footprint for regional diversity to support disaster recovery plans – and to include more robust data protection and availability.

Requirements

Winning Solution

Zimcom Internet Solutions, a channel partner of CyrusOne, was selected to enable the new solution built upon the CyrusOne data center platform, successfully leveraging interconnectivity, scalability and full redundancy through data center solutions.

enabling IT redundancy case studyEnabling IT Redundancy & Scalability for High-Availability Logistics Software

Download the case study to learn why Aljex was named an Inbound Logistics “Top 100 Logistics IT Provider.”

How Successful Retailers Leverage IT and Retail Data Centers for Growth

Leveraging IT and Retail Data CentersIn today’s world, customers expect to shop anywhere and at any time. Savvy retailers are reinventing themselves to meet these expectations. They’re upgrading platforms and making sure disparate systems work together seamlessly. By leveraging IT and retail data centers, retailers can meet ongoing customer demands.

One of the major challenges for retailers in meeting their IT goals is the sheer volume of data that must be managed. More and more information is being collected from shoppers than ever before. To succeed in the market place and grow their businesses, retailers must build data-rich shopper profiles and then develop effective strategies based on the gleaned information.

The massive amount of data collected can be used in numerous ways. For example, gathered information can help shape a dynamic supply chain. It can also assist a mobile-equipped sales force.

Another challenge is building an omnichannel retail model. Omnichannel retailing refers to a multichannel approach that provides customers with a uniform shopping experience. Whether the customer is shopping online from a desktop, online from a mobile device, by telephone or in a traditional bricks and mortar location, the experience should always be the same – smooth, simple and customer-focused.

This new wave of omnichannel retailing brings many opportunities to retail organizations. However, creating a unified IT environment to support multichannel shopping requires retailers to invest heavily in building and maintaining an integrated platform. A successful platform will integrate the retailer’s services, technologies and processes, as well as share data across the organization.

Successful omnichannel retailers today include some household names. In an Omnichannel Readiness Report published in RIS News, Nordstrom and Apple tied for first place, followed by Macy’s, Walmart, Target and Best Buy. According to their peers, these retailers offer customers a seamless shopping experience across all channels.

How Retailers Leverage Retail Data Centers

The right colocation solution will help retailers address key issues and improve their competitive positioning by helping them implement an omnichannel strategy. Here are some of the major ways retail data centers can be leveraged:

  • Provides space for e-commerce, inventory and store systems
  • Lowers capital and operating expenses
  • Guarantees high levels of system uptime through SLAs
  • Connects stores and headquarters through high-speed networks
  • Deploys military-grade security and 24/7/365 monitoring
  • Offers High Performance Computing capabilities to efficiently collect, process, store and report and ever-growing volume of data
  • Provides customized disaster recovery solutions with individually secured offices, business amenities and on-site staff available for around-the-clock assistance

Retail data centers play a big role in a retailer’s success. A proven colocation solution with experience working with retail organizations can improve data management, customer service and overall business performance.

CyrusOne’s colocation solutions are designed to accommodate the specialized requirements of a retail data center. Continue to read the CyrusOne Blog for additional information on data center services for retail organizations.

7 Major Trends Affecting Retail Colocation Solutions

retail colocation trendsIn the coming years, retailers will address several trends to improve their competitive positioning. The strategies they develop as a result will greatly affect investments in technology and retail colocation solutions. Some of the major trends facing the retail industry include:

  1. Cross-Channel Shopper Engagement – Regardless of platform, retailers will need to recognize and understand their shoppers, if they want to differentiate themselves successfully. To create a one-to-one shopper experience, they’ll need to provide customized messaging and content through every channel.
  1. Personalization – Customers expect retailers to provide what they want, when and where they want it. They want a streamlined shopping process on their preferred shopping channels.
  1. Multimedia Content – Shoppers desire a content-rich experience while making purchase decisions. They want to be informed, yet entertained at the same time. However, content doesn’t start and stop online. Retailers can set themselves apart by enriching the in-store experience as well.
  1. Shopper Social Data Curation – Retailers will continue to create product offerings based on demand extrapolated from social data. With this information, retailers can make future inventory decisions.
  1. Smaller Store Footprints – The number of stores with reduced footprints will continue to surpass the “big box” retail environments. Smaller, specialty stores will gain market share at the expense of supercenters, malls and mass merchandisers. The product offerings in these smaller stores will be based on customer demand and preferences.
  1. Big Data and Analytics – Retailers will continue to leverage big data to maximize profits. Big data capabilities will enable dynamic, real-time pricing and customization of in-store products. Industry analysts predict big data initiatives will drive a significant portion of future IT investments.
  1. Mobile Shopping – Using e-commerce platforms to make purchases is nothing new. However, customers are migrating from the traditional laptop or desktop. To complete online purchases, shoppers are now using their smartphones and tablets. The shift to mobile devices is expected to accelerate in the years ahead.

The main themes going forward in the retail industry revolve around data-driven marketing and demand-driven execution. Forward-thinking retail organizations will develop strategies to address these trends and create competitive differentiators.

CyrusOne’s retail colocation solutions are designed to accommodate the specialized requirements of retail organizations. The company’s ability to rapidly deploy high-quality data center space and its reputation for customer service represent key factors in a retailer’s decision-making process.

CyrusOne’s Massively Modular® engineering approach offers deployment times that “data-center-in-a-box” solutions cannot match. The efficiency and speed with which CyrusOne can commission large data facilities enables retail customers to deploy quickly and not worry about future capacity constraints.

Continue to read the CyrusOne Blog for additional information on data center services for retail organizations.

Be ready when disaster strikes

Be readySpringtime can oftentimes bring the full fury of natural disasters to many areas of the country with storms, flooding, tornadoes, and worse. Is your business ready with a fool-proof, multi-facility disaster recovery (DR) plan?

Many enterprises are turning to colocation as a critical part of a disaster recovery plan to help mitigate their risks. Data center colocation can assist companies with:

With strategic data center locations around the world, best-in-class 24/7/365 security and services, CyrusOne is the DR choice trusted by 9 of the Fortune 20, and over 140 of the Fortune 1000.

Ensuring Effective and Secure Solutions Using Data Center Providers

Learn how SmartVault survived Hurricane Ike, and kept their systems up and running throughout a Gulf Coast disaster that put their DR plan to the test > Read CyrusOne’s Case Study

Access CyrusOne’s Industry Insights Blog to learn more about
Data center colocation and disaster recovery – 5 tips >

Balance your IT growth with data center solutions

Balance your IT growth with data center solutionsSmall and medium-sized businesses are evolving as they juggle increasing data loads, new applications, and security issues – usually without extra capital costs for maintaining or expanding IT infrastructure.

CyrusOne Express™ packages offer a variety of data center solutions for smaller businesses – with month-to-month contracts and exceptional service in state-of-the-art facilities. Best of all, pricing is extremely competitive.

Benefits of CyrusOne’s flexible Express package include:

  • No long term contracts needed
  • Pricing as low as $499/month per cabinet
  • Access to the National IX for robust, low-cost connectivity
  • High quality, enterprise-level data center space, at affordable prices
  • Room to expand as your business grows

The CyrusOne Market Place offers a self-serve option for smaller companies to secure their IT infrastructure in a highly reliable enterprise data center environment. Check out the CyrusOne Marketplace for small to medium-sized businesses, or contact a colocation specialist today at 1-866-297-8766, option 3.

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