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Introducing FlxStore: Our flexible range of Managed Data Storage Services

Natural disasters, equipment failures, and even human error can cause significant data loss. Can your organization survive that reality?

The statistics are staggering. For organizations who experience a significant outage or data loss, 90% will fail within 2 years. 43% will not even reopen for business. Your data is a vital asset, and managing backup and proactively planning for disaster recovery is vital.

We now offer our FlxStore Managed Data Backup Services. This flexible suite of backup and disaster recovery services are designed to support a wide range of needs and budgets.

Now we have an expanded range of data backup services to ensure that your data is backed up automatically and supervised by our staff so you can focus on your core business needs.  Because our data center is based at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center ensure you that your data is locally accessible to you – with unbelievable bandwidth & redundancy.  We take care of your data, and you never have to worry about it.

How can our FlxStore services help you?

  • Gain peace of mind
  • Proactive preparation for business disruption or data loss
  • Reduce IT workload
  • Decrease cost and complexity
  • Predictable data storage expense
  • Scalable plans to meet your needs
  • Secure protection of your data
  • Available geo-diversity for existing storage systems
  • Local service & support
  • Extremely fast data restoration when you need it

If you are ready to make data backup and business continuity easier, contact us.  We’ll help you find the right mix of data protection services for your needs and budget.

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Top Questions You Should Be Asking Your Potential Cloud Provider

Making the decision to start moving some of your IT functions into a cloud like our FlxCloud offering can raise
questions.  We’ve compiled some of the best questions we get, along with answers from our Chief Technology Officer.Top_questions_to_ask_your_Cloud_Provider_pdf

>Download the full article

As always, for more information about how we can help your business extend your network services into the cloud,
contact us!  Brush Mountain Data Center makes it easy to leverage the benefits of cloud services with support from
local people you already know and trust.

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5 (Great) Reasons to Leverage Regional Cloud Services

eGuide_cover2When people first hear about a “regional data center” – they have some very predictable questions, like:

  • What’s a regional cloud provider like Brush Mountain?
  • What are the benefits for my business?
  • How is it different from services from national providers?

All great questions!  To help explain the benefits of a regional provider like Brush Mountain Data Center, we’ve assembled this quick e-Guide: Top 5 Reasons to Leverage Regional Cloud Services

 

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CTO David Carter’s interview with Syncsort: “Regional Data Centers: Also on Big Data’s Front Lines”

David Carter, CTO

David Carter, CTO

Recently our Chief Technology Officer David Carter was interviewed by the team at Syncsort about the challenges and opportunities faced by Regional Data Centers like Brush Mountain.

In this interview, David candidly covers a variety of subjects including:

  • What are the top pricing questions from prospective clients?
  • What are the advantages of a Regional Data Center for SMB clients?
  • The impact of Software Defined Networking?

>Read the full article

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Latest trends in Cloud Adoption

The move to the cloud is happening in organizations large and small.

The explosion in use of cloud services is continuing according to the latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum, a body dedicated to supporting cloud providers. In June 2014, 250 senior IT and business decision-makers took part in a poll conducted by Vanson Bourne to understand their use of cloud services and the impact on their business strategies.

What does the survey reveal?  We’ve summarized their key findings:

Infographic: Growth of the Cloud

So how can your business make the transition to the cloud without losing your bearings or negatively impacting your operations?  Brush Mountain Data Center’s FLxCloud services bring you the benefits of “cloud compute on demand” with local advice and expertise from the staff at Advanced Logic Industries.

Be sure to check out our upcoming half day workshop “Migrating to the Cloud: Strategies for Success” on October 30th.  Workshop details and registration

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Introducing FLxCloud: Flexible Cloud Computing With Control & Choices.

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Technology has become pervasive in our work and personal lives.  Today the IT systems that run even a modest sized organization have become incredibly specialized and complex.  There is an underlying expectation that all these digital services should ‘just work.’

With this expectation, a complex tangle of technology support pressures fall on the shoulders of the IT support staff.  Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible for 1 or 2 people to be technology “jacks of all trades”.

This increase in IT complexity and expectations gave our management team an idea: to offer a new service at Brush Mountain Data Center called FLxCloud that would allow organizations to shift the burden of IT support complexity and resources to a more cost efficient and flexible option.

FLxCloud is not a “one size fits all” cloud service. Instead, it encompasses both the ability to both rent cloud-based IT resources on demand and leverage ALI’s IT support services to fill in any expertise gaps or resource shortfalls. Even better, it gives you the ability to allocate and control your cloud.  These are benefits you aren’t going to find from the big cloud providers.

Need to shift your IT resources around?  No problem.  FLxCloud gives you security, flexibility and responsiveness in one predictably priced service.

For example, say you have a project that needs to spin up quickly, but you don’t have the IT infrastructure and extra IT personnel in place.  Or it might be a situation where you are not ready to commit to buying more IT infrastructure.   With FLxCloud you quickly have our Data Center at your service.  We securely set up access to all the IT horsepower and storage you need via the cloud, backed by as much or as little of our IT staff’s services as you would like.

The advantages are easy to see.  With FLxCloud, your organization can focus its time and expertise on the innovations and services that make you unique.

Want to learn more about FLxCloud for your organization? Contact us today!

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Join us at our Open House December 10th!

The Benefits of Cloud + Local IT Support

December 10, 2013
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch Provided, RSVP please

 

Ready to leverage the benefits of the Cloud without sacrificing local IT support?

The ALI team has been busily upgrading our Brush Mountain Data Center: from infrastructure to services. Brush Mountain now offers the best of both worlds – unparallelled virtual infrastructure for Cloud computing; and options for local IT support from Advanced Logic. It’s the first hybrid data center of its kind in the region!

Now Brush Mountain offers:

  • Robust enterprise-class data center services
  • Scalable Local IT Support Services from ALI
  • NEW! FLxCloud virtual infrastructure
  • Disaster preparedness & recovery services
  • Co-location & Backup Services

To celebrate the upgrades we’ve made and our new FLXCloud service, we’re hosting an Open House Luncheon on December 10th from 11:30 – 1:00. Our leadership team will be on hand to talk about our new services, answer questions and you can come see the Data Center for yourself.

>RSVP today to join us!

>Learn more about how BMDC can benefit organizations of ALL sizes

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A Silver Lining for the Cloud: VTCRC’s Profile Article on Brush Mountain

We’re kind of excited to have been profiled this month by the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center!

Of course they are happy to brag a little too – we are after all located in their park, and together we make a great solution for other tech focused organizations looking for the complete package of location and technology resources.  Great facilities+ great connectivity+ local IT expertise means they can move right in and start enjoying the benefits of the technology they need to drive their growth.

It’s a nice overview of what Brush Mountain has to offer now, and a taste of a new service we will be launching.

>Read on!

 

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Brush Mountain Data Center Open House & Showcase Coming December 10th

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Brush Mountain Data Center will be hosting an Open House & Ribbon Cutting on December 10th from 11:30 to 1 PM at the Lakeview Conference Room at 2200 Kraft Dr in the VT Corporate Research Center.  This event will showcase the completely upgraded Brush Mountain Data Center and the launch of their new FLXCloud service.

FLXCloud provides a flexible data center in the cloud (including CPU, RAM, & storage).  What makes it unique is the ability to allocate and re-allocate the cloud computing horsepower; supported by trusted local IT support services – all for a predictable price.

Lunch will be provided along with an overview of Brush Mountain’s offerings and tours of the Data Center. All are welcome but please RSVP by Dec. 5 online.

>RSVP

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When is Hosting your data the right decision? (Part 3 of 3)

When is Hosting your data the right decision? (Part 3 of 3)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the increasing complexity of information systems that in turn drives up costs.  In Part 2 I addressed the issue of staffing and planning for the skill sets needed to support this increased complexity so your organization can meet its needs.

In this final installment on our “Key 3” assessment areas, I’ll discuss Sustainability.

Sustainability (the Cost of Loss)

With data that is critical to an organization’s lasting success, placing that information in a secure, professionally managed and constantly refreshed facility becomes a topic that is not only important, but vital to the fiscal health and sustainability of an organization.

Like the staffing assessment, assessing Sustainability can be uncomfortable.  Frankly, it’s another reason why clients ask us to help them.  No one likes to plan for a crisis.  Whether we help you, or you take a stab at it, it’s important to understand and assess the risk and projected financial consequences of losing critical information.  What information is critical to keep your organization running?  What systems and processes are in place to ensure backup, redundancy and continuity in case of a crisis or system failure?  These are all critical data points.

So once these questions can be quantified on paper, for better or worse you have the beginnings of your plan for sustainability.  Once you know the issues, then you know what you need.  In an increasing number of cases,  Brush Mountain’s Regional Data Center model starts to make a great deal of sense.  Having key data and systems in a secure, managed facility with fully redundant systems and IT staff monitoring the site 24/7365 ensures that you are informed and prepared with facilities and resources that would otherwise be cost prohibitive.

Be watching for my next topic where I’ll give some insight into the anatomy of a move into a data center.

In the meantime, join the conversation with us on Facebook! Are there any particular areas in my Key 3 that you struggle with the most?  Or suggest a topic for one of my upcoming posts!

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