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April 19, 2018

Tier 4 datacenters have at least two of everything. From servers, switches, and firewalls to generators, hard drives, and power outlets, there can be no single point of failure in a Tier 4 datacenter. All this equipment creates a lot of heat, the enemy of electronics. Those spinning disks need fans to absorb the heat and push it away from the equipment. Cooling is one of the biggest expenses a datacenter has. A Tier 4 datacenter isn’t exactly the most energy-efficient building out there, but you’ve already heard again and again that you can’t cut corners to achieve the highest tier rating.

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April 17, 2018

Free Food on Tax Day!Congratulations, you did it! You survived another tax season. You were dreaming of this day back in January when you were staring at mountains of papers and telling yourself you would definitely get started on filing tomorrow. Now, Uncle Sam’s got his paycheck, and hopefully you’ve got a little bit of a check yourself. But wait, Tax Day brings more than just mental relief, it also brings free food! Tons of restaurants and fast food shops are offering free food to anyone for one day only, to help celebrate the holiday.

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April 5, 2018

If the news about Facebook and political data firm Cambridge Analytica shocked you, then we’re sorry. But it’s not new news. Lots of firms have used data mining techniques for years. Your social media pages, even the stuff that isn’t public, are used by advertisers and data collection agencies (didn’t you think it a little strange that the Home Depot lawn mower ad showed up in your feed right after you googled it?). Some people avoid the issue completely by not using social...

April 3, 2018

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing datacenters, the tiered rating system, and the main components of the highest ranked datacenters. Today, we’ll talk about power. Because Network Alliance’s Tier 4 datacenter requires full redundancy of every piece of equipment, that means at least two of every single component—a lot of servers, a lot of fans, a lot of power!

Technology keeps getting smaller and faster. Universally, that’s good. Costs go down; performance goes up. But, the power required to keep these smaller, faster...

March 27, 2018

Previously, we’ve shared a simple explanation of a datacenter and The Uptime Institute’s tiered rating system. Remember, a datacenter can be anything from a closet in the office to a warehouse staffed by armed guards! Network Alliance only trusts a Tier 4 datacenter to handle your files. Today, we’ll break down why we choose the most secure level available and what Tier 4 money buys you!

Tier 4 datacenter costs are pricey co...

March 14, 2018

In last week’s piece, we discussed how datacenters are the backbone of cloud computing. This week, we’ll discuss the different types of datacenters available to help you determine what’s best for you. Your company data is invaluable, and It’s important to know how cost-efficient and safe it is!

Datacenters are ranked in tiers by The Uptime Institute, a group that provides an unbiased ranking of the locations companies use to store data. Since the 1990s, The Uptime Institute has been the...

March 6, 2018

We’ve all heard about the cloud, and it provides some nice imagery. Where are your documents? Up in the cloud! Delete an email? No problem! There’s a backup in the cloud! In reality, the cloud is made up of thousands of datacenters across the world with thousands of employees to make sure that your data is always accessible. In this multi-part series, we’re taking a deep dive into datacenters and explain why ours is so great!

A datacenter is a facility used to house computer...

February 26, 2018

We did it again! Network Alliance was honored on February 23, 2018, in multiple categories at the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. These latest recognitions mark the sixth year in a row we’ve received Stevie Awards.

We are so incredibly proud of our entire team and had to share the news with our clients.

At the awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the Network Alliance Support Ce...

February 20, 2018

Blockchain: What is it?What in the world is blockchain? We’re hearing the word a lot lately thanks to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. We know the word but very few seem to understand what’s going on under the hood. What makes this new form of money secure? How can we improve the security of things we already trade and deal with on a daily basis? Blockchain might just be the answer.

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February 7, 2018

To kick off the new year, we’re happy to announce that Network Alliance has successfully completed a SOC 2 Type I audit. The AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) created its Service Organization Control [SOC] reporting framework as a way to provide independent evaluations of a service provider’s defined operational and compliance functions. We know clients trust us with confidential i...

 

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