Debunked: 5 Common Myths of Data Center Colocation 

colocationSome organizations may dismiss data center colocation as an expensive alternative to hosting your infrastructure onsite. Others might incorrectly assume that data center colocation is less reliable than hosting your servers in the cloud.

In this article, we’ll look at 5 common myths that have been perpetuated about data center colocation. To combat these myths, we’ll provide facts that will help you gain a clear picture of how data center colocation can provide unrivaled network uptime, network reliability and physical security for your servers. Continue reading

The Best Network Monitoring Tools for 2017  

network monitoring toolsOrganizations must maximize their uptime in order to stay competitive in the digital world. When your business hosts its infrastructure in a colocated data center, your network administrators will use network monitoring tools to ensure that your colocation provider is living up to their end of the bargain.

Did you know that network downtime costs US based businesses over $700 billion per year? A report by IHS breaks down the specific costs associated with network downtime as well as the main causes for network outages. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Colocate your VoIP Infrastructure

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VoIP provides businesses with a cost effective method of deploying telephony and unified communication services to end users. When compared to a traditional PBX infrastructure, VoIP provides cost savings, flexibility and increased reliability.

According to Sipnology, 31% of all businesses currently use Voice over IP in their environments. Research analysts predict that the VoIP and Unified Communications (UC) industry will grow to become an $88 billion dollar market by 2018. Continue reading

How to Build Your Own Web Crawler Using an Ubuntu VPS

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If you want to learn how to build your own web crawler using a VPS, have you considered using Scrapy? In this installment of ColoCrossing Tutorials, we’ll go over the basic functions of the Scrapy web crawling app.

Scrapy is an open source application that is used to extract data from websites. Its framework is developed in Python which enables your VPS to perform crawling tasks in a fast, simple and extensible way. Continue reading

Leaked Passwords Could Bring Down Your Entire Business

leaded passwordsOne of the biggest network security concerns that no one is talking about is the sudden influx of hacked usernames and passwords that have found their way into the black market. A survey conducted by Ofcom claims that up to 55% of all internet users reuse the same passwords over and over for most of the websites that they visit. With this in mind, a single leaked password could represent the keys to the kingdom for the majority of internet users. Continue reading

Virtual Tour of the ColoCrossing BUF1 Datacenter

datacenter Being inside of a datacenter is a truly incredible experience. Regardless of the size, it’s impressive to see such a massive amount of computing power in one room. The hum of the machines give the space an almost zen-like feel. You can imagine the amount of data coming and going.

But not everyone gets an opportunity to visit a datacenter. They’re not open to the public due to the incredible amount of sensitive information inside, as well as the need for them to be treated like a clean room out of an 80s Sci-Fi movie.

Google Maps is changing this reality, however. Virtually, at least. You can now take a virtual tour of our newest datacenter in Buffalo.

Our expansion continues as well. We’re currently in the early stages of building a similar facility in the same building at 325 Delaware Ave, in Downtown Buffalo. We weren’t named a Deloitte Fast 500 Tech Company for nothing.

We hope you enjoy touring our facility!

ColoCrossing Named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500

There are a lot of awards an organization can win, and many of them seem meaningless. Frequently, these types of business awards feel like little more than a way to sell trophies and tickets to luncheons.

3915486 TF500 NA_Stacked_PRI_RGB_YearBut there are a few that we here at ColoCrossing take very seriously, and the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 is certainly one of them. We’re extremely proud to be among the fastest growing and cutting edge organizations in the world. Many of these organizations provide amazing services and products that allow us to, in turn, provide excellent services and experience such a rapid rate of growth.  Continue reading

Folding@home, or is it Folding@work? Either way, it’s a great charity.

Every now and then a business finds a perfect charity to partner with. Sometimes it’s because the goals of the business and charity align well. Sometimes it’s because a business’ core values align well with that of the charity. Usually the charities given to by a business are selected because an employee or many employees are affected by a disease or situation that that charity helps.

And sometimes it’s all of the above. Continue reading