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.

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5 Tips that could prevent a data breach at your company

It’s a common myth that hackers only target large corporations. The fact is, only about 40 percent of breaches impact large organizations. Hackers don’t focus solely on the retail and banking industries either even though these are typically the most publicized. Unfortunately, every company is at risk, especially those who practice negligent data security. A recent study by Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation reveals that data breaches affect all sectors (38 percent targeted financial institutions, 22 percent retail, 20 percent manufacturing, transportation and utilities).

These universal tips could help keep you safe:

Create and enforce password policies

password data breach

This one seems obvious, but even in 2016, 63 percent of data breaches are simply due to weak, default or stolen passwords, according to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report. That online shopping outlet you like requires account passwords with eight characters and a number, doesn’t it? If you value data security, so should you, at the very minimum. Many IT providers recommend using 16-digit passwords. Continue reading

Four Ways Hiring a Colocation Provider Will Help Your Business

If you own or work for a small-to-medium sized business you know that you often wear many hats and perform tasks well outside of your official title. This is the reality for most organizations of this size and in a world where technology is constantly evolving, sometimes it seems impossible to keep up. Your systems need to be secure, reliable, and accessible. This isn’t always easy to achieve. I’m going to give you 4 reasons your organization should hire a colocation provider, but first, what the heck is colocation anyways?

colocated servers

It’s actually pretty simple. Instead of hosting your existing servers and other computer hardware on site, you can choose to house them in a colocation center. Typically, the process of hosting your own servers is not only expensive, but it also means that if your location is for some reason offline (internet outage, power outage, natural disaster etc.) your team or customers will not be able to access mission critical data.

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Is It Time to Start Using IPv6 in Your Data Center?

With IPv4 only containing approximately 4.3 billion IP addresses, is it time to begin using IPv6 on your network?

This topic has become a hot button issue, as many tech enthusiasts have argued the virtues of each protocol. While it is inevitable that the internet will eventually be forced to use IPv6, what are the benefits of enabling IPv6 in your data center now? Continue reading

Consider location when looking for a data center

Making a decision on a data center or colocation provider is neither easy nor is it to be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors to consider when making a choice that has the potential to impact your mission critical infrastructure – especially now that it’s housed in someone else’s facility.

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But you’ve made this choice to at least get all the facts straight so that you can make a well informed decision. I have good news, you’ve already made one great choice and that’s to move your data offsite and into the hands of professionals that can monitor and protect your data around the clock.

This is where it gets a little tricky. As with any industry, the right choice for one organization may not be right choice for your organization. I’d like to stress the importance of location when looking at data centers.  Continue reading

Examining Data Center Colocation in the Midwest USA

ColoCrossing has emerged as one of the top data center colocation providers in North America. Enterprises haves teamed with ColoCrossing to host critical infrastructure across their vast network of 8 data center locations.

ColoCrossing exceeds the IMG_1892expectations of your typical data center colocation provider. ColoCrossing offers 24/7/365 support, a plethora of managed services and a 100% network uptime guarantee. More IT decision makers are choosing ColoCrossing as their exclusive data center colocation partner. Continue reading