Cloud Computing: Could your Cloud Dissipate?

October 7th, 2011 | Posted by admin in C7 Data Centers

By: Nathan Hatch—Executive Chairman, C7 Data Centers, Inc.

Cloud formations come in different varieties—nimbus, cumulus, and cirrus, to name a few. These clouds are wondrous in their formation and sometimes inexplicable in their detail. Cloud Computing, by its description, may seem just as amazing and mysterious. But it is in knowing just what you are getting that will determine if storms are on the horizon.

Unlike atmospheric clouds, computing clouds don’t rain, move in and out with air-currents, nor do they always need to be visible. Cloud Computing is created and expected to form a basis for the delivery of dependable, uninterrupted computing services.

The subject of Cloud Computing is multi-faceted as it is central in discussions on cloud services, in cloud computing models, and in identifying computing characteristics. My intent in this writing is to unmask one of the key mysteries of Cloud Computing: namely, where is my cloud and why should I care about its location?

Cloud environments come chiefly in three forms: private, public, and hybrid. Each form has its inherent advantages and disadvantages. Common to all, however, is the need to understand where the cloud is and why that location or locations are critical.

For most of the computer-loving and computer-using public, the location of the cloud is irrelevant. That is, until the file you need is unavailable, the movie you promised to watch with your daughter is not playable, or the annual sales report you need to submit is obsolete—all of this because your access to the cloud’s information is interrupted. All at once, knowledge of your cloud’s location is of primary concern and becomes the critical issue for you.

Each of us likely has someone to ask—someone who should know or someone who should have known better. In times of storm we tend to run for cover to get out of the rain. An answer to the question of why I have lost access to my data is the relevant question when shopping for or building out a cloud solution.

The key question that must be answered in the selection of a cloud vendor or the location of your own cloud is—to borrow an oft-used phrase from the real estate industry—location, location, location.

Just like real property, the “neighborhood” and “amenities” of your cloud service’s location is critical. Cloud Computing is only as good as its home. Make the selection of the facility that hosts your cloud your highest priority; then concerns of dissipation will not leave you crying for coverage.

In the coming weeks I will discuss what to look for as you evaluate this important issue of the facility that your cloud environment is operating from.

About C7 Data Centers
C7 Data Centers is a privately held Utah company focused on providing high-value colocation, cloud, dedicated server and disaster recovery solutions to local, national and international businesses. Companies select Utah for colocation and business continuance because of its disaster free record, low operational costs, and easily accessible location in the United States. C7 is committed to research in the areas of cooling efficiencies, product solutions and leading edge data center technologies. For more information about C7 Data Centers, please visit www.c7dc.com.

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5 Responses

  • Alysha says:

    Location is important. C7 and some other great data centers reside here in Utah with easy geographical access yet safe from environmental concerns.

  • Kyle says:

    Clearly location is important, you wouldn’t place your cloud servers in a location where any type of natural disasters are known to happen. That is one thing that Utah has going for it, as well as the lower energy costs compared to other areas with the same type of climate.

  • Nick Fivas says:

    Secured and safe data is always a great idea. No one wants to be the person that can’t access the information they need when they want/need to. Utah helps with a great deal of this due to its low risk of anything bad happening to the facility you decide to pick as well as low cost of whoever you would pick as your data center.

  • Namtr0 says:

    Location, Location, Location. Data security and accessibility is super vital and location plays a vital role in both. Utah does seem to provide a good location that is low on the disaster chart.

  • Jake says:

    Location is a big issue in cloud computing. When I want to watch something, I expect that it will be available. It’s important that you have access to your data when you want it.



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