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The many benefits of a local data center

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: When choosing a data center, there are several advantages to going with a local party, especially for physical access to the server and monitoring the security of your systems.

Using a third-party data center has a lot of benefits for organizations. Data centers provide increased up-time, greater resources and faster provisioning of new resources including options for disaster recovery. Also, once you decommission the in-house server room, you can put all those resources into improving the business, as opposed to running and managing a server room. There is one scenario where you can gain further: the local data center.

The local data center has grown in popularity over the years. The first instinct for many is to move everything to the largest provider they can find. However, the problem is that in most cases, those data centers are hundreds or thousands of miles away. Why go so far when you can get everything you need locally?

Granted, using a local data center benefits the organizations that prefer or require direct access to their equipment regularly. Having said that, you get peace of mind from knowing that you have physical access to your systems at any time of day. You can go in and resolve problems with or without the assistance of the data center staff.

Also, you also get to see how secure your data and physical servers are in person. You get to inspect any systems you require without a cross-country flight. Some audits require regular checks and tests of systems at the data center, and going local will make that cheaper and easier.

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Basic requirements for server room

February 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by Rack Alley

Setting up a server requires proper planning and design. The most important factor to consider is redundancy. The server room infrastructure design should include redundancy at every level in order to avoid a single point of failure. When setting up a server room, here are the most basic requirements:

Racks – Server room equipment requires racks for mounting. There are several types of racks but the two most popular types are four post and full cabinet racks. The full cabinet variety comes with front and rear doors along with side panels. The four post racks are simple four-post open enclosures. Even vertical servers have rack kit options for mounting. Power from the UPS is distributed on the rack using multiple PDUs.

AC – Air conditioning is essential for all server rooms. The amount of cooling required will depend on the thermal load of the equipment in the server room. The larger the room, the more options there are in terms of air conditioning. The most common server room A/C is the HVAC.

Power – Consult professional electrical engineers on what sort of power requirements are needed. Often, existing power infrastructure will need to be tested in order to determine power quality.

UPS – In addition to the above, UPS power will need to be provided for the servers. The most basic setup is to utilize equipment with dual power supplies. One power supply is from the central UPS and the second is supplied from a rack based UPS or raw power.


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The benefits of the colocation model

October 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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Most organizations have a hybrid model when it comes to server hosting. It usually involves a mix of legacy in-house server along with a mix of cloud infrastructure services. Almost all of these organizations started out with building their own data center. The problem with owning a data center is that you have to pay for everything upfront and maintenance. Any failure to keep up with replacements and maintenance can have catastrophic consequences. This is why there is a growing demand for colocation facilities. This model offers the following benefits:


It is easier to get additional operational expenditure to host servers at an LA colocation facility than to continuously request high capital expenses to build, maintain and operate an in-house data center.

Core competency

For most organizations owning and operating a data center is not a core competency. This will require hiring and keeping skilled IT staff and an additional overhead in terms of security. In a colocation model, the company can focus on its main business.


Colocation is not simply hosting servers anymore. Data centers provide solutions to customers. This allows the organizations to scale the resources at their disposal as and when required. It is no longer just space, power, and cooling.


Recent audits have required proper security for data centers for all businesses. Third part data centers will have that level of security and monitoring available.


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Hassle-Free Network Setup

February 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Rack Alley

As we grow up and no longer rely on our parents for support, we are often faced with a decision: to look for a job and work for someone else, or to start your own business. The former is the most common way to go about it, but the latter can yield better results so long as you are hard working and persevering. With many start up enterprises growing in Los Angeles like mushrooms in a field these days, staying ahead of the competition is tough. Ensuring your advantage, you must have a strong online presence especially now that everybody turns to the internet to find solutions to their problems. In order to do this, you need  to have a website with functions of your business integrated into it for those on-the-go transactions. In los angeles colocation services can be found who can provide you server space so  that you can get your name out there. Rack Alley, a Los Angeles-based company is one of these companies who provide colocation as well as server hosting los angeles. This internet solutions company take into account that not everybody is an IT guy and will probably not understand all the technical jargon to properly set up your network infrastructure. As such, companies such as Rack Alley exist to set up and maintain your server and network requirements so you don’t have to, which means more time to focus on more immediate tasks at hand, such as how to make your business boom.

Rack Alley is an internet solutions company that cater to both small scale and large scale enterprises with utilizing their state of the art los angeles data center.