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How Was Hostens Data Center Born?

March 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on How Was Hostens Data Center Born? 

hostens-data-centerIn this special interview with the Head of Hostens data center Engineering we’re going to discover how Hostens data center was born and what the main challenges as well as lessons learned while building and starting to run one of the most modern data centers in the Baltic region were.

Vytautas Skirius, the lead person of Hostens data center, is one of those who spend most of their time at the data center. He knows all its corners so well as if it was his own home. He ensures the stability, integrity, and efficiency of all information systems operations and leads data center engineering projects. Today he agreed to share his know-how and experience with us.

Give us a short overview of how everything started. When was the decision to build company’s own data center made? How did the whole process of setting it up look like? How did facilities, premises, etc. have to be prepared for a DC?

When business is on the fast track and is experiencing growth, the company often finds itself in need of additional storage space for the data. That was the case with Hostens, too. Although we had good partners, in regards to the growing number of customers and increasing infrastructure requirements, we decided to build our own data center.

The whole process took approximately 2 years and started with a strategic step to choose location for the data center. In this case, choosing the right location wasn’t the same as finding premises for, let’s say, office space. The potential location had to fulfil not only such ordinary needs as geographical location, availability or parking options, but also meet really high infrastructure and security requirements.

Eventually, we had to connect all the systems, elements, and parts of the whole infrastructure in order to operate smoothly and serve a common purpose. It’s like all body systems working together to keep a human alive. Actually, that was quite a challenge.

Finally, Hostens data center opened on December 15th, 2015.

Do you remember the day when the first servers were implemented here at the data center? What was the feeling like?

Sure, I can even show you where those particular servers are placed right now. In general, as I remember, the first server setup was a really significant moment. All our team member could clearly understand that it marked the new beginning of providing a top-level service.

Tell us a bit about Hostens data center.

The most important part to talk about is its features.

So, first of all, Hostens data center is set up according to TIER III level. It means that we offer 99.98% availability.

We run the most modern data center in the Baltic region. It is also one of the biggest ones. Currently, 139 server racks are securely housed at the site.

The data center has an ecological and energy efficient new generation “free cooling” system installed. This system takes air from the outside and adapts the temperature and humidity to suit the equipment. No water is used for cooling, so there is absolutely no risk of a leak.

Also, we pay great attention to fire prevention. Our aspiration smoke detection system with a highly sensitivity range (from 0.001% to 20% obscuration/m) is made to detect smoke even at very low concentrations over an area of 2000 m2. For example, if the system detects a burning wire, it immediately provides us with an early warning by pinpointing to the source of that fire. It allows us to react and protect the data center against any possible danger even before the fire has started.

Finally, I would like to highlight the access control. As our data center has an iris recognition option, there is no doubt that it adds an additional layer of protection. Iris recognition is used to authenticate employee or customer identity prior to them entering the site by unlocking facilities with a simple glance.

What is your favourite feature at Hostens Data Center?

Without any doubt, it is the cooling system.

What were the main challenges in developing this data center?

For sure, building a new data center always brings multiple challenges. Talking about the very beginning, finding the right location was the main issue. We had to find the best and the most suitable location for the facility. I remember all those months of analysis and evaluation very well.

Also, other main factors that had to be considered were data center equipment and network infrastructure. It was a huge challenge to find systems that fully met our requirements. As I have already mentioned, all the systems are different, made by different manufacturers, designed for different loads, as well as different climatic conditions, but they all have to work together flawlessly. Data center managers must manage all of these processes, at the same time remain maximum efficient, and still meet strict deadlines. In fact, that was a tough challenge, but amazing lessons were learned.

Are there any funny stories or interesting facts regarding the data center?

To be honest, I cannot tell you any funny stories at all (laughing). Basically, everything is in such control, so well-estimated and secured, that there are no non-standard situations. Interesting facts? Oh, yes. Personally, I’m very interested in the fact that the building where our data center is set up has a special purpose property status. During the World War II, that building was a military factory. Therefore, its structure is of an exceptional strength. In general, our data center is designed as a secure “building in a building” with its own additional walls and ceiling as well as separate access.

Now, when the data center is successfully running, tell us which things have to be considered when building a data center. What should organizations pay most attention to when developing a data center?

I would highlight the following points:

  • It is necessary to evaluate how suitable the potential location of the data center is. There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind: performance characteristics, power availability, geographic issues, and climatic conditions.
  • It is crucial to choose the right technologies for the data center. Before building the data center, you have to evaluate all technical possibilities to be able to choose the most suitable equipment.
  • Strong project management. By implementing a project of such a huge scale and complexity, it’s almost impossible to avoid various mistakes. Therefore, it’s necessary to do your research first, have a clear plan with estimated budgets, deadlines, and precisely follow each stage of the project.

Tell us about your technical expertise.

I have more than 5 years’ experience in data center sector. At first, I commenced my career at another web hosting company here in Lithuania. This helped me to grow as an expert and gave me an opportunity to see how a data center was run from up close. This experience increased my enthusiasm to continue my career working at data centers. At that time exactly when could feel that I had reached the top of my career in this company, I was offered to move to Hostens parent company. I accepted this challenge and today I work here managing its data center.

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Global Data Center Provider CyrusOne Commissions New Data Center in Sterling, Va.

December 3, 2014 by · Comments Off on Global Data Center Provider CyrusOne Commissions New Data Center in Sterling, Va. 

DALLAS, TX – Global data center provider CyrusOne (NASDAQ:CONE) is pleased to announce the first 30,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF) was commissioned in mid-November in its 124,000-square-foot building in the city of Sterling in Loudoun County, Va. The first phase of the multiphase data center in Northern Virginia, the 124,000-square-foot building is going to have 15,000 square feet of office space and up to 12 megawatts of critical load.

Northern Virginia is home to one of the world’s largest clusters of data center real estate, and an estimated 70 percent of Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, which is how it became dubbed “Data Center Alley.”

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Atlantic.Net Launches First International Data Center in Toronto, Canada

July 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Atlantic.Net Launches First International Data Center in Toronto, Canada 

atlantic-canada-datacenterORLANDO, FL – Atlantic.Net, a high-powered SSD cloud VPS hosting solutions provider, announced today the opening of their first international data center, located in Toronto, Canada. To assist in the expansion, a second center also launched in Dallas, Texas. These state of the art data centers offer integrated colocation for telecommunication companies headquartered around the world, affording customers access to domestic, around the clock support from the United States, and now, Canada.

The Toronto center is fully equipped with high-speed fiber connections and upstream connections to Tier-1 bandwidth providers, making for an unadulterated first step into international territory. The center is carrier-neutral, allowing customers to receive prioritized delivery, as well as providing an exceptional network and superior upkeep to Atlantic.Net’s large roster of Canadian customers, and international users alike. The building is operated by Cogeco, a billion dollar data center operator, which allows Atlantic.Net to employ natural resources, making the international data center an energy efficient and green facility.

As these centers attest, Atlantic.Net is expanding their reach for customers who want a secure, reliable data center with a native backing. “We chose Toronto and Dallas because both locations ensure that our customers have a domestic location to provide the highest-quality support,” explained Marty Puranik, Founder, President and CEO of Atlantic.Net.

In conjunction with the international center, the Dallas center is positioned in the heart of Dallas for stateside support for the international center. It is located at the Univision Tower, 2323 Bryan Street and boasts 4500 (kW) utility power capacity with 1450 (kW) UPS power capacity and 3890 (kW) generator power capacity. There is also an N-N+1 UPS redundancy and, N+1 cooling redundancy – all operated by Digital Realty Trust, a multi-billion dollar data center operator.

Atlantic.Net will continue to focus on international expansion to better service their global consumers. Now, the company currently has three open facilities, with plans to continue expansion to hot spots of the cloud ecosystem in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific countries. Read more

Steadfast Opens New Data Center in Edison, New Jersey

May 28, 2014 by · Comments Off on Steadfast Opens New Data Center in Edison, New Jersey 

steadfast-new-jersey2Chicago, IL – Steadfast, a leading provider of managed cloud hosting, dedicated servers, colocation, hybrid hosting, and disaster recovery, announced the opening of a new data center space in Edison, New Jersey.

Steadfast had previously acquired hosting provider The New York NOC, but the company’s expansion plans lead to a search for a new space. Steadfast has been offering colocation hosting services out of the New York metro area sinc
e Q3 2009; dedicated server, colocation, and cloud hosting services have been available since Q1 2010. Current New York-based Steadfast clients have successfully migrated to the New Jersey location.

The data center facility can support Tier 3 redundancy and reliability. The move to New Jersey offers the best in security and customizable space, at an optimal cost. The building is more than 830,000 square feet, and is the largest commercially available modular data center. Read more

Connectria Hosting Expands Data Center to Support Growth

April 16, 2014 by · Comments Off on Connectria Hosting Expands Data Center to Support Growth 

ST. LOUIS – Connectria Hosting, a global managed and cloud hosting provider, today announced it has significantly expanded its Dallas Data Center capacity to support increased customer demand.

Connectria’s Dallas Data Center, a Tier 4 CyrusOne facility, is one of four Connectria Data Center locations, the others located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its opening in August 2012, the Dallas Data Center has experienced steady growth, due in large part to increased demand for Cloud and Disaster Recovery solutions. As a result, Connectria has expanded its Dallas Data Center capacity over 200% to address escalating demand and anticipated growth.

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Steadfast.net Colocation: 25% OFF!

February 13, 2014 by · Comments Off on Steadfast.net Colocation: 25% OFF! 


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Migration Help Available To Businesses Needing to Upgrade Outdated Hardware

November 6, 2013 by · Comments Off on Migration Help Available To Businesses Needing to Upgrade Outdated Hardware 

Web Hosting ToolboxStuart, Florida – Dedicated Hosting provider GlowHost.com realized that migrating to newer hardware is cost prohibitive for many businesses.

The cost of new hardware, hiring an IT professional, and the complexity of transferring massive amounts of data all add up for business owners. Many business owners are electing to continue running their legacy systems as long as possible.

GlowHost.com aimed to help businesses make the leap to newer technology so they can run their businesses more efficiently and with affordable cutting-edge technology. In addition, GlowHost.com offers Geo-friendly locations enabling businesses to host close to their customers.

Business Migration Assistance includes:
• Competitively Priced Hardware with Second Month Free (requires first month payment)
• Data copying and conversion (if needed)
• No Downtime Before, During, or After Migration
• Choice of Geo-friendly Data Centers located in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Nottingham, UK and London, U.K.

In addition to free migration assistance, GlowHost.com offers fully managed dedicated servers which small business owners can utilize to reduce their overhead. Businesses can keep their IT costs low when choosing GlowHost because no additional IT employees are required – saving thousands of dollars over the course of a year.

In addition, GlowHost employs certified technicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Don’t Forget Security When Using Cloud Hosting

February 21, 2013 by · Comments Off on Don’t Forget Security When Using Cloud Hosting 

Your company stores its most sensitive data in the cloud. But does that mean it’s locked down tight from unauthorized access including cybercrime and hacking?

This very concern is shared by many organizations. While most organizations are more familiar with traditional onsite measures, cloud hosting policies are now just as significant. In fact, research firm, Gartner states that “10 percent of overall IT security enterprise product capabilities will be delivered in the cloud.” The report goes on to state that we should expect an increase in the availability of security measures such as data loss prevention, encryption, and authentication. With many enterprises migrating their data to the cloud, cloud-based security will eventually outnumber on-site equipment security.

With many organizations using Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) with the cloud, users can access corporate applications and data outside of the corporate network. This concept puts pressure on IT management to closely monitor user access from devices that are not completely under their own control which can cause all kinds of security headaches. Read more

INetU Achieves Worldwide PCI Certification in the Cloud for E-Commerce

December 14, 2011 by · Comments Off on INetU Achieves Worldwide PCI Certification in the Cloud for E-Commerce 

Web Hosting ServicesALLENTOWN, PA – Leading managed hosting provider INetU, Inc has announced that its exclusive “Gated Community Cloud” global business service has been certified PCI DSS compliant at its US and EU nodes. Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 2.0 Level 1 compliance assures INetU clients that they are invested in a verified production-ready e-commerce cloud environment.

PCI compliant managed services are available immediately at INetU’s Allentown, Pa, Vienna, Va and Amsterdam, Netherlands data center facilities. Because PCI DSS is a global standard, having PCI certified cloud nodes at multiple locations becomes an important attribute for clients who conduct e-commerce on an international level, for those who require global disaster recovery, or both.

“By coupling our custom fully managed Gated Community Cloud infrastructure with the security verification of PCI certification, INetU provides e-commerce enterprises with the confidence to operate in our Cloud safely and cost efficiently” said Dev Chanchani, president and CEO of INetU. “For many organizations, PCI compliance is an essential part of their managed hosting requirements, INetU can fully deliver that requirement with confidence, worldwide.”

INetU’s Gated Community Cloud service was evaluated and certified for PCI DSS 2.0 Level 1 compliance by Trustwave, a leading provider of information security and compliance solutions.

INetU’s unique Gated Community Cloud service offers companies a virtual ‘gated community’ where only exclusive medium to large enterprises have access to a business specific cloud environment that offers strong performance promises, expert support and protection from unscheduled downtime. Gated Community Cloud combines the most desirable features of Private Cloud computing with the flexibility and cost efficiencies of a scalable Cloud – all without the risks associated with commercially available Public Clouds.

Companies interested in INetU’s exclusive PCI certified Gated Community Cloud service should contact INetU at 610-266-7441 or visit www.inetu.net. Read more

SoftLayer Achieves Record Setting Revenues for Third Quarter

December 1, 2011 by · Comments Off on SoftLayer Achieves Record Setting Revenues for Third Quarter 

Web Hosting ServicesDallasSoftLayer Technologies today announced that the company continued to experience strong operational and top-line growth in the third quarter of 2011, reaching $85 million in revenues while achieving $34 million in EBITDA. The company also appointed David Strohm, from Greylock Partners, to its board of directors to help guide and support the company’s continued market leadership and financial growth.

“SoftLayer is headed on a pretty impressive trajectory but we’re really just beginning to accelerate our efforts,” said Lance Crosby, chief executive officer for SoftLayer. “The addition of David to our leadership team benefits us immensely, especially as it relates to managing growth and rapidly expanding into international markets. Our focus hasn’t changed. We’ll continue innovating and making our platform the standard for Internet savvy businesses looking for unique cloud, dedicated, and managed hosting solutions.”

Key milestones for SoftLayer’s third quarter ending September 30, 2011 include:

“Our growth is fueled by increased customer demand for our entire portfolio of hosting solutions,” said George Karidis, chief strategy officer for SoftLayer. “Our approach resonates with customers because we offer an à la carte menu of service and options resulting in greater flexibility and control over IT resources while reducing operating costs. With our new data centers in Singapore and Amsterdam, we’ll be able to drive even more international revenue and sales.”

David Strohm joins SoftLayer’s board of directors to help provide guidance over the company’s future growth plans. A Silicon Valley veteran, David joined Greylock in 1980 and currently sits on the board of AtHocBounty JobsEMC CorporationMATRIXX SoftwareOpenDNSProgreso FinancierorichrelevanceTabula and VMware. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Strohm led Greylock’s prior involvement with companies including as Doubleclick,Forte Software(acquired by Sun Microsystems), Kiva Software (acquired by Netscape), Legato Systems(acquired by EMC),Internet Security Systems(acquired by IBM), Mentor Graphics, Mobile Automation (acquired by iPass), ccMail (acquired by Lotus/IBM), and Cygnus (acquired by RedHat). Read more

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