Prior to the advancement of the Internet and Cloud technology, most businesses had a singlel point of failure , their local servers. Servers located on-site, whether in adequately designed server rooms or under a desk in the office, would sometimes experience problems that would disupt the operation of the business. In order to minimise the risk of failure, servers required expensive upgrades for resilience including redundant power supplies, UPS systems and multiple failovers for disks. This could even stretch to mirrored servers or clustered systems that were even more expensive and required additional IT Support skills.
We are technologically in a better position now, Internet connections are faster and more stable, dedicated Internet connections are cost effective, and Cloud servers are an alternative that offer many advantages over the traditional onsite server. Swift Digital offers two main options with cloud servers, a virtual cloud server and a dedicated cloud server.
Our virtual cloud servers are UK based and are housed within a secure virtual container on a cluster of hypervisors. Upon creation, the virtual server is assigned memory, CPU and storage which can be adjusted up and down as required to suit your requirements. The virtual cloud servers have less reliance on hardware and offer a cost effective secure server environment. Microsoft Windows is installed on the virtual server and configured for your organistation. If required, and more often than not, Swift Digital creates a secure Lan-to-Lan connection from the datacentre to your office to ensure that only your site and your users have access to the virtual cloud server.
Our virtual cloud servers are all backed up on a nightly basis on three different levels:
- Server Snapshot Image - The entire server is saved as a snapshot. In the event that the server fails or you are subject to a RansomWare attack where your
files are encrypted, we can recover the server back to its previous state (from the last backup). This process takes on average 1-2 hours.
- Server files - Files are backed up on a per file basis so that in the case of a file or a number of files becoming corrupt or being deleted, we can contact the datacentre and have them restored back to the previous backup.
- Client based backup - In addition to the snapshot and file backups, we also install our client software on the servers and run a third backup. This means that under your IT Support contract, we can restore your files within your SLA (usually 60 minutes).
If you have a specific requirement for dedicated hardware but still utilising the cloud technologies available, a dedicated cloud server can be procured and installed. Dedicated cloud servers are actual physical boxes similar to what you would have in your office, but would be housed in the UK datacentre and take advantage of the redundant power and Internet. There are scenarios where a dedicated server is required, whether it is a customer choice requiring a totally seperated from all systems, or whether a specific piece of software is not able to run on virtualised servers, we can offer you a tailor made solution.
Our dedicated virtual cloud servers are all backed up on a nightly basis using our client based online backup. Tailored backup jobs are created and scheduled to run on a nightly basis. This means that under your IT Support contract, we can restore your files within your SLA (usually 60 minutes).
Virtual Cloud server hosted in UK datacentre.
This is perfect for a small to mid sized business requiring a server to be hosted in the cloud for file and application sharing.
Dedicated Cloud server hosted in UK datacentre.
This is perfect for a small to mid sized business requiring a server to be hosted in the cloud for file and application sharing. Perfect for software that won't operate on a virtual server.
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