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Five Tips for Businesses to Avoid Downtime

Salt Lake City companies never expected a tornado to take their business offline but that’s exactly what would have happened to XMission if we hadn’t properly prepared for the worst. Back in 1999, we decided to expand into the empty former battery factory next door and convert it into a modern data center. The Internet bubble was in full […]

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Our 2014 in review + a preview of XMission 2015

XMission made significant improvements to several products and kicked off a new professional services offering in 2014. Let’s quickly review a few of our highlights and preview 2015! Professional Services Launch XMission now offers technical consultation and professional services. In addition to providing your business with hosting, connectivity, email, or phone service, XMission can now […]

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Who Still Needs Colocation?

Cloud hosting has been getting a lot of press in recent years. It’d be easy to assume that everything is going to “the cloud.” With promises of lower CAPEX and higher elasticity, some business owners might feel obligated to move everything over. But is that the best choice for all organizations? Statistically, most companies still […]

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Disaster Recovery Finally Affordable for SMBs

Any company that relies on computers to store and process data should understand the importance of backups. Unfortunately, many small and medium-sized businesses feel overwhelmed at the prospect and don’t know how to proceed. Sound familiar? Thanks to free and easy to use software, sensible off-site backups for disaster recovery can now be accomplished cheaply […]

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Data Center Sustainability Improvements Via Free Cooling

  Water Side Economizing Also known as “free cooling,” water side economizing provides significant energy efficiencies because it doesn’t rely on traditional refrigeration. For this final post in my series about energy saving data center cooling strategies I’ll focus on the significant role water side economizing plays in modern data center HVAC (Heating Venting Air […]

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Why Your Data Center Should Have Aisle Containment

As I say in my previous blog post, data centers in the United States use a full 1% of the nation’s power so improving efficiencies makes very real sense. In this series of blog posts about HVAC (Heating Venting Air Conditioning) cooling strategies for computers I summarize the main elements you should focus on to make […]

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Data Center Cooling Optimizations Bring Big Wins

At XMission we have just completed some significant energy efficiency improvements in our data center. To educate the public and our customers as well as promote sustainable energy practices, I will be writing some blog posts about industry trends and the steps we have taken at XMission to dramatically improve our energy efficiencies. These best […]

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Colocation or Cloud?

With so much media attention focused on cloud hosting, companies might feel compelled to move everything there. We all have those IT decision maker moments where the status quo no longer works and we realize that we need to stop mulling over the options and actually pick a new solution for X. Perhaps your current […]

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Data Centers: A Dramatically Changing Industry

NOTE: I wrote the following while preparing to be on a panel discussion at the University of Utah recently regarding the data center industry. The data center and telecommunications industry is a dynamic, even mercurial, industry full of change, opportunity, and often unpredictable challenges. I’ve worked in this industry for 17 years and thought it might be helpful to provide […]

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Offsite Backups: a key business continuity strategy

Off-site backups are like a daily exercise regimen. They’re both obviously a very good idea but in the abstract seem daunting to implement. Certainly an off-site backup solution will cost a lot, both up front and ongoing, right? Actually, it might not cost as much as you might expect. If your business has a somewhat […]

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