cloud-editedWhat do they get from such a service? Cloud computing is basically a computing service whereby applications, networks, servers, and the like, are made available to businesses (as well as individuals) via the Internet. It includes various remote servers and software networks which allows data storage in a centralized environment as well as online access to resources and services. Because it is an Internet-based type of service, one does not need to invest in new hardware, software or train IT personnel for his or her business — these are just some of the benefits that Houston cloud computing customers are enjoying now.

Behind all the hype and marketing of cloud computing companies, what a business is ultimately getting is a primary data center, or a replication of its data to a second or third data center. These data centers are facilities that house the computer systems (and other components associated with it) which store data. However, not all data centers are the same and so a cloud computing company can significantly vary from the other, in terms of security, speed, the services they offer, etc.

Some Houston cloud computing providers have multiple data centers in order to provide continued service in the event of a power outage or a technical issue in one of their data centers. If, for example, a provider’s primary data center experiences technical difficulties, downtime can be avoided because the provider has backups in other data center locations. In extreme cases, some providers offer cloud services delivered straight from a data center they set up in their own homes. This is essentially no better than a business having its own on premise data center.

It is important for business owners to know more about “Uptime Data Center Tier Standards” before they make a decision. It is a standardized methodology, developed by the Uptime Institute that is used to determine the availability of data from a particular data center. It is made up of four tier levels, with Tier 1 being the simplest data center, and Tier 4 being the most robust of the four levels. Tier 1 can be as simple as a server room, while Tier 4 can have the ability to provide all kinds of computing services available today. The higher the tier, the greater the availability of data, and the lesser amount of downtime there would be — with higher tier levels being more expensive than the lower ones. With this information, choosing the right tier should be easy, one only needs to consider: budget, and the amount of downtime acceptable to his/her business, website, or application.

A cloud computing company must be SSAE 16 Type II compliant. SSAE Type II (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) is one of the most widely recognized and most thorough auditing standards for such companies today. An SSAE 16 Type II compliant company is able to provide a secure and reliable operating environment and has the proper controls to guarantee high availability of data from its data centers. MCORE Inc. is such a company, and is committed to the highest possible standards of service, quality, performance, and security. They are based in Conroe, Texas and are more than happy to show their clients what they are really getting. Before signing a Houston cloud computing agreement, clients are welcome to take a tour of MCORE Inc.’s primary data center. All they have to do is call MCORE to arrange an appointment for the visit.