iCloudHosting’s cloud infrastructure is designed for robustness &
Data is at the heart of any solution. It’s what the entire system runs on and without it you’re going nowhere fast. Therefore, we put the same high levels of investment into protecting data as everything else. What’s more, we don’t charge extra for these services. We feel you should be able to expect nothing less from your provider.
Multi tiered data protection
Tier 1: RAID
The most likely item to fail in a computing system is a hard drive, due to the moving parts. By using RAID systems, we can prevent an individual drive failure having any impact. RAID works by storing multiple copies of all data in the system across multiple disks.
Tier 2: High Availability Failover
With Tier 1 we protected against single drive failure. However, what happens if there is a more serious hardware failure? For every SAN we use, there is an entire unit running as a high availability spare. This is known as 2N protection. Data is written to both devices and in the event of a problem, the spare unit seamlessly continues operation.
Tier 3: Corruption Prevention
Data can be corrupted at every read and write of each bit. This can happen at every level of hardware, unless adequate checks are put in place. Our systems employ block level checksums to ensure that data is always consistent. Not only that, but we continually walk through data on our SANs, even infrequently accessed data, to check its integrity.
Tier 4: Multi-level Data Backups
The next tier of protection is full system backups. We use the power of our SAN systems to take full images of every server and we do this every hour. These backups happen on the storage back end, meaning there is no impact on your servers. No more scheduling backups to avoid impacting your users.
Tier 5: Diverse physical data backup
The top tier of protection involves keeping backups at a separate location to normal service, meaning we can restore from these even if your normal service location has a problem. Our UK facilities are in NW London and the Midlands, with a separation of 114km (70 miles). This is fully compliant with the stringent FSA regulations on disaster recovery.
We host clients around the world, including in our own 60,000 square foot Data Centre in Reading, UK. Location matters depending on what you want to achieve and we can help get to the bottom of that.
Where do I start?
Please give us a call on 01582 227927. We want to hear from you and this is the best way to start out. We can ask you a few quick questions on the way to understanding what makes your business tick, and what it really needs. We want to save you money and make your business even more successful through the appropriate use of Cloud technologies.