Colorado Springs Datacenter Partners With Cisco For New High-Tech Security System

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Colorado Springs datacenter, Data102, has announced partnership with Cisco to expand on existing security measures. Physical security measures have been increased on location for further compliance with security standards

CiscoColorado Springs datacenter, Data102, is partnering with Cisco, a global leader in security and networking, in order to provide another layer of protection for their client’s equipment and sensitive data.

Data102 has been offering secure colocation services for years, with physical security gaining in popularity as more companies see the benefit of such a barrier. Data102’s staff members are trained to insure the highest security standards and close monitoring for any potential threats. Physical security is a necessity in order to avoid malicious invaders. This Colorado datacenter’s physical security is maintained in compliance with PCI, HIPAA, and SSAE16 datacenter standards.

The people managing the systems are just as integral to security as the hardware and software. Travis Taylor, the Director of Business Development, explains that, “All of our physical security measures are monitored around the clock by our experienced staff which guarantees a strong line of defense against even the most dangerous intruders.” The Data102 staff is available 24 x 7 x 365 to answer queries or fix problems, ensuring security is maintained at all times.

Physical access to the Colorado Springs location has been entirely revamped with the installation of a Cisco Physical Access Manager. In keeping with the standards that have been set for SSAE16 datacenters, physical security is closely monitored. As you would expect, video and access information is logged for any visitor that enters the datacenters, but access to other areas is now being monitored as well. Employee office space and conference areas are restricted so that only those with an access badge may enter. Visitors may be allowed inside the facility with limited access and are escorted by a staff member at all times.

ABOUT DATA102
A Colorado Springs datacenter and IT services provider, Data102 offers products and services such as managed firewalls, Virtual Private Servers, anti-spam services, backups, colocation and bandwidth. In addition to affordability, reliability and flexibility, Data102 offers unparalleled customer service and technical support. For more information about Data102 LLC, visit data102.com.

 

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Data102 Turns Up Peering With CoreSite’s Any2 Exchange

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The Colorado Springs datacenter announces direct peering with Any2, the second largest Internet peering exchange in the USA and the largest Internet exchange on the west coast. Peering, or connecting separate networks in order to exchange IP traffic, will increase traffic capacity, routing control and overall performance and efficiency

any2-exchange-77603521“Data102’s decision to peer with Any2 in Los Angeles is going to yield benefits for the clients at our Colorado Springs datacenter,” states Randal Kohutek, Operations Director at Data102, “by peering with Any2, Data102’s network will be faster and more stable, improving latency and fault tolerance.”

Peering, in the realm of computer networking, is when a connection is established between administratively separate networks. The purpose of peering is to exchange IP traffic between those networks. Peering benefits both companies involved in the interconnection, as it increases the routing control. Moreover, the users of each network participating in the exchange will benefit since peering increases a network’s capacity and increases overall performance, decreasing the amount of network hops for a direct connection to more routes.

Colorado datacenter Data102 is peering with Any2, the largest Internet Exchange on the west coast and the second largest Internet peering exchange in the United States. Any2 is a layer 2, IPv6-supporting, physical network switch that streamlines the exchange of Internet traffic between Internet service providers (ISPs) and content networks. Any2 is owned and operated by CoreSite and has over 200 participants locally and internationally.

Data102 is dedicated to providing an outstanding level of service, which is why, in addition to peering, power and cooling are combined with top-rated technology in order to drive both of the Data102 datacenters. Data102’s Colorado colocation is designed to further fulfill business IT needs, implementing a fast and reliable network that is up and running at least 99.999 percent of the time.

In addition to a fast and stable network aided by peering with CoreSite’s Any2 switch, Data102 remains up-to-date with frequent technical upgrades, and offers a range of IT products and services for various businesses throughout Colorado and beyond.

ABOUT DATA102
Data102 is a Colorado Springs IT services provider and datacenter. The company is proud to be able to offer products and services such as managed firewalls, hosting, collocation and bandwidth. The team at Data102 is proud to be able to deliver affordability, reliability and flexibility, as well as an unparalleled level of customer service. For more information about Data102 LLC, visit data102.com.

 

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Data102 – Southern Colorado’s Largest Public Colocation Service Provider Partners with Roaring Penguin to Permanently CAN Spam

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New case study: Roaring Penguin’s CanIt anti-spam solution. Data102’s search for an intelligent and easy-to-use email filter is over!

roaring_penguinBased out of Colorado Springs, Data102 has worked steadily to become Colorado’s most reliable public provider of Colocation Services and bandwidth serving thousands of customers across the United States. At its two SSAE16 compliant datacenters, Data102 is able to boast better than 99.999% uptime.

To maintain numbers like that it only makes sense that Director of Business Development Travis Taylor and his team would battle spam the same way they have built their business: by focusing on reliability, expertise, quality and innovation.

Who says Penguins aren’t pretty?

Previously, Data102 used an internally fabricated platform to weed out spam but as business grew they realized it would be more efficient to leverage a commercially developed solution.

Some research turned up Roaring Penguin and the CanIt-Domain-PRO antispam solution. As Travis, Randal and their engineers considered the CanIt solution they developed a dialogue with the team at Roaring Penguin. Says Randal, “We could see from the specs that there were a lot of very smart features but it was in talking to them that we realized they were ‘Technology people’, like us.”

The implementation of CanIt-Domain-PRO at Data102 commenced internally and externally at the same time. Says Randal, “We use the same platform as our customers — we believe in taking our own medicine.” One of the advantages of this philosophy is that it allowed the team at Data102 to find and correct unexpected hiccups immediately. This combined with Roaring Penguin’s dedication to after-sale customer support meant that Data102 has been able to expand the application of CanIt-Domain-PRO beyond an initial two-server installation to the current six-server system plus a dedicated outbound email scanner and redundant databases “without skipping a beat and while entirely live and in production,” continues Randal.

Roaring Penguin’s focus on working WITH customers allows for higher customer satisfaction all around!

Travis and Randal have been very happy with the CanIt results so far. Randal is thrilled that, since they rolled out CanIt, the support crew hasn’t had a single spam-related support ticket. Randal says, “Right now we’re processing 130k to 160k emails per day and we’re sure we could do ten times that amount without changing a thing.”

Travis’s review is even more glowing, “The only thing previous products did for us consistently was crash. CanIt-Domain-PRO offers all kinds of killer features but the ease and power of the delegation and permission options is truly our silver bullet to block spam.”

Preserve Your Brand Integrity

Data102 was able to theme its implementation of CanIt-Domain-PRO (branded as directMX) to match its corporate branding and colors.

A Family Thing

As a rapidly growing company, Data102 offers various managed service options to its data center customers. Small and medium sized businesses as well as residential customers looking for Data102 style support, expertise and service are increasingly turning to partner company Simpleworks (simpleworksit.com), a full service MSP offering everything from in 24/7 tech support to VoIP services — and of course utilizing CanIt-Domain-PRO.

“Roaring Penguin speaks the same language as its customers. CanItDomainPRO is designed by Technology people for Technology people.” -Randal Kohutek, Director of Network Operations, Data102.

About Data102

  • Type: Hosting Solutions provider.
  • Infrastructure: Two SSAE16 compliant data centers.
  • Speed: 4 X 1Gbps and 1 X 10Gbps incoming data pipes from 5 different reliable suppliers help guarantee and maintain customer up-time.

Email Environment and Use

  • Dell Servers.
  • CanIt-Domain-PRO antispam filter branded as “directMX

CanIt Results

  • Process 130-160k emails per day.
  • 80% of spam stopped while using CanIt’s basic settings 97% success rate in identifying spam.
  • Saves support staff hours.
  • Thorough anti-spam control for all clients and staff.
  • Minimal administrative involvement is required.

“Roaring Penguin speaks the same language as its customers. CanItDomainPRO is designed by Technology people for Technology people.” Randal Kohutek, Director of Network Operations, Data102.

About Roaring Penguin

Roaring Penguin Software Inc.:

The e-mail filtering experts. We are committed to providing intelligent, cost-effective solutions to Web Hosts, ISPs, enterprises, and campuses. Our acclaimed mail-filtering and networking products include MIMEDefang e-mail inspection software and CanIt enterprise anti-spam solutions. Red Hat 8, 9 and RHEL are Tier-1 platforms for CanIt.http://www.roaringpenguin.com

 

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Colorado Springs Datacenter Data102 Announces 10 Gigabit Networking

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Data102, a Colorado Springs datacenter, has upgraded to a 10Gbps network in order to provide customers all over the world with an unbeatable network in terms of speed, price and reliability. This upgrade, combined with a variety of services and fantastic customer support, is why this Colorado Springs data center is the number-one privately held colocation facility in Southern Colorado

10 Gbps NetworkData102’s recent upgrade will ensure that itsColorado Springs datacenters remain the leading facilities in Southern Colorado. Data102’s upgrade to a 10Gbps network increases the network’s speed and reliability, while driving down costs and improving customer satisfaction.

A 10Gbps network refers to a rate of data transfer, which is the average number of blocks, bits or characters flowing in a data transmission system. A 10Gbps network describes a transfer speed of 10 gigabits per second; this is a measurement for an extremely high-speed network. The choice to upgrade to a 10Gbps network means that customers will receive extremely fast service and that the network will be even more robust than it was previously.

The recent upgrade makes this Colorado Springs datacenter far more appealing to IT customers than competing datacenters. In addition to a fast network, Data102 remains up-to-date with other technical upgrades, and offers many great products and services at an incredibly affordable price.

Data102 understands the importance of a network’s reliability and is dedicated to providing the highest level of service, which is why power, connectivity and cooling are combined with state-of-the-art technology in order to provide a comprehensive IT solution to the Front Range. In addition to this, Data102 has two facilities in order to better meet various business’ needs. Their Colorado Springs colocation is designed to fulfill small, medium and enterprise business needs, and both centers have the same goal in mind: network up-time. A reliable network is one that is up and running more than 99.999 percent of the time.

Another factor that makes Data102 unlike any other Colorado Springs data center is that the reliable network and systems upgrades are combined with a knowledgeable management team, experienced engineers, and a 24-hour support team. In the case of a problem, support is available any time of the day or night so that problems are resolved as soon as possible.

Data102 offers a range of IT products and services, all of which have benefited from the recent network upgrade. A few of the products and services offered by Data102 include colocation, Tier 1 bandwidth, T1s, DSL and Metro Ethernet, backups and disaster recovery solutions, virtual private servers, managed firewalls, and hosted anti-SPAM solutions.

ABOUT DATA102
Data102 is a Colorado Springs datacenter and IT services provider. The company offers a variety of products and services including colocation, bandwidth, last-mile Internet and Voice-over-IP, virtualization, managed firewalls, hosting and more. The team at Data102 is dedicated to supplying customers all over the world with IT products and services that will aid their business. For more information about Data102 LLC, visit http://data102.com.

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SAS70 & SSAE16 Compliant Datacenter

datacenterAs the recent Target hacking demonstrated, it is vital for private information to stay that way. For Data102 and other datacenters that house large amounts of private and sensitive information, it is crucial to maintain appropriate controls and security, as well as to be able to deliver such reassurance to clients.

To give customers peace of mind, there are a number of standards that have been implemented to ensure that a datacenter can be trusted; these are outlined in the Statement on Auditing Standards No.70 (SAS70) and the Statement for Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16 (SSAE16).

A service organization or service provider that is SAS70 and SSAE16 compliant is showing that they have been through a thorough audit examination and that control objectives and control activities—which typically include controls over information technology and corresponding processes—as well as safeguards have all been demonstrated to be adequate and effective.

Though SAS70 is a widely recognized auditing standard, it does not provide a list of pre-determined criteria; auditors must still follow standards set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for fieldwork, quality control, and reporting. So, as of June 15, 2011, SSAE16 was created by AICPA with the goal of upgrading the US service organization’s standard of reporting so that it adheres with the new International Service Organization standard (ISAE3402). Since then, SSAE16 has managed to replace SAS70 as the top guide for reporting on service organizations.

A compliant datacenter provides a measure of benefits and value to its customers. They can retrieve reports and thus obtain valuable knowledge regarding the established controls and the effectiveness of those controls, which are known as Service Auditor’s Reports. There are two types of these reports:

  • Type 1 provides a description of controls at a specific and particular point;
  • Type 2 includes this description and provides details regarding the testing of controls over a period of six months. With a Type 2 report, customers can also determine whether these controls were in operation, satisfactorily designed, and operating productively. Without this report, there will be an assortment of requests for an audit and multiple visits can put a strain on resources. With a Service Auditor’s Report, customers and their auditors have access to the same information, which should be satisfactory to both parties.

A SAS70 & SSAE16 compliant datacenter proves a lot by having these examinations made. It sets itself apart from its peers by showing the installation of control objectives and adequately designed control activities. If customers use a datacenter that is not SAS70 & SSAE16 compliant, they will have to arrange for an auditor to pay a visit to that organization to examine its controls and operations, an action that will likely cost the customer money. More than that, though, you can be sure that a datacenter that is compliant, like Data102, can be trusted with your data.

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Colorado Springs Datacenter Completes SSAE 16 Reporting

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Data102 LLC Completes Examination in Conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization

SSAE16Data102 LLC, a Colorado Springs datacenter and IT services provider, today announced that it has recently completed its examination in conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization as of October 31st, 2012 that was performed by an independent accounting and auditing firm.

Completion of the SSAE 16 Type I examination indicates that selected Data102 processes, procedures and controls have been formally evaluated and tested as of a given date by an independent accounting and auditing firm. The examination included the company’s controls related to its colocation services.

SSAE 16 is designated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an acceptable method for a user entity’s management to obtain assurance about service organization internal controls without conducting additional assessments. In addition, the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 make SSAE 16 reports even more important to the process of reporting on effective internal controls by public companies.

A SSAE 16 examination is widely recognized, because it represents that a service organization has been through an evaluation of their control activities as they relate to an audit of the financial statements of its customers. A Type I report includes the service organization’s system description and the design of the service organization’s controls.

“We are very excited to be able to offer our customers a policy-driven, process-oriented service that has been vetted to meet stringent SEC standards, while continuing to provide strong value,” said Travis Taylor, Director of Business Development. He added “this endorsement is not easy to get, and we are pleased to pass on the benefits of SSAE16 certification to our existing and future customers.”

About Data102 LLC
Data102, LLC is a Colorado Springs datacenter and IT services provider. They offer a breadth of services including colocation, bandwidth, last mile Internet and Voice over IP, virtualization, managed firewalls and hosting. For more information about Data102 LLC, visit: http://www.data102.com

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Data102 Announces Peering with Google

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Google LogoData102 is pleased to announce that we have turned up a direct peering relationship with Google, and it’s affiliated companies including YouTube. We are pleased to be able to offer a higher quality of service to our customers through this direct relationship which increases both throughput and capacity. If you have any questions about this new upstream, please let us know!

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