Offsite Storage - Bandwidth Capacity Planning
Remember, offsite storage requires a fast Internet connection 'out' to the Internet. Although your existing connection may seem speedy for use in the office, the ever increasing amount of data that companies accumulate means that sending out full backups nightly could be far more volume that you think.
Many Internet providers (Comcast being the most notorious) sell 'assymmetric' Internet connections to business customers. These connections are designed for residential use, which means very fast download speeds, but slow upload speeds. Review your current Internet connection, and make sure you know what the 'upload speed' is.
The basic rule of thumb we use to determine how long it takes for your backups to get 'pushed out' to our offsite storage facilities is:
Note: This is a conservative estimate that allows for network overhead and latency.
For daily replication: You want to ensure that your data backup can be transferred in a maximum of four hours. In order to accomodate your future needs, we suggest that your initial offsite storage implementation target a one hour transfer time.
For weekly replication: You want to ensure that your data can be transferred in a maximum of twelve hours. To accommodate your future needs, we suggest that your initial offsite storage implementation target a six hour transfer time.
2010.11.01 Digital telephone & PBX services expanded
Over the summer of 2010 OpenAccess has rolled out digital telephone service for ourselves, affiliated companies and a few customers who were willing to be 'guinea pigs'. Overall things went better than we expected and we are now opening up our digital telephone service plans to more customers.
2010.10.21 IPv6 Transition
OpenAccess will be having a mid range time line for adoption and implementation of IPv6. As most people know who are reading this, there is a certain 'chicken & egg' problem with IPv6 in as much for any organization to move to IPv6 requires that other organizations have moved to IPv6.
2010.07.15 NAS.COM wholesale VPS and WebHosting services
This fall, OpenAccess will be re-purposing the 'nas.com' domain name to provide VPS and WebHosting services, primarily wholesale to web developers. If you have an e-mail address @nas.com, or a personal website located at http://www.nas.com/~yourusername, those services will continue be supported although we will not be accepting new accounts.
2010.02.22 Joomla auto install wizard now available.
Due to popular request, we now have a Joomla auto-installer available on our newer cPanel® servers. This allows customers to quickly and easily install Joomla on their website. The auto-installer is available under the 'site software' section in the administrative interface of your webhosting account.
2009.10.25 OpenAccess begins internal testing for Windows 2008 Server hosting solutions.
OpenAccess is happy to finally be able to announce that we are beginning internal testing of cPanelŽ/Enkompass as a platform for our customers to be able to deliver Windows(c) 2008 Server solutions on.
2007.09.26 Changes in paper billing system.
Effective January 1st 2008 we will be doing what most of our competitors have been doing for years and adding a $1.00 surcharge for paper invoices.
2007.05.30 New web servers in production.
In May we got two new web servers in production. These machines are based out of our facilities in Seattle and were needed as we have about hit capacity on our existing webhosting infrastructure.
2007.03.15 Additional nationwide and global network capacity added.
OpenAccess is glad to announce that we have put into production a new circuit providing us with direct Tier-1 nationwide and global Internet transport.
2007.01.17 Verizon DSL speed upgrades complete
Today we did the work to convert all NAS.COM customers over to our faster connection into Verizon. Everybody should be seeing performance increases.
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