The vast majority of smaller business that actually go so far as to set up their own server tend to keep it in a spare cupboard or stuck on a shelf somewhere. And for the most part this tends to serve purposes just fine, but is at the same time a less-than ideal solution in any business environment where data is valuable…that applying to about 99% of modern businesses. The more reliant any business becomes on technology, the bigger the impact when said technology throws a tantrum. From power cuts to router failures and right through to physical damage, there are so many ways in which the server you rely on can put an immediate and huge dampener on your day/week/life. Which is precisely where data centres come into the equation, which essentially represents the same server-based solution without any of the usual attached risk? Often known as cloud networking, the server itself is physically housed elsewhere in a sizeable data centre that’s protected with and backed up by more cutting-edge security and safety features than a hundred conventional businesses could muster up. This comes not only in the form of high-end hacker-prevention software and algorithms, but also the way in which most such centres are manned 24 hours a day, every day – the same not being said for the average small business. These days, the world’s leading data centres rely on fibre networks to deliver the most consistent and blisteringly fast service imaginable. This means no slowdowns, no lockouts and no chances of ever being held back by the speed (or lack thereof) of a substandard server. By implementing multiple high bandwidth and geographically diverse fibre connections, the data centre is still able to go on running even if one or more of its primary physical external network connection sources are severed for any given reason. What’s also interesting to note is the way in which to use a fibre powered data centre as a primary hub for data storage is not only an affordable choice, but could actually prove to be way cheaper than what’s considered to be the conventional. The reason being the way in which it immediately eliminates all costs associated with the purchase, maintenance and general upkeep of hardware – it’s all owned and operated by a third-party partner.