Do you know where your data goes when you put it in the cloud? The “Cloud” is physically stored on servers in massive data centers all over the world. Cloud Service Providers like Preferred IT Group partner with major data centers to ensure that your company’s data is completely secure. Unlike public Cloud services (like the free versions of DropBox or Google Drive), private paid-for services offer higher security and reliability.

These major data centers house thousands of high-performance servers, which means they are capable of storing massive amounts of data. This is great news for your small business because it means that you don’t need to purchase more data storage than you need.Instead of buying a server for your office and only utilizing a portion of its storage capabilities, you only pay for what you use. Additionally, you now have access to the high levels of physical and technological security provided by these data centers that you wouldn’t have in your office.

For instance, the centers are equipped with chillers and air-handling equipment to provide precise control over environmental conditions. If the air outside is too humid, for example, the servers won’t be affected.

There are multiple safeguards against power outages, as well. Firstly, the data is backed up every 6 hours, in every data center (and your data is duplicated in all 3 centers). Next, an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) makes sure that the servers have a continuous power source in the event of a short-term disruption. Think of this like a battery backup. Lastly, there are emergency generators that will provide backup power in extended outages. These generators run on fuel reserves, so your data is safe even in the event of a natural disaster.

Data centers don’t just protect themselves against power outages, though. There is also an advanced monitoring system which allows them to know instantly when there is an issue with one of the servers.

In addition to this monitoring system, there is strict physical security to prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your data. Most data centers employ security guards inside and outside of their complex. The centers are monitored using cameras and integrated alarm systems. Lastly, the employees are required to use two-factor authentication, including a biometric scan (like fingerprints or retinas), to gain access to the data center.

Trust us when we tell you that your company’s data will be safe in the Cloud. There is no higher level of security available when it comes to your information.So, how much is your peace of mind worth?