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DRFortress on cloud storage and securing your data

Words of wisdom from Hawaii's largest data center

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Most of us are on our phones and computers every single day, but have you ever thought about where all that information goes and where those exchanges actually take place? Believe it or not, it’s not in “the cloud!” HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is at DRFortress to learn more about Hawaii’s largest data center and cloud services provider.

Based in Honolulu, DRFortress provides network neutral colocation and cloud services to enterprises, content companies, system integrators, carriers, wireless service providers, cable companies and ISPs. The mission of DRFortress is to manage and maintain world-class facilities and cloud service offerings so that customers can focus on their core business.

So what is the cloud? Fred Rodi at DRFortress says it means many different things to different people.

“A simple way of thinking of it is that it’s a network of servers on the internet that are used to process and provide data instead of local servers or PCs,” he explains. “While a lot of the cloud lives in various areas of the mainland, providers use Content Distribution Networks, a fancy way of saying that they bring the videos and websites closer to the users which prevents the spinning rings of death and slow internet experience you feel on your computer or your phone.”

For Hawaii, DRFortress hosts the Commercial Internet Exchange and is the place where telecom carriers can connect up to each other and the Content Distribution Networks to help give customers a better experience.

“Facilities like ours have multiple layers of security and electrical and mechanical redundancy,” Rodi says. “On the security-side, a lot of folks tend to talk about antivirus, firewalls, and other logical protections. What the Content Distribution folks realized was that if you didn’t have the proper physical security, bad guys could still potentially get to customer data.”

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