Virtualization Cloud Services | Quartet
500-214 King St W, Toronto ON, M5H 3S6
+1 416-483-8332

Hosted Servers

A Canadian hosted cloud with redundant backups,
multiple disaster recovery sites and near instantaneous recovery times.

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We house our virtual servers in two high security facilities that are over 100km apart.  We own all the equipment and maintain strict control over who has access.  We exceed the disaster recovery requirements of the financial services and health care industries.  We will custom design a server/data replication plan to meet your disaster recovery requirements and compliance obligations.

We scale hosted virtual servers depending on your needs. Most organizations tend to go through a cyclical trend where they overspend and over-provision their IT infrastructure, with their needs quickly catching up to their system’s set capabilities, thus starting the cycle of overspending and over-provision all over again. Our solutions add more resources as required and only when required. We are interested in meeting your exact needs and upgrading if those needs change. Unlike many of the competitors, we don’t force you to buy massive bulk packages. We’re looking for a tailored and specific solution to solve your needs now.

Technical Insights

Are you considering the Public Cloud or the Private Cloud?

Features of public clouds, such as Amazon EC2 and Rackspace:

  • Utility Model – A pay-as-you-go model, where you pay by the hour for the computer resources you use. This is an economical way to go if you’re spinning up and tearing down development servers on a regular basis.
  • No Contracts – Shut down your server after only 2 hours of use, perfect since you’re paying by the hour.
  • Non Complainant Shared Hardware – In this multi-tenant environment, your server shares the same hardware, storage and network devices as the other tenants in the cloud. Meeting compliance requirements, such as PCI or SOX 404, is not possible in the public cloud.
  • No Control of Hardware Performance – You can’t select the hardware, cache or storage performance (SATA or SAS). Your virtual server is placed on whatever hardware and network the cloud provider designates for you.
  • Self-Managed – with the high volume utility model, self-managed systems are required for this business model to make sense. The advantage here is for technical buyers who like to setup and managed the details of their own servers; the disadvantage here is this is not a fully managed solution.

The majority of public cloud deployments are generally used for web servers or development systems, where security and compliance requirements of larger organizations and their customers isn’t an issue.

Features of the private cloud:

  • Security – Because private clouds are dedicated to a single organization, the hardware, data storage and network can be designed to assure high levels of security that cannot be accessed by other clients in the same data centre.
  • Compliance – With dedicated hardware, server and network, Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI and HIPAA compliance is much easier to achieve.
  • Customizable – Hardware performance, network performance and storage performance can be specified and customized in the private cloud.
  • Since you’re receiving dedicated resources, private clouds are not pay as you go. This means that they generally work best for mid to large-sized enterprises who have strict security and compliance requirements.

The last option is a Virtual Private Server (VPS). It has all the compliance issues of shared resources similar to the Public Cloud, but at the cost of a Private Cloud. In our experience once people realize the inefficiency of this model they almost always switch to a proper Private Cloud.

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