HIPAA Compliance Final Rule goes into effect September 23, 2013. This white paper discusses the challenges to overcome with HIPAA in IT solutions to support Healthcare initiatives; which include roles & responsibilities for safeguarding PHI, PHI breach, service provider controls, and physical security controls.
This whitepaper was crafted to aid in the discovery of the benefits found in working with hybrid providers, and assist in building successful partnerships. This document also delves into the benefits of outsourcing to third parties, such as how organizations gain access to expertise and scalability that would otherwise be extremely difficult to maintain in-house.
The primary purpose of a data center is to provide a reliable place to operate IT infrastructure such as servers, storage, switches, and more. While energy efficiency, security, aesthetics and other factors can be important, the basic, most important requirement is reliability. This white paper examines ways to predict data center reliability and focuses specifically on Tier IV in the Uptime Institute’s Data Center Quality Tier structure.
Authored by ViaWest’s Dave Leonard. This whitepaper examines energy efficiency in data center design and shows how those design choices produced a data center that is 80% more efficient than traditionally built data centers.
Did you know that between 2011 and 2020 the amount of information created and replicated will grow by a factor of 50? The explosion of big data mandates finding the right storage solution. Learn more in the new whitepaper, Selecting the Optimal Storage Solution: Data Storage Technology authored by ViaWest’s Jim Surlow.
Cloud computing is gaining traction as companies discover the benefits of tapping into multi-tenant, hosted resources whether software, platforms or infrastructure. Among those benefits are affordable access to enterprise-class solutions, predictable cost structures and rapid scalability. But there are many types of cloud computing, and different models fit different businesses. When choosing a cloud provider, it may be wise to enlist your existing data center service provider to deliver a cloud services environment that suits your specific requirements. For example, the ViaWest KINECTed Cloud provides immediate, on-demand access to infrastructure, processing, storage and networking resources with a hybrid cloud service model. ViaWest’s hybrid approach enables companies to leverage their existing datacenter services and add on cloud services tailored to their business needs.
Cloud computing, by its very nature, mandates that an IT group relinquish a certain degree of control, which is an uncomfortable and unnatural act for an IT department. So, why the unrelenting push towards cloud computing? One major contributor is that, unlike most new technologies associated with IT, cloud buzz is coming from, among other sources, the C-Level executives. At this level, corporate efficiency czars have realized the potential for the cloud to reduce costs, including labor costs.
This whitepaper showcases how a hosting provider can assist companies in achieving regulatory compliance. It also provides a methodology for evaluating different hosting providers to determine which ones are capable of supporting and simplifying the compliance process.
Choosing a managed hosting provider is a critical decision for most companies. From small to medium-sized organizations up to the largest enterprise, putting IT infrastructure (or critical pieces of it) into the hands of someone else is a decision that requires extensive due diligence and investigation. Choosing the right hosting provider can improve speed to market, reduce costs and simplify a function that can trouble the most experienced IT managers. Choosing the wrong provider can result in unexpected downtime, hidden costs and in some cases can even lead to a company’s insolvency.