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Data Sovereignty and Data Location

Once you move your data and critical business systems into the Cloud, do you know where your data actually is?

If you needed to get your data back for any reason, could you? and how long would it actually take?

How will your systems perform if they are not hosted locally?



The actual physical location of where your critical business data and systems are stored can be critical and this is why, with DC Two, you can select exactly where you want your data and systems to be stored. Currently all of our physical data centres are located in Western Australia with two sites currently online in the Perth CBD and Malaga with a third site coming online by mid 2012 in Osborne Park.

Data Sovereignty and Security

Any business considering cloud computing needs to weigh up its responsibilities under legislation including the Electronic Transactions Act 2003, Spam Act 2003, Cybercrime Act 2001, Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000, Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, Privacy Act 1988, Archives Act 1983, Freedom of Information Act 1982, and Telecommunications (Interception) Act 1979.

These and other regulations require businesses to set standards for the management of business records and customer data, both of which have come into the spotlight as companies wrestle with the legal framework around moving core business functions and applications into the cloud.

When a business decides to go into the cloud, you have to look at the sensitivity of the information and decide what level of security the cloud provider must have. Businesses need to address data security right from the start, establishing what their expectations are in terms of levels of service and expectations about ownership of the data. Courts are not likely to be understanding [of governance shortfalls] just because your data is in the cloud.

Latency and System Performance

In a network, latency, a synonym for delay, is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another. In some usages, latency is measured by sending a packet that is returned to the sender and the round-trip time is considered the latency.

There are many causes of latency in computer systems and networks with the easiest way to reduce latency is to ensure that your systems are located close to where they will be needed, or used by End Users, or at least ensure that data travels the shortest possible path. There are several other factors that come into play and sometimes, even though you may be physically close to the data, your choice of internet and network provider can cause issues. It has been known that some internet service providers servicing the local Perth market buy their internet cheap from the eastern states and any traffic on their networks will travel via Sydney or Melbourne or both before travelling back to Perth. This simple choice of internet provider can add significant latency to systems and cause big problems with latency sensitive applications such as VOIP and remote desktop.

DC Two can also assist you in designing the quickest and most cost effective communications networks to enable the best communications with your Cloud.

Recovery of you data

Have you ever considered how you might get your data back from your Cloud provider if you ever needed to for whatever reason?

Lets say, for the sake of an example, that your Cloud provider was not in Perth and you had 1 TB of off-site backup data to retrieve. Your office (and on-site servers) have been damaged from a storm (which is happening a lot more frequently than it used to...) and you need to retrieve your backup data to get your business back up and running.

Over ADSL (running at about 8Mbps which is about an average maximum), this would take about 12 days to download running all day and all night with no hiccups at all.

As a comparison, if your data was located locally, you could drive to the local shop, get a 1TB external USB hard drive, bring it to the data centre located in Perth and within a few hours have all of your data back in your possession.

Considering that most local data centre providers do not allow you to do this, you may still be stuck with the unacceptable ADSL download as your only option.

As an alternative to downloading your data as mentioned above, DC Two should be able to import your servers into our virtual platform and have you back up and running and online with your systems as they were as at the last backup and have you back online within an hour or 2. Please check with DC Two to ensure your systems are in the correct format so this can happen.


As you can see, there are several benefits in having your data and systems hosted in the local market by DC Two rather than over east or even in another country.