Posted by: Renodis
IT assets, Networking
Will your in-house data center solution stand up to power, weather, or security issues? It can be challenging for mid- to
enterprise-sized businesses to find the right Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation solution. Options range from a complete outsourced-managed solution to building out your current in-house data center. Colocation, which is having your equipment housed at a third party’s data center, fits right in the middle of the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation spectrum. Colocation has become a popular choice for businesses that are looking to the “cloud” but are not in a position to implement a fully managed environment today.
If your strategy is to build out an in-house data center solution, you need to consider the long term costs and restrictions. Some of many challenges you may face if you decide to keep your data center in-house include: space limitations, lease expirations, unstable power, and lack of protection from weather and security. In-house centers tend to be antiquated, restricted and in the long run very expensive from a direct and indirect resources perspective. This is why colocation has proven to provide businesses with a variety of benefits that no other option can provide.
So, here are 5 Ways Colocation Can Redefine Your Business and deliver multiple benefits to your IT/Telecom Environment.
How Colocation Can Redefine Your Business: #1 – Mid-Size Businesses Gain Access to IT/Telecom Engineering Support
The first benefit colocation provides is unmatched support from certified professionals. Colocation facilities provide CCIE level support staff around the clock. Rarely do mid-size businesses have the financial flexibility to support an IT staff that is 24×7 or have the training and expertise to manage such an environment (customizing a solution to meet the needs of the business can be challenging so leaning on engineering support is key, paramount for success). With so many different back-up and redundant configurations, having resources assist with customizable solutions can make the transition to cloud/colocation invaluable.
How Colocation Can Redefine Your Business: #2 – Reduced Energy Consumption
Hardened data centers have a greater opportunity to reduce overall levels of energy consumption. Improved efficiency not only reduces the total amount of power the entire data center uses, but also decreases the total costs for businesses renting cages/space/racks.
How Colocation Can Redefine Your Business: #3 – Scalability
One of the most challenging issues for businesses is managing space for their physical IT assets. In-house data centers quickly become outgrown as businesses continue to add resources. Colocation allows for businesses to rent only the space they need with the ability to grow on demand. Colocation provides your business the ability to scale as needed.
How Colocation Can Redefine Your Business: #4 – Improved Infrastructure
Colocation centers are built from the ground up which allows them to utilize IT friendly designs. This includes multiple layers of redundancy to ensure continuous uptime and clean working environments that ensure servers are always operating as efficiently as possible. Most colocation sites are also weather-proofed buildings to mitigate weather related risks.
How Colocation Can Redefine Your Business: #5 – Access to Carrier networks
Colocation centers offer businesses a multitude of carrier networks to choose from. Many different flavors of providers and solutions are available which drives down the bandwidth rates. Multi-carrier environments also provide diverse access options to add yet another layer of redundancy.
So Now What?
While there are numerous options available to handle your Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation needs, colocation is one source that offers you all of these benefits. If you are uncertain where to go and what to do next, keep in mind there are many resources available to assist with nailing down strategy and putting together a plan for your business.
Jonny Wright is an experienced industry expert in Telecom Management and Enterprise Account Manager at Renodis.