By Kyle Christopher
Have you considered all the resources you are devoting to the maintenance of your data center? A true data center that houses your mission-critical data and business applications in a state-of-the-art environment is more critical than ever. However, your data center also requires retention of highly skilled employees as well as space, cooling, power and physical security. Colocation facilities provide space, cooling, power and security for your server, storage and networking equipment, with a minimum of cost and complexity.
If your business is finding your data center to be a cost-center, colocation could be a great option for you. Here are a few of the immediate benefits of colocation.
1. Capital Savings
Reliable facilities that will house the data and applications your business needs are costly to build and maintain. In addition, the ongoing expenditures of in-house facilities will most certainly limit growth, slow your productivity and distract from your core business. A colocation center has already invested in top-of-the-line hardware, which allows you to share the costs normally associated with owning and operating storage facilities.
2. Cost Control
Businesses are constantly looking for ways to reduce operating expenses. IT departments are equipment and personnel intensive. By outsourcing your storage facilities, you can devote these resources to your core business, while knowing that your data and applications are secure. Moreover, budget guesswork can be eliminated by establishing fixed fees up front.
A quality colocation facility provides redundant services to ensure near 100% uptime. In addition, a dedicated data center will have back-up systems for power generators, cooling systems, routers, Internet access and anything else that could impact your business. This will prevent downtime, even in the event of a power outage.
Not all colocation are carrier-neutral, but many are, which can allow you to negotiate the best rates from various carriers. In addition, by housing your data and applications in an off-site colocation facility will provide you with the flexibility to grow without being limited by physical space.
Dedicated colocation facilities provide state-of-the-art security systems and dedicated security personnel to ensure the safety of your equipment and data. When researching colocation facilities, you’ll want a data center with controlled access, which includes logs that record all access and possibly closed-circuit television monitoring.
Near-100% network uptime is possible because the colocation facility can be managed at all times. Sophisticated monitoring devices warn of potential issues before they can cause a real threat. Trained, dedicated staff can effectively make corrections and enhancements as needed.
Only you can decide whether collocating your data center is the right move for your storage infrastructure. However, we are available to help you weigh your options. Considering colocation? Reliant can rent storage or other hardware to help you avoid downtime during a move AND buy back assets that are left over after the move. Cash strapped? Imagine renting a 50TB storage array for 3 months to test a critical migration, rather than buying a new system. Want creative ideas? Contact us today to consider your options.