The cost of running your own data center to house your growing business can become a big factor in the success or failure of your business. As your business grows, so does your demands and needs. The need to provide for the growing space, power and cooling requirements needs a major assessment as to the costs and risks involved in upgrading or retrofitting your own IT infrastructure. This leads to the question as to which is more beneficial to the company: owning and running your own data center or leasing a data center space from a service provider.
Colocation offers a low cost alternative to owning and running your own data center. Colocation often brings a lot of benefits to mid-sized businesses who cannot and do not have the capability to maintain, manage and upgrade their very own data center.
What are the benefits of colocation?
The following are the key benefits of using colocation:
- Reduction of IT Infrastructure, Management Costs and Capital Savings – The need to build, expand or retrofit your own data center to provide for the space, power and cooling needs can be so costly. Colocation offers a cost-effective option to reduce infra and management costs as you need not invest in the purchase of UPS, backup generators and HVAC units and the added cost of operating these equipment. The cost sharing of the facilities and equipment provided by the colocation facility allows you to save on cost while operating with top-of-the-line facilities.
- Power Capacity – Colocation facilities can provide you with a more robust power-per-square foot ratio which in turn allows you to leverage innovations in high-density computing and virtualization.
- Redundancy and Reliability – Power outages caused by a downed power line or power surges could bring serious problems for your data. Power generators, air conditioning systems, internet access, routers and everything vital for your business are provided with back-up systems to prevent downtime even during long power outages.
- Security and Data Protection – Colocation facilities are provided with state-of-the-art security systems to secure your data and equipment.
- Bandwidth – As your bandwidth requirements increase due to more complex applications, so does your cost of trying to improve it to provide for your computing needs. Colocation allows you have all the bandwidth that you need at a low cost since you share bandwidth cost with other colocation customers.
- Increased Flexibility – Since you can opt to own the hardware and software needed by your business, you enjoy the flexibility of choosing the right equipment tailored to the growing need of your business and to grow without being limited by the continuous need to expand and upgrade your in-house data center.
- Scalability – Your business requirements fluctuate according to the demands of the market. With colocation, you may decide to increase or decrease your bandwidth, to tailor to your needs, within a short turn-around time.
- Room for growth – Without the limitations of having to spend for cost of expanding your business, you are assured of having more room to grow in the future.
- 24x7x365 Expert Service and Support – Colocation sites are staffed with expert staff 24×7 that can address your needs anytime you need it. Having it monitored 24×7 gives you the peace of mind to know that your needs can always be addressed immediately.
What is considered as the biggest benefit in colocation?
The savings in the cost of the overall operation of your company is considered as the biggest benefit that colocation brings to your business.
What physical security measures does colocation have in place to protect my data and equipments?
Data centres are provided with the following security measures to protect your data and equipment:
- Access control with the use of key fobs, secure cards and biometric scanners;
- Video Surveillance
- Fire Suppression and Alarm System
- Environment Monitoring
- Backup Power