Housing an in-house data center can be expensive, especially since the shift from individual servers to networked systems. It’s like owning your own home, where you are responsible for all of the costs, maintenance/repairs and security. For these reasons, many companies are choosing colocation services to house their data centers.
A colocation facility provides an offsite location for companies to house their data, with specialists on duty 24/7 to deal with any emergency system failures or security breaches. There is also a huge gap between most in-house solutions and colocation services when it comes to power. In-house data centers are often only equipped with the bare minimum (an average cooling system and a small back up power source), while colocation service providers offer diverse power feeds, multiple generator systems and onsite fuel reserves.
The big questions when it comes to data center colocation is whether to go local or long distance. If your business is based in a major metropolitan city, the main advantage to going local is that you can use your team to manage everything private, and control the day-to-day business operations. However, if you are in a disaster recovery zone, you would want your data center to be significantly further away. This allows you to easily “flip a switch” to transfer data from your local headquarters to a location unaffected by the disaster (hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc.). Ultimately, the deciding factor for going local or long distance with your colocation facility, is where the largest Internet pipes are located. You’ll notice that most colocation facilities pop up outside of Washington D.C. or near military bases, where the government has a big presence.
While some organizations see the Cloud as another viable solution to colocation, it does not provide a fully auditable system, nor the ability to have full control of an organization’s infrastructure. With a colocation provider, a business does not have to spend valuable budget on storage bills. It is drastically cheaper to store information through colocation services than it is in the Cloud. While cost savings alone make colocation appealing, there are many additional benefits, like: sustainability, scalability and security.
Here are four benefits of data center colocation:
Colocation facilities are now designed to not only accommodate current regulations and standards, but also predicted capacity requirements, while simultaneously reducing operating costs by incorporating aisle containment structures. One solution offered by many experts in the field is to use scalable or modular designs. The aisle containment structure is gaining popularity because it meets all of these goals by providing an infrastructure that is easily repeatable and rapidly deployable.
- Sustainable Infrastructure
Data center colocation services help businesses reach their full potential by not only providing cost savings, but also sustaining and providing an excellent business infrastructure. Colocation provides access of power, delivery of power and efficiency of power. You’re basically buying the best of breed solution for power, connectivity, bandwidth and latency. Colocation facilities focus on the data center and network services, so your company can focus on the bottom line.
Colocation facilities have the necessary resources to maintain high levels of security, more so than company. They continuously upgrade their facilities to ensure all of its tenants’ data is protected and secure through: personnel monitoring, physical attack prevention and fire detection and control.
The two major points of cost efficiency are capital expenses and operational expenses. With colocation, a business does not need to worry about purchasing land, deploying latency, managing power or security. The cost to expand a date center can be steep, which is why many businesses opt for colocation solutions.
The cost benefits of colocation make it possible for businesses to not only expand, but save money while doing so. Because colocation is a multi-tenant arrangement, other businesses help distribute the cost to by “sharing” space. This also allows a company to afford proper security measures, and keep its data protected. Data center colocation drives cost down, while maximizing a business’ potential.
Whether big or small, any business can reap the benefits of colocation. It allows for businesses to connect globally, instantly and securely all with minimal cost to your company.