When it comes to budget for IT infrastructure, the needs of a business can easily shift. Maybe your business is scaling up, maybe your IT team needs to shift its focus to core operations, or maybe you are simply finding that it’s time to reevaluate the way you are allocating your expenses. As you explore options to better use your funds, you are likely weighing the benefits of one service over another.
How can you know if colocation services are right for your company? Consider these factors when performing a cost-benefit analysis of colocation.
Colocation Offers Scalability
Colocation can serve as a cost-efficient solution if scaling up or down is on the horizon for your business. With colocation you have the option of adjusting your amount of data center space as needed, paying only for what you use. As a result, you won’t have to worry about the costs of building a new facility, or wasting space in your current one.
Colocation Facilities Provide Security
Rather than starting from scratch to fortify an in-house server room, with colocation you immediately gain the security advantages of a data center dedicated solely to protecting its equipment. Measures like bulletproof mantraps, a physical perimeter protected by two-factor authentication, and 24/7 closed-circuit monitored video surveillance all contribute to a high level of physical security to protect colocated equipment. Additionally, if you are dealing with regulations like HIPAA, having these types of securities already in place can make compliance that much easier.
The Benefits of Location
In the event that on-site operations are disrupted, having protected data off-site can be extremely beneficial. If data on-site is compromised, the cost will come as business downtime, or even data loss. Colocated equipment, however, will remain up and running, thanks to factors like a data center’s high level of redundancy with multiple internet connections and redundant power access. For this reason, colocation can add an extra level of risk management, helping ensure that you stay online.
Cost Savings of Colocation
Predictability is one of the most important factors when it comes to successfully managing expenses. Colocation offers cost savings by providing a more predictable model for operating expenditure, reducing the cost of management as well as providing stability, since colocation eliminates the upfront costs that come with building a new facility or maintaining one over time. Keeping pace with changes in technology is a necessary part of ensuring top performance, as is the maintenance of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), backup generators, network, and more. Using colocation, companies can cut these costs, avoid the hassle, and allocate these kinds of savings elsewhere, all while equipment is housed in a secure, state-of-the-art facility.
Saving Support Time
With the availability of on-site specialist expertise, troubleshooting in the rack becomes faster and easier. By choosing a colocation provider that offers remote hands support for networking, hardware, operating systems, and virtualization software, your technical support team can focus on other operations, leaving the inside-the-rack work to those on-site and ready to help round-the-clock.
If your business is considering outsourcing the storage of all or a portion of our IT infrastructure with a colocation provider, we’d love the opportunity to discuss your specific needs. Contact us today!