Transitioning from managing data in-house to outsourcing within a data center can prove to be very cost-effective for businesses. By taking on the responsibility of data management internally, businesses are tasked with managing all major variables and expenses independently, which can be both time-consuming and distracting in maintaining everyday business operations.
Colocation service plans are a comprehensive package, providing built-in benefits such as support, security, redundancy, and connectivity at either a bundled or reduced cost compared to on-site hosting. Additionally, by outsourcing, businesses can be assured that their information will be stored in a resilient and reliable environment, so unpredictable variables such as hiring additional security staff, costly equipment maintenance, office migration, or power outages will be eliminated. By utilizing colocation for IT outsourcing needs, businesses regain the ability to focus on core initiatives and resources more efficiently.
A carrier-neutral data center provides a broad range of connectivity options for colocation customers. That extensive connectivity is a key benefit of colocation, and it’s one of the main reasons why companies undertake a data center migration rather than building their own private facility. In addition to the sizable cost of building out the physical infrastructure for a private data center, new cabling would need to be laid down and integrated in order to connect the facility to leading service providers. Those connections can be quite expensive, especially if a provider has to expand its infrastructure to meet the facility’s needs. In many cases, the benefit simply isn’t there, which can leave a private facility beholden to a limited number of providers and creating the risk of vendor lock-in.
With multiple internet service providers, network services, and cloud platforms to choose from, colocation customers can easily build the network infrastructure that meets their specific needs. Thanks to cross-connections and hybrid/multi-cloud architecture, companies can fully optimize their workloads for improved speed and functionality. Colocation facilities offer easy connections to leading providers through an exchange marketplace, allowing their customers to consider a variety of options when crafting their data center migration checklist.
Improved network security
Companies want to know that their data is being guarded and monitored 24/7. Colocation providers are answering the call for tighter and smarter security by employing up-to-the-minute protocols in both physical infrastructure and cybersecurity.
Multi-layered protocols for physical security start with location: Colocation data centers are typically located a strategic distance from their clients’ headquarters. Add to that an on-site IT support team that’s monitoring the security of your technology assets 24/7 and preemptively reporting any irregularities. Other physical security measures can include electronic access cards, vehicle access barriers, 24/7 camera monitoring and more, bolstered by ongoing upgrades in personnel monitoring, physical-attack prevention, and fire detection and control.
Colocation data centers also employ cutting-edge cybersecurity protocols including next-generation firewalls and an offering of managed backup services, which ensure the restoration of both physical and virtual data in case of disaster or loss. With massive corporate data breaches on the rise, you might want to seriously consider making data center colocation the cornerstone of your company’s own disaster recovery plan.
Service and support
Most companies that choose colocation use their own technicians, sending them to the datacenter for maintenance or emergencies. Because of this many companies choose to have a certain degree of redundancy built into the infrastructure, so the technicians don’t have to drive to the datacenter for every hardware component failure. It is also usually possible to hire remote hands at the datacenter to replace a defective part, on a pay per use contract.
Colocation services provide companies with the scalability that they wouldn’t have in their own server rooms or data centers. In a colocation set up, you can expand quickly and seamlessly. Most large colocation facilities offer direct connections to many of the cloud providers who often cohabitate within the same data center campus. This makes it relatively simple to scale within a hybrid data center model. Additionally, using colocation offers better control over fixed costs and long-term IT budgets, so it becomes easier to grow without breaking the bank.
Colocation allows you to expand your infrastructure to fit the needs of your company’s growth without having to take on capital expenditures. If you’re company grows, your IT infrastructure can expand to support it quickly and with less investment.
Colocation can also be a step toward cloud migration. If your company is looking at cloud computing in the near future, colocation provides a smooth transition by allowing you to move your equipment to an offsite facility with increased capacity and performance to support business needs while ensuring a smooth cloud transition.