What are your top business priorities? If your company is like most, you want to attract new customers, keep spending under control, make money and stay in business. Today, that means using information technologies to maintain, grow and meet compliance.
It can be an expensive headache to build, maintain and match a mission critical data center with current and future needs.
That’s where colocation data centers step in. They do what they do best – building, deploying and managing an up-to-date and flexible IT infrastructure – to let your business focus on what it does best.
So what are some of the reasons for choosing a colocation data center? Let’s look at five:
Sure, you could build your own data center, complete with all the latest bells, whistles and disaster-proof systems. But it’s going to cost you plenty before you ever fire up your first server. Google can afford to shell out $1 billion to $2.5 billion (its estimated cost to build and expand a single data center in Iowa) and more to build a future-ready, state-of-the-art facility, but most companies don’t have such deep pockets. By putting your equipment into an existing colocation center that someone else has paid to build, you can save a significant chunk of change from Day One.
Redundancy, Redundancy, Redundancy
With multiple telcos built into colocation facilities, redundant bandwidth circuits are aplenty. As well in carrier neutral facilities better prices can be negotiated, based on much of the upfront cost having been incurred already and a healthy dose of competition.
A reputable colocation provider will provide far more than four walls, a roof, electricity and network connectivity. The best colo centers will also ensure you of uninterruptible, concurrently maintainable power supplies and backup generators, multiple network connections and several layers of physical security, in short, all the critically important redundancies needed to ensure your systems keep running as they should, no matter what.
24/7 Monitoring and Support
With around-the clock professionals on hand to monitor systems and security, a colocation center saves you the need to hire and manage your own 24/7 staff. Depending upon the type of colo provider you choose and the type of agreement you sign, you might also be able to rely on its staff for managed, cloud, storage or other specialized services.
Service Level Protections
A good colocation center will stand behind its services and guarantee that it will meet specific performance requirements … or pay for failing to do so. While no service is 100-percent fail-safe, a reliable provider with solid service level agreements can deliver considerable IT peace of mind for your business.
Room to Grow
The one thing almost no business can afford to do today is stand still. A dependable colocation provider can deliver just-in-time inventory you need as your information technology requirements evolve over time.
While a colo center can offer all of the above benefits and more, the key is to do your homework when searching for a provider, ask plenty of questions and make sure the service you eventually choose can reliably meet your needs … not only for today but well into the future.