To Colo or not to Colo…that is the question. Fortunately, the answer to this one is easy!
By Mark Wulff, VP of Marketing & Sales, CoreSpace, Inc.
Let’s compare your Data Center to water….yes…water. Clearly, both are essentials most businesses can’t live without. Yet, few businesses would trade the cost effective and hassle free existence of being on a public water system for the stress of managing their own septic tank. Instead, we much prefer to pay the experts a small usage fee to deliver the water service.
Very similar in theory is the argument of why using a Colocation Provider versus building an in-house Data Center is an obvious answer……use the professionals…save money…save the hassle!
To circumvent drastic and expensive data center outages, and save on a host of other Data Center-related expenditures, many cost-conscious businesses are turning to safe and secure Colocation, a practice of housing your server equipment and vital internet-related software in a shared, pre-built space specifically designed to promote continuity and scalability while protecting your data 24/7/365.
How does Colocation work?
Data Center buildings are specially designed and constructed with the necessary power feeds, UPS systems, generators, and advanced systems like cooling, fire suppression and security to store and protect your servers.
The hardware still belongs to you, but you get a cost advantage of only paying for the space and power you need, giving you the flexibility to quickly scale up or down depending on the demands while eliminating the need for extra costs like a highly trained IT staff or ongoing maintenance.
How can Colocating my Data Center save me money?
Having the same level of control over your server equipment without the stress of supporting its continuity and complex systems, all at a fraction of what it would cost you to build or maintain even a small on-site Data Center are just a few benefits of Colocation.
- Certifications – The SSAE16, PCI, and HIPAA are just a small sample of the certifications that reliable locations already hold that can save your business thousands per year.
- Security – Protecting the millions of dollars worth of server hardware from theft and natural disasters through using the most up-to-date security features like biometric systems, high tech surveillance systems and on-site staff that most standard office buildings can’t touch.
- Scalability – Be it an overload on the building’s power or the launch into a new city, Colocation helps you instantly grow and move as fast as your business without any of the upfront costs associated with building out new in-house centers.
Ultimately, if you are not a company that requires in-house access to a Data Center, you’re wasting money not letting a Colocation center take the reins. Focus on your core competencies like running your business, not running your Data Center.
CoreSpace is a leading IT Infrastructure Services firm based in Dallas, TX.