By now, most either know or have had experience with cloud technology.It is certainly revolutionizing the way businesses operate in the 21st century. Its applications are unlimited, but embracing all of its possibilities can be difficult without the benefit of data center colocation.
Colocation plans offer advanced solutions for network burdens by establishing a centralized location for transmitting and receiving the constant stream of information from transactions, social media, and internal and vendor communications. Many businesses find colocation services can solve their own data center limitations and problem points.
But no matter the type of business considering colocation, the most important question in any capitalist endeavor is how to incorporate methodologies that solve workplace inefficiencies and reduce operational costs without overspending on the solution. And that is never easy.
A Big Investment
Web-based businesses and those that have already purchased servers to store and process their data are ahead of the curve, but protecting that investment is important. It would be madness to purchase expensive, high-tech equipment and then allow it to transform into a useless pile of dust-covered circuitry.
But oftentimes, limited facility space relegates this crucial apparatus to enclosed, cramped areas that feature improper environmental controls, inadequate power supplies, and other detrimental influences thatare harmful to servers. The resources simply aren’t available to construct or purchase a state-of-the-art housing complex to meet data center needs. Moreover, it’s not always practical to purchase servers despite frustrating disruptions in network functionality.
Colocation to the Rescue
Colocation offers business network solutions by storing privately owned servers in a secure facility that features plenty of room to “breathe” and precise environmental controls that regulate temperature and humidity.
In addition, most provider plans will include server lease options which allow businesses to receive the benefit of disaster recovery, safe storage, possible continuity plans, and all of the other advanced IT functionality benefits of colocation without having to purchase server equipment.
Every business decision requires proper analysis and choosing a colocation provider is no different.Before initiating contact, consider the following to create accurate cost comparisons.
• What are the current problem areas?
• What is the colocation goal?
• Will it be better to purchase or lease servers?
• How much storage space is really needed?
• How long will it take to make changes to storage capacity?
Once internal goals have been outlined, here’s how to find the most cost-effective colocation plan with potential providers:
• Find out how much it will cost to transfer servers to another provider or back to the business facility before signing with a provider.
• Determine whether or not IT staff can manage business servers remotely. If leasing, can the teamtake over after the initial set-up?
• Choose add-ons wisely because services like back-up and extended support can add up fast.
• Consider sharing rack space with another business. Most providers will offer this option, but don’t forget to factor in anticipated growth. If a half rack will suffice, go for it! You’ll save money. But if analysis projects substantial growth in the next few years, prepare for that contingency.
• Where is the provider’s physical location? It can make a difference. Rural areas offer lower costs but sometimes have bandwidth limitations and monitoring and compliance difficulties. Metropolitan locations are more expensive but offer convenience and heightened security.
The answers to these initial queries can help direct the course of colocation and contain the costs of the service.