There are plenty of reasons why an organization may be swayed towards colocation. For starters, the business might want greater reliability and built-in disaster planning. In other cases, a growing need for more data capacity, improved physical security, and better control over costs might prompt the decision.
Whatever the reason, colocation is steadily becoming the preferred choice for companies that are tackling complex data center needs. Below, we detail the top five reasons why businesses choose to adopt colocation solutions.
1. Improved Reliability
Reliability is the first and foremost concern for companies looking to adopt colocation. After all, there’s a steep cost when a business allows mission-critical processes and equipment to go off-line. Colocation addresses many of the power, network, and cooling continuity issues often faced by companies using on-premises solutions. In addition, in many cases, colocation makes lack of redundancy issues a null and void conversation.
2. Built-in Disaster Prevention and Recovery
There are two types of data loss that many data-dependent companies fear most:
- Data losses caused by cooling loss, connectivity failures, and power interruptions, and
- Data corruption caused by a variety of human actions–either accidental or malicious.
Colocation providers are proactive: they have comprehensive disaster prevention and recovery plans with built-in redundancy featured on all critical systems. These plans are often more comprehensive than what an in-house, on-premise team would devise.
3. Increased Storage Capacity
If companies want to add data storage on-site, it usually means that something must be sacrificed in order to do so. In most cases, companies must relinquish office space, lease additional square footage, or build facilities simply to expand their storage capacity. Colocation solves many of these challenges while lessening the burden of managing critical data.
4. Stringent Physical Security
Another benefit of colocation is that it offers drastically improved security over many other solutions, including on-premises data storage.
Most colocation centers offer stringent multi-layered physical security as well as video surveillance to reduce the security risks potentially posed by outside personnel. Thanks to the use of trained in-house maintenance personnel, fewer outsiders need physical access to the facility’s servers and data.
5. Reduced Costs
Do more with less. This mantra has been the adopted mission for countless IT departments across a variety of industries, and it holds especially true when it comes to the costs associated with data storage.
With colocation, companies reduce power consumption, lower equipment cooling expenses, and decrease costs associated with dedicated technical support. In addition, companies may see a diminishing of network and systems engineering costs based on economies of scale.
Contact eXemplify today to learn more about how colocation solutions can improve your company’s bottom line.