The data center industry is booming. And as more and more companies look to undertake digital transformation, they have an important choice to make: create their own on-premise data center or rely on colocation services. Colocation is when you rent space inside an existing data center to house your own physical servers and network infrastructure. The colocation market is expected to explode over the next few years—but why? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits colocation has over on-premise data centers.
It's cheaper than on-premise
Maybe the most obvious and appealing reason to use colocation is the fact that it can save you a lot of money. This can be especially important for smaller or newer businesses that simply can’t afford to build their own data center. Instead, sharing the cost with other “colocators” gives you access to cutting-edge data center technology you otherwise couldn’t afford. Imagine having the power of a big IT department at your disposal but without the huge personnel costs. No building or leasing new real estate means potential huge savings for companies that don’t need warehouses full of servers—yet.
The company that leases your data center space makes its livelihood off of these services. (They may even have their own server space within their data center.) So it’s very much in their interest to make sure the security employed at their facilities is second-to-none. This includes physical and network security architecture designed to protect against all forms of breaches and intruders alike. You can assume security cameras, security personnel, keycard access and fencing are all standard and designed to keep your data safe.
Downtime is minimized
One of the most costly circumstances you can find yourself in is a service outage. Power issues, server failures or anything else that can disrupt the services you offer customers can be potentially catastrophic to your revenue, even if the downtime is minimal. Thankfully there’s an answer: redundancy. Data centers offering colocation services typically rely on redundancy to guarantee uninterrupted power, internet connection, security and temperature management.
Of course, perhaps the most reassuring feature of most colocation services (especially in emergencies) is the professional IT support staff monitoring the center at all times. They can handle troubleshooting and network security issues, as well as preventatively addressing what could become system failures or service outages. By off-loading a large portion of support responsibilities to your colocation data center, your IT staff can prioritize other projects, which could allow you to shrink your headcount and save even more.
While colocation may not be for everyone, there are plenty of benefits for SMBs looking to shrink costs and their hardware footprint. For data center questions, talk to Ingram Micro’s data center experts. Contact Samuel Alt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Vermiglio at email@example.com.