Regardless of industry, most companies now depend on technology to power their business. Even if you’ve built an IT infrastructure, you’ll have to decide how to scale it as you grow. One way to ensure that your technology grows with you and does not become obsolete is to outsource some, or all, of your data center equipment and services. For instance, even if you have already built an onsite data center, eventually you will need more space, support and will want to take advantage of newer technology. You could keep your data center in-house and expand your facilities, or you could explore the benefits of three types of outsourced data center services: Colocation hosting, managed hosting, or private cloud hosting. When you evaluate these options, you should consider your budget, capacity, flexibility, and security needs.
- Colocation is a smart choice if you already own the IT equipment you need and want to maintain control of software decisions, upgrade cycles, and your server hardware, while reaping the benefits a colocation services provider
- You can benefit from your provider’s experience. Colocation providers offer knowledge and expertise that help you maintain your equipment and respond to problems without having to increase staff or allocate additional resources.
- Building a new or expanding an existing data center to house your IT infrastructure as your business needs grow is significantly more expensive and time-consuming than partnering with a colocation services provider. You could run into roadblocks in the form of constraints such as limits imposed by building regulations, or electrical supply sufficiency. Additionally, by storing your equipment in a separate facility from your company location, you potentially gain some benefits for protection and recovery in the case of disasters such as power outages or severe weather events.
- Colocation allows you to separate decisions about expanding or moving your office space or business location(s) from your data center space needs. Doing so will give you more choices and greater flexibility to meet your location needs as your company grows.
- Managed hosting allows you to take advantage of your service provider’s investment in equipment rather than purchasing your own. You can benefit from their focus on maintaining current technology with dedicated support staff, allowing you to focus on your company’s industry, products, and services.
- You can lower your costs with managed hosting. Purchasing services is often far less expensive than building a data center from scratch and buying and maintaining your own IT equipment and infrastructure.
- If your company is growing rapidly, managed hosting services providers can be better positioned to keep up with fast-changing technology. Managed hosting services often offer hybrid solutions using both traditional data servers and cloud services. Providers can better keep up with multiple cloud technologies rather than limiting your business to one option and the need to regularly evaluate new offerings in the marketplace.
Private cloud hosting:
- Cloud hosting service providers offer benefits from their economies of scale, which frees up capital and resources to invest in your primary business rather than in support operations.
- If you need flexibility in your IT solutions, private hosting allows you to customize your cloud to meet your needs. Whether it’s platform type, disaster recovery, or high security, these services offer cost-effective and efficient choices.
- If you are in an industry that has specific compliance or regulatory requirements, private cloud hosting can be an excellent choice. For example, healthcare companies must comply with electronic protected health information (ePHI) and HIPAA regulations. HIPAA private clouds can help those companies meet and maintain necessary data protection standards.
To discuss any of these services, contact our experts to talk about your needs and how we might be able to customize a solution for you. We have helped many organizations develop a hybrid IT infrastructure using a cominbation of these data center services.
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