With the rise of technology, we’ve seen outsourcing become mainstream for businesses today. Whether it’s marketing, customer service, or IT services, strategic outsourcing can save companies time, resources, and money. When it comes to IT outsourcing, integrating colocation as part of your small to midsize business’s IT strategy allows you to offer big savings and powerful protection. Let’s take a look at five reasons colocation should be part of your IT strategy in the coming year.
Scalability With a Simple Phone Call
Scalability is always a concern for growing businesses. When companies manage their on-site servers, scaling up can be a big process, often requiring more office space and greater financial investment, along with additional IT staff. Colocation services take the work out of scaling up. When you integrate colocation into your operations, scalability of space, security, and internet access is possible as quickly as you need it, without any added hassle.
Dedicated Security Measures
Safety is, of course, a major concern these days. With data breaches and security threats becoming an all too frequent occurrence, smart companies of all sizes are laser focused on security. Colocation services house data in secure, offsite data centers. Security measures often include camera systems, biometrics scanners, access codes, and other technology. Best of all, these innovations are rolled into a business’s plan for one price. Small to midsize business owners no longer need to purchase, learn, and maintain separate security features for the protection they require.
One Easy-To-Track Payment
Typically a company must make separate payments for data usage and extra storage, making fast and accurate budgeting challenging. With colocation services, your costs involving space, power, and internet access are grouped together. Colocation makes budgeting for other needs easier, even when bandwidth overages occur, because it can all be tracked together.
Whether it’s a power outage, natural disaster, or equipment failure, downtime can have a negative impact on business operations and overall reputation. However, providing built-in redundancies for on-prem environments can be expensive and will require knowledgeable staff to manage. OnRamp’s colocation services provide blended bandwidth, to help businesses maintain continuous Internet connectivity, as well as redundant power, cooling, and backup systems—ensuring interruptions are a thing of the past.
Better Performance at Lower Cost
Colocation facilities are located offsite, typically outside of congested urban areas. The facilities can negotiate highly competitive rates for both power and Internet services; offering better speeds and performance right from the start. Additionally, the redundancy built into colocation facilities can drastically reduce or eliminate downtime. Thus, businesses using colocation services can enjoy consistently fast Internet speeds, with little to no downtime, at lower costs.
The OnRamp Difference: Remote Hands Support
Tech-related issues happen at all hours, with differing degrees of complexity. Your in-house IT team may or may not have the level of expertise required to solve complex problems. When a tech-related issue occurs during off-hours or is outside your team’s proficiency, your operation could suffer downtime or the expense of overtime. Or both. Which not only impacts business operations but can be costly.
While most colocation services provide support and redundancy services for electric power and Internet, some, like OnRamp, provide remote hands support with an experienced support team to monitor servers day and night. With these providers, a simple phone call is all it takes to receive help. For IT professionals and the companies, they serve, this is a level of additional service and security that’s often hard to beat.
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