Today, most businesses are critically dependent on access to their data. Do you have a tested disaster recovery plan? Where’s your business in the data center life cycle? Are you controlling the costs of your data center, or are they controlling you?
Before investing in a costly retrofit of a legacy environment or hastening your data off to the cloud, ask your IT team if a colocation might be the best-fit for your company’s technology resources.
The cloud is a smart choice for many small businesses, but it’s not a one-size fits all solution. Yielding your business’ most fundamental asset – your data – to a single provider leaves you acutely dependent on an external source. Research shows that the cloud is a losing choice financially for large corporations, and enterprise cloud computing still poses many unanswered questions as far as data protection, performance, and availability. At the end of the day, the cloud is just someone else’s hardware in someone else’s data center – and you have no control of either.
Colocations are a solution for businesses looking for freedom from the expanding costs of operating an onsite data center – without surrendering control of their data, equipment, and virtual environment. More and more companies like yours are seizing the great benefits of housing their hardware in a specialized environment designed to deliver optimal efficiency, availability, and high security for critical systems.
At Victory Technology Center, we’ve embraced innovative new technology like source cooling, utility-grad power metering, and biometric security. We’re raising expectations of efficiency, delivering high availability, ensuring unparalleled disaster recovery features, and leading the next generation of data center colocations. We’re a Victory for your business.
Advantages of a Data Center Colocation
Key Considerations When Selecting a Data Center Solution
Availability & Performance
Availability & PerformanceRedundancy is both the highest priority and the highest cost of a data center. Because of this, owners often find that their desired availability-level for their in-house data center is not financially feasible. Colocations are able to achieve higher availability levels and offer better performance at feasible rates by leveraging the economies of scale of providing services to multiple tenants. In addition, colocations often undergo the audits and compliance testing that organizations require to validate their performance levels. Clients can then leverage these certifications and compliancies without the added cost and responsibilities.
Disaster RecoveryData Center owners are responsible for developing, testing, and managing their own contingency plans and emergency resources. They often find that their organization’s actual business continuity plans are a far cry from their organization’s desired plan due to budget constraints. Colocations typically deliver disaster recovery as part of their overall service. Based on the colocation provider’s tier level, the facility design may far exceed the company’s in-house abilities even at a generous budget.
Support & Management
Support & ManagementFrom building to migrating to operating, data center environments put high-demand on both IT and Facilities resources, and require highly-skilled teams. However, the effective inter-operation of these disciplines is critical to a data center’s longevity and success. Balancing the cycles to properly support the data center environment against conflicting IT projects and Facilities initiatives is challenging. At colocations, the right team is dedicated to supporting the data center 24x7x365. For the colocation team, ensuring the integrity of the environment and meeting availability is always their top priority. By utilizing a colocation, organizations relieve their IT and Facilities teams of this additional function. These teams can focus on their critical projects and other department functions.
SecurityBusinesses must invest heavily in network and information security in order to protect against the 24x7x365 risks of today’s technological world. Organizations that manage their own in-house data center also carry the added cost and management responsibilities of electronic access control and physical security. At a colocation, the facility manages electronic and physical so clients focus their financial and human resources solely on their critical network security.
Cost & Expenses
ConnectivityOwners of in-house data centers will pay premiums to have multiple onsite carriers, high availability services, network redundancy, and delivery diversity. They are also often limited in options and are restricted in their flexibility to change providers in the future. At a colocation, multiple carriers are attracted to build into the site at their cost in order to provide their services to the multiple onsite tenants. Clients are benefited with more options at lower costs, and find it is easier to switch carriers or modify services.
EfficiencyDeploying high-efficiency facilities and infrastructure equipment is costly upfront, but a high PUE will be very costly to your long-term operations. Colocations strive to be as efficient as possible in order to keep their operational expenses low. These facilities typically invest in the best and highest efficiency equipment on day one. Clients reap the benefits of high efficiency without the expensive upfront investment. With high efficiency equipment and a low PUE, clients’ equipment is optimize for best operation and will see a longer life.
Capacity & Scalability
Capacity & ScalabilityFew organizations realize that their most expensive real estate is inside their data center racks. It is costly and time consuming to expand or consolidate a data center. It’s easy to oversize and waste space or HVAC capacity, but it’s just as easy to undersize and hinders future projects. Poorly planned or managed capacity can mean costly expansion projects or wasted infrastructure investment. At colocations, providers manage capacity. They also offer the modularity and flexibility for clients to scale their footprint on demand.
Build Times & Deadlines
Build Times & DeadlinesBuilding a new data center or retrofitting a legacy one requires extensive planning that can be delayed by FTE cycles, budgets, etc. Colocations deliver service on-demand at established facilities. In addition, clients’ IT teams have the perk of a “greenfield” for their deployments. Teams are able to focus on new project and initiatives to push the organization forward instead of being bogged down by a retrofit.
Buzz About Colocations
What's Being Said About the Industry?
“Colocation is said to provide a cost-effective alternative for companies looking to moderate spending on new data centers… Scalability, security and maintenance are factors that make colocation a cost-effective business model.”
RCR Wireless News
“Colocation, an alternative to traditional in-house data center approaches, allows businesses to benefit from the economies of scale that come from sharing power, cooling and data center floor space with other tenants, while still allowing each user full control over the equipment.”
“With colocation you have the option of adjusting your amount of data center space as needed, paying only for what you use. As a result, you won’t have to worry about the costs of building a new facility, or wasting space in your current one.”