Since the trend of outsourcing has been influencing almost all business processes, it is not surprising to see a number of organizations outsourcing their data center requirements.

Management of data centers is an entirely different ball game and obviously most of the organizations feel that it is not their cup of tea. Running an on-site data center facility is a radically different activity than the core businesses of such organizations.

It is for the same reasons why many businesses seek to engage services of colocation service providers. The option of data center colocation offers an impressive array of advantages.

    

Budget friendly and cost efficient services

Establishment of an in-house data center facility is an expensive proposition. In contrast to an in-house infrastructure, a common data center facility for several organizations provides remarkable cost efficiency. Colocation data center facilities can significantly reduce cost burden of managing and maintaining an independent infrastructure of data center.

Building an in-house data center attracts significant investments in terms of procurement of cost intensive hardware equipment, maintenance of seamless power and network connectivity, cooling facilities and the cost of staffing and maintaining such resources. The cost calculations can go awry if the organization needs to further expand the in-house data center facility. Moreover, it found that the on-site data centers cannot offer the level of redundancy that is possible in a collocation environment.

Assured scalability

One can be assured of cost effective scalability in a colocation facility, since the need for additional servers or rack-space can be instantly and affordably fulfilled by server colocation service providers. However, there is a significant cost involvement to achieve such scalability in an in-house facility.

Guaranteed uptime

Reputed colocation hosts provide as a high as 99.99 percent uptime, which is often backed by SLAs. This is only possible due to presence of multiple redundancies that are developed by the hosts. This is backed by a seamlessly fault-tolerant networking facility, standby power generators, efficient HVAC systems, and uninterrupted supply of power from reliable sources.

Colocation facilities are strategically built in regions that are not prone to natural disasters including snow storms, tornadoes, or earthquakes.

Thanks to assured redundancies, customers can continue to operate their online businesses even if any maintenance work is being undertaken by hosts at colocation facilities.

Assured technical support

Colocation facilities provide an assurance of round the clock presence of expert and dedicated technical personnel to help you resolve your issues. The smart hands services offered by colocation service providers of repute include hard disk replacement, cabling, execution of physical reboots and so forth.

What’s more, some of the most established colocation providers are equipped to provide fully managed hosting services that cover maintenance, monitoring, management of operating systems, updating, trouble shooting, and so forth. It would be extremely difficult to achieve the level of management offered by colocation at in-house facilities.

Organizations IT talent can be effectively channelized for development of innovative applications instead of handling mundane tasks of patch management or server maintenance.

    

Guaranteed compliance

Thanks to growing instance of information theft and loss of data integrity, organizations handling sensitive customer information are required to comply with number of regulatory guidelines. Compliance has therefore achieved remarkable significance.

Achieving the stringent and complex standards of compliance can be an extremely daunting as well as cost intensive proposal in an on-site environment. Moreover compliance criteria are prone to be altered by federal authorities on regular basis. A professionally managed colocation service has capabilities and resources to ensure seamless adherence to HIPAA, PCI, or HITECH acts. Their compliance capabilities can also be extended to Disaster Recovery services.

Disaster recovery solutions

Events of natural disasters in recent past have underlined the need to have robust and reliable capabilities of disaster recovery for safeguarding mission critical data and ensuring quick restoration of online operations of the organization following the disaster.

Uncompromised security

There is a significant need to provide impregnable security to the data center facilities from hazards of physical or network intrusion. Colocation hosts leave no stone unturned to while implementing fortress like security measures for protection of digital assets and mission critical hardware equipment.

These measures include robust firewalls, advanced applications to defend against malware or virus and a broad array of round the clock physical security measures including armed guards, CCTV monitoring, biometric scanners, just to name a few.

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