Running own data centre for storing or hosting own data and information is not the preferred choice for most businesses. This is because of the fact that the entire arrangement and set-up is costly, on one hand, and time consuming, on the other. Another aspect of self-managing internal data centres is that the IT resources in the company are used in managing and monitoring colocation hardware. In case, your organisation is contemplating about expanding business globally, especially in strategic geographical locations colocation services are the best ones available. If a business needs to grow in a new location and at the same time has to adapt to changing technological needs, colocation services are the best ones.
There are certain questions that unmanaged or managed colocation services or consultants ask customers such as their specific needs of colocation, their estimated growth prospect, the number of servers needed to be put inside cabinets, power needed in supporting those servers, and so on. While making the decision of moving ahead with colocation is the first step, the need for unmanaged or managed colocation is the next step to decide upon. The answer to the second question rests upon an IT organisation’s strengths as well as weaknesses. Does the IT organisation have enough IT manpower of managing the colocation services after managing the core business areas? This thing needs to be considered before making the proper choice. If strength of the IT staff is less, the organisation must go for managed colocation services.
If you are still contemplating the idea of managing colocation services with the help of your internal IT team, just answer these questions below –
If you are unsure about colocation, it will be easier to think it as an office that needs to be managed. A colocation arrangement, to be simplistically put, is an office in a data center. However, in place of the humans working in an office’s cubicles, the colocation centres have servers that are put in different cabinets or rack spaces.
When a business maintains an IT team internally, the main aim of that team revolves arounds working on stuff that strengthen the bottomline of the company and generates more revenue. This means that the core activities (including deploying of software) are the main concerns of IT teams. By appointing managed colocation services, businesses can take the additional burden off the internal IT team from managing colocation or the peripheral works of the core businesses.
When you avail the managed colocation services, you essentially add additional services including remote hands and media rotation that allow staffs of data center provider in conducting hands-on works, which an internal staff would have been required to do in case of unmanaged colocation services. When availing managed services of a colocation facility, you essentially don’t need to send an internal IT staff to the data centre every time a cable is moved or the device needs checking.
Colocation is the perfect solution when you are unsure whether to invest in sophisticated IT infrastructure, especially in this constantly evolving and fluctuating global economical scenario. With colocation service, you get cutting-edge data centre infrastructure with all kinds of arrangements (be it surveillance, raised floors, cooling, etc.) and that’s too by paying for the rack space only and nothing else.
With managed colocation services, the onus of problem free running of the colocation service rests upon the service provider itself. Otherwise, the business in question would have to use an employee from its internal IT team to run the services smoothly. This is where the managed colocation services surpass the unmanaged ones because you get the managed service at fraction of cost of employing an employee full time.
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