Get the Right Data Center For Your Business
Manage your own data center or outsource it to a third party? We break down the pros and cons of each.
Make sure you have the right data center for your business
Before you consider purchasing a new data center for your business, it’s important to determine which approach is most cost-effective. Do you intend your company to manage the data center or will you outsource this responsibility to a third party?
If you’re unsure which option’s right for you, let us break it down for you.
Keep it in the family
Managing data yourself gives you more control over your hardware and software, plus you can make sure suitable security protocols are in place and being followed. It might also be cheaper than paying someone externally to manage it.
Businesses managing their own data don’t have to keep everything on-site either. You can lease a space to store your data center hardware, while you still manage it yourself. This can give your firm greater independence and flexibility without taking up valuable office space.
The downside? A remotely located data center can require more time to manage and maintain, meaning this route may be more suitable for enterprises with a small IT output.
Paying a third-party company to host and manage your data center is often the most convenient option, as long as you find a reputable service. If you’re worried about completely surrendering control of your data, you can always choose to only host certain sections of your IT infrastructure externally. This could be advantageous in the context of backup and disaster recovery, for example.
Your shopping list
When you’re ready to buy your hardware, you’ll want to consult the ‘tier’ rating. This rating runs from one to four, with tier-four products having less downtime, more availability and fault-tolerant components that guarantee better security.
It’s also important to bear in mind that power supply is critical for any data center. Advanced facilities may be connected to two separate grid sectors, so if one fails, the second will ensure the data center doesn’t lose power and all your data remains accessible and safe.
Some feature block batteries too, which keep all applications running awhile longer in the event of a power failure. An uninterruptible power supply also compensates for voltage and frequency fluctuations, protecting components from spikes and surges in power.
These machines run hot, so you’ll want to ensure your set-up has sufficient cooling and servers are installed in racks to allow the air to circulate.
If you really want to keep costs down you can always buy the right components and build your own data center. This route will be dependent on your own technical prowess, and is not recommended for the inexperienced.
The center of your business
A data center is a crucial part of any enterprise, and definitely one you’ll want to get right. Do your homework, explore your options and invest in the right set-up to keep your company running smoothly for years to come.