Planning is one thing and implementing in another in regards to your IT infrastructure. It is one of the most important decisions you will make for your business. Having a plan for your IT infrastructure can lay the foundation for future growth, blooming new business opportunities. Knowing when to scale up versus scaling out will help you set this plan effectively and efficiently.
Businesses need to grow in order to be successful, and if your business isn’t prepared for that growth from an IT perspective, it can ultimately set your business back. Scalability is a must-have for any IT environment. At some point, after you setup your initial storage solution, you will most likely have to expand it at some point. Resources such as CPU, network, and storage are common targets for scaling up. The goal is to increase the resources supporting your application to reach or maintain sufficient performance.
What really makes the use of a Colocation facility really attractive is that is synonym of cost savings. When designing an in-house data center, cost control and performance depends on not over- or under-building the facility. If you over built, resources will be wasted, these resources could be used to grow your business. Now, under building a data center has its own challenges and can be even more costly. If you run out of capacity sooner than you planned, you’ll be looking at a huge capital expense to expand your existing facility’s footprint.
By only paying for what you need, your business can avoid the growing pains and capital expenses associated with maintaining an in-house Data Center. You simply lease more data center colocation space whenever you need it and no need to wait months or years for a complex and costly construction project to be completed. As you can see a colocations facility provides you security, reliability and much more.
For expanding businesses, colocation is often more cost-effective than in-house data storage. Storing your data in a third-party data center reduces IT costs and eliminates the need for onsite IT professionals. Renting space in a shared co-located facility reduces overhead costs, including cooling and power. The other advantage is the availability of expertise to help you decide when and how to expand your IT infrastructure. Moving a business’ mission-critical data, IT resources or backup systems to a colocation data center is an attractive option for any business worried about business continuity if they are not able to access their servers.