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Data Centers for Enterprise: Boldly Go Where No Centers Have Gone Before

April 26, 2017

Bigger companies have bigger problems. It goes with the territory. These enterprise-based challenges permeate all aspects of an organization’s structure, processes, and perhaps most importantly, asset storage, accessibility and security. Many enterprise companies have explored and even constructed their own proprietary data centers. However, with the advent of apps that consume vast amounts of bandwidth, extreme fluctuations in fluidity of data, and continually evolving regulations for data center construction, cloud service providers are breaking past traditional thinking and exploring new possibilities in data centers for enterprise level companies.

How does cloud enablement empower you?

Because enterprise companies face a unique set of complexities, you must look for data centers that offer best-in-class security, compliance, flexibility and scalability. You need a data center that can both adapt to your bandwidth needs, and also drive ROI for your business’ goals. Cloud enablement puts you in the driver’s seat. Enterprise hybrid cloud solutions enable you to better manage your workloads and move easily between data centers to reach both public and private clouds. Enterprise data centers should offer custom cloud solutions that include cloud-based disaster recovery platforms to ensure business continuity.

Build vs. Lease. May the best data center option win!

Some of the world’s most innovative cloud service providers are migrating from build-your-own data centers to build-to-suit data centers. And for most, if not all, enterprise companies using a one-stop shop for large-scale, flexible and future-proof data centers is the best way to go.

What does it mean to select a future-proof data center? Well, for starters, while predicting the future is spotty at best, being prepared for the future is the next best thing. Through direct connectivity and colocation services you can instantly scale your bandwidth and gain granular control over your usage, and in turn your budget. Some data centers offer a pay-per-usage fee, which is highly preferred by any enterprise company dealing in large volumes of data.

What types of centers should you consider?

Whether you have a unique building project or a custom match of space-to-needs, make sure your data center partner offers the flexibility to cover a wide range of project types.

o Ready-to-go Colocation Space – These are typically 30,000 to 60,000 square feet of full- and half-data halls. They provide the ability to right-size the power, cooling and connectivity based on specific business requirements.

o Powered Shells – Being able to lease a powered shell is a great way to avoid many difficulties and costs associated with designing and building a data center. The power shell should reside in a secure campus environment and provide all the power, water and fiber to meet access, stability and infrastructure criteria.

o Greenfield builds – These data centers are built from the ground up based on each enterprise company’s individual specifications. Since these data centers are brand new, they enable deployment of the newest designs and technologies.

Be in the know about your industry.

Data center needs greatly vary by industry. From strict regulations to technology certifications and even physical location site selection, you and your teams need to pay close attention to the details and the differences.

Industry Specialization
o Technology – In order to accommodate the scale and speed at which Internet companies are growing, the data center must be dynamic.
o Finance – Data center solutions must enable banks and other financial organizations to connect multiple operation sites cost-effectively and securely.
o Healthcare – Adoption of new technologies with volumes of digital data have prompted health IT firms to outsource their data center needs.
o Federal – The data center must fulfill the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and meet government compliance mandates such as FISMA and NIST.
o Retail – As retailers leverage big data to stay close to mobile consumers and optimize e-commerce shopping options, the data center must support a growing number of IT infrastructure and system applications.
o Energy – Best-in-class data center solutions require specific energy-industry expertise to reliably support software applications and multi-terabyte data volumes behind critical energy activities.
o Entertainment – Data centers must revamp their digital supply chain and use Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and cloud computing to augment and evolve.

Make a calculated decision.

You may find this Build vs. Lease Analysis Tool helpful in weighing your options. It uses industry average costs with your input to provide a cursory assessment.