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Think You Need Your Own Data Center? CyrusOne Says Outsourcing is Key

November 14, 2016

November 16, 2016

In today’s fast-paced world of hyper-speed IT, there’s not an economic, strategic, or rational reason for your company to build its own data center.


CyrusOne Builds Custom Data Centers for Companies

If you’re a fast-growing cloud provider, social media firm, or enterprise company with a large IT footprint, then you probably believe private data centers are a necessity. You may even have valid reasons for wanting to build your own data center including hyper-scale IT capacity needs, more control, privacy, and do-it-yourself security.

Many large cloud and enterprise companies’ sole business model these days is to disrupt and alter the status quo — whether it’s in the sharing economy, social media, cloud automation, or financial technology. These are businesses that didn’t even exist a few years ago, so they do not cling to the old school illusion that they need to design, build, and manage their own data center.

CyrusOne employees have heard all kinds of seemingly rational explanations about why it’s important for every company to build and own its own data center. However, this approach is outdated — and CyrusOne can help these businesses achieve their goals in a more cost-efficient and expedient way.


Farming and Data Evolutions

About 100 years ago, everyone realized it was better to outsource farming to other people who could do it more efficiently. Even though many were able to grow their own crops, over time people realized that everyone’s lot in life would be greatly improved if people focused on what they do really well — and pursued it with a vengeance.

Shifting from an agrarian economy didn’t happen overnight. There were many people who held out because they sincerely believed they knew how to do it better. However, in reality, many who continued to plow their own small, inefficient fields ended up becoming less profitable.

Today, large-scale farming operations are inherently more efficient at delivering sustenance to large populations.

At the turn of the 19th century, the percentage of the U.S. population who worked on farms was more than 70 percent. Today, it’s down to less than 2 percent, yet the U.S. population during this time has increased thirtyfold.

In a similar way, building your own data center is yesterday’s model.

Yet, just like the holdouts on farming, it takes a long time to convince companies that building private data centers is not the best use of their time, money, and resources. Fortunately, there’s a better option — a build-to-suit data center.

A build-to-suit data center is a facility that’s custom designed and constructed specifically for your company according to your IT specifications. It is built by CyrusOne at one of our many data center campuses. CyrusOne owns the building once it’s complete, but your company occupies and controls your data center footprint.

While plenty of construction companies will build you a data center, it’s only in the past couple of years that data center providers such as CyrusOne have offered to build custom facilities exclusively for one customer.

Whatever your core business is, focus on that — not on data center construction and operations. Let the experts at CyrusOne build it for you.