In today’s challenging environment, many businesses are reaching a serious decision point: should they upgrade an existing facility so it better meets current and future IT demands, or should they partner with a Houston colocation provider?
A business arrives at this juncture under various scenarios, some of which include the following:
- Limitations in a physical location cannot deliver the required performance levels. The facility may be running out of existing space and cannot meet growth demands.
- The existing infrastructure cannot support the new applications and services the business wants to deploy. The business may have reached the limits of its server capacity. Or, additional capacity requirements might have pushed power and cooling requirements beyond what the facility can support.
- Time and budget constraints prevent a business from making a significant upfront investment. Most businesses move to a colocation model primarily because of the financial benefits. Instead of spending tens of millions in capital expenditures on a new or upgraded data center, businesses can partner with a colocation provider and incur predictable monthly operating expenses.
- Key services, such as availability and business continuity, need improvement. A business may require better response times after a failure. It may also want to create, enhance or lower costs for a disaster recovery solution.
The business may also want to take advantage of distance for business continuity purposes. By moving to a colocation facility in a different geographic area, businesses can avoid threats, including weather and substation issues, affecting a corporate location.
- A business doesn’t have the space or infrastructure to create a test and development environment. Moving this function to a colocation facility allows independent operation from the main facility.
- A business requires improved responsiveness for latency-sensitive applications, such as ecommerce, financial services, video conferencing and content distribution. Locating these applications closer to end users can improve performance.
- The physical security capabilities of an existing facility can no longer protect the business sufficiently. Threats to critical information systems are escalating and few businesses can invest in the level of security offered by top colocation providers. A colocation provider eliminates the effort and expense of deploying military-grade security.
According to several industry analysts, colocation has become an attractive option for a number of businesses. 451 Research believes more businesses should consider colocation for the financial benefits alone. In addition, Frost & Sullivan has found fewer organizations are building their own data centers — although the total data center space used by businesses will increase, the percentage of space businesses actually own themselves will decrease.
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