Relocating Your Data
As the cost of IT infrastructure rises, more and more businesses are considering relocating their data into a 3rd party facility. After all, the information is core to your business mission, but the maintenance of the equipment and their special requirements probably isn’t.
So as you begin looking into colocation, there will be various themes trumpeted at you: you’ll save money, you’ll improve reliability and security, and you’ll find it easier to scale up and down. Most of the information you’ll receive will be geared around your concerns about these issues.
But what about some of the lesser-known issues about colocation? Here are five things to consider.
It’s not just that competition is good– sometimes colocation centers do have good deals with a single provider that’s just as good as the rate you could get on the open market. But you also need to consider what will happen if there’s a carrier outage. You’ll have redundancies in place for everything else– why not this?
Once you’ve colocated, there are a plethora of maintenance tasks you can outsource to the facility, rather than having your own IT personnel drive out to do routine upgrades and backups. So keep this option in mind when you’re researching your colocation facility.
It’s not unheard of for IT companies to fold up with little notice. A colocation facility is a pretty good anchor, but it might also be bleeding money. So make sure to do your due diligence on the colocation providers you’re considering. Do they have history? A good reputation? A large customer base? The point of colocation is to reduce your IT headaches, so choose wisely.
Planning for the worst can sometimes mean the difference between surviving, or not, for a company. If your data and technology infrastructure disappeared tomorrow, where would you be? A colocation facility with a comprehensive disaster recover plan is a good start, but you might want to consider full remote mirroring for your data. Even though it’s an extra expense, it’s the fastest and easiest way to get up and running again after a major catastrophe.
Security and Compliance
Keeping up with security practices and regulatory compliance is a full time job. There’s also the difficulty of getting compliance from employees who might not understand the need for such procedures. But at a good colocation facility, they live and breathe security. And many offer compliance expertise in their suite of services.
Too much to consider? How about scheduling a call with ColoAdvisors to walk you through the process?