Data Center Expansion – What Does That Mean for You?

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Data centers in the last few years have grown not only because of technological advances, but organically as companies adapt to industry changes. The fact that you spend so much of your IT budget on maintenance alone shows how necessary updates to your data center architecture are, in meeting growing demands. Here is a comprehensive look at one particular path you can take – colocation.

Location, location, location – two kinds

Many organizations have decided that merely expanding their own private data centers will not meet growing requirements. That is why many have opted to use colocation centers – offsite areas where the servers and storage you own can be placed in a rented facility. Colocation centers come in two basic forms that fit different benefits for a company.

  • Retail Data Centers - This colocation option has providers giving you the space for racks, cages, cabinets, or even a room in a shared facility. Because their equipment is in a shared space, they can get support from the provider’s staff if they have a team available. Retail providers can give you more services, sometimes similar to those of carriers.
  • Wholesale Data Centers - When you choose wholesale, you are in a sense leasing an entire facility. The company has complete control of the infrastructure, making it great for expansion and customization. The company does have to bring everything to set up the architecture, and there would be little to no response from the provider as far as tech support or maintenance – it will be all on your IT team.
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Why choose Colocation?

The reasons a company might want to use colocation are many, but here are some of the most common:

  • Power costs – Increasing power usage when upgrading your infrastructure is a challenge all IT professionals have to deal with. Colocation centers are great sources of additional power – this is definitely the case for wholesale data centers where you sometimes have limited power capacity levels allocated. 
  • Scalability – This is definitely the case for retail data centers. If you have suddenly reached capacity and need more space, for example, then you can simply ask for more space. You can then lower your costs by asking for less when what you currently use is not necessary. 
  • Location – When the data amount is region-specific, then it is important to have data centers off-site in the areas when needed. It is also a great option for driving down costs that can come from being away from a major data hub such as those in cities.

Who uses colocation centers?

Small-to-medium companies are common users of retail colocation centers as they sometimes only need incremental increases in space, or just temporary use. Companies that need more security – those in the financial and healthcare sector for example – might need the added control and protection afforded from a well-built, secure, wholesale colocation center. For example, companies that center on Internet of Things (IoT) data, use colocation centers a lot because they will need new nodes for the increasing big data coming from their devices. The switch from private to colocation The number of companies switching from private data centers to colocation centers has increased significantly in the last few years, with research showing that it will continue growing. Thanks to the help of cloud computing and cloud storage becoming more and more popular, these off-site centers will help drive down costs while giving your infrastructure more flexibility than a private center. The resources offered by colocation data centers can help maintain a strong IT profile in any growing industry.

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