While using colocation services at a data-center are becoming more common every day, many businesses still choose to host their services in-house. What are the top 10 reasons a business should make the move to a local data-center and use colocation services? InfoQuest, a provider of colocation services in Pennsylvania, provides some of the main reasons businesses move to a colo facility.
InfoQuest provides mission critical data center colocation with convenient access from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, New York, and New Jersey.
1. Design and Infrastructure
Colocation facilities are built to specific specifications and standards to meet the needs of today’s high-tech hardware. Datacenters are built with conditioned power, cooling (HVAC), Generators, security systems and many other factors that can cost millions of dollars. These systems are monitored by professionals 24/7/365. Businesses can take advantage of this instead of trying to host their own equipment in a less than desirable location.
2. Risk Management
Having your data at a secure off-site location is a great way to manage your own business risks if you are hosting your primary data at your office location. Many businesses use datacenters as their “disaster recovery” location so they can recover from a major event at their office. Many businesses also choose to use the datacenter as the primary location and their office for backups and recovery. For certain types of businesses it is a requirement to produce a full disaster recovery (DR) plan to show how they will recover data they are hosting for their clients.
Datacenters are built with redundancy in mind. This means that most centers have N+1 redundancies built into the key infrastructure like power, cooling, bandwidth, and networking. At many standard office locations it may not even be possible to implement this type of redundancy, and when it is the costs can be extremely high.
Bringing in 100 mbps of bandwidth might be hard at an office location. Try bringing in a full 1 gbps or 10 gbps and it could be impossible. Add a redundant line from a different provider and I think you can see how the costs start to pile up. Datacenters have large bandwidth pipes and they receive connections from multiple providers. This provides you many benefits for a fraction of the cost. Use the datacenter’s economy of scale and you will get better service for less cost in most cases.
Datacenters by are build to be secure by nature. Datacenters are protecting millions of dollars of hardware and have many security features built into them when the center is being designed. For example, a datacenter may have biometric or key card access and regulated entry into certain parts of the building. Datacenters also have 24/7/365 security camera surveillance and staff on-site protecting the equipment. It is hard to get this level of security from a standard office building and when you add in certain security certifications your clients may require datacenters are usually the best option.
6. Compliance and Certifications
Many businesses attempting to do in-house hosting may overlook certain certifications their clients may require. Many organizations need to prove they are protecting the data they host and an audit may be required to prove this. Datacenters already hold these certifications and this can save businesses thousands of dollars per year. Certifications like SSAE16 Type II, PCI, HIPAA, and Safe Harbor are just a few of the items that may be required when hosting a customer’s data. Hosting at a colocation provider can make the process of being certified much easier by allowing auditors to review certifications at datacenter.