Building and running your own data centre sounds good in theory, but are you prepared for all that entails?
First, there’s the initial cost. The average large data centre requires an initial capital investment of over $215 million, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This includes building the shell of the data centre, land acquisition, and buying and installing mechanical and electrical equipment.
After you’ve invested in the hardware and built the infrastructure – likely oversizing to account for future growth – you must factor in the cost of maintaining your facility and fixing any problems. Then there are other charges like power, cooling, network connectivity, taxes, and more.
In an ideal world, this wouldn’t be a concern. In the real world, however, your organisation might not have the time, expertise, or human and capital resources to take on a project of this magnitude.
That’s why more and more businesses are turning to colocation providers for the workloads and data they must keep on premises.
Is colocation right for your business?
The benefits of colocation run deeper than just offloading data centre management to a third party. Stuart Welsby, Director of Colocation Services at Sungard AS, touched on this topic in greater detail and explains why colocation is worth including in your hybrid cloud strategy on an episode of IT Availability Now, but to summarize:
With colocation, your organisation can scale when services are developed and consumed as needed, ensuring growth is aligned with your business strategy and reducing your total cost of ownership (TCO). You can quickly integrate technology and service advancements, like business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR), in a cost-efficient manner. And, by renting space in a third-party data centre and handing off the building, infrastructure and maintenance costs to a provider for a likely lower monthly cost, you turn capital expenses into much more manageable operational expenses.
In short: Stop playing “games” when it comes to data centre management. Make the move to colocation to gain peace of mind and a greater ability to focus on your core business.