10 good reasons why companies should outsource their Data Centers
10 GOOD REASONS WHY COMPANIES SHOULD OUTSOURCE THEIR DATA CENTERS
It’s not an hamletic dilemma, but it’s anyway an issue on every CIO or IT manager’s agenda: build, or keep, an own internal data center with all the advantages, disadvantages and especially the costs associated, or rely on an external infrastructure, outsourcing part or all the Information Technology Department?
Both the solutions have positive aspects – and it is not even said that the one excludes the other – and the evaluations may vary according to the type and size of the business. However, most companies seems to prefer outsourcing, independently from their size.
The acceleration of market changes forces companies, on one hand, to adapt continually to new changing scenarios, and on the other, paying attention to operational costs and competitiveness. And this is even more true in the context of technology, where the aging of solutions and systems is so rapid to force companies to continuous and increasing investments in facilities, hardware, skills.
Flexibility and cost control are the main reasons why companies are turning to external companies for the management of their information systems. However, they are not the only ones: we tried to list them.
1) REDUCE INVESTMENTS
The realization of a data center that respects the requirements of safety and efficiency entails considerable initial investments and subsequent frequent maintenance expenses. If the most frequent request to the CIO is to reduce IT costs, it is clear that rely on an external data center is a privileged choice: you can cancel any initial investment and absorb the cost of running.
2) FIGHT WASTES
To last as long as possible, intern IT architecture are often oversized compared to the effective use.
The result is a waste of resources, costs and consumption. The sentence “pay what you use” offered by an external Data Center, allows you – as needed – to have the necessary resources, to increase or reduce them.
3) TEAR ADAPTATION TIME DOWN
Building a Data Center may take a long time. But also updating it – buying new hardware, migrating data, installing software – in order to adapt it to the changing and growing needs, forces companies to waiting times that they cannot afford today. Relying on an external Data Center allows to immediately have what you need, reducing the gap between a new need and its resolution.
4) PROTECT AGAINST OBSOLESCENCE
One of the main problems of managing an own Data Center is how fast infrastructure, hardware and components, become obsolete. It is no exaggeration to say that just opened a data center it’s already time to implement changes. The problem of obsolescence is reduced by relying on Data Centers that provide only the best components available, and completely removed if you choose more advanced virtualization solutions.
5) ENSURING SECURITY AND BUSINESS CONTINUITY
However built according to normal security logic (even if not always), an on-premise Data Center can hardly compete with the solidity of a building, ad-hoc located, designed and built to house computer equipment, protect from atmospheric events, fire or external attacks, continuously powered without interruptions. Thus ensuring physical and technological digital data security and the service continuity.
6) MANAGE RISK
Bringing the Data Center outside the company headquarter, preferably far from it, has another obvious advantage. In the case of events that affect and limit the operation of the company, in fact, data would be safe in a separate room and immediately recoverable once regained full efficiency. That’s why the solution of an external Data Center sholud be part of a Disaster Recovery strategy.
7) ENSURE CONNECTIVITY
An essential element of a Data Center is connectivity. An external structure is usually simultaneously served by multiple carriers. This has two advantages: on one hand it protects from any loss of connectivity, guaranteeing continuity of service in case of inefficiency by one of the carrier, on the other hand it also allows to negotiate more competitive prices.
8) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXPERTISE OF A SPECIALIZED TEAM
Managing a Data Center requires professionalism, expertise, experience and know-how that can hardly be collected within a single company. Outsource your own Data Center means above all entrust to specialists the complex daily management, relieving internal resources of heavy tasks and responsibilities.
9) FOCUS ON YOUR OWN BUSINESS
The base of any choice of outsourcing services is the desire to be free from activities necessary but secondary to the core business, also for a Data Center management. Place IT equipment in an external Data Center means focus on your business, without losing control of data, systems or processes.
10) SAVE ENERGY
Finally, energy consumption. Data Center have the possibility to optimize consumption, as well as afford technologies able to reduce energy requirements, especially as regards environments cooling.
For a modern company attentive to environmental problems, outsource a data center is not only a way to reduce the energy cost from the budget, but also to apply green policy in terms of environmental sustainability.