Should you outsource your data to a data centre?

17th July 2020

Digital & Social | 3 minute read

When a company expands, and it starts to handle more clients and data, server management can end up taking a back seat. Sometimes a company will expand far more quickly than anticipated, so monitoring the money they are spending on cooling and electricity for their servers exceeds their initial budget.

Internal data servers are also huge consumers of physical space. Even as a company grows, whether that be in reputability or the number of clients and staff, the workspace might not change for a very long time as this is particularly expensive. So, if you’re running out space, time or budget, a data centre could be the ideal resolution for you!

 

Lower costs

When you outsource your data to a data centre, you don’t need an in-house infrastructure. That alone saves money, but also not needing dedicated staff to manage its operation further reduces the running costs of the company. If you’re working in a smaller office space or operating on a less-flexible budget, outsourcing your data to a colocation centre will be significantly less expensive than building a new extension or making budget cuts in other areas.

 

Safety compliance and regulations

The environments that pass as safe and legal for a data centre will have most likely have different criteria to a standard office space. Due to various health and safety risks, your staff would require additional training. If you chose not to do this and opted to hire specialised staff, you would have to be prepared to up your staffing budget. This isn’t a viable option for some companies, so opting to use a qualified colocation centre will save you plenty of work, time and unnecessary expenditure.

 

Decreased risk of downtime

In any business, it’s well-known that every minute counts. If your servers ever go down, you could find your productivity in the meantime lowering very quickly, meaning a resultant rush to make up for lost time when they’re up again, creating a stressful working environment. Externally, the delays caused by this will most likely cause problems elsewhere with clients; nobody likes a missed deadline. Dedicated data centres that are well-funded and well-managed will have a significantly lower risk of downtime, especially due to having higher-end electrical power storage and faster access to specialised IT.

 

Provides distance 

In correlation with the above point, downtime is not always a technical fault. Downtime can be caused by natural disasters, area-centric power outages or fires. Although rare, these things do happen so it’s useful to have some of your data operations stored somewhere else to negate, or at least mitigate, the risk of experiencing notable downtime.

 

Overall, outsourcing your data to a data/colocation centre saves space, money and time. We highly recommend it to businesses that are struggling to keep on top of the demands of an internal infrastructure.

If you’d like to see what services are available in your area, click here:

https://www.datacentermap.com/united-kingdom/

 

Author: Franki Timms, Account Executive

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