13 Aug 2015
In order to keep up in this hyper-competitive world, a business needs to run as effectively and efficiently as possible. With more companies going out of business each day, running effectively is not only important but it is increasingly becoming critical. It is especially critical for smaller and medium sized businesses to maximize efficiency because of their limited resources as compared to large conglomerates. To be resourceful, the businesses need to focus on their core competency and outsource the rest. Even though it may be very tempting to save additional expenses by doing everything in-house, outsourcing basic business tasks can be a clever and cost-effective leadership approach.
As data and applications grow more and more important for SMBs, the decision to opt for outsourcing can be a major hurdle to cross. When it comes to IT resources, it is always better to rely on dependable IT partners as trying to do it on your own may backfire and critically damage the efficiency of your business. Moreover, setting up IT infrastructure can be costly, time-consuming and incur recurring maintenance costs since a server requires uninterrupted power supply, backup, cooling methods, dedicated staff, security etc., everything adding to overheads, making outsourcing more palatable.
Data, being the brain of the company, it can be a daunting decision to opt for outsourcing the safe-keeping of the data and other critical resources. In simple terms, colocation denotes to the practices of using professional data centres to lease or rent server equipment, which allows businesses to control their hardware and software within a protected facility offering power and cooling to protect against power outages. Opting for a colocation service lets you take the advantages of low latency, better bandwidth, high security, better system efficiency, and it is much more cost effective.
Here are few essentials for businesses to consider before deciding on a colocation facility:Colocation Service Provider
Location is a very important element when it comes to deciding on a colocation service provider. A business can either opt for an off-shore location or a datacenter located nearby depending on the business requirements. Always keep your long-term goals in mind when opting for a location, after all a decision to choose a colocation partner is a huge decision and the location should serve the purpose.
Flexibility and Scalability
The decision to go with a colocation provider is definitely a long-term decision and a provider which doesn’t provide you the option for flexibility and scalability may prove detrimental for your business in the long run. Check for the availability of additional connectivity and space to ensure that your provider can scale with your business with time.
Before making a decision, always consider the financial ability of the colocation provider. It may be very tempting to opt for a cheaper colocation service however, investing in a data centre is a long term process and involves a lot of time and cost. It is always best to opt for a reputed colocation provider which can support you for few years as you wouldn’t want to go through the hassle of spending time and money only for your colocation provider to fold their business the next year.
Although most colocation providers would be built taking into account the weather conditions of the area, it is always better to double check everything. Check if the datacenters are located in an area which is not prone to hurricane, flooding, earthquake and the likes.
Reliability is very important. Choose a service provider which comes with recommendation. In datacenter industry, reliability is measured as uptime and a good ball-park for a reliable provider is that it should have 5 9s (99.99%) uptime.
When it comes to business, very few things are as or more important than time. Having a colocation partner which understands and respects your time and provide a clear timeline for the infrastructure deployment is significant.
In case of any technical difficulty, does your provider leave you in lurch? If your colocation provider is too difficult to get in touch with through phone, email or in person, you should get rid of such provider as soon as possible. Always ensure that your colocation provider has qualified professionals to help your business in technical difficulty regardless of the hour.
Security is a vital element when it comes to opting for a colocation provider. Choose a provider who will provide you high redundant facilities as well as good physical security measures to ensure maximum protection for your data and other resources.
A right colocation provider can really help you soar in your business and help your organization stay agile. Netrouting can be a right fit for you as it offers colocation at reliable and secure locations with no-break N+1 power and cooling infrastructure, backed by emergency diesel generators. With TIER1 powered network connectivity for optimal availability and performance, Netrouting guarantees a solid 99.99% uptime SLA on all services offered.