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Top 10 Reasons for Data Center Colocation
It can all start with a near miss. Something goes wrong in your data center and you realize just how bad it could have been. Maybe you don’t dodge the bullet, deal with the consequences, and dread the thought of it happening again. What if your insurance company points out weaknesses in your server room that will be either expensive to fix or expensive to cover, or you face an audit and can’t “check all the boxes.” It’s that feeling of vulnerability and the realization that “pretty well protected” isn’t enough.
The real issue is how protected you need to be. You can lock the doors and install redundant servers in your on-site data center, but what if the walls are breached? A lot of users today have critical applications that need to be protected against the worst-case scenario: fire, or flood, or a tornado that takes out the entire building. Even if you build a redundant data center across town, something like a widespread flood or wandering tornado could easily take out both locations. And, ironically, sometimes even your safety measures can be a problem; someone burns the popcorn in the break room microwave, which sets off sprinklers that take out the data center.
How do you know if your business needs an off-premise or disaster recovery data space?
1. Do you need to reduce your IT costs?
2. Are you experiencing performance or availability issues with your critical business applications?
3. Is real estate and power consumption a concern?
4. Are you experiencing high operational cost?
5. Is your network prepared for the high bandwidth and quality demands of modern business applications?
6. Is your business growing?
7. Has it been more than five years since you have refreshed your approach to your Data Center/Disaster recovery plans?
8. Are you currently working on a plan to consolidate and virtualize your data?
If you answered yes to some or all of the questions above, then an off-premise or disaster recovery data space is the solution for you. It is a space you can move right into without having to build it from scratch. Users can put the servers they need at whatever size and configuration they require and either be in full-time operation or be ready to take over operations if something goes wrong. It will offer many power options to meet their specific requirements and allow configuration with as much Internet access as needed. And it lets you maintain control while freeing up valuable real estate in your own facilities. According to Account Executive, Curt Pemble, an off-site data center “could be your primary home, or it could be your secondary home, all furnished and ready to move into if something happens at your primary residence” with raised and concrete floors, redundant power, redundant cooling, top-of-the-line access control and fire suppression. Each data center is a bunker, and if the worst happens, this is where I want to be. Services are flexible. In most locations users can lease a third of a cabinet, a half, full, or several cabinets and manage their servers as easily as if they were in the same room via switched Ethernet of MPLS.
“Reliability is key in our business,” says Susan Adolphsen, vice president of Croft Trailer Supply in Kansas City, MO. “By collocating in the Consolidated data center, I don’t have to worry about as much now. My customer service experience at Consolidated has exceeded my expectations … I would recommend Consolidated because they have great customer service, innovative and reliable products, and are committed to the community.”
Consolidated Communications Data Center Service can provide a backup site for a customer wanting to maintain a primary data center on their own premises or customers can move all their servers to Consolidated Communications data centers. Our diverse data centers, combined with our expansive transport network, provide a resilient, feature-rich and cost effective server hosting solution. Learn more.