3 Reasons to Consider Data Center Colocation

For years, CIOs have analyzed different models for housing and managing their IT infrastructures. Should they build and maintain an in-house data center, outsource the entire function to a managed services provider, or retain control over their infrastructure and lease space from a data center colocation provider?

An increasing number of businesses are deciding the data center colocation option makes sense. Data center colocation offers a wide range of benefits involving cost, flexibility, reliability, security, connectivity and more. However, the three main drivers of a data center colocation model are creating a secure primary or secondary off-site data center, establishing a disaster recovery and business continuity plan, and leveraging outsourced services such as remote hands.

A Secure Off-Site Data Center

Using data center colocation, you can create a primary or secondary off-site data center with the required level of physical security. Businesses don’t have to worry about making a huge capital investment to build a company-owned data center. In addition, you don’t have to risk over- or under-building an internal facility. With data center colocation, additional IT capacity is readily available to address fluctuating requirements.

However, physical security tops the list of reasons why businesses choose an off-site data center. Building and maintaining a secure facility requires significant capital and specialized expertise, two areas in which many companies fall short. A single security failing could have devastating consequences.

The main goal of a secure data center is to protect against physical intrusion. Therefore, a secure facility must incorporate strict access controls, surveillance systems, reinforced physical infrastructure, and documented, proven policies.

A facility also requires around-the-clock monitoring by on-site personnel. An effective monitoring system provides real-time alerts and records all activity. The security team can then respond to alerts immediately or review and analyze recordings at a later time.

A secure data center will have stringent security controls, sophisticated monitoring technology and a professional security team in place 24/7. These capabilities will provide the peace of mind you need for an off-site data center.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning 

Data center colocation provides a reliable data center operation essential for a sound disaster recovery strategy. With the ongoing risks of unplanned outages from a variety of sources, disaster recovery planning is a top priority for businesses of all sizes. Any downtime in your operation could have a detrimental effect on your company.

Rather than establishing a company-owned disaster recovery site, more and more businesses are discovering the value of using a remote data center colocation provider. When you outsource your data center to a colocation provider, you’re housing your IT equipment in a facility built and managed by experts. You also maintain full control over your hardware, software and other IT resources.

Remote Hands Service

Although you manage and control your hardware in a provider’s data center, some data center colocation solutions offer on-site professional help. You can use a “remote hands” service for rebooting servers, replacing hardware, swapping cables and performing other basic functions. With the provider’s staff available to help, your internal IT staff doesn’t have to incur the time and cost needed to make trips to the data center whenever something routine needs to be done.

The level of professional support should be available around-the-clock. Providing access to on-site help 24/7/365 is a distinct advantage for data center colocation providers.

FairPoint’s data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Businesses can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, the space can be an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and security features – including continuous video monitoring and keycard access at ingress points.

For data center colocation services that address your remote storage, off-site IT and disaster recovery requirements, consider FairPoint Data Center Services. Visit http://www.fairpoint.com/enterprise/dcs/ to learn more.

You can also download our latest infographic, “How to Choose the Right Data Center Provider” for additional information about data center colocation.

FairPoint Communications

President
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