- Data Center Outsourcing
Data Center Outsourcing
- By A. Nutt
- Published 12/25/2008
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Due to financial and other restrictions, many businesses have turned to data center outsourcing. There are quite a few advantages to it. Although there are advantages to having an in-house data center, you may be quite surprised at the fact outsourcing can reduce overhead, therefore reduces cost.
Where did it come from?
Private data centers started springing up as a way to tell businesses, 'Hey, we have something affordable that you can use.' Basically, they let the business know that they had a service that the business needed. They showed how outsourcing a data center was more practical than the business having to maintain the equipment on their own. It also keeps the business from having to maintain a staff to take care of the data center. It is definitely a full-time job and it takes more than one person to manage a data center. That also adds to the responsibilities and worries of the business. In other words, that is just that much more that can go wrong.
Any business that is already managing their own data center can tell you how much stress is involved. If the data center fails, then their business will fail. That is unless they have some sort of disaster recovery plan that allows them to carry out their business functions. However, any data center meltdown can be quite
When you outsource, the company managing the data center will most likely have more backup methods than what you can imagine. If there is a power outage, theyíre going to use generators to keep you up and running. If one generator fails, then they have another one to back that one up. They also have individuals constantly maintaining, monitoring, and fixing any issues with the data center. That means youíre going to experience a seamless feed of data as you need it. The data center could be experiencing issues, but you would never know it because they have enough back up methods to ensure you will have no major issues.
The overall advantages
The advantages are pretty evident. In-house data centers just do not have the reliability and the economic feasibility as off-site data centers. There is already too much going on under the roof of the business. The business must focus on the overall function of the business. Having an in-house data center just adds too much to the plate.
So by having an off-site data center where there is a whole other staff that takes care of its operations, youíre able to focus all of your resources on your business. You donít have to waste any of your resources on something that others can take care of for you for a good price. There is no getting bogged down with details. It all makes financial sense for your business. If it doesnít make financial sense to you right now, think about having to purchase the equipment, maintain it, and hire a staff to take care of it. That in itself is something that you shouldnít do if you donít have to.