Choosing the right home for critical apps and data extends beyond a data center’s four walls; trust, security, and the personal touch are a must.
The decision to consolidate, move and/or expand your data center is an important part of your IT infrastructure strategy, and it should include assessing hard and soft costs and benefits associated with owning your data center vs colocation from a service provider. Many companies find that offsite colocation with a trusted provider offers an attractive alternative to owning and maintaining their own data centers. Below are some of the key benefits of choosing colocation services from a full service provider instead of owning and operating your data center:
Reduced IT Infrastructure and Management Costs
Cost savings is often one of the biggest benefits of colocation. Many companies find that colocation enables them to reduce the cost of overall IT management. Colocation provides the benefit of a more predictable op-ex model rather than trying to keep up with the escalating capital expenses of building, securing and maintaining your own data center as power and cooling needs grow. Rather than invest in backup generators, UPS, and HVAC units and paying the ongoing expenses associated with this equipment, colocation lets you leverage an ideal data center environment that is scalable to your changing needs.
Increased Power Capacity and Redundancy
Private data centers can face power capacity challenges, particularly when upgrading to IT applications that require high-density power. Colocation facilities provide access to a more robust power-per-square foot ratio than most private data centers, allowing companies to leverage innovations in virtualization and high-density computing. In addition, private centers require backup in the case of a power outage. TierPoint’s power infrastructure is designed to ensure constant, uninterrupted power to your equipment. We offer a 100% service level agreement (SLA) for customers who utilize power feeds from diverse plants.
Reliability and Uptime
Your business continuity depends on 100% network reliability, which can be difficult and costly to maintain in a private data center environment. TierPoint offers multiple high-quality networking options, so you have the flexibility to choose the ideal solution for your needs in a carrier-neutral setting. Our network configurations are all designed to deliver reliability and availability.
Robust, Affordable Bandwidth
As bandwidth requirements increase with more complex applications, ‘big data’ and cloud computing, colocation becomes a more economical choice. Colocation also allows you to maintain service provider diversity and take advantage of volume pricing without having to negotiate and manage multiple contracts and service agreements. With TierPoint you can improve your network performance by having access to many or some of the largest IP backbones in the world and benefit from a cost-effective, scalable IP network.
24/7 Local Support
With colocation, your IT team has the choice of maintaining their own equipment or using TierPoint’s remote hands service to supplement maintenance and management of servers and equipment. With around-the-clock access to TierPoint’s IT experts, you have the peace of mind that a local professional will always be available to troubleshoot or assist with IT infrastructure.
Security and Data Protection
Data breaches have increased year-over-year and there’s no end in sight. With data regulations becoming stricter, and penalties becoming more expensive, a data breach can spell disaster. Colocation facilities are hardened against forced entry, unauthorized access, fire and natural disasters. TierPoint offers multiple layers of security including 24/7 onsite security, biometric and card key entry, cabinet and cage locks, and camera surveillance.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Colocating your IT infrastructure creates additional peace of mind in the event of a natural disaster, power outage, or other unexpected event that impacts your primary place of business. Colocating can ensure that your offsite servers, equipment, and applications will remain available and operational if the unexpected happens.
“Overall, TierPoint has always made us feel the most comfortable, from a support perspective. And their facilities and staff are top notch.”Justin Sauers