As big data continues to explode, many more enterprises are having to make a decision: partner with a colocation provider or go it on their own, building and operating their own data center. For many companies, this can be an intimidating task. And the benefits of colocation, of course, include taking a lot of burden off the corporate facilities themselves.
But according to a new white paper from Server Technology, this can often also “leave the IT side of the house bearing the brunt of the responsibility for maintaining uptime of critical infrastructure while concurrently minimizing OPEX.”
So what’s the right choice for your enterprise? The report weighs this question in detail — and there’s no simple answer, as modern data centers are some of the most complex facilities around. In fact, costs for building a hyperscale data center can run into the billions — not a cost many enterprises are prepared to shoulder. That said, despite the difficulties, there are still enterprises that are choosing this route, Server Technology pointed out in the report. These companies “flying solo,” Server Technology said, are mostly those for which IT is a profit center rather than a cost center. Building your own data center can also provide more flexibility in ways of controlling expenses versus occupying colocation facilities or using public cloud infrastructure.
But there are two sides to this coin. The report also explores the alternate option: choosing to place your data center assets at a colocation facility. This can be a logical step for many IT-centric and “IT-reliant” companies. The benefits of colocation include the fact that the money that businesses may have been spent building their own data center can instead be focused on core aspects of growing and running their businesses. Today’s colocation providers are likely to also have access to efficient infrastructure and potentially more interconnect, bandwidth and redundancy than most individual enterprises are willing to invest in.
“A company that chooses to build its own data center must have the strategy, the vision, and the fortitude to see construction through to completion of the building and commissioning of the systems before the first dollar of return on investment (ROI) is ever seen.” — Server Technology
Colocation providers also offer services that as Server Technology put it, goes beyond the “white space” they sell. The report outlines in detail some of these services and charges, including power, infrastructure updates, remote hands support, equipment cleaning and more, as well as tips to get the most out of your partnership with a colocation provider.
After presenting both sides to the discussion, Server Technology offers the next steps and considerations for companies whether they plan to “go colo” or “fly solo.”