Last year was a good year for the data centre industry. Data centre usage in the UK rose by 830,000 square feet – an increase of 18%. If you’re still running your IT infrastructure from an on-site server room, perhaps you should think again. Here are the top 10 reasons you might want to consider migrating to a dedicated data facility…
In all offices, space is a valuable commodity. That room that you’re using to house your servers could easily be put to more valuable use, for extra desk space, more storage or… anything you want. Relocate your infrastructure to a data centre and all that space is opened up. And your onsite power and air conditioning costs will also be reduced.
With so many of us working remotely, or accessing the company servers out of hours, those servers can easily get clogged. By housing your infrastructure in a data facility, you bypass the bottle neck of the head office internet connection, and instead get direct access via high capacity network links which plug directly into the data centre.
Most data centres have increased security, with a mixture of onsite staff, CCTV and firewalls to keep your data safe. So it’s likely to be more secure than your own office measures. Most also have enhanced disaster recovery measures, with emergency power generators or onsite substations, to mitigate against power loss and reduce potential costly downtime.
One of the main advantages of using a dedicated data facility is the presence of onsite staff, who are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So if something goes wrong with your servers you can be informed immediately, and someone is already on site to troubleshoot any problems. Which means less chance of down time and fewer potential costly impacts on the business.
If you do all the legwork yourself, you’ll be paying different bills, and setting up accounts to cover service providers, heating, power, cooling and potentially maintenance as well. But if you relocate to a DC, you’ll find you can get a package that includes everything, with just one bill to pay, and one point of contact. Much easier, and lots less paperwork.
Data centres generally partner with multiple service providers, meaning there’s far more to choose from. If you run your infrastructure from your HQ, it’s down to you to source the best deal from providers, and you’re limited to those offering service to your area. But if you use a recognised independent data centre service provider <link to http://www.backboneconnect.co.uk/contact.html> your options are opened up and you can easily shop around for the best deal from the best provider, with the best connection and SLAs.
If you don’t like the service you’re getting from your provider, it’s much easier to change to one you prefer. If you house your servers on site, chances are you’ll be locked into a contract or maybe paying for extras you don’t use. In a data centre there is much more choice, and switching can be an easier process.
Remote monitoring apps, such as the Backbone Connect Customer iPhone app <link to http://www.backboneconnect.co.uk/iphone-app.html> allow you to monitor your infrastructure from wherever you are, from your iPhone or iPad. You can check on power consumption, temperature and humidity, and you can even look at your racks from a dedicated video feed. Much better than hanging around in the server room, and you’re not tied to the office.
Okay, we probably shouldn’t be advocating this. But who doesn’t like a day out of the office, now and then, to stretch their legs, breathe some fresh air and, in the case of most IT managers, get away from all those annoying IT support calls. House your infrastructure in a data centre, and you have a pre-built excuse for popping out to check everything’s running okay. Just don’t tell the MD.