Data Center or Server Room: The Best Choice for Your Business
With upwards of 80 percent of enterprises and 63 percent of small and medium sized businesses investing in big data projects over recent years, and budgets of $1.6 million to $7.4 million, the question of data storage is at the forefront of many companies’ minds. One decision facing such companies as they look to store data is the choice between internal server rooms or external data centers. Here are some key components to consider as you make the data storage decision.
A data center is an entire building dedicated and designed for the purpose of storing, processing, or distributing large quantities of data. These centers are highly specialized and designed for the purpose of supporting computing hardware.
Data centers are highly reliable and users are less likely to experience network outages, as data centers come heavily equipped with redundant safety measures. For instance, many data centers feature multiple backup generators, smoke detectors, temperature sensors, and several power grid sectors. In addition, many data centers may offer users the option to choose maintenance downtimes and the hardware used for storage of a particular company’s data.
However, costs associated with data centers can be surprisingly high. Power costs, initial subscription, and setup fees are all cost factors that can intimidate potential users. In addition, companies may face a loss of control over data management during the move to offsite data storage, becoming dependent on data centers for maintenance, security, and uptime.
A server room is any room dedicated to the purpose of storing, powering, and operating computer servers through computer hardware. Common in modern office buildings, server rooms are considered the smaller siblings of data center facilities.
Server rooms are a smart choice for companies with highly specialized needs, and those with large or complicated systems or systems with a diverse set of applications may benefit from an onsite server. Local server rooms allow companies to manage their own facilities and modify data systems to accommodate internal needs.
However, internal management of data storage poses significant challenges for a company whose primary focus is not data storage. Maintenance of a server room may divert an IT team’s attention from initiatives directly related to business growth. Server rooms are also less equipped to deal with unforeseen disasters such as theft or fire. Additionally, companies with little foresight of future growth may find themselves with a system that’s more powerful than necessary, or one that isn’t equipped to grow alongside their business.
Making the choice between a data center and a server room isn’t simple. Silverback Data Center Solutions understands the needs, budget, and growth potential of your company — and can help find a solution that fits them.
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