How to tell if colocation is worth it for your business
Almost every business depends on a server of some kind, whether it’s to store important data, host a company website, or manage company email services. It can be a cluster of servers inside a massive data center, or merely a box hidden inside a broom closet. Often companies start out with servers in their own offices, but soon realize their needs exceed what in-office services can provide. If you’re a business trying to decide if it should upgrade to a more comprehensive solution in a colocated facility, here are some helpful things to consider.
The limits of the Internet for your business
When you’re running a server in the corner of the office, you’re working off a bootstrapped solution limited in both technology and feasibility, depending on the needs of your business. Offices within an office park or a larger building, can have limited hours should a server go down and need emergency maintenance. There is also the added difficulty in locating and delivering equipment to the computer, as storage is limited for certain parts, and quick deliveries can be difficult. Plus, if your server suddenly receives a large amount of traffic, your entire office’s Internet access will likely slow down, taxing not just your customer experience, but your office experience too.
The advantages of colocation
A colocated facility is essentially a dedicated site for a company to host its servers, available through managed services 24 hours a day and with far more reliable uptime and space usage compared to an in-office solution. Colocation can also provide access to more powerful computing solutions, such as faster Internet and easier physical access to the equipment for upgrades and repairs. However, a colocation can be far more expensive given the costs associated with renting rack space, as well as contracting a managed service provider.
Knowing when it’s right to make the move
When a growing company depends on dedicated servers for its day to day business, it might be time to consider switching to a colocated solution. Consider the cost of colocation, with its new equipment and services, to the cost of what happens should your server go down. If your business could come to a grinding halt, it might be worth considering the value a more reliable, long-term colocated solution provides.
Don’t let the cost of moving from a server in your closet to a colocated solution be the barrier to such an upgrade. If you’re thinking about moving up to bigger and better things, be sure to think about the safest, most effective way to get your equipment from its existing space into a colocation or other such facility. Team Silverback can be an impactful partner in helping companies move to their first colocated solution.
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