Do you have an in-house data center? Is servicing your data center taking up more of your time and money than you expected? You’re not alone. Many small businesses and even some large corporations run into this problem, especially if they grow faster than expected.
While many companies can afford to manage their servers in-house, this is not always cost-effective. Regardless of the type of business, running an in-house data center is expensive. It requires electricity, cooling, and security costs. Slap on the cost of hiring professional IT personnel, and the cost of managing your own data center increases dramatically. Even if you have a few IT professionals on staff, they might not have the resources to handle ongoing maintenance around the clock. In addition, your company has to keep up to date on changes in technology on an ongoing basis.
For many businesses, outsourcing a data center offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to in-house data centers. Companies often outsource data centers for the following reasons: Greater flexibility and scalability; access to the latest equipment and technology on the market; quicker deployment; lower capital investment; and lower HR investment.
A company that offers server solutions might also have the resources to provide you with many other valuable services. Selected wisely, they can provide an affordable, more reliable means of managing servers, technical support, bandwidth services, IP services, and data protection. However, choosing poorly is like starting from scratch – it will cost you more money in the long run.