Don’t update – colocate!

With colocation you do not need costly upgrades, plus you are still in control.

For most companies, managing their own data center is not strategically important. But at the same time, thanks to digitalisation, the demands on data centers are steadily increasing. If you have been running an in-house data center for some time, significant investments might be just around the corner for your aging data center or its equipment.

Maybe you have already adopted a hybrid model, with a mix of on-premise equipment and cloud services. According to a survey by 451 Research the trend is to review in-house data centers and server rooms and move towards an off-premises model, including colocation and cloud.

Up for a costly surprise
Data centers require constant investments in technology, security and people to deliver the best service. Many internal enterprise data centers struggle to keep up, both from a technical and a compliance perspective. With digitalisation the demands increase, and an on-premise data center requires capital investments to ensure the right infrastructure, power, cooling, connectivity, and more, to run the environment in a modern and effective way. New regulations can also require new investments to comply.

In a context where digitalisation itself requires significant investment capital for business and organisations to stay relevant in the marketplace, it’s important to ask oneself if investing in the inhouse data center makes sense. Rather than directly dealing with the capital allocation and capacity planning, companies can benefit from colocation, where data center space and services are purchased as a service. This can reduce your need for investment (CAPEX) and move you to an operational cost (OPEX) set-up, as someone else is looking after and investing in the data center, while you set the requirements and still have full control of your IT environment. This can potentially save a lot of money.

Staffing – a headache for many inhouse data centers
Operating the data center also requires highly trained staff. When you have the resources and competences you need, everything is fine. But it gets trickier when someone leaves or is absent for a longer period. This can potentially be damaging from operations and security perspectives. Finding replacements or engaging temporary resources to fill in, can be both time-consuming and expensive.

Colocation gives you leeway
An in-house data center that will need significant investments in the coming years is a good reason to start looking at compelling colocation alternatives. The transition needn’t be all at once – for some it makes sense to first build up a mirror site and later on make it the primary, others choose to move certain loads and not other, or just the loads that need optimal cloud connectivity. The possibilities are endless – flexibility is one of the benefits. With DigiPlex you house your critical IT environment at a dedicated, reliable, secure and sustainable facility with all the connectivity your business needs to succeed. Both Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Amazon Web Services’ AWS Direct Connect have chosen to establish points of presence (PoPs) at our data centers, and through our partners, e.g. MegaPort, we also offer direct, secure and on-demand access to their global ecosystems of service providers, including leading cloud service providers such as Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud.

We provide secure and fully serviced IT housing, as well as the connectivity you need – to people, partners and clouds. This is delivered in a variety of ways and customised to your needs. We take care of the space, power, cooling and physical security. In essence, you purchase the data center as a service, with a committed service level agreement (SLA) and a predictable monthly fee. You still have full control, as you maintain and operate your own IT resources.

IT resources are strategically important, but the data center might not be.

Read more about the technical facilities and benefits with DigiPlex colocation.

Article by COO Halvor Bjerke