When you have a business – be it small, medium or large – you need a place to keep all your data. So you get yourself a server, right? You hand this off to your IT manager and depend on them to keep everything ship shape. Which it should be … no problem. But what’s the alternative? Is it better? The answer is probably, yes.
The alternative is outsourcing your server hosting – whether colocation or to a virtual hosting infrastructure. This may give you the heebie-jeebies until you get your head around it. Outsourcing your server hosting could not only save you money, but it could also be more reliable, faster and more scalable than anything you’ve ever had before.
An outsourced server saves committing to the significant financial investment, resources or expertise that your on-premise server room demands. That’s the stuff like having someone to manage it (the biggest expense) and the kit itself (including its essential updates, or paying for when it breaks). That’s before you’ve looked at specifically where you’re going to put it and how you are going to look after it (security, backup and power to name but a few). Did you know that up to 40% of in-house server spends goes to a human being – i.e. someone to manage it?
There are also the economies of scale to take into account. As a data centre is already kitted up with all you may need for your server, hosting companies like Rockford IT can in turn provide it in much a more cost effective way than a business can do if hosting it in-house.
Having your server in-house can give rise to many potential risks – from cost control through to management, security, downtime and data loss. Storing your server(s) or renting virtual space in a dedicated facility eliminates many of these risks as well as the hassle for you.
Power and reliability are the real keys here. Self contained data centres that manage a number of servers for many companies are more efficient, more powerful and more reliable than anything most SMEs can replicate. Research has found that if you have your own server setup, many organisations do not use it to its full potential. Outsourcing unlocks all that potential.
A lack of capacity threatens business operations, and can have a devastating impact on overall revenue and profitability. Like all things, you only know you need this when you need it. In other words most people do something about it post disaster. Wouldn’t it be better to avert a disaster?
Any good outsourced server facility is assembled close to high-speed communication links with flexible network architecture. This is much better than having your server on a bad communication patch. Just like your Internet connection at home, blackspots exist.
How do you know your business might not need to upscale or downscale – due to unexpected surges or drops in demand? How do you know how quickly that might happen? Do you have the resource/expertise/management process in place to scale that quickly, if you need to? Outsourcing your server hosting means it could be done for you in a heartbeat without you having to do very much at all. What’s more, for colocation good data centre facilities even allow you to scale up or down in as minimum as 1U of rack space, a flexibility that makes it even more easy for you.
Many organisations with internal server rooms often struggle to meet the facility’s need for power. Too many businesses neglect to factor in the cost of insufficient power – with every hour of system downtime resulting in losses of thousands of pounds in sales revenues and employee productivity. And let’s not forget how quickly the kit itself gets out-dated. It’s also pushed pretty hard, day and night. Outsourcing removes those issues.
To discuss outsourcing in more detail – whether colocation or on a virtual infrastructure, or if you would like more information on the options available to you contact Rockford IT on 0333 101 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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