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6 Reasons Your Business Should Use Data Center Colocation   no comments

Posted at Feb 20, 2018 @ 10:34am colocation

Data Center Colocation

Businesses need their online and IT operations to run with super speeds, be secure, maintained, monitored, and most of all be redundant. Some businesses decide to use in-office or on-site server rooms, while others utilize colocation solutions from a Data Center.

A server room can be any room, in any building that houses servers. Whereas with colocation, your IT infrastructure is housed in a Data Center; a whole building designed to support and provide a secure, power protected, environmentally controlled space, used for accommodating servers, networking, and computer equipment. When deciding where your business should host/store it’s IT equipment, there are 6 main reasons why you should choose Data Center Colocation over an in-office server room:


1. Security

Most Server Rooms do not have a high volume of security. Besides the buildings overall security, there may be a lock on the Server Room door. Data Centers pride themselves in the security features they offer. All entrances and exits are secured with a key coded entry system, as well as alarms. Not just alarms for entry. Alarms for temperature control, air pressure, fire/water control, etc. All Data Centers have network cameras, accessible to their staff and security team in a needed event. The racks the servers are housed in are all locked. Only opened when your team needs to visit or by the Data Center staff, if needed.


2. Connectivity

What good is your server if you have a fixed bandwidth rate? Most Server Rooms are capped off by their local Internet Service Provider (ISP) as they are using a residential internet service. Data Centers do not use any type of residential internet service and most times are able to set the bandwidth limits as they are needed by the server.


3. Redundancy

If there is a power failure at your business, do you have a backup power plan? Most Server Rooms run from the same power source, as the full office. Making your sites and servers go down if there is ever a power failure. Data Centers have a plan for any type of failure. When it comes to power failures, most Data Centers have battery backups, automatically triggered if the main power supply is not responding. When the system sees the backup batteries are being utilized, another backup power source is engaged, the generator. At this point the battery backups turn off and all power is controlled by the generator until normal power is restored.


4. Affordability

With a Server Room, you are accumulating all the costs that go along with it. You may have had to cut advertising short or possibly even lay off good employees as the costs to maintain and house your equipment have risen. At a Data Center all those costs are tied into your colocation package and at a much, much lower cost.


5. Environment

Data Centers control the cooling and humidity – to a precise and perfect level to keep your equipment running as long as possible. Storing equipment in non-conditioned environmental space like your server room or office closet will shorten the life of your equipment significantly (meaning it will cost you real money to replace broken equipment sooner). Electronics are sensitive to things like electrical and static shock, which occur due to improper humidity (moisture) and you can even find corrosion on the electronics in some poor environmental conditions. Its crucial if you have valuable equipment to store it in a properly humidified and cooled location like a Data Center.


6.  Green

Some modern Data Centers, like TurnKey Internet’s Green Data Center , offer one additional benefit ontop of everything above.  Your IT equipment and servers consume less energy, in terms of cooling and power draw, in a modern green-focused data center – and in TurnKey Internet’s Data Center your equipment consumes energy provided only by the Sun (on-site solar array) and Water (Hydro power) providing zero carbon foot prints for your IT infrastructure versus having it at your office.


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Written by David Maurer on February 20th, 2018

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