The Critical Role of Data Centers in Business Continuity

  • The Critical Role of Data Centers in Business Continuity
    • November 6 2020

    Last Updated on November 6, 2020 by Sammen Qureshi

    The COVID-19 pandemic had led to an inevitable surge of digital technologies. The pandemic has been a highly disruptive force in the global market, changing the way businesses operate today — and perhaps into the future. 

    Transformation takes on a new urgency 

    One of the most prominent trends has been the shift to remote and digital means of working and communicating. In today’s business environment, IT departments are challenged to not only maintain their current infrastructure, applications, and operations but also make strategic contributions.

    For any business, adapting to new technology is crucial for business continuity. Access to data is critical for the day-to-day workflows, collaboration, innovation, and customer service. Many businesses depend on their data and connectivity to manage these daily operations. Every business requires an IT infrastructure that supports its operational needs. We are more reliant on online services to work to protect its workforce and minimize the threat of the virus.

    Vital role of data centers

    The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced the importance of data centers and what they do. Data centers deal with risk assessment and management every day and play a crucial role as the central point of access for data and essential business applications. Operators have business continuity plans in place for many different types of potential disruption.

    Colocation has become a key component in today’s business digital transformation strategy. Without a secure and reliable connection to its customers; businesses are unable to deliver their products and services, making connectivity within the data center, essential. Colocation allows businesses to offload the complexity of managing and maintaining the IT infrastructure with access to experts and services that can make staying in touch with mission-critical data easier. Despite a facility’s need for 24/7 monitoring, much of the work can be done remotely or with relatively few people on-site. Colocation also enables businesses to keep their staff safe by eliminating the need to be onsite and keeping you and your employees safe.

    Post-pandemic

    The world has shifted significantly, and the way we do business is already changing. This change will continue to accelerate. As digital applications are becoming more critical, data centers will continue to grow in importance as its role in business continuity and IT empowerment. The COVID-19 pandemic means many businesses face uncertain futures. Some of the changes you roll out now may become part of the ‘new normal,’. Getting your IT team prepared can help you better weather the storm. Learn here how to prepare your IT team during a pandemic.

    At ColoHouse, our goal is to support you and your business by providing solid infrastructure and services. To learn more about our services or to get more information about our data centers please contact us on +1 305-731-2225 or use our contact form.

    Colocation FAQ’s

    What is colocation?

    Colocation (also known as ‘co-location’ or ‘colo’) refers to the rental of space in a data center facility for the purpose of storing servers and other hardware.

    When is a good time to consider colocation?

    – When more space is required
    – If you are looking for a cost-effective solution
    – When connectivity matters
    – If you are concerned about security.

    What does colocation data center means?

    Typically, a colocation data center is a physical facility that offers space with power, cooling, security and connectivity to host businesses’ computing hardware and servers. This capacity includes anything from cabinets to cages or private suites. In addition to space and power, many providers offer a variety of managed services and hybrid cloud/colocation options.

    What is the difference between colocation and the cloud?

    The main difference between colocation and the cloud is the way the data is stored and managed. With colocation you have physical assets versus the virtual assets of the cloud. Typically, with colocation you lease a secured space in a in a data center facility with power, cooling, and connectivity, while retaining full ownership and complete control of your equipment, including physically maintaining the hardware. This involves the largest capital expenditures and sourcing efforts from your team.

    With cloud hosting, you rent the equipment, space, and manpower to manage it and keep it running. One of the key benefits of the cloud is cost-effectiveness, no upfront costs are involved. Services are being provided to businesses on-demand, meaning you only pay for what you use.

    What is the difference between colocation and dedicated servers?

    The main difference between colocation and dedicated servers is that for colocation you rent a secured space in a in a data center facility with power, cooling, and connectivity, while retaining full ownership and complete control of your equipment, including physically maintaining the hardware.

    With a dedicated server hosting, on the other hand, you are renting the server and hardware from a hosting provider. When renting a server, the provider in addition to being responsible for underlying infrastructure, is also responsible for any repairs to the hardware and providing customers with a base operating system installation that is remotely accessible. Additional options are available to outsource security and maintenance as well.

 
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