When Should You Outsource Your IT Infrastructure?

  • When Should You Outsource Your IT Infrastructure?
    • November 25 2020

    Last Updated on November 25, 2020 by Sammen Qureshi

    The world around us is changing faster than ever before — and especially technology is changing and developing fast. With new technology emerging almost daily, it seems overwhelming for business owners to keep up with the change. Companies must upgrade or replace their systems continually if they want to remain competitive. Should organizations be in the business of technology, or in the business of serving and creating value for their customers?

    No matter your industry, today’s fast-moving digital economy demands a secure, reliable IT infrastructure.

    Signs you need to outsource IT infrastructure

    Downtime
    Downtime is bad news for any business whether big or small. If your systems take extensive periods of time to respond or consistently crash, upgrading your IT infrastructure is necessary. Poor Internet connectivity could cause your systems’ slow response time. It is essential for your business’s success to upgrade your IT infrastructure. In some cases, there could be a large financial loss associated with any down time.

    You are running out of resources
    Another sign that your company needs an IT infrastructure upgrade is that you do not have enough storage space. If your infrastructure does not offer you enough storage space to fulfill your needs, you should upgrade immediately. Lack of storage space can compromise the speed of the systems and cause frequent server crashes as well. While there are risks of losing your mission critical data.

    Your business has grown
    Growth is not only a sign of a company’s success in business, but also the key to its long-term survival. Scalability is a must-have for any IT environment. The goal is to increase the resources supporting your application to reach or maintain sufficient performance. The choice to scale-up vs. scale-out storage is fully dependent on the kinds of workloads you are running and your expansion needs. 

    You are dealing with a skills gap
    Your current in-house IT staff may be spending their time on general day-to-day maintenance of your systems and solutions, and not focusing their energy on the more skill-specific tasks that would get you closer to achieving your business goals. Staying on top of the latest technology can be difficult, especially if it is not your core competency. Having access to an experienced team, world-class tools and technologies can keep your business relevant and on track with continually evolving technology and support.

    3 Key benefits of outsourcing IT infrastructure

    1. Redundancy
    Business owners need to know that their services will be provided, at all times. The loss of these capabilities can be extremely costly. There are endless ways in which business critical information can be compromised. Office migration, power outages, security threats, mismanaged equipment, natural disasters, or global pandemics. What if you do not have access to the servers in your office? Ensuring that data is stored in a protected environment with proactive support is essential for business continuity.

    2. Access to skilled resources
    If you are not an IT expert, how do you ensure an employee is qualified? Staying on top of the latest technology can be difficult for any business owner, especially if it is not your core competency. Having access to an experienced team, world-class tools and technologies can keep your business relevant and on track with continually evolving technology and support

    3. Lowers Costs
    Outsourcing is normally done on a fixed, monthly fee basis. This saves on the capital outlays for IT resources and paying and hiring internal IT staff.

    The Ideal IT Infrastructure Solution

    In today’s business environment, IT departments are challenged to not only maintain their current infrastructure, applications, and operations but also make strategic contributions. Every business requires an IT infrastructure that supports its operational needs. While it is often implemented internally and deployed, it can also be provided as a service, through dedicated servers, colocation or using cloud services or a hybrid of both.

    How your company will store data is an important decision. Businesses have a lot of options available to them, and which is best typically depends on how much data storage you need, how much space you have, and what will be most cost-effective for your company. The best way to understand whether your business needs dedicated servers, colocation or cloud services is to consider which of these is the most beneficial to you. Make sure to check out our blog: How to choose the best infrastructure technology for your business?

    In-house support will ensure that you always have IT experts who knows your company internally. An in-house IT team might know the ins and outs of your business. But outsourced IT support teams know business technology like no other and can apply their expertise right away. External data centers allow business owners to keep their IT infrastructure somewhere other than in-house—which delivers several benefits. Read here how colocation will benefit your IT team.

    Ready to see how ColoHouse can help you?
    When determining which applications are best suited for you, it’s important to keep in mind what the requirements and security measures you need in order to create the most effective and efficient IT infrastructure for your business.

    Need help with a plan for your business? Our experts are happy to assess your business needs with you. Please contact us at sales@colohouse.com or +1 305-731-2225.

 
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