Organisations of all sizes are becoming ever more dependent on their digital assets, which means a greater emphasis on the safe storage of data and intellectual property. This rapid expansion in data volumes, the requirement for archiving and more vigilant back-ups, and the need for more hard-drive real estate to accommodate newer and more sophisticated software and operating systems, is causing many companies to outgrow their on-site space and consider more elaborate IT solutions. As a result, organisations are increasingly facing the challenge of deciding where and how they will store their data and equipment.
Each situation is unique, and what’s best in each case depends on the challenges being faced by organisations. Some might be prioritising disaster recovery and back-up, others might be looking for ways to improve their business processes, and some might be trying to alleviate the pressure on in-house storage facilities and IT staff.
Whilst storing data in-house using an on-site facility can give an organisation’s IT team the scope to modify, adapt and expand provision as needed, and offer the peace of mind that critical data remains under their control, businesses choosing this option face some key challenges:
Frequently, in an ever more complex data environment, businesses are unable to make a binary decision about data storage options and opt instead for a solution that distributes the workloads, combining physical storage of equipment and servers 0ff-site with cloud back-ups and the use of online apps and services. Colocation’s hybrid cloud solution offers the best of both worlds: safe, secure and resilient physical storage of servers and equipment (this is particularly important for organisations that handle sensitive data) alongside cost-effective, scalable data solutions in the cloud with no downtime or latency issues.
Migrating data and servers to other locations can be a daunting process, and something that can’t be done half-heartedly. All colocation centres are not made equal so it’s important to make the right choices. And there are many factors to consider.
Together with IDG Connect, we carried out research in 2017 with 100 UK respondents, the majority of whom already used colocation services, in order to evaluate the factors that are considered most important when considering moving data from on-site storage facilities or from one data centre provider to another. This research identified a whole host of reasons given by respondents for outsourcing to colocation, notably:
The research showed that organisations are looking for a solution that:
At Datum we appreciate that our clients aren’t simply looking for a secure location to ‘park’ their data and equipment. IT real estate and data, even if it is stored remotely, still forms an integral part of their business development strategy. The colocation service we offer forms part of a longer digital transformation journey, so we work in partnership with our clients to assess their current needs as well as their long-term plans and future requirements. And our partner relationships mean that we can negotiate excellent contracts with service providers.