The end of an era: why legacy server rooms can't handle today's tech demands

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The trouble with legacy server rooms

Traditional server rooms and small-scale data centre operations often struggle to satisfy the explosive demand for data processing and storage in today’s swiftly transforming IT and tech landscape. Not surprisingly, therefore, an unprecedented number of companies are migrating their business-critical IT systems and workloads to off-premise data centres.

The data deluge

For IT professionals, the writing is on the wall – legacy infrastructure is buckling and something has to be done to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. According to the Uptime Institute’s ‘Global Data Center Survey’ in 2023, the majority of enterprise IT is now off premise. This shift is fuelled through the need for greater scalability, enhanced security, and cost efficiency. By leveraging external data centres, businesses gain the agility to swiftly adapt to market changes whilst freeing up valuable resources to focus on innovation and growth. The shift not only underscores a growing trust in third-party solutions but also signals a strategic move towards a more flexible and resilient operational model.

Here at Datum, we aren’t surprised at this shift in perspectives, and this very much reflects the conversations we’ve been having with clients and potential clients. They consistently tell us that whether it’s the Internet of Things, social media, personal devices using data, augmented reality or even AI – the sheer volume of data now being created is putting huge strain on any set up with limited capacity. In short, the constant churn of data is overwhelming yesteryear’s infrastructure and is putting businesses that are holding on to traditional server rooms and legacy data centres at a serious competitive disadvantage.

Colocation as the solution

The move towards more capacious, efficient data centres brings with it a wealth of benefits, notably:

  • Scalability: Modern data centres offer the ability for businesses to grow unencumbered by the physical limitations of on-premise server rooms.
  • Efficiency: The new breed of data centres boasts advancements in cooling and power usage, translating into a reduced carbon footprint and better corporate responsibility.
  • Cost-effectiveness: While the initial investment may seem intimidating, the long-term savings and benefits far outweigh legacy system maintenance costs.

Colocation data centres are ready-made to handle the flood of data demands, offering resilience, efficiency, and flexibility that legacy systems can only dream of.

Time to make the move?

With this trio of major benefits on offer, you’d think that most businesses would have already made the move to colocation, or are planning to. But interestingly, even though they can see the benefits of moving off premise, many organisations are yet to make the move, worried about making the wrong choice of provider. If this applies to your organisation, it’s well worth talking to us about how we can help you make a successful transition to colocation. As well as our first-rate infrastructure, we provide full scalability, access to a network of trusted partners offering the services needed to augment and complement our colocation offering, in-house engineering services and bespoke service management to support you in developing the colocation solution that’s perfect for your needs.