Lots of businesses assume that moving their IT off-premise has to mean moving everything to the cloud. In fact, that’s far from the truth – and often it wouldn’t be the best solution for your business as a whole.
For example: let’s say you have critical applications or data to which users need continuous access. You might not want to risk running or storing those apps in a public cloud, and there also may be regulatory and/or compliance issues to consider. If you’re in a sector like financial services with strict data security regulations, you may well prefer to keep some data close to ensure it’s secure and compliant.
So, what happens if you don’t want to ‘go all-in’ with cloud but you also don’t want to manage your own data centre?
Fortunately, there is a solution. Through the right partner, bringing colocation into the mix can support an effective ‘hybrid’ solution, with connectivity to private and public cloud platforms, as well as across your estate. It can be easily argued that this set up offers the best of both worlds, primarily for these key reasons:
Security and peace of mind
Colocation enables you to take particularly sensitive data off-premise whilst avoiding moving it to the cloud. Stored in a secure local facility, you know exactly where it is, who is maintaining it plus how they are guaranteeing its safety and resilience for your business... giving you complete peace of mind. This could be particularly useful for organisations that want to shed their in-house IT but still need to comply with stringent regulations like the forthcoming GDPR, as well as anything already in place.
Flexibility and scalability
Colocation also offers you great flexibility when you’ve decided that some of your data (or apps) are not suitable for the public cloud, but you still want to benefit from cloud-like scalability. You can scale up or down your rack space as required, which can be great for helping you manage your digital transformation process as well as catering for changing requirements – make sure that your partner agreement allows for this, though.
Colocation is essentially a perfect middle-ground when you don’t want to move data to the cloud, but you do want to save money compared to running your own on-premise facilities. You can eradicate all the costs associated with managing buildings, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security etc. Scaling with your business also means you’re never paying more than you have to, which isn’t a luxury you have when running your own premises.
Long story short, it shouldn’t – and doesn’t need to be – a question of on-premise or cloud. The key is to utilise colocation to build a model that combines the best of both worlds.