What Should You Consider When Thinking About Colocating?

Not all colocation facilities are created equally, but most of them offer greater stability than hosting equipment on-site. If you are considering colocating, there are a few compelling reasons to do it.

Security - Your average office building is not equipped with the same level of physical perimeter security that you will find in a data center. Data centers are built with the intent to protect millions of dollars of customer equipment and have security in mind from the blueprint on. These facilities are monitored 24/7 with live camera feeds and security checks throughout the building.

Guaranteed Uptime - Data centers have redundant fiber paths coming into the facility from various internet service providers (ISPs). These provide redundancy in case of a cut to any of the fiber cables. Data centers can also be expected to test UPS batteries and run generators to remain truly redundant. Check with the data center manager on their policy and frequency for these redundancy protections.

Compliance - Certifications may be required for your in-house data center and can cost thousands of dollars a year. Colocation can pay for itself just by avoiding the compliance headache. Additionally, federal regulations are always changing and can result in expensive upgrades to your facility and systems.

Bandwidth - Cost, availability, and delivery all make a difference out of a colocation facility. One gigabyte or 10 costs much less in a data center than in an office. Colocation facilities have the advantage of wholesale pricing and negotiate large volumes of bandwidth with different carriers. The cost difference between a colocation facility and an office building is significant.

Keep in mind, it takes only days to provision bandwidth in a data center compared with the industry average of 60-90 business days for non-data center settings, and that estimate does not include construction.

Support - Most data centers have trained staff on call at a help desk support line 24/7 to troubleshoot issues. Data centers generally offer managed services or remote hands services at an additional cost. These can include equipment monitoring, management of servers and application layers, and maintenance of infrastructure like physical reboots, rewiring cabling, and replacing hard drives.

Environment - IT equipment performs best in a cool, dry, dust-free environment. Data centers provide controlled temperature settings and air filtration systems that are hard to match at internal facilities. Most companies also lack the amount of power required to handle their technology. Extend the life of your equipment and give your power and AC bill a breather. Move your hardware to a purpose built environment.

EmconIT can connect you with multiple carrier-neutral colo facilities across America. We’ve negotiated the industry's lowest cross connect fees available and offer unlimited remote hands exclusively to our clients.

If you’d like to learn how to colocate your data, we’re here to assist.