Make Sure You Have the Right Data Center for your Business

By:  |  Category: Blog Friday, September 15th, 2017  |  No Comments
data center

Before you consider purchasing a new data center for your business, it’s important to determine which approach is most cost-effective. Do you intend your company to manage the data center or will you outsource this responsibility to a third party?

Managing data yourself gives you more control over your hardware and software, plus you can make sure suitable security protocols are in place…

Before you consider purchasing a new data center for your business, it’s important to determine which approach is most cost-effective. Do you intend your company to manage the data center or will you outsource this responsibility to a third party?

If you’re unsure which option’s right for you, let me break it down for you.

Keep it in the family

Managing data yourself gives you more control over your hardware and software, plus you can make sure suitable security protocols are in place and being followed. It might also be cheaper than paying someone externally to manage it.

Businesses managing their own data don’t have to keep everything on-site either. You can lease a space to store your data center hardware, while you still manage it yourself. This can give your firm greater independence and flexibility without taking up valuable office space.

The downside? A remotely located data center can require more time to manage and maintain, meaning this route may be more suitable for enterprises with a small IT output.

Outsource it

Paying a third-party company to host and manage your data center is often the most convenient option, as long as you find a reputable and experienced IT service provider. If you’re worried about completely surrendering control of your data, you can always choose to only host certain sections of your IT infrastructure externally. This could be advantageous in the context of backup and disaster recovery, for example.

Your shopping list

When you’re ready to buy your hardware, you’ll want to consult the ‘tier’ rating. This rating runs from one to four, with tier-four products having less downtime, more availability and fault-tolerant components that guarantee better security.

It’s also important to bear in mind that power supply is critical for any data center. Advanced facilities may be connected to two separate grid sectors, so if one fails, the second will ensure the data center doesn’t lose power and all your data remains accessible and safe.

Some feature block batteries too, which keep all applications running awhile longer in the event of a power failure. An uninterruptible power supply also compensates for voltage and frequency fluctuations, protecting components from spikes and surges in power.

These machines run hot, so you’ll want to ensure your set-up has sufficient cooling and servers are installed in racks to allow the air to circulate.
If you really want to keep costs down you can always buy the right components and build your own data center. This route will be dependent on your own technical prowess, and is not recommended for the inexperienced.

The center of your business

A data center is a crucial part of any enterprise, and definitely one you’ll want to get right. Do your homework, explore your options and invest in the right set-up to keep your company running smoothly for years to come.

If you are considering different scenarios, onsite or offsite, give EnhancedTECH a call. Our experienced team of engineers can help you decide which option is best for your company’s specific needs.

Contact us at 714-970-9330 or at sales@enhancedtech.com for a complimentary IT consultation.

Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
Samantha Keller

Latest posts by Samantha Keller (see all)

Leave a Comment
Read previous post:
Planning for Adversity: Ensuring business communication continuity with the cloud

Your new marketing campaign was a huge success and your office is receiving the highest level of calls you’ve ever...

Close