An alarm is sounding in your organization. It’s time to reboot your data center. Perhaps you moved locations. Or, you’re dealing with failing equipment, network performance issues, insufficient power, costly space – these and more are the reasons you may be hearing a proverbial clock tick.
A lack of action at this point could have dire consequences.
Years ago, your predecessors would build (or renovate) a data center situated with the rest of your operations. Now, leaders are looking at the expense of owning and operating a data center and asking for expert advice on what the organization should do. Should we keep our data center on-site or off-site? Should we build a new data center for our production systems and/or disaster recovery needs? AGILE’s Director of Critical Facilities, Mike Beard, has counseled several organizations on these decision points. In today’s day and age, he see’s going the data center outsourcing (colocation and/or disaster recovery) route as having real advantages. Here’s his list of key considerations when deciding to make the move.
Look for a colocation and/or disaster recovery facility that provides you with conveniences, but also brings you the benefits that an ideal data center location can provide, including power supply, security, reliability, and access to the cloud. For data center experts, the optimal spot is where two critical elements meet: “at the corner of power and fiber access – that’s where you want to be,” Beard advises.
“Years back, equipment had to be built to meet the standards of the system you chose. Now, it’s more open,” Beard continues, “so with the right networking setup, equipment can be housed in a variety of locations and yet still operate together.” Working with an expert partner allows you to benefit from their experience, with systems, hardware and integration.
Before you build or renovate your own data center, it’s important to understand that you’re looking at months and a lot of planning to get it done. This is where off-site colocation and/or disaster recovery stands apart, Beard adds, “working with an experienced data center provider, Like AGILE, – is simply a matter of paralleling equipment – hence saving you months of planning and the high expense around renovating or building your own.”
Beard counsels clients to look at the financials comprehensively – including equipment, ongoing costs to update and maintain a data center, buying and installing backup generators, uninterruptible power supplies, HVAC systems, and other components. Costs are even greater depending on the levels of redundancy and physical security needed. AGILE’s facilities have large space that is specifically designed for – and dedicated to – supporting high service level and secure client needs.
After decades in the business, Beard knows this to be true: “Data center needs evolve, whether an organization is growing or shrinking in size. In both of those scenarios, a scalable solution that flexes with your organization as its needs evolve can be cost effective and makes sense for the long-term.” Scalability is a clear differentiator for data centers like AGILE, where clients can expand or reduce their footprint as needed and not be stuck with too much or too little facility assets under the scenario of having their own data centers.
With all these considerations, Beard and his team firmly believe partnering with a company like AGILE brings confidence to the process, because you’re working with experts who focus on these issues every day. “By signing on with AGILE – you have a network in place, experienced personnel, and an environment with people who know how to keep infrastructure equipment up and running 24X7,” Beard concludes. He encourages those who are ready to reboot their data center to schedule a tour of one of Agile’s data center facilities where they will also be able to meet with an expert.