Top considerations for colocation
Written by Rack Alley
The movement to the cloud, either by colocation or using an online virtual provider is accelerating. According to MarketsandMarket, a staggering 65% of company’s IT infrastructure will be off-site by 2018. This big trend is driven by the move from large capital expenditure to a less expensive opex model. For those interested in making the move, here are few considerations to take into account before taking the plunge.
Pricing is the biggest factor to take into account. Companies are typically looking to reduce costs as part of the move to a data center. One way to do this is to look at a usage-based pricing model and lower monthly fees. Lower power usage and risk mitigation are also ways to look at the cost benefit of server hosting Los Angeles.
Electricity costs are a saving that deserves a special mention. The National Resources Defense Council estimates that electricity consumption can be reduced by as much as 40% by moving all IT infrastructure off-site. This does involve the complete decommissioning of on-premise server rooms.
Another important consideration is the security of the Los Angeles data center. Third party data centers have strict protocols in place to access the systems. They will also include round-the-clock monitoring and physical security that will provide audit compliance along with piece of mind.
The biggest consideration is the change in attitude required. The organization has to change the way it looks at IT and services. There will need to be coordination between internal and external IT partners and all parties concerned will need to be prepared to handle that.
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