If you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s too time consuming and expensive to maintain your own data center, you’re not alone. Many companies have chosen a managed data center solution to reduce the strain on their IT staff and capital expense budget. Choosing a managed data center solution can create flexibility within your organization so that you can respond to customer needs, changing marketplaces, and drive innovation.
However, not all data centers are created equal. Regardless of your needs, your new data center should offer the following services:
1) Managed hosting.
Some data centers will offer two services: self-managed or managed hosting. Self-managed is when the provider builds a data center for a company which the company then maintains. With managed hosting, the provider will build and maintain the environment for the customer. This reduces capital expenditure drain as expenses move to a predictable monthly operating expense instead.
Additionally, managed hosting is like adding an outsourced IT department to your team. The provider’s IT team will be specialized in data centers meaning that you can cover any skill gap your own IT staff might have while reducing the strain on your employees. It’s a win/win.
2) Architecture design.
What’s the point of hiring an expert that doesn’t help you choose the best infrastructure for your needs? Choose a data center provider that will be with you every step of the way as your own customized solution is built. What may seem like trivial things at the beginning, such as cabling, can be incredibly important when it comes time for migration. However, if you have a knowledgeable provider, they will be able to guide you to ensure that you get the best performance possible. The right provider can be incredibly valuable during this step because this is when the foundation is laid for future performance.
In today’s world, any company is at risk. That’s the bottom line. Of course, that means that every company wants the best, strongest safety measures. However, managing security is a drain when you’re working with scarce resources. Fortunately, your data center provider should be able to offer you managed security services to protect your business. Facilities that offer SOC II Type II audited controls will reduce your threats and keep you safe. For example, OFFSITE partners with Palo Alto to bring our clients the best firewalls on the market.
Just like with cloud services migration, you don’t want a provider to kick you out of the nest like a baby bird. Once everything is set up and ready to go, your data center provider will be able to manage your migration to ensure that everything runs smoothly, nothing is lost in translation or missing, and your services are up and running as they should be. This consists of three words: planning, planning, and planning. Your data center will develop a detailed plan to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. Migration can be a stressful time for any company, but with the proper planning, it can be a stress-free experience.
A data center provider can be a powerful ally for companies strapped for resources like time or money. At OFFSITE, we want to see our customers succeed and so we’re in their corner cheering them on along the way. We strive to offer the best customer service combined with our industry knowledge. After over [XX ] years in business, we’ve developed a few tips and tricks that we love to pass onto our customers.
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