Housing your company’s servers and equipment in a colocation data center provides many benefits, from increased network reliability to cost-effective scalability and more. But as with any technology solution, weighing both the pros and cons is crucial when considering whether colocation services are the right fit for your business. In this blog, we’re sharing three factors to consider before searching for a colocation data center provider.
#1. Upfront Costs
Some business leaders may be shocked to learn that the upfront costs for colocation can be pretty high – especially if you’re using a full-featured data center. Simply put, setting up your servers and equipment doesn’t come cheap. But despite the high initial investment, colocation is a more cost-effective option for businesses in the long run when you consider the amount saved on maintaining your networking equipment and eliminating unplanned downtime.
#2. Less Control
Outsourcing to a colocation data center provider involves giving up a certain amount of control over your networking equipment – and, in turn, your network. However, you can mitigate this loss of control by choosing a reliable, local data center. Look for a data center provider that provides 24/7, always-on monitoring and support from skilled local staff so that you can rest easy knowing your network is being cared for.
#3. Data Compliance
Even though your data center provider manages your networking equipment, keeping your data compliant is your responsibility. Luckily, you can reduce the stress of staying compliant by deploying your equipment in a SOC 2-compliant data center. Not every data center is created equal, so ensure your essential data stays safe by researching which providers follow SOC 2 compliance standards.
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Experience Enterprise-Level Colocation Data Center Services With Cloudsmart
While there are several benefits to using a colocation data center, familiarizing yourself with the potential challenges of colocation is key for determining the best solution for your business. However, you can easily overcome these challenges by selecting the right data center provider.
Cloudsmart’s colocation services ensure you have the tools you need to keep your network running securely at all times, backed by support from our highly-skilled local staff. Trust us to deliver the following and more:
- A carrier-neutral facility with telco space for tenants
- Robust access controls with 24/7 video surveillance
- Disaster recovery as a service and managed backup
- Lossless transfer to a 24/7 emergency generator
- Shared or dedicated firewalls as a service
- 24/7 monitoring and daily walk-throughs by staff
When you deploy your hardware in our fortified, SOC 2-compliant data center, you can experience enterprise-level performance and security – without enterprise-level price tags. Contact our experts today if you have any questions about how your business can benefit from colocation services.