When info tech started out decades ago, nobody really worried about losing data because they put their backup tapes in a vault. Only the priests of high tech were allowed to gather in the computer room. The rest, including managers, peered through glass partitions from the corridor outside. And as for hackers hijacking their data, there wasn’t even a half decent internet.
Since Then Data Security Has Become Good Governance
The age of data protection specialists arrived when computing left the mainframe room, and processing dispersed onto the open plan. However the risk of data theft, data abuse and good old fashioned hacking is as alive as ever regardless of what they did.
On 18 December, 2018 Forbes warned business leaders to take their data more seriously or else they invite severe penalties. Known security expert Casio Goldschmidt pulled no punches when he said:
“I believe leaders have a fiduciary duty to protect sensitive company information. To that extent, risks of data breaches must be managed and mitigated, as they can seldom be completely eliminated.
“Keeping information available, confidential and integral is the everlasting guiding principle to good cybersecurity. The core principles remain the same, but the threat landscape is constantly changing and deserves continual monitoring.”
That Just Leaves One Question. Where to Do the Backup?
We have four courses of action, and we must choose one. We could do nothing, which isn’t really an option, or we could beef up our server room. We could also outsource our backup storage to a cloud. Finally, we could collocate to a Tier 4 colocation center where there should be the best protection of all.
That’s because colocation centers offer secure storage services to their clients. They provide air-conditioned facilities cabled to the world outside and equipped with military grade security. Everything is ready for their clients to install their own equipment. That’s ducted raised floors, cable networks and server racks if required. The flexibility and convenience you get is unmatched anywhere but that’s not all you get included in the price.
So What Are the Ten Additional Benefits of Colocation for Business?
1. You can scale and rescale the server space you hire as your needs evolve, or throttle back according to your business cycle. A colocation center could help you plan your space, and calculate the amount of power you are going to need. They should also take care of your storage facility admin, and relieve you of your general data security concerns.
2. Flexibility is a key component to a well structured colocation service. Every client has different requirements, some may need temporary test and development environments, others may not. Another essential aspect to this is a fast response time when client needs change.
3. Reliability is the name of the game here. Remote data is no use at all if it can’t be reached. A colocation provider must be able to walk the talk in terms of 100% uptime. There is no excuse for power outages and system failures when there is alternative, proven technology. Obstacles and issues will occur, but an effective contingency plan should always be built into a colocation’s strategy. If they start making excuses for failures then it is time to move on.
4. You can dine out at night and sleep late in the morning knowing skilled, attentive people are making sure your systems are up with the right lights flickering. You should receive no panic calls over weekends, or at any time for that matter. It’s great to know your data is safe in good hands, and that’s 24 by 7 by 365 / 366 a year.
5. Colocation data centers are carrier neutral, and connect to a wide variety of private and public telecom networks. They also have several different fiber entrances to promote 100% redundant data entry and transmission. This should cover all bases if your provider also connects to large, popular clouds.
6. Having PSI, SSAE, and HIPPA compliance goes a way towards ensuring you are meeting your fiduciary duty to protect sensitive client information. If not provided, you should ask for hard evidence of your short list being verifiably compliant across the entire installation. Cyber threats are increasing, and so does your duty to use the best storage method.
7. A professional data colocation company has smart technicians standing by providing skilled support at your remote-storage location. They are able to handle shipping, set up, resets, re-boots in fact everything you might need without an expensive callout team. You should find them more responsive than your own in-house team in fact.
8. Data colocation comes in cheaper than operating your own local data backup, even with all these additional advantages you get. And moreover this covers the capex towards which you only contribute a fraction in your monthly service fee. Avoiding these direct outlays shakes loose opportunities for expanding your business in directly profitable ways.
9. A datacenter’s many-to-one model makes centralized disaster recovery an affordable goal. This makes a colocation facility your surest option for data continuity despite increasingly extreme weather. Their core business is delivering reliability and availability. Why take your eye off the ball and try to do this at the risk of affecting your own core business?
10. Businesses that succeed in excellence are more likely to focus their efforts around a single, core goal. Colocation centers are streets ahead of what you could achieve because that’s their mission. Choosing a provider expert in security, connectivity, cooling, and power is not surrendering your fiduciary responsibility. It is meeting your fiduciary duty to care.
We have taken you on quite a romp today, and covered a fair amount of ground. To summarize in a few words then, a data colocation center offers flexible, scalable storage space with the emphasis on unbroken data access. Moreover they employ highly skilled support staff to support their carrier-neutral connection services.
These advantages go a large way towards addressing the fiduciary duty to care for, and protect data. Skilled technicians are available around the clock to ensure this money-saving service is up and running even during extreme weather conditions. Can you think of anything better for your data than a service that has your data protection as its core goal?